June 30, 2016
WCU continues to evolve a curriculum that meets regional needs for learners and employers. To that end, two new programs have been approved: a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology and a Bachelor of Science in international business. Both enroll their first students this fall.
West Chester is the only public university offering Psy.D. training in southeastern Pennsylvania; most programs in this region are in private institutions. Two specializations set the program apart: one in Adolescent Clinical Mental Health and another in Post-Traumatic Stress (broadly defined, not just military PTSD). No other competing programs focus on adolescents.
Another aspect that makes this program unique is the establishment of a WCU Community Mental Health Clinic where WCU Psy.D. students can train and area residents can receive services.
As a full-time terminal degree program, students will take classes during summer and regular sessions; courses will only be offered once each year. Some current courses in the master’s program in clinical psychology will be revised and new courses added to increase the breadth of training required by the American Psychological Association (APA) for accreditation and to increase the depth of training needed for licensing as a clinical psychologist. Graduates will complete a minimum of 114 credit hours across five years, with the fifth year dedicated to a full-time pre-doctoral clinical internship as required by APA. The Psychology Department will pursue APA accreditation after the first cohort graduates.
The Psy.D. will prepare students for licensing as Clinical Psychologists, a doctoral-level license in psychology offered in all 50 states.
The new bachelor of science in international business is in part the result of demand for the Management Department’s minor in international business. Since the minor was first offered in 2010, enrollment has leapt from 24 students in fall 2010 to 112 students in fall 2015.
The B.S. in international business requires students to take courses with an international emphasis from departments within and outside the College of Business and Public Management. Students must complete the business core course, international business courses and a set of electives. They are encouraged to use their electives to earn a complementary minor from a program outside the CBPM.
The interdisciplinary approach will broaden students’ competency at identifying, analyzing and resolving business challenges in an international context and from a range of perspectives. Students will be able to advance their foreign language skills and complete an international education experience.
Advisors for the program are working with members of the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Chester County International Business Council (CCIBC) and their affiliations to find educational, career and internship opportunities for enrolled students. The CCIBC’s 33-member advisory board -- executives with international business experience representing various industries – have a collective wealth of knowledge and connections to benefit University students.
Because research shows that there is significant demand for international business education in Philadelphia, the University plans to offer the new program at the Center City location as well as on campus.