Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of job can I get with this degree?

Because psychology majors (whether they complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) study human behavior across multiple contexts and from several different points of view, their knowledge and skills are applicable to a broad variety of careers.  To learn more about careers involving psychology, click here.

How many classes do I have to take?

Generally 120 credit hours of courses are required to complete a Bachelor's degree.  To see how a typical four-year course sequence might look for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major, click here.

What kinds of classes will I have to take?

The B.A. in Psychology is a traditional liberal arts degree, meaning that you will take a significant number of general education courses as well as several courses in psychology.  To see the B.A. in Psychology degree requirements, click here.

What is accreditation and what does it mean?

Accreditation is the process that educational institutions (and sometimes individual schools or programs within those institutions) go through on a regular basis to show that the programs they offer meet certain standards.  Students who attend accredited institutions or programs generally are more marketable, because they are able to show that the education they received was of high quality.  IU Kokomo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (based in Chicago, IL).

How many students will be in my classes?

In the first year, class sizes in psychology range from 35-45.  By the senior year, class sizes of 12-25 are typical, and all students complete independent study courses which are one-on-one with a resident faculty member of their choice.

What are faculty qualifications?

All of our resident faculty have obtained the terminal degree in their fields, the Ph.D. (or doctoral degree).  Together, we possess over 70 years of teaching experience, and members of the psychology faculty have been repeatedly recognized for outstanding university teaching in the form of awards, honors, and membership in prestigious teaching organizations.  In addition, our resident faculty are active researchers who regularly give scholarly presentations and publish in academic journals.

Can I do an internship with this program?

Absolutely - in fact, about half of our majors complete this kind of experiential learning (which we call a practicum) to earn required credits towards their degree.  For more information, click here.

Can I study abroad with this degree?

Yes.  Several of our students find ways to do this - though we do not currently offer any psychology classes in a study abroad format, students often participate in study abroad through courses in Humanities or other fields, some of which can count towards their degree if planned appropriately.  Consulting with an academic advisor about setting up a study abroad is the best way for a psychology major to do this.

Will you help me find a job when I graduate?

We have several supports for you as you start your job search.  First, our campus Office of Career Services assists students in many ways as they prepare to enter the workforce.  Their website can be found here.  Second, our small size allows us to get to know you and your interests, so that we can use our networks of contacts around the community and region to help you move in the right direction.  Third, if you choose to complete a practicum, the experience you gain there can be a great asset towards showing potential employers your skills and accomplishments.  Our faculty are always open to student questions and will do whatever we can to assist you.

Are there student organizations for this degree?

Yes, the Psychology Club is the organization for students interested in psychology, and Psi Chi is the psychology honorary that our strongest students often join as upperclassmen.

How can I get in touch with my professor?

Email is generally recommended.  Contact information for our faculty can be found here.  All teaching faculty also hold office hours for student questions, which they generally list on each course syllabus.

Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes?

Yes.  Psychology majors are advised through the Advising Center for Arts and Sciences (more info here).

How do I change degrees?

Consult with your advisor.  If you are changing degrees between schools (for example, changing from the School of Education to the School of Arts and Sciences), you will often need to schedule advising appointments for both schools to make sure the transition happens smoothly.

Can I double-major?

Yes.  Consult with your advisor.

What is a major?

A major is a sequence of courses in a single discipline that provides both breadth and depth of education in that field.  Most majors are between 30-36 credit hours (10 to 12 classes) in that discpline.

What is a minor?

A minor is a set of courses in a single field that gives students more exposure to a field than they would typically receive in general education.  Most minors are between 12-21 credit hours (4 to 7 classes) in a discipline.

Can I minor in anything I want?

Generally a student can minor in any field that offers a minor - though not all departments or disciplines at IU Kokomo offer minors, a great many do.  Selection of a minor should be made wisely, ensuring that the additional coursework in that area will contribute meaningfully towards your goals after college.

What is a concentration?

In some majors or minors, students choose an area of study within a discipline to focus on - this means that the courses they take to complete their program share some common feature that allows students to develop a more specific set of knowledge or skills.  For example, the Bachelor of Science in Psychology offers two concentrations - one that includes more lab science courses, and one that includes more psychology research courses.  The B.A. in Psychology does not offer concentrations.

What’s the difference between an associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degree?

Generally a main difference is number of courses required, with associate's degrees generally being able to be completed in 1 1/2 to 2 years; bachelor's degrees taking 4 years; master's degrees taking 5 1/2 to 7 years; and doctoral degrees taking 7 to 10 years.  Another equally-important difference is in the nature of the academic work students do.  As you move closer to a doctoral degree, the emphasis shifts from understanding existing knowledge in a field, to actively creating new knowledge in that field (that is, becoming a researcher oneself) and/or practicing at the highest recognized level in that field.  Psychology at IU Kokomo offers only bachelor's degrees, but many of our students go on to other universities to pursue master's or doctoral degrees.