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Resources for Psychology Students

Below you’ll find a variety of useful information on research, clubs, resources and helpful links.

WCU Psi Chi and Psychology Club

Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.

Subends for accomplishing above mission:

  • Advance science and the profession of psychology
  • Promote an educational experience consistent with the Psi Chi Mission Statement
  • Promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders
  • Define and establish an organizational structure that promotes our mission

WCU's Psychology Club is open to all who are interested in the field of Psychology. We urge all members to become involved with the community through service opportunities. See our Psychology Club Constitution for more information and keep an eye on our upcoming events.

Research in Psychology

All faculty in the Department of Psychology are actively involved in research and want to encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to become involved as well. Descriptions of faculty research interests can be found on faculty members’ pages. If you find a faculty member doing research that interests you, feel free to contact her or him and consider doing a directed study with them.

If you wish to learn more about research in psychology but are not ready to get involved directly, please attend the Department of Psychology Colloquium series. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the current trends and methods in psychology. These meetings will occur about once a month during the academic year and will include presentations by faculty, graduate students, and guest speakers.

Western Carolina University has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) that must review your research before any work begins. For those actively involved in research, you must follow certain guidelines and complete certain forms before actually conducting research.”

Helpful Links


  • Eight-Semester Plan for B.S. in Psychology
  • Psychology Major Checklist 
    All students who had declared psychology as their major, before Fall 2011, will be under the old curriculum.
  • Psychology Major Checklist
    All students who declare psychology as their major, current students, new freshmen, and transfers, with Fall 2011 being their first term in the major, will be under the new curriculum.
    • NOTE: Students who want a course in the Biological Basis of Behavior may take PSY 393: Psychopharmacology. This course can be substituted for the Bio Psy requirement.  If a student registers for Psychopharmacology and wants that course to meet the Bio Psy category Dr. W Gordon can process a substitution request for students in the class.
      • "Psychopharmacology" is the study of those drugs that affect cognition and behavior through changing the nervous system. This course will only consider psychoactive drugs that change psychological function. Our study of these drugs will be grounded in empirical behavioral and neurological assessments of the drug effects.  This is not a course about drug abuse or drug abuse counseling.

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