Psychology Major - B.A.


Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology apply the science of understanding and explaining thoughts, emotions and behavior to solving real-world problems. Topics include stress, biological influences on behavior, growth and development of children and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Elective courses may be used to specialize in a number of areas of psychology and to gain hands-on experience in research labs. The degree prepares students for graduate school and employment in a range of fields, including clinical, applied and experimental areas of psychology and related fields such as education, law, human resources and health care.

Students can complete the Psychology major in its entirety at Kent State Stark.


A "no concentration" option provides students the greatest flexibility in course selection and degree completion. Students will be well prepared for a variety of career paths or graduate school without selecting a concentration.  

The Psychology major comprises the following concentrations:

Counseling Careers - available at Stark
This concentration is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of fields and for master's-level study in all fields of counseling. Topics include human adjustment, stress and coping, human development, personality, psychological disorders, treatment and intervention techniques, psychometrics, psychopharmacology and clinical or counseling-related research experience.

Child Psychology - not available at Stark; see advisor for options
This concentration is designed for students who are interested specifically in children and adolescents. Topics include child development, psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, children's cognitive processes, personality development and child-related research experience. The concentration prepares students for graduate study and employment in a range of fields, including clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling and employment in settings such as child development centers and related agencies. 


  • Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  • Write effectively in the discipline.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.