The Psychology major is a comprehensive field of study that provides a strong foundation in the scientific principles of social and behavioral science. Students learn about research design, data analysis, and theory in order to understand how research, theory, and practice are related. This knowledge can be applied to various settings such as clinical, educational, and organizational psychology. Through coursework and research students gain an understanding of the development of psychological principles and their application to real-world situations.

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Science-based Understanding

As a discipline, Psychology is a social and behavioral science, which means you will take courses in research design, data analysis, and theory. This scientific background will help you understand how research, theory, and practice are related, and how you can apply this information to your work with the community, families, and individuals. You will also take courses in:

  • History and Systems of Psychology - the development and evolution of Psychology as a discipline.
  • Abnormal Psychology - the study of aberrant patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior.
  • Cognitive Psychology - the study of mental processes including how people think, perceive, remember, and learn.
  • Developmental Psychology - the study of the changes that people go through as they age.
  • Biological Bases of Behavior - the study of behavior and mental processes that result from activities in the body's nervous system and other physiological systems.
  • Applied and Sociocultural Psychology - the exploration of how Psychology affects and can be applied in social and cultural development.

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Which program should I choose?

The Psychology program at The W provides two degree options, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS). The choice between the two degrees depends on the student's interests and career goals. Both programs offer similar major coursework, which includes the fundamental principles of psychology, research methodologies, and statistical analysis. However, the BA degree requires 14 credit hours in a foreign language, which is ideal for students who want to broaden their cultural knowledge and communication skills. On the other hand, the BS degree requires 20 total credit hours in laboratory science, mathematics, and computer courses, making it a better option for students who prefer a more analytical and technical approach to psychology. Regardless of the degree chosen, the program provides a comprehensive education in psychology, preparing students for a wide range of career opportunities or further study in graduate school.

Minor is Psychology

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Psychology is a fascinating area of study which gives an in-depth understanding of social and behavioral phenomena. Students are taught about research methodologies, data collection and analysis, and the link between research, theory, and practice.

Psychology Minor