Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Psychology. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
PSYC 102 (Major Requirement)1Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3
PSYC 104 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)3PSYC Core Course (Major Requirement)3
 15 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language, or 1st semester of Another Language (BA Second Language)3-5
Goal 2.2 Communication3BIOL 100 or 150 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Pre-Requisite)43-4
Goal 3 Humanities3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
PSYC 200 or 210 (Major Requirement)3PSYC Elective 100+ (Major Requirement)3
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3PSYC Core Course (Major Requirement)53
 15 13-17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
PSYC Core Course (Major Requirement)53PSYC Core Course (Major Requirement)53
PSYC 200 or 210 (Major Requirement)63PSYC Core Course (Major Requirement)53
PSYC Elective 100+ (Major Requirement3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3PSYC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
LA&S 490 (Recommended, Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)73Goal 4.1 US Diveristy (300+ Recommended)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-124
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course. 

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

4

An introductory course in Biology is required for the Biological Psychology course requirement in the major. Choose to take either BIOL 100 and BIOL 102, or BIOL 150 which will also fulfill the lab science requirement.

5

There are five core courses that must be taken for the PSYC major: PSYC 318/319, PSYC 333/334, PSYC 350/351, PSYC 360/361, and one of the following: PSYC 370, 371, 375, 380, or 381. 

6

Both PSYC 200 and PSYC 210 are required for the major. Take whichever one has not already been taken.

7

LA&S 490: Internship Exploration is recommended for PSYC majors to fulfill Goal 6 Integration & Creativity. If LA&S 490 is not taken, be sure to choose another Goal 6 course, or approved experience, to fulfill the requirement. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.