The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at West Chester University prepares students to understand variables such as heredity, learning, and the environment, which shape and change behavior. Our primary focus is to provide a high quality, liberal-arts education, and to prepare our students both for immediate employment and for graduate study. Our students are trained in the use of computers for statistical analysis, and work in clinical and research settings that can later be translated to many business pursuits. Our program is designed to prepare students for lifelong education and participation in an increasingly diverse society, and we encourage research and scholarship by both our students and faculty. Get Involved: • Faculty Research • Peer Mentoring Program • Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) • Psychology Club • Student Life Committee • Student Research Day • Winter Break Student Volunteer Opportunities
Faculty have a variety of research interests from eating disorders to primate behavior. Students may work with faculty on research projects.
Field placements allow students to obtain real world experience before graduation
Our program also prepares students who wish to pursue advanced degrees. WCU offers more than 670 study abroad programs including an option to travel to Rwanda with the Psychology and Anthropology Departments. This program is designed to provide students with an overview of the culture and natural history of Rwanda with a focus on its primates including great apes and ecotourism in the Gishwati region. This course provides students with hands on experience in observing primates in the wild and the methods used to collect behavioral data. On the trip students observe several species of primates including chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, stay at an active primate research site, and learn what running a field site and conducting research on primates entails.
A bachelor's degree in Psychology prepares students for a variety of careers. Our graduates work in social service and mental health settings, and the degree can also serve as a pathway to jobs in business, human resources, and other industries where analytical skills and an understanding of human behavior are helpful.
LeShell Washington won the College of Science Outstanding Student Award for 2018. LeShell co-founded and is currently President of Minorities in Medicine student organization in the West Chester University Chapter.LeShell has also been active as a peer mentor at the Lawrence Dowdy Multicultural Center, as a tutor a the LARC, and as secretary and SG Representative in the Psychology Club. She has also been involved in research with two Psychology professors and she has hadmultiple poster presentations, including two first-author poster presentations – one presenting research on pneumonia at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and another presenting neuropsychological research at the Eastern Psychological Association annual conference.