Whether you want to become a school psychologist, counselor or social worker, the Clinical, Counseling & School Psychology emphasis will prepare you for a meaningful career dedicated to helping people and communities, while using research and theory to inform practice.
Start the journey to making a positive impact on your community.
At Western Colorado University, you’ll find a safe and welcoming environment where you can engage in discussions and work closely with your peers and professors. The comprehensive core curriculum of the program will cover everything from general psychology to clinical psychology, including a capstone seminar and internship.
Beyond the classroom, you’ll develop your own research projects under faculty supervision and gain real-world experience in programs like Active Minds, an advocacy group that provides mental health education. You can also put your knowledge to practice as an intern working with at-risk children, domestic victim advocacy, substance abuse prevention and other social service agencies. Whether your goal is a master’s degree or starting a career immediately after college, you’ll gain the fundamental psychology education you need to pursue a variety of meaningful careers.
A bright future
Whether the goal is a master’s degree or starting a career immediately after college, students learn the foundations needed to pursue impactful work.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.
A minimum of 40 credits is required:
|PSY 100||General Psychology (GT-SS3)||3|
|PSY 200||Statistics and Data Analysis||3|
|PSY 210||History of Psychology||3|
|PSY 270||Development Psychology||3|
|PSY 301||Research Methods||3|
|PSY 345||Biological Psychology (with laboratory)||4|
|PSY 457||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 460||Psychological Testing||3|
|PSY 475||Clinical Psychology||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Learning and Behavior|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Personality|
|Industrial and Applied Psychology|
|Select one of the following capstone courses:||3|
|Capstone Seminar in Psychology|
|Capstone Internship in Psychology|
Capstone Course Requirement
The following courses in the Psychology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: PSY 498 Capstone Seminar in Psychology, or PSY 499 Capstone Internship in Psychology (with a minimum grade of “C” ).
Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation. Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above). Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued.
Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements.
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship
The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.
Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.
For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Expand your community and your network.
There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western Colorado University. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.
- Active Minds: An advocacy group that provides mental health education.
- Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology.
- Psychology Club: A place to participate in discourse and activities related to psychology.
- Research: Students can develop their own projects under faculty supervision or participate in internship activities.
Making an impact
The Clinical, Counseling & School Psychology emphasis prepares students for careers dedicated to helping people and communities while using research and theory to inform practice.
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