K-State Department of Psychology: Department Description

Our department provides educational and research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Undergraduate Program

In addition to providing service courses that are taken by a large portion of the total undergraduate student population, our undergraduate program also offers specific training for a large number (400+) of Psychology majors.The psychology major curriculum is purposely flexible to accommodate:

  • students who plan ultimately to attend graduate school in psychology

  • students who desire an undergraduate program that will lead to a job specifically in a particular field (e.g., an entry level counseling or clinical position)

  • or students who simply want to obtain a Bachelor's degree and enter the workforce.

The Graduate Program

The Psychology Department also has a strong graduate program consisting of four major areas of concentration for the Ph.D. degree:

  • Animal Learning/Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Cognitive and Human Factors Psychology

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Social/Personality Psychology

In addition, we have a Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP) Program and an Occupational Health Certificate program.

As an academic unit of a land-grant institution, the department recognizes a major responsibility in the provision of training in applied science. At the same time, it maintains that this can only be accomplished within the context of a basic science program. Our programs are first and foremost research-oriented curricula in general psychology that emphasize a broad grounding in the traditional subject matter and experimental methods of psychology.We warmly welcome students to our department and encourage you to contact us for further information.

  • Psychology Undergraduate Program Director: Dr. Donald Saucier, saucier@ksu.edu
  • Contact for Behavioral Neuroscience/Animal Learning: Dr. Mary Cain, mecain@ksu.edu
  • Contact for Cognitive and Human Factors Psychology: Dr. Richard Harris, rjharris@ksu.edu
  • Contact for Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Dr. Patrick Knight, knight@ksu.edu
  • Contact for Personality-Social Psychology: Dr. Mark Barnett, barn@ksu.edu