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The study of psychology provides a better understanding of human nature and behavior. Missouri Western’s program offers a degree in General Psychology as well as a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Psychology is a fascinating field of study on its own or combined with other studies, like business, science or health professions. Missouri Western’s program also provides a solid foundation for students who plan to attend graduate school.

Organizational Leadership Concentration

The organizational leadership concentration is ideal for students seeking careers in human resources, public relations or business.

Admission Requirements

To apply to become a psychology major you must have:

  • PSY101 completed with a grade of C or better
  • PSY200 completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • BIO101 completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • MAT110 or higher completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • ENG104 (or ENG112) completed (or in progress) with a grade of C or better
  • Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher

If you are currently enrolled in any of the above courses you can be admitted conditionally on receiving the necessary grade in the in-progress courses.

The department reviews applications received by September 15 each year for acceptance at the end of the Fall semester, and received by February 15 each year for acceptance at the end of the Spring semester.

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Psychology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Core Requirements
PSY 101General Psychology3
BIO 101Principles of Biology4
or BIO 105 Principles of Organismal Biology
PSY 200Intermediate Psychology3
PSY 300Introductory Psychological Statistics3
PSY 301Psychology Research Methods3
PSY 303Psychology Research Team3
PSY 490Senior Seminar3
Select one of the following concentrations:27-37
Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership

General Concentration

Concentration Requirements
Select one course from each of the following restricted elective core groupings:
Interpersonal/Intercultural Core3
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Communication
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Learning/Cognition Core3
Learning and Memory
Cognitive Psychology
Biological/Comparative Core3
Introduction to Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception
Social Core3
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental/Lifespan Core3
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Introduction to Psychological Testing and Assessment
History and Systems Core3
History and Systems in Psychology
Psychological Electives6
Additional 6 credit hours of psychology electives (at least 3 credit hours 300 level or higher)
Total Credit Hours24

Organizational Leadership Concentration

This concentration is recommended for those students seeking employment in human resources, public relations, or other positions in business or industry where one works closely with employees or the public. It should be noted that the concentration does not provide technical training in personnel management, but rather a liberal arts background and preparation for on-the-job training.

Concentration Requirements
PSY 230Psychology of Communication3
PSY 310Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSY 325Psychology of Personality3
PSY 365Social Psychology3
PSY 420Practicum in Psychology4
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
COM 210Presentational Communication3
COM 324Small Group Communication3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
GBA 211Business Law I3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
Total Credit Hours37

Note: It is recommended that all students preparing for graduate school take PSY 430 History and Systems in Psychology; this is a requirement for entrance to many graduate schools.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Psychology Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.