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Obtaining a Psychology degree can help prepare students for numerous types of careers.  The mission of the psychology major at CWI is threefold.  Students will become competent in core skills like critical thinking, communication, and information literacy.  Beyond the core skills, students will gain a firm foundation of psychological principles, research methods, and applications.  Finally, students will be prepared for junior-level transferability to a four year institution.

- Michelle Fellows, Faculty and Program Head Psychology

Program Overview

Interested in gaining insight into, and an understanding of, the science of thought, emotion, and behavior? Our Psychology program will help you do just that. College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Psychology program is designed to prepare you to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a four-year college or university. 

Our two-year degree is an excellent first step toward a bachelor’s degree. Students with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology often pursue careers in the helping professions such as human resources, crisis-intervention associate, rehabilitation worker, child-welfare worker, psychiatric technician, correctional officer, police officer, childcare assistant, mental-health technician, aide to geriatric clients, and social-welfare worker. Completion of the program will result in an Associate of Arts degree and meets the general-education requirements at all Idaho public universities. 

Program Mission

The mission of the psychology major at CWI is threefold.  Students will become competent in core skills like critical thinking, communication, and information literacy.  Beyond the core skills, students will gain a firm foundation of psychological principles, research methods, and applications.  Finally, students will be prepared for junior-level transferability to a four year institution.

Why Psychology?

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology often pursue careers in the helping professions such as: human resources worker, crisis intervention associate, rehabilitation worker, child welfare worker, psychiatric technician, correctional officer, police officer, childcare assistant, mental health technician, aide to geriatric clients, and social welfare worker.

Additional Educational Opportunities at CWI

Consider joining the Psychology Club! The purpose of the CWI Psychology Club is to…

  • Foster the development of social ties among students by creating opportunities for interaction.
  • Emphasize hands-on experience and involvement with the community by pursuing and facilitating service projects and volunteer work.
  • Promote knowledge and interest in the field of psychology by providing opportunities for interaction among students, faculty, and members of the profession.  
  • Contact Heather Thompson or Martha Timberlake.

Requirements

Course Descriptions

Psychology Classes

  • General Psychology 101
  • Careers in Psychology 120
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology 201
  • Psychology of Death and Dying 211
  • Statistical Methods 217
  • Intro to Tests and Measurements 228

Recommended Electives

  • BIOL201 – Biology 1
  • BIOL228 – Human Anatomy and Physiology2
  • MATH253 – Introductory Statistics
  • PSYC211 – Psychology of Death and Dying

Degree Plan

Advising Information
Students may contact Michelle Fellows, Heather Thompson, or Martha Timberlake for specific advising about the Psychology major.

Instructor Info

Michelle Fellows, Program Head
michellefellows@cwidaho.cc
208.562.2534
Ada Campus – RM 1219

Heather Thompson, Psychology Club Advisor
heatherthompson@cwidaho.cc
208.562.3310
Nampa Campus – RM 312

Martha Timberlake, Psychology Club Advisor
marthatimberlake@cwidaho.cc
208.562.3373
Nampa Campus – RM 311

Adjunct Faculty

Shelly Conley-Durkin
Julie Dillehay
Monty Hyde
Michael Kamplain
Jana McCurdy
Gary Meuser
Allison Molitor
Christopher Palmer
Mark Vachon
Mark Wiseman
Mike Witmer
Lori Yellen