Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The psychology curriculum prepares students to transfer as psychology majors to the baccalaureate program at West Virginia University, and can be adapted to the needs of those planning to transfer to other institutions. In addition, courses in psychology are part of the liberal arts education. They convey principles and methods that are necessary for a better understanding of behavior and personality. Courses in psychology are often of interest and value to students in other social and life sciences, such as sociology, social work, political science, education, nursing, or medicine.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor's degree in psychology qualifies a person to assist professionals in community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programs; to work as research or administrative assistants; and to take jobs as trainees in government or business. Persons with a master's degree in psychology can administer tests as psychological assistants, and, under supervision, can conduct research, perform psychological evaluations, or counsel clients. Psychologists with a doctoral degree qualify for a wide range of teaching, research, clinical, and counseling positions in universities, elementary and secondary schools, private industry, and government.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Expectations

Students should have completed PSYC 101, with a C- or better, and MATH 126 by the end of the second semester in the program. PSYC 202, or PSYC 203 and PSYC 204, with a C- in PSYC 203 by the end of the 4th semester. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major and overall for graduation. All majors must meet with their advisor every semester. Students who fail to meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all PSYC courses.
GEF Elective Requirements (2 and 5)7
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 201Applied Statistical Modeling (GEF 8)3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4 - minimum grade of C-)3
PSYC 202Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 232Sex Roles and Behavior3
or PSYC 251 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
PSYC 281Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7)3
Foreign Language12
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
WVUE 1911 
Foreign Language3 
GEF 53PSYC 2413
 Foreign Language3
 14 15
Second Year
STAT 201 or 211 (GEF 8)3PSYC 2023
PSYC 232 or 2513PSYC 2813
Foreign Language3ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
Elective3ECAS International Requirement (GEF 7)3
GEF 24Foreign Language3
 16 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree, Psychology majors will be able to:

  1. Describe the central principles, facts, concepts, and theories of major areas of psychology (i.e., Gender, Social, Clinical, Developmental) including: Theory, Content, and Research Methods.
  2. ​Apply scientific principles of psychology to analyze basic and applied problems.
  3. Create, evaluate, and revise text (oral, written) that effectively communicates information using APA format.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking, information and technology literacy, and communication skills, areas specifically identified by the American Psychological Association.



  • Mimi Vandenberg - M.S. (Frostburg State University)
    Counseling Psychology