As psychology is an ever more technical field, the program strives to expand computer facilities and increase opportunities for students to gain necessary experience in this area. Courses will continue to be updated to reflect new information, particularly in the biological areas of the discipline. Other areas, including those in the social sciences, social work, and nursing, will continue to profit from the expertise of psychology as it relates to their disciplines.
Our program continues to attract quality students through its qualified instructors, challenging courses, and modern facilities. Our small faculty-to-student ratio contributes to an intimate learning atmosphere that is furthered by a group of dedicated, accessible faculty. Classes are conveniently scheduled to accommodate the wide variety of students that our program attracts. The West Virginia State University psychology program will continue its efforts to provide proper instruction, on all levels, to those who seek our knowledge, advice, and guidance.
Purpose & Goals
The Psychology Program of West Virginia State University serves varied purposes for its diverse clientele. For those students seeking training for professions in the field, we strive to present the necessary information, skills, and experience to prepare them for graduate school, careers, or both. For those students in our service courses, our goals are to present a balanced, comprehensive view of psychology as a legitimate area of science, while likewise emphasizing the practical importance of the subject matter in their daily lives.
In addition to scholarship, the program continues to maintain an active research profile, a referral service for those students in need of counseling, advising to all students interested in careers in the field, recognition of academic excellence through the departmental honor society, and an active voice in community service through off-campus classes and public speaking engagements.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
120 hours required for graduation
- General Education - 35-38 Hours Major - 45 Hours
- PSYC 151, 175, 200, 315, 390, 412
- Two courses from: PSYC 303, 306, 309, 310, 320, 325, 330
- Two courses from: PSYC 245, 290, 300, 307, 308, 312, 330
- Two courses from: PSYC 207, 215, 301, 330, 335, 340, 398, 400, 401
- One additional course from any of the above groups
- Required Cognate - 6 Hours Six hours of one foreign language, excluding courses on foreign cultures taught in English.
- Electives To bring total to 120 hours
Minor in Psychology - 15-16 Hours
- PSYC 151
- Take the remaining 12 hours from any 2 of the 3 following groups.
- Group One: 303, 306*, 309, 310, 320*, 325*, 330*, 200
- Group Two: 245, 290, 300, 307*, 308, 312, 330, 200
- Group Three: 207, 215, 301, 335, 340, 398*, 401, 330, 200.
*If Statistics for the Social Sciences (PSYC 200) is a pre-requisite for any of the above listed courses, the student must take PSYC 200 first.
Note: All courses are 3 credit hours unless noted otherwise.
PSYC 151. General Psychology
A general survey of principles, theories and fields of psychology with emphasis on application. (Course is designed for the student who wishes to gain a greater understanding of human behavior, both adaptive and nonadaptive.) Prerequisite(s): eligibility for ENGL 101.
PSYC 175. Psychology as a Profession (1 credit hour)
An overview of psychology as an undergraduate major, as well as an introduction to post-baccalaureate educational and career opportunities in the field. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151, eligibility for ENG 101.
PSYC 200. Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 credit hours)
A basic course designed to teach the major statistical concepts, procedures, techniques and interpretations to beginning students in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is on application rather than theory. Prerequisite(s): Completion of MATH 120 or 111.
PSYC 207. Psychological Adjustment
Dynamics, development and problems of human adjustment with emphasis on the normal personality. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151.
PSYC 215. Community Mental Health
Introduction to the concepts of mental health and primary prevention with emphasis on the effect of social systems on mental health and performance. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 245. Sex Roles
This course examines sex roles from a gender and psychosocial perspective. The major impact of sex roles and sex role expectations upon major areas of psycho-social functioning will be examined. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151.
PSYC 290. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
An examination of the major theories, research and methods of lifespan developmental psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151. (Formerly PSYC 411)
PSYC 300. Social Psychology
Survey of theories and evidence regarding social influences on behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151.
PSYC 301. Tests and Measurements
Theory of psychological testing: emphasis on statistics of test construction, reliability and validity. Includes a critical evaluation of the more common intelligence, achievement, aptitude, interest and personality tests. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 & 200.
PSYC 303. Physiological Psychology
A study of the physiological and neuroanatomical mechanisms underlying human behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 & 200; junior standing or permission of instructor.
PSYC 305. Intermediate Behavioral Statistics
Data analysis procedures and multivariate research design. Topics include analysis of variance, multiple regression analysis, simple discriminant function, factor analysis and computer application. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 200 and permission of the instructor.
PSYC 306. Health Psychology
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine; to outline the basic activities of clinical health psychologists; and to provide an understanding of the topography of disease and illness in the twenty-first century. The leading causes of death worldwide and in the United States will be examined, as well as risk factors for these illnesses. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their individual health status and embark on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Prerequisite(s): Junior status and permission of instructor.
PSYC 307. Forensic Psychology
This course will provide students with an overview of the role psychologists play in the criminal justice system. Course topics will include psychological factors in civil and criminal trials, criminal profiling, interrogation, competence to stand trial, the insanity defense, risk assessment, and the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151
PSYC 308. Psychology of Human Differences
The study of age, sex and environmental influences on individual differences. The course will also cover research and theory dealing with the interactions of genes and environment in the development of individual differences. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 and 200.
PSYC 309. Motivation and Emotions
Classical and contemporary theories of motivation and emotion. Includes investigation of basic human biological, social and affiliative motives and the relationship of those motives to emotional states. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 and 200.
PSYC 310. Learning and Memory
This course involves an examination of the basic principles of learning theory and the nature, structure and processes of human memory. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 & 200 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 312. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
This course involves the application of psychological principles, particularly of systems and organizations, to behavior in industrial, business and managerial environments. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151, 200 and junior standing or permission of instructor. (Formerly PSYC 208)
PSYC 315. History and Systems of Psychology
A review of the history of psychology, including a survey of the philosophical and scientific antecedents of contemporary psychology. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.
PSYC 320. Sensation and Perception
This course includes an examination of the structure and function of the major sensory systems and their relationship to basic and complex perceptual processes. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 & 200.
PSYC 321-322. Special Problems in Psychology (1-3 Credit Hours)
Independent work on a special problem with any member of the psychology faculty. For majors only. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing in psychology and permission of the instructor and chairperson of the department. (Maximum of six hours may be earned.)
PSYC 325. Comparative Behavior
A review of the various effects of evolution, structure and physiology on both innate and learned aspects of animal and human behavior. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
PSYC 330. Special Topic Seminar (1-3 Credit Hours)
Seminars on special topics of psychological interest will be provided for majors and non-majors, as determined by need and availability of staff. Topics will include titles such as: The Psychology of Women, Parapsychology, Human Sexual Behavior, Race Differences, Psychology of Aggression, Humanistic Psychology, Behavior Modification and Psychology for Criminal Justice majors. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology
This course is a study of the etiology, classification and treatments of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 and permission of the instructor.
PSYC 335H Abnormal Psychology Honors
This course is designed to introduce students to the distinction between normal and abnormal behavior, the current classification system for psychopathology, principles of assessment, and behavioral characteristics of the most common psychological disorders. Students will also conduct a literature review on an approved topic and submit a paper written in American Psychological Association (APA) style. Prerequisite(s): Psychology 151, permission of instructor and admission to and participation in the Honors Program.
PSYC 340. Clinical Psychology
Course is designed to introduce the students to the concepts, methods, and profession of Clinical Psychology. Focus is on professional issues, assessment and diagnostic techniques and methods of therapeutic intervention. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 and permission of instructor.
PSYC 390. Research Methods (4 credit hours)
This course includes an intensive study of the use of research methods in psychology. Additional topics include ethics, effective library utilization, professional writing and oral presentations. Students devise individual research projects to develop necessary skills in these areas. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, PSYC 151, 175, 200, and 2 other PSYC classes. (Formerly PSYC 205)
PSYC 398. Clinical Field Experience in Psychology
Placement of qualified upper-level students in local mental health agencies/hospitals for the purpose of supervised observation and clinical service delivery commensurate with the student’s educational level. Students will incorporate and integrate knowledge and skills obtained in coursework into applied situations. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite(s): 30 hours earned, with a minimum of 9 credit hours in Psychology; PSYC 335 or 340; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; or permission of instructor.
PSYC 400. Childhood Psychopathology
This course is a study of the etiology, classification and treatments of abnormal behavior in childhood and adolescence. Prerequisite(s): PSYC151.
PSYC 401. Psychology of Personality
The study of classical and contemporary theories of personality including relevant research. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 412. Senior Seminar
A capstone course designed to prepare psychology majors for employment and/or graduate training in the discipline. Emphasis is on the skills which are essential to the practice of psychology, such as written and verbal communication, library utilization and expansion of knowledge base. Assignments include completion of a written senior thesis, oral defense of same and a comprehensive exam based on courses already completed. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 151, 175, 200, 315, 390 and senior standing.
PSYC 412H. Senior Seminar Honors
A capstone course designed to prepare psychology majors for employment and/or graduate training in the discipline. Emphasis is on the skills which are essential to the practice of psychology, such as written and verbal communication, library utilization, and expansion of knowledge base. Assignments include completion of a written senior thesis, oral defense of same and a comprehensive exam based on courses already completed. Senior Seminar Honors requires honor students to engage in a creative collaborative mentorship with the designated faculty for the completion of all parts of the senior thesis. This creative component can involve various professional aspects of psychology such as the production of research. This added honors course requirement will require an additional 20 percent more coursework than Psychology 412 to satisfy the honors requirements of this course. Prerequisite(s): Psychology 151, 175, 200, 315, 390, senior standing and admission to and participation in the Honors Program.