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.

Psychology’s attempt to understand the human condition takes many approaches: some psychologists study brain chemistry and its relation to behavior, some study the behavior of individuals in groups, and others participate in providing counseling or psychotherapy to people who are mentally ill or who have difficulty coping with the demands of life. The core program in general Psychology is designed to ensure that all students majoring in Psychology develop a sound basic preparation for advanced study, have a solid grounding in psychological research, and the real world applications of research findings in the field.

The Psychology Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“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.”

-Dr. Alex Czopp, Psychology faculty

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Psychology Department get involved with the WWU Psychology Club or the Neuroscience Research Driven Students (NeRDS) Club. Some students find internships in their field like: Ada County Juvenile Court Services—Diversion Program, Catholic Community Services—Recovery Center, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Foundation—Patient Resources, Western Washington University Associated Students—Resource and Outreach Programming at the Women’s Center. 

Careers and Graduate Studies

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • AmeriCorps: Peace Community Center (Tacoma, WA)
  • Center for Diagnostic Imaging (Edmonds, WA)
  • Center Pointe Behavioral Health (Nampa, ID)
  • Children’s Institute for Learning Differences
  • Client Earth (London, UK)
  • Compass Health
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center (Seattle, WA)
  • F.A.C.E.S Northwest (Bellingham, WA)
  • Federal Way School District (Federal Way, WA)
  • Interac (Osaka, Japan)
  • Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center (Bellingham, WA)
  • Mountain Valleys Health Centers (Burney, CA)
  • Navos Mental Health Solutions (Burien, WA)
  • Oregon Health and Science Coordinator (Portland, OR)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • University Research (UW, Seattle; UP, Philadelphia)

Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as: 

  • Antioch University
  • Columbia University (Clinical Psychology, MA)
  • Florida International University (Nursing and Health Sciences)
  • University of Montana (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA)
  • University of Oregon (Couples and Family Therapy, MS)
  • Western Washington University (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA; Experimental Social Psychology)

Sample Jobs

  • Counselor
  • Employment Agency Counselor
  • Training and Development Professional
  • Mental Health Coordinator
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Public Relations
  • Corrections Officer
  • Educator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Social Service Worker
  • Psychologist

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.