Declaring a Major

2021-22 New Major Declaration Requirements

Students intending to declare a major in psychology or human development must:

  • meet all prerequisites,
  • complete the Major Application Quiz, and
  • complete the application webform fully and on time.

Please note that the Department of Psychology is highly impacted, meaning the number of students wishing to declare exceeds the space available. As a result, admission will be determined each quarter on a space-available basis, determined by GPA ranked from high to low.

The quiz and new major application portal are open during weeks three and four of fall, winter, and spring quarter via the Psychology Department website, see link below

2021-22 New Major Prerequisites

  1. Completion (including current class enrollment) of at least 90 credits;
  2. Completion of at least 20 PSY credits (with a C- or better) by the end of the current quarter, including completion of PSY 101 and PSY 297A/203*, and completion/current enrollment in two courses from PSY 210, 220, 230, 240, and 250, or transfer credit for those courses as indicated on the Transfer Equivalency Report. At least 5 200-level PSY credits taken at Western;
  3. Achieved a Western GPA (based on at least 12 credits) of 2.70 or higher**. In the absence of a Western GPA, a GPA of 2.70 or higher from an equivalent four-year institution (based on at least 12 credits) or a cumulative GPA from a completed Associates degree may substitute for the Western GPA. A psych GPA (based on an average of two or more 200-level major-required psych courses*) may substitute for a cumulative GPA. 

* Exception for current enrollment in fall '21 PSY 203 sections available on a case-by-case basis. See forthcoming Current Enrollment Exception Form.

** GPA minimum requirement increased from a 2.6 to 2.7 beginning fall '21.

Please note: The new major application portal is only open during the third and fourth weeks of fall, winter, and spring quarter. Application is unavailable summer quarter.


Fall '21 Application Opens Oct 4

I've completed PSY 301 with a C- or better...

2020-21 Psychology and Human Development Major Declaration

To declare a 2020-21 major, a psychology pre-major must have:

  • Successfully completed/transferred PSY 301;
  • Achieved a WWU GPA (based on at least 12 credits) of 2.70 or higher. A GPA of 3.0 or higher in Western PSY courses, including PSY 301, may substitute for the cumulative 2.70 GPA.

Students who have successfully declared a psychology pre-major and meet all the above major requirements may declare a 2020-21 major:

Declare Today!