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BA Psychology

The psychology major is intended for students who want a liberal arts background in behavioral science or who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology. Students can develop an understanding of the perspectives, content, and methods of the science and practice of psychology and prepare for graduate study An undergraduate student at CWU has two options for completing a major in psychology A psychology advisor can discuss your academic and career goals and help you choose the appropriate major.

The 60-credit major is intended to provide a foundation for professional careers and/or graduate training in psychology. It requires substantial coursework in the methodological, statistical and content areas of psychology, while still allowing for individualized student interests and choice.

The 45-credit major is intended for students who are interested in careers that would combine a background in psychology with work in fields such as social work, family studies, business, forensics, primate behavior and other fields for which training in behavioral science would be useful. This 45-credit major can be completed entirely online. Students in the 45-credit major are required to complete either a minor or a double major

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree from CWU must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single foreign language.


  1. Meet CWU's general education requirements through a community college direct transfer agreement (DTA), bachelor’s degree, or equivalent from any state accredited college or university
  2. Students must have completed the prerequisites listed below or their equivalents. Equivalencies at community colleges around the state for the prerequisites can be found at
  3. Apply for admission to Central Washington University online at Submit official electronic or hard copy transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended to Admissions in Ellensburg and a provide the Des Moines Center with a student copy for advising purposes.
  4. To apply to the major visit and download the application.


Prerequisite CoursesCredits
BIOL 101 or 110 or 2015
MATH 130Finite Mathematics5
PSY 101General Psychology5


For complete program curriculum, visit CWU's online catalog at