What Can I Study?

What Can I Study?

Bachelor of Science in Psychology:

The Psychology Department offers five concentrations (General Psychology, Counseling, Mind/Body Health, Lifespan Development, and Human Resource Management).


The Counseling Psychology Concentration is for students considering careers in counseling or other applications of Psychology to helping people in clinical and human service settings.

General Psychology:

The General Psychology Concentration is for students who want a broad exposure to the sub-disciplines within Psychology. Majors in the General Psychology concentration may not choose a 2nd concentration.

Human Resource Management:

A second concentration in the Psychology Department is Human Resource Management. This course of study is designed to provide foundation skills necessary to fulfill newly emerging and traditional roles in personnel administration and human resource management. Preparation includes a background in traditional personnel administration skills, such as interviewing and hiring, evaluation of progress and potential, and increasing work efficiency. Additional, less traditional, preparation is directed toward fulfilling demands from business and industry for human resource managers who can perform various supportive roles for employees. For example, in recent years many organizations have implemented employee assistance programs which recognize the social and personal needs of employees.

Forensic Psychology:

The Forensic Psychology Concentration is for students interested in careers that focus on the application of psychology to legal issues.  This concentration serves as a strong foundation for those who want to pursue advanced studies in forensic psychology or in services that are related to legal issues.

Lifespan Development:

The Lifespan Development Concentration is for students interested in careers that focus on children or other age specific groups in the human lifespan. This concentration will serve as a strong foundation for those who want to pursue advanced studies in developmental psychology or in services to children, adolescents, or aging populations in schools and other applied settings.

Health Psychology:

The Health Psychology Concentration is for students interested in the interface between psychological and physical aspects of human beings. Students in this concentration might pursue careers in health applications of psychological science.

With the exception of General Psychology, a summary of the course requirements for each concentration is located on the link below:

Map of Psychology course guide.

For specific requirements, please see the online MU Undergraduate Catalog.

All of our concentrations require students to develop a basic knowledge of the methods of psychological research, because this is crucial to an understanding of much of the literature in psychology and related behavioral sciences. The tracks require students to study the basic areas of psychology through a selection of core courses.

If you are unsure which concentration is for you or how to plan your selection of courses, arrange to meet with the department chairperson (Dr. Gretchen Sechrist) for suggestions or seek help from any other department member with whom you may be familiar. We will be glad to help you!

Minor in Psychology

The Psychology Minor provides an overview of issues in Psychology. It is designed to offer students majoring in other programs, particularly those programs that are highly specialized, increased breadth and vocation flexibility as well as additional intellect intellectual challenge. Twenty-one credit hours minimum are required.  Dr. Karri Verno is the advisor for the Psychology Minor. Catalog Description

To plan a minor, students should consult with the appropriate minor advisor. When a minor has been declared, the Registrar's Office will maintain a record of your coursework in the particular minor.

General Education

The University's general education program complements your major in psychology. It is designed to provide you with a foundation for lifelong learning and to enable you to cope with a rapidly changing world as a responsible citizen.

For specific requirements for the General Education Program, please see the MU Undergraduate Catalog.