Psychology Curriculum

General 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.


BethPostQuoteCourse 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



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


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)


For more information, contact Dr. Tammy McClain, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts.