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Psychology is the science of behavior. This major allows you to increase your intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding and develop problem-solving, project management and information literacy skills.

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WVU graduates 200+ Psychology students each year.


What is Psychology at WVU like?


Psychology is the science of behavior. Courses convey the principles, methods and theories necessary for a better understanding of human and animal behaviors.

Studying Psychology allows you to work toward a liberal arts degree rather than a specialized degree that prepares you for a specific type of job. The major allows you to increase your intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding and develop problem-solving, project management and information literacy skills.

Typically, students tailor their schedules according to their future career paths, which generally fall into three categories: graduate studies, a career applying principles of psychology to human problems or a career in a non-related field.

Psychology program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Psychology at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Psychology students can participate in Professional Field Experience in Psychology, a course that involves placement at a community agency performing work relevant to psychology.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

About 25 percent of our graduates pursue graduate training in psychology, medicine or law. Over 50 percent enter the work force immediately.

Employment opportunities are available in assessment and treatment, human resource management, residential care and community and social services. Psychology graduates also find jobs in alcohol and drug intervention, impatient and outpatient facilities for persons with chronic mental illness or developmental disabilities, educational and occupational testing, group home counseling, geriatric counseling, youth center management, employment counseling and family planning.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Psychology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Psychology at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Psychology major.

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Popular Courses

PSYC 302:
Behavior Principles

Principles of behavior and learning and the significance of these principles for psychological theory and application; laboratory exercises and demonstrations.

PSYC 345:
Adulthood and Aging

Psychological issues in the study of adulthood, with an emphasis on the characteristics of older adults. Topics include the psychosocial and biological context of aging, cognitive and personality changes from early to late adulthood, psychopathology in later life, dementia, issues in caregiving, and death and dying.

PSYC 370:
Emotions and Mood

Theories, concepts and methodologies pertaining to emotions and mood. Topics also include development and socialization of emotions, and outcomes.

PSYC 423:
Cognition and Memory

Theoretical and empirical issues in cognitive psychology. Topics include mechanisms and theories of attention, memory, language, and conceptual processes.

PSYC 491:
Professional Field Experience

(May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experimental learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

Cost and Aid

How much does Psychology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
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What are the requirements to apply for Psychology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Psychology major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2021-22 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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