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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.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Foundations requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total a minimum of 120 hours. For complete details on these requirements, visit the B.A. Degrees tab on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences page.

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology

Students may not earn both a B.A. and a B.S. in Psychology.  All students wishing to complete a B.A. must comply with the following:

  • Capstone Requirement: : The university requires the successful completion of a Capstone course:  PSYC 490A, PSYC 491A, PSYC 495A, or  PSYC 498A.
  • Writing and communication Skills Requirement: The Psychology Bachelor of Arts is a SpeakWrite Certified ProgramTM. SpeakWrite Certified programs incorporate and develop students’ written, verbal, visual, and mediated communication skills across the curriculum.
  • Calculation of the GPA in the Major:  Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Students must also earn an overall cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses with a PSYC designation, and a grade of C- or better in PSYC 101 and PSYC 203.  If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA unless the course is eligible for a D/F repeat.
  • Note:  Students are required to have completed algebra with applications, college algebra, or a higher MATH course in order to register for PSYC 203.
  • Residence requirement: To graduate from WVU with a major in Psychology, a student must have successfully completed (with a passing grade) a minimum of 10 credit hours of 300- and 400-level psychology coursework at WVU, not including PSYC  490, 491, 495, 498.  Online courses taught by WVU may be counted toward the 10 credit hours of coursework at WVU.

  • Benchmark Expectations: For details, go to the Psychology admissions tab.

Curriculum Requirements

First-Year Seminar
GEF Requirements (number of credits may vary based on overlap)
ECAS B.A. Requirements12
Foreign Language
Fine Arts Requirement
Global Studies & Diversity Requirement
Foundation Courses16
Introduction to Psychology (minimum grade of C- )
Research Methods & Analysis 1 (minimum grade of C-)
Research Methods & Analysis 2
Biological Foundations of Behavior
Behavior Principles
Select one course from Cluster A or B3
Cluster A: Learning and Cognition:
Cognition and Memory
Learning and Behavior Theory
Applied Behavior Analysis
Cluster B: Biological Bases of Behavior
Drugs and Behavior
Physiological Psychology
Psychobiology of Sleep
Cluster C: Clinical and Individual Differences (Select one):3
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Personality Theory
Psychology of Adjustment
Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Emotions and Mood
Exceptional Children
Cluster D: Developmental Psychology (Select one):3
Introduction to Human Development
Prenatal and Infant Development
Child and Adolescent Development
Adulthood and Aging
Cluster E: Social Processes (Select one):3
Leadership and Human Relations
Sex Roles and Behavior
Introduction to Social Psychology
Multiculturalism in Psychology
Topics in Social Psychology
Community Psychology
Psychology Electives 3
Alternate 300 or 400-level PSYC course *
Capstone Course (Select one of the following):3
Teaching Practicum
Professional Field Experience
Independent Study
Number of electives may vary based on overlap
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
PSYC 1911ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
GEF 53Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 1013PSYC 2033
GEF 33PSYC Cluster D3
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3General Elective3
General Elective2 
 15 15
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 24
ECAS Global Studies & Diversity Requirement (GEF 7)3GEF 8*3
Foreign Language 2033Foreign Language 2043
PSYC 2043PSYC Cluster C3
PSYC Cluster E3General Elective2
 15 15
Third Year
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3GEF 8*3
GEF 8*3PSYC 3013
PSYC 3024General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective2General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
PSYC Cluster A/B3PSYC Capstone3
PSYC Upper-Division Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120