|Department of Psychology|
Welcome to the Department of Psychology!
New Course and Revised Requirements
The WSU Psychology Department is excited to announce the addition of a special new course to our offerings. Beginning in Fall 2013, we will begin offering a course in Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSY 373). This course addresses an important and growing area of research in contemporary psychology, and we encourage students, especially our psychology majors, include this course in their programs of study.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the WSU Psychology Department adopted a new set of requirements for both the Option A and Option B versions of the psychology major and for the psychology minor. These changes went into effect during the middle of the Spring 2013 semester.
The department’s mission is to develop students’ understanding of the causes and consequences of human thought and behavior and to encourage the application of this knowledge to their personal and professional lives. Psychology is a liberal arts major which will allow students to acquire skills in communication, critical thinking (including the ability to understand and evaluate the various research methods used in psychology), and the appropriate use of technology for examining and presenting information. Students will also learn how psychological principles apply to personal, social, and organizational issues.
Students majoring in psychology can choose between Option A and Option B. Option A is attractive because its semester-hour requirement allows students to combine a major in psychology with one or more additional majors or minors. Option B is available for those preferring to concentrate their studies in psychology for a more in-depth experience. Option B also requires additional coursework in writing and statistics as these are important skills in a graduate degree program.
To enhance their education in psychology and better prepare for their careers or graduate studies, students are encouraged to take advantage of the following enrichment opportunities:
Students have the option of completing additional requirements in order to graduate with Honors in Psychology. Students completing the requirements have it noted on their transcript. Students are responsible for applying to the Department Chairperson through their academic advisor and meeting all departmental requirements for graduation with Honors in Psychology. The requirements for Honors in Psychology are:
The Academics section of this web site explains the requirements for the psychology major and psychology minor, describes the courses offered by the department, and provides information about other academic requirements and policies.
The Faculty section provides information about each professor's background, interests, and research. This section also includes contact information for each faculty member and current information about when each member of the department has drop-in office hours.
The Students section provides information about the WSU Psychology Club and provides information on such topics as requesting letters of recommendation from faculty and applying to graduate school.
The Links section offers easy access to helpful information for both students and faculty. Some of these pages contain material that is often needed but hard to locate. Most of the linked pages are located on the WSU site.
Finally, the Psychology Department Site Map serves as a table of contents for this site.