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Psychology Major



The Psychology degree is designed to provide the student a broadly based program in behavioral science. The psychology major may be pursued as a component of a general liberal arts background, as preparation for a variety of service oriented occupations, or as a basis for graduate study in psychology and related fields. Beyond what is shown on this page, look at Psychology Advising for suggestions on getting started as a psychology major.




The Psychology major requires a total of 56 credit hours taken in psychology. The student begins with a basic core (36 credit hours) which provides a foundation in psychology for all majors, then with the help of a psychology advisor, the student selects a program which is tailored to fit individual interests, graduate study, or potential employment. In addition to the major, students completing a BA or BS degree also complete a minor, (27 credit hours) in a field which will support and broaden one’s intended use of psychology. Specific courses in the minor are selected with the help of an advisor in that minor field.

LACC Block

For students completing a BA or BS degree, in addition to the major, the student also selects a minor (27 credit hours) in a field which will support and broaden one’s intended use of psychology.  Specific courses in the minor are selected with the help of an advisor in the minor field.

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum 55
Psychology Major 56
Electives/Other Requirements 42
Minor 27
Total Degree 180


Students earning a BS degree in psychology are also required to take at least 12 hrs. of math/computer science/quantitative literacy course according to the following specifications: PSY 467Q, PSY 468QW, CS 121 or higher and MTH 11 or higher with the exception of MTH 243.

Students earning a BA degree need MTH 105 or higher, CS 101 or higher and also need to complete 2 years of a foreign language. (See catalog for more specific details)

Students earning an AB degree follow specific AB degree requirements. For more information, see your psychology advisor.



Psychology Major 56 hrs –(minimum of 40 hours upper division, 16 credits lower division)


Basic Core – 36 hrs –(required of all psychology majors)

PSY 201 & 202 General Psychology 8
PSY 301W Introduction to Research Methods 4
PSY 311 Developmental Psychology 4
PSY 334D Social Psychology 4
PSY 360 Cognitive Psychology 4
PSY 467Q Quantitative Methods 4
PSY 467QW Research Methods 4
PSY 443, 445, 446, 447, 448 or 449 Industrial Organizational Psychology (choose 1) 4


Additional Electives – 20 hrs


(See Course descriptions to find out more about individual courses) Students should choose these additional 20 hours with an advisor’s assistance.


BA/BS/AB Degree in Psychology brochure


Course Clusters



1. For students catalog years 2010-2015, students must apply and be approved for admission to the Psychology Major. Please consult your psychology advisor for more information or to set an appointment. Psychology Advising

To be admitted, students must provide evidence that they have:

a. Sophomore standing

b. Completed PSY 201, 202, and 301W or equivalent courses

c. A G.P.A. of 2.67 or higher in all psychology courses

d. An overall G.P.A. of 2.50 or higher


2.  For students starting catalog year 2016, the NEW requirements are as follows.  There is no formal application to the Psychology major. Psychology majors must have a grade of C- or better in courses used to satisfy the major requirements. Students with an earlier catalog year can change to 2016 or later catalog year, however all degree requirements including major, minor, LACC and BA/BS/AB must follow the same catalog year.  For more information, see your psychology advisor.


3. It is extremely important to consult with an advisor in psychology to plan the most appropriate and efficient sequence of courses.



Western Oregon University Psychology Student Association, (WOUPSA) offers all interested students an opportunity to meet fellow students and share activities specifically relevant to psychology. Activities have included field trips, speakers, and conference attendance.


In addition, Psi Chi, the National Honorary Society in Psychology, is open to qualified majors and minors in psychology. See the Psi Chi advisor for more information.






In 2011, we surveyed majors who graduated from the Psychology program between 2001-2010. Former students were employed in a variety of occupational fields with diverse job titles including social worker, geriatric care manager, adolescent counselor, attorney, teacher, registered nurse and physician’s assistant. When asked about further education, 38% of Alumni reported that they were in the process of or had completed further education, with the majority completing a Master’s degree. Receiving a degree in psychology prepared alumni to succeed in diverse graduate programs in social work, clinical/counseling, education, business, law, and medical fields.


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