Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Psychology?
Psychology’s attempt to understand the human condition takes many approaches. Some psychologists study brain chemistry and its relation to behavior, while others study the behavior of individuals in groups. Still others are engaged in providing counseling or psychotherapy to people who are mentally ill or who are having difficulty in coping with the demands of life. With a faculty of over 30 women and men, all of whom hold a doctoral degree; the department offers a program of study which provides a solid foundation in the general concepts and methods of Psychology, as well as courses and programs for students in many of the more specialized areas.
The core program in general psychology is designed to ensure that all students majoring psychology will develop a sound basic preparation for advanced study, as well as contributes significantly to a liberal education. The program is designed to allow students flexibility in selecting courses with the assistance of their advisor.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Most of the major issues facing the people of the world today--hunger, overpopulation, the continuing threat of war, prejudice, pollution, drug addiction--are people problems; people have created them, and it will be people who must and will find solutions to them. Psychology, as the scientific study of mind and behavior, will help provide the answers to many of these pressing problems.
The Psychology Department at Western is one of the largest and most productive on campus. Students are dynamically engaged in close-knit classroom and laboratory experiences with faculty members. As teachers, researchers and advisors, the Psychology Department faculty offer the intimacy of a small liberal arts college and the resources and activity of a larger university. Students have direct access to faculty and work collaboratively on cutting-edge psychological research that gets published in scientific outlets. By the time they graduate, psychology majors have had opportunities to present research at conferences, effect changes in their communities through service-learning courses, and expand their intellectual capacity through the provocative discussions of small seminar classes. This confluence of pedagogical approaches fosters a unique learning environment in which students thrive and succeed.
- Dr. Alex Czopp, Faculty
When I entered WWU I really had no idea what I was going to major in. I’ve always wanted to make a difference, but I wasn’t sure how best to go about it. After taking Psychology courses I realized that when we break any societal problem down to its roots, it becomes a people problem. Since all problems are people problems, I decided to major in the study of people. WWU has an incredible Psychology program that gave me the opportunity to perform research, engage in enlightening discussions with my peers and professors, and allowed me to present research findings at professional conferences. In my time at WWU I made lifetime friends as well as mentors, and left feeling confident in my capability to continue on in a career in Psychology.
- Connor Herron, Student
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