The College of Sciences at West Liberty University provides a quality undergraduate psychology program. The program offers a BS in Psychology.
The B.S. in Psychology was developed to align with the guidelines set for by the American Psychological Association for the undergraduate curriculum in psychology.
- 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.
West Liberty was the best decision of my life and I appreciate all that the Psychology program has done to prepare me for my up and coming challenges and opportunities!
Psychology Class of 2015
- Knowledge Base
- Scientific Inquiry & Critical Thinking
- Ethical & Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
- Professional Development
All courses offered as part of the psychology program are specifically designed to help students master the knowledge and skills necessary to meet those program goals in order to maximize success in the field. Students have opportunities both in and out of the classroom to progress toward these goals.
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 have many opportunities to work directly with their instructors in a mentoring relationship, to gain additional instruction, to address academic concerns, to explore their research interests under the supervision of a faculty member, and to participate in professional conferences, philanthropy project, and activities designed to enhance interpersonal relationships and teamwork.
- 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.
EXAMPLE CURRICULUM (*varies by academic catalog year)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (General Studies Course)
PSYC Core I (22 credits, grades of C or higher)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Professional Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 310 Design and Analysis I (4 credits)
PSYC 322 Personality Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology ( 3 credits)
PSYC 341 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
PSYC 416 Social Psychology
PSYC 452 Cultural Psychology
Entrance into Core II courses requires: A grade of “C” or higher on Core I courses, a score of 70% on all subsections of the Core I exam, psychology portfolio review.
PSYC CORE II (24 credits, grades of C or higher)
PSYC 335 Introduction to Learning (3 credits)
PSYC 409 History of Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 437 Biological Psychology (3 credits)
PSYC 446 Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (3 credits)
PSYC 460 Practicum (1 credit)
PSYC 461 or 462 or 463 or 464 Practicum (5 credits)
PSYC 465 Junior Seminar (3 credits)
PSYC 470 Senior Seminar (3 credits)
PSYC Electives (12credits, grades of C or higher)
PSYC course level 200 or above
Other courses as approved
PSYC 252 Lifespan Development
PSYC 311 Design and Analysis II
PSYC 345 Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSYC 405 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 409 History of Psychology
PSYC 415 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYC 419 Applied Psychology
PSYC 439 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 475 Current Issues in Psychology
PSYC Practicum: 461, 462, 463, 464
EDUC 301 Educational Psychology
MKT 340 Consumer Behavior
CJ 320 Victims of Crime
CJ 354 Drugs and Society
SPED 401 Autism I
BIO 360 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
PHIL 321 Ethics
The 3+3 MA in Clinical Psychology at West Liberty University offers an accelerated pathway to completion. In this option, students who meet the requirements for the combined program after their second year will be permitted to apply for admission to the graduate program in their third year and take graduate-level courses during their fourth year which will count toward the bachelor’s and master’s degree enabling them to complete all undergraduate and graduate requirements in a 6-year time span.
Contact Dr. Tammy McClain, Professor of Psychology