A Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (B.S.) provides students with the first level of education required to pursue careers in more specialized fields. Students deciding to major in other areas find that a minor in psychology can be very helpful.
The major requires 39 hours (pre-Fall 2020) or 42 hours (post-Fall 2020); electives are available in developmental, social, experimental, and clinical psychology.
The minor requires 18 hours total, including:
For a list of electives take a look at the Psychology Major Checklist above. Electives are subject to change.
If you graduate from a North Carolina Community College then you will arrive at Western with only three things to complete before you graduate. You can and typically will graduate in four semesters.
Presented annually to the outstanding senior psychology major. Recipients of this award have demonstrated:
Presented to the psychology major that has shown excellence in the area of research. This student also receives a monetary award and his or her name on a plaque. Recipients are selected using the following criteria:
Awarded for unusual service to the Department of Psychology by a student who has a major, minor, concentration, or disciplinary focus area in psychology. The criteria for the award include:
This scholarship award was established to honor the memory of Linda Elaine Glenn, who was a student at WCU majoring in Psychology in the College of Education and Allied Professions. Entering and continuing junior and senior female students majoring in psychology or education are eligible for the scholarship. Preference will be given to students majoring in psychology. Candidates must meet all general university admission requirements or be current student in good standing. The amount of the award varies. Recipients are selected on the basis of: overall ability, past achievement, potential for development in the field of psychology, and other criteria that ensure selection of recipients who possess trait of character like those of Ms. Glenn.
This scholarship award was established to honor the memory of Hedy White, a Psychology Professor at WCU, and her daughter, Vanessa. Preference given to undergraduate or graduate students in Psychology, with financial need, in good standing with WCU and having no sanctions at the time of award.