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 curriculum is designed to graduate students who have a strong liberal arts foundation and the professional knowledge for success in the field by combining 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.

What is it like to major in Psychology?


BS in Psychology

The B.S. in Psychology aligns with the guidelines set for by the American Psychological Association for the undergraduate curriculum in psychology.

MA in Psychology

The MA in Clinical Psychology will qualify graduates to pursue licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of West Virginia with a terminal Masters degree. 

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 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. 

Careers in Psychology
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Percent Change in Employment 2028


Social SciencesSocial Sciences11%

All OccupationsAll Occupations5%


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:

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