The Psychology Department at Western Carolina University offers one of the largest undergraduate majors at the university. Students can also minor in psychology. In addition, three graduate degree programs are offered, including Specialist in School Psychology, a Masters in Psychology with a track in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate of Psychology.
Department of Psychology at Western Carolina University strives to create a supportive and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds. As such, we are saddened by the most recent racist events targeting the Black community and we recognize the negative impact of disparate treatment in communities of color. The unjust and traumatic effects of discrimination have been present for centuries and continue to this day. We acknowledge the trauma to the Black community of witnessing these events repeatedly and we stand against all acts of oppression, including harassment and isolation.
We will purposefully challenge ourselves to identify and discuss issues of race, color, and ethnicity, and the impact(s) these have on students, faculty, and staff. To this end, the Psychology Department will start the "Social Justice Scholarship Series (SJSS)” this coming fall semester to discuss societal problems related to race, discrimination, and injustice. This series is open to all faculty, staff, and students. We believe that one of the best ways to fight discrimination, hatred, and ignorance is through education and earnest dialogue.
Our faculty maintains expertise in multiple areas (e.g., clinical psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, evolutionary psychology, & developmental psychology), and teach a wide variety of exciting and engaging courses. You can learn more about our dynamic faculty by visiting their individual webpages.
The McKee Assessment and Psychological Services Clinic is also housed in the Psychology Department. This is a state of the art clinic providing comprehensive psychological services to members of the community and to WCU students.
The Psychology Department at WCU is an active place. Some of our departmental activities include our weekly Research Colloquium and active undergraduate and graduate student organizations – Psi Chi and Psychology Club