Human Performance Psychology

A Psychology student presents during the annual Research Symposium

The Psychology major’s concentration in Human Performance combines the related specialties of human factors and industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology. Human factors applies psychology to the design of systems, machines, and products so that people can use them more comfortably, safely, and effectively. I/O psychology applies psychology to improve the productivity and satisfaction of members of organizations (such as employees in manufacturing plants).

In addition to our on-campus program, this program is now available in a completely online format!

Concentration Requirements

The Human Performance concentration consists of 43 s.h. distributed as follows:

Major Required Core Courses:

  • PHI 2130 Argument & Inference (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 2500 Statistics for Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3550 Experimental Psychology (4 s.h.)
  • PSY 4850 Research Seminar (3 s.h.)

Required Human Performance Courses:

  • PSY 3100 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3200 Human Factors (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3300 Psychological Counseling (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3400 Physiological Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3470 Tests and Measurement (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3700 Perception (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3950 Memory and Cognition (3 s.h.)

Psychology Electives

  • Choose an additional 6 s.h. of Psychology electives

Contact the Psychology Program

Dr. Mark Kline

Mark Kline, PhD

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology
(910) 480-8470
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Dr. Mark Kline
Mark Kline, PhD

Chair, Psychology; Associate Professor of Psychology

B.S., Ph.D., Indiana University


I came to Methodist University with a wide variety of lifetime experiences. I went to high school in Alice Springs, Australia and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation. After trying my hand at construction, food service, and insurance sales, I landed on the academic path and haven’t looked back.

I am primarily interested in the relationship between belief and experience as influences on behavior. Early in my career I focused on the topic of alcohol use in adolescents. My experiences at Methodist University have expanded those interests into the realm of PTSD and to a focus on intervention studies surrounding binge drinking and academic performance. I have recently been addressing the topic of social media use and negative impacts that come from that.

My passion is to find new and engaging approaches to teach students about Psychology. I have used zombies, teenagers, and research projects to allow the world of Psychology to come alive for the students.

Research Interests:

Undergraduate Alcohol Use, Binge Drinking, Risky Behaviors in general, How belief affects behavior, Behavior Genetics of Alcohol Use (How biological and Environmental variables interact to cause a behavior)

Personal Interests:

Swim Coach, Soccer, Guitar, Stand Up Comedy

(910) 480-8470
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