The undergraduate program in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University has a natural science orientation consistent with the contemporary definition of psychology as the science of behavior. This perspective, along with strong components dedicated to experimental and behavior analysis, has earned the department an international reputation.

The psychology major is well-known for its excellent preparation for graduate study in psychology. This, along with the skills learned through the practicum in which course work and practical experience are combined, places our students in demand by employers who seek graduates with this type of education and training.

Extending into the graduate level, the department offers three programs:

Students can receive both master and doctoral level degrees resulting in a variety of careers.


Department faculty are committed to quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and engage in continuous assessment activities designed to constantly improve the quality of its instructional programs. The goals of the department are intended to be coordinated with, and be supportive of, the professional and academic mission of Western Michigan University.


We appreciate and recognize our emeriti whose contributions to academia, the University and community have continued beyond retirement.