Psychology Department

Our Mission

The psychology program offers a comprehensive education in the methods and content of the discipline of psychology while remaining true to the liberal arts ideal. The program provides flexibility, so that students can expand their intellectual horizons, and structure, so that students can acquire the core ideas and skills of psychology.

Students graduate with skills in interpersonal and intrapersonal interactions, quantitative analysis skills for understanding social science data, and with exposure to a tiered writing experiencing emphasizing critical analysis and argument based on empirical evidence.

The department prepares our students to be productive members of a culturally diverse society embedded within a changing global environment. Read more about the Psychology program here.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of their studies, Psychology majors will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable of the facts, theories and principles of scientific psychology, including the areas of cognitive, biological, developmental, social and personality, and clinical and counseling psychology.
  2. Describe applications of psychology.
  3. Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
  4. Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  5. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving.
  6. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  7. Write in a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity.
  8. Produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience.
  9. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals.
  10. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.



WCSU Psychology Awarded Major HRSA Grant for M.S. in Addiction Studies!

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies program at WCSU has been awarded an Opioid Workforce Expansion Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant was designed to improve training in evidence-based prevention, assessment, and treatment for opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders for providers in Connecticut.

Specifically, this grant will allow us to: 1) strengthen our relationships with community partners and build new interdisciplinary partnerships in support of substance use prevention and treatment; and 2) increase the number of students that we support through stipends at training and internship sites each year. The grant provides significant financial support for all students who are approved for a HRSA-supported internship during their Masters degree.



4+1 Graduate Masters Degree Pathway for WCSU Psychology Majors

Advanced Standing Option

WCSU Psychology majors who complete three undergraduate courses in Substance Use Counseling (out of PSY 392, 393, 394, 395) and who complete an undergraduate internship can apply for Advanced Standing and complete the graduate program in 30-31 credits rather than 37. Read about the Advanced Standing Program hereThe MS in Addiction Studies can be completed in one year full-time, or two years part-time.

This opportunity is also available to applicants to the MS program who have completed a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) program at a Connecticut Community College, such as Manchester Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, or Gateway Community college.