Arts and Sciences Degree/A.A.

Psychology, the fascinating science of behavior and mental processes, works on solving the mysteries of how the brain and nervous system form connections within us and with the world around us.

With the coursework, research and applied experiences undertaken as a Psychology major, about half of WVU graduates pursue graduate training in psychology, medicine, or law. More than half of our degree recipients enter the work force immediately, taking jobs in community mental health and human services, finance, security and other applied areas.

Career Opportunities: Endless career possibilities await the psychology major. A few of those are listed below.

Clinical psychologists  assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Health psychologists  study how psychological and behavioral factors interact with health and illness.

Neuropsychologists  study the effects of brain injuries, brain disease, developmental disorders, or mental health conditions on behavior and thinking.

Counseling psychologists  help patients deal with and understand problems, including issues at home, at the workplace, or in their community.

Developmental psychologists  study the psychological progress and development that take place throughout life.

Forensic psychologists  use psychological principles in the legal and criminal justice system to help other legal specialists understand the psychological aspects of a particular case.

Industrial-organizational psychologists  apply psychology to the workplace by using psychological principles and research methods to solve problems and improve the quality of work life.

School psychologists  apply psychological principles and techniques to education and developmental disorders.

Social psychologists  study how people’s mindsets and behavior are shaped by social interactions.

According to the USDA Bureau of Statistics, the profession of psychology has a higher than average growth potential and the median income in 2015 was $72,580 per year.

Degree Program:


Degree Designation:

Associate of Arts

Mary Ellen Vandeberg