Historically known as a center for humanistic psychology, the psychology program at West Georgia holds international recognition for its unique approach that draws from the humanistic, transpersonal, and critical psychology traditions. We emphasize "psychology as a human science," and the three degree programs in our department engage students with psychological research and theory that fosters critical thinking and human science methods toward a nuanced understanding of human experience. Our programs also emphasize exploration of sociocultural and historical context, application of psychology to real-world situations, development of creative potential, and contribution to the common good.
Our B.S. program ensures that undergraduate students are broadly prepared to enter into the work world or to pursue further education with an integrated understanding of the human experience.
Our M.A. students are encouraged to create a unique path of awareness and learning according to their interests and goals, and at the intersection of scholarship, praxis, and personal growth.
Our Ph.D. students are distinctively prepared to bring philosophical reflection and a pluralistic methodological framework to bear on the complex needs of a rapidly changing society.
Virtual Tour: Melson Hall
In 2018 we were grateful to commission the artist Manami Yagashiro Lingerfelt to paint
a beautiful mural for Melson Hall, which houses the UWG psychology community. This
video showcases a virtual tour of the mural and Melson Hall. You can view more of Manami’s
creative process and whimsical artwork at:
Historical & Philosophical Roots
"Development of a humanistic orientation at West Georgia was but one expression of fundamental social changes in America which had been gaining momentum for some time. Relative economic and technological success had not brought with it concomitant progress towards the personal or collective experience of fulfillment. The very attitudes which accompanied victory in the battle at the survival level were proving inadequate or inappropriate in discovering means for greater personal and social realization. Humanistic or "3rd Force" Psychology focused attention on assumptions and methods which promised to move beyond previously limiting conceptions of human potential without, however, denying to those conceptions their value within appropriate contexts.” - Mike Arons
Learn about the unique humanistic history of the UWG Psychology program, and how its legacy lives on in our philosophical values today.
Alumni and Friends
"Alumni of our psychology program are now more than 4500 strong and are living and working across the nation and around the globe. This 50th celebration invites our alumni to reconnect with each other and the faculty, as well as meet current students and learn about the plans for the next 50 years.” - Dr. N. Jane McCandless, former Dean of College of Social Sciences.Learn More
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