Why Major in Psychology at Washburn?

Psychology is a compelling and fascinating field of study. Psychological science attempts to understand the biological, psychological and sociocultural influences on how we think, feel and act. At Washburn, we believe that students with a scientific understanding of behavior will be well prepared to help others and participate as productive, informed members of a democratic society.

You will develop personal relationships with faculty and fellow students because of small class sizes.  The Psychology Department offers numerous opportunities for conducting research and completing internships.  Many of our students get to present their research at regional and national conferences.  

Enhance your educational experience by participating in a Washburn Transformational Experience, which allows you to take what you are passionate and transfer it to a leadership role, a study abroad experience, a community service opportunity, or a scholarly or creative endeavor.

Psychology Department By the Numbers

  • More than 650 students enroll in Basic Concepts in Psychology every year
  • More than 200 undergraduates have declared psychology as their major 
  • More than 70% of Washburn psychology majors are women
  • More than 20% of Washburn psychology majors enter graduate or professional school

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Online Bachelor's Degree

It is now possible to earn your BA in Psychology entirely online. In fact, our online BA program has already been recognized for excellence by the Community for Accredited Online Schools.

Meet psychology alumna Valerie

Valerie Peckham enjoyed a successful run in sales and customer service, but she realized that it wasn’t the career she wanted. After years of counseling people on their decisions, she decided she wanted to work in psychology.

While looking at several universities, Peckham established a connection at Washburn that made her choice of college an easy one.

"I called the Washburn Department of Psychology, and spoke with the chair of the department, who was very welcoming and very informative, and invited me to come in and meet in person," she said.

Peckham ended up at Washburn, where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology. She is now a licensed clinical psychotherapist with her own practice in Lawrence, Kansas.

"I’ve known individuals who’ve graduated from programs from other universities, and they have not felt as prepared as I felt when I graduated from Washburn’s program," Peckham said. "In this field, it’s important to be prepared because when you graduate and you get a job as a practicing clinician, you are responsible for people’s lives."

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1564

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