Thank you for your interest in the Psychology Program at the University of West Georgia. Career opportunities in our unique field are rapidly expanding. Opportunities in psychology are growing in number and scope; our department offers a unique approach to psychology that allows students to explore their personal interests in this growing field in a number of innovative ways.

Our alumni continually prove the study of psychology to be incredibly beneficial in preparation for a wide range of fields such as: mental health, education, business, law, health care, and other human service fields. Employers are expressly interested in the skills that psychology majors bring to the workplace such as: interpersonal awareness, problem solving, and proficiencies in research design.

Our department designs courses to encourage students to explore and understand experience as a primary source of psychological data. To understand psychology effectively and help others, self-understanding is essential. Therefore, in addition to traditional psychological theory and research approaches, we introduce the student to a variety of concepts and experiences that facilitate and cement self-understanding. To foster intellectual and personal growth we offer courses such as:

  • Human Growth and Potential
  • Psychology as a Human Science
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Mind and Body
  • Existential and Transpersonal Psychology

Why Humanistic Psychology?

Our program, founded on a Humanistic framework, is non-traditional in many senses of the word. Our Department focuses on growth and development in the individual and community. This approach allows the professors to teach courses they are most passionate about. Being self-motivated, expressive, and involved in the program are key aspects of being a part of the Psychology program.

This long-standing emphasis of the Department is consistent with the University’s goal: to foster educational excellence in a personal environment.

In addition, the Department seeks to provide an educational environment in which students and faculty can address social and personal issues in a specifically psychological manner. This emphasis requires knowledge of humanistic and alternative approaches to psychology as well as acquaintance with the discipline’s traditional topics and definition as a social science. Such a broad scope of concerns accords well with the University’s emphasis on critical scholarly inquiry and creativity.