Welcome to the UNK Department of Psychology Blog!

Posted: February 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM CST

Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.
–Shakuntala Devi

Have you ever stopped to think about the effect of Psychology in the world around you? Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors govern the decisions we make every day. This blog was created for University of Nebraska at Kearney students to highlight current topics in Psychology that affect their everyday lives, in hopes of raising visibility and interest in Psychology as a science. We believe education is more than just what is taught in the classroom, so follow us throughout the year as we highlight UNK students' insights, provide information about the Psychology Department, and important updates in the field of Psychology.

History of the UNK Psychology Department

The Psychology program began in 1905 as part of Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. Headed by W.A. Clark, the program focused on the Psychology of child development. In 1921, Kearney State Teacher’s College used the program to keep teachers informed of their profession and aware of teaching issues in Nebraska education. It wasn’t until 1968 that the Department of Psychology was created under the College of Natural and Social Sciences. What started as a 16-hour core program comprised of history of psychology, experimental psychology, and physiological psychology is now a 120-hour major with comprehensive learning opportunities and advanced laboratory courses. Since 1996, the Psychology Department has occupied the entire third floor of Copeland Hall. Research has become very important to the field of psychology, especially at UNK. Currently, many undergraduate students present or publish results of their research at regional conferences and in refereed journals. The UNK Department of Psychology strives to develop faculty and students as both learners and creators of knowledge, while also preparing them for life as a contributing member of society dependent on scientific literacy.

Degrees in Psychology offered at UNK

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Psychology (Comprehensive)
  • B.S. in Psychobiology (Comprehensive)
  • Psychology 7-12 Teaching Subject Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree
  • Psychology 7-12 Teaching Subject Endorsement Option - Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

Interested in Submitting a Post?

Students and faculty are invited to submit topics to be posted on the Department’s blog by emailing Dr. Julie Lanz (lanzjj@unk.edu). While your post should have a scientific foundation and contain empirical references, your audience is anyone with a passing interest in psychology. In other words, your grandma should be able to read this and like it. Below are some guidelines to help writers prepare a submission:

  • Suggested parameters: 300-1000 words in APA format
  • Include empirical (peer-reviewed) and popular references
  • Have a catchy title (hint: Google “tips for writing a blog”)
  • Incorporate headings or a numbered list (e.g., “5 Ways to Prepare for Finals”)
  • Include up to 5 keywords for search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Hyperlink to your references when possible
  • Email as a Word document

Note: the opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not represent either UNK or the Department of Psychology

By: Jillian Rocheford

Category: Psychology, Natural and Social Sciences

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