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

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology at WLU aligns with the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association. The curriculum is designed to graduate students who have a strong liberal arts foundation and the professional knowledge for success in the field by combing a strong theoretical base with a multitude of applied courses. 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.

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Why Psychology at WLU?

Small Class Sizes 

Faculty members are available to consult on multiple issues and to provide remedial instruction.

Networking and Research

Students have several opportunities through conference attendance and social events to form close bonds with their peers. 

Graduate Degree Options

WLU offers a 3+3 program as well as a MA in Clinical Psychology for students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree. 

Psychology Student Organizations

Academics are combined with social events through the Psi Chi (the International Honors Society in Psychology) and the Psychology Club. 

Psychology Undergraduate Program Goals

The Psychology program follows the American Psychological Association guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. The skills learned throughout the program are transferable to almost any profession.

The program goals include:

  1. Knowledge of Psychological content
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
  4. Communication
  5. Professional Development

Careers

Psychology is a major for people who are interested in understanding why people do the things that they do and how people can be helped to reach their goals.   There are many ways to help people and animals, and psychology provides the underlying knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce in a variety of occupations such as mental health, healthcare, business, advocacy, research, animal care and training, substance abuse, and many others.

Students who are interested in becoming licensed therapists, counselors, or clinicians must complete a graduate degree.  There are many career options avaiable to those students who pursue a graduade degree in Psychology.  

 

 

Percent Change in Employment 2028

PsychologistsPsychologists14%

Social SciencesSocial Sciences11%

All OccupationsAll Occupations5%

source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-6

Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation. Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm

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