Psychology

What is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Psychology uses the scientific method to study such diverse topics as development, sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, psychological disorders, and how humans relate to, interact, and influence each other individually and in groups.

What Careers exist in Psychology?
Psychologists work in a variety of settings including mental health fields, academics, research, organizations,schools, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Psychologists’ work can include research; teaching; assessing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders; psychological assessment of intelligence, achievement, learning disabilities, and personality; consultation; and administration.

100_1188General description of the program:
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at West Liberty University provides a quality undergraduate psychology program. The program offers both a BA and BS in Psychology. The BA in Psychology is a general liberal arts degree, while the B.S. in Psychology is designed to prepare students for employment and graduate study. The curriculum is designed to produce students who have a strong liberal arts foundation and the professional knowledge for success in the field. The psychology program combines a strong theoretical base with a multitude of applied courses. The course information is presented as a seamless blend of classic works and the most recent research. Students also have many opportunities to work directly with their instructors, in a mentoring relationship, to gain additional instruction and clarity, address academic concerns, and participate in ongoing research.

Course offerings:
West Liberty University offers a wide range of courses in the field of psychology to help expose students to the variety which exists within the field. Courses are separated into several focus areas including experimental, developmental, social, and clinical, and offer a wide variety of courses in these areas to allow students to obtain both a general exposure to the breadth of the field of psychology while at the same time allowing them, through electives, to focus on areas of particular interest to them. In addition to traditional courses, we also offer opportunities for practicum experiences which provide students with the opportunity to work in various settings of their choosing so that they can have a hands-on experience to supplement their coursework. These opportunities allow students a practical application of the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom

What types of students might be interested in such a program?
Psychology has wide appeal and is of interest to most people. However, the type of student that will do well in the psychology program has an interest in becoming a good consumer of information. This includes critical thinking skills, in-depth analysis and the willingness to release pre-conceived notions of pop psychology and pseudoscience. Students will be challenged to discover how their newly acquired knowledge applies to real-life settings, as they realize that psychology is not only within us, but also all around us. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore their own lives and choose areas of personal growth on which to focus. Maturity and an expanded world view are often the results of success in the psychology program, both qualities that help to create a successful graduate student or clinician.

Distinctive features of the program:
There are many distinct advantages to the psychology program at West Liberty University. Foremost is the availability and commitment of the professors to the success of the students. Small class sizes, especially in the advanced courses, guarantee accessibility to the faculty. Students are strongly encouraged to interact with their instructors regularly and frequent social gatherings (formal and informal) as well as joint attendance at conferences provide an unparalleled opportunity for academic growth. Faculty members are available to consult on multiple issues and to provide remedial instruction in psychological concepts. Additionally, active students in the psychology department form close bonds with their peers. Through the Psychology Club, academics are combined with social events. Psi Chi, The National Honors Society in Psychology, formally recognizes and rewards those students who excel. The psychology program at West Liberty University provides sound instruction to majors and non-majors alike who wish to learn more about this fascinating science and about themselves

SAMPLE CURRICULUM – B.S. IN PSYCHOLOGY

General Studies: 48 cr

PSYC Core I (21 cr, grades of C or higher)
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 225-Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence
SS 250 – Stats in the Soc. & Behav. Sciences
PSYC 301 – Experimental Psychology
PSYC 320—Psychology of Adulthood and Old Age
PSYC 322-Personality Psychology
PSYC 341 -Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

PSYC CORE II (27 cr, grades of C or higher)
PSYC 321-Psychology of Personal Growth
(or SWK 304)
PSYC 437-Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 335-Introduction to Learning
PSYC 336-Sensation and Perception
PSYC 439-Physiological Psychology
PSYC 345-Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 416-Social Psychology (or SWK 416)
PSYC 446-Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (or SWK 306)
PSYC 475-Current Issues in Psychology

PSYC Electives (9cr, grades of C or higher)
PSYC 414-Consumer Psychology
PSYC 415-Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYC 405-Forensic Psychology
PSYC 409-History of Psychology
EDUC 301-Educational Psychology
CJ 478-Serial Killers and Mass Murderers

SAMPLE CURRICULUM – B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY

General Studies: 63 cr

PSYC Core (15 cr)
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
SS 250 – Stats in the Soc. & Behav. Sciences
PSYC 301 – Experimental Psychology
PSYC 321 – Psychology of Personal Growth
PSYC 475 – Current Issues in Psychology

Areas of Concentration (12 cr)
Social/Industrial (any 1)
PSYC 405 – Forensic Psychology
PSYC 414 – Consumer Psychology or MKT 340
PSYC 415 – Industrial / Organizational Psychology
PSYC 416 – Social Psychology or SWK 416 Developmental (any 1)
PSYC 225 – Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence
PSYC 320 – Psychology of Adulthood and Old Age
PSYC 322 – Personality Psychology Experimental (any 1)
PSYC 335 – Introduction to Learning
PSYC 336 – Sensation and Perception
PSYC 437 – Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 439 – Physiological Psychology School/Clinical (any 1)
PSYC 345 – Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 341 – Psychology of Abnormal Behavior or
SWK 441 – Diagnosis in Mental Health
PSYC 446 – Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy or
SWK 306 – Counseling Theories
PSYC 409 – History of Psychology
PSYC Electives (6cr)

Minor (Required)