Major Application Short Answer Essay Questions

The Major Application Short Answer Essay Questions* provide students interested in applying to WWU's psychology or human development majors an opportunity to convey who they are and how their individual lived experiences, values, and goals align with their intended major.

Please respond to both prompts with no more than 250 words each (overall word limit of 500 words; exceeding 250 words per prompt will result in application points lost): 

  1. In the Department of Psychology, we encourage and educate majors to apply psychological science to address societal needs and problems.  

    • a) Which societal issues are you most interested in exploring with a psychology degree?

    • b) What specific academic and/or life experiences motivate you to pursue a degree in psychology?

  2. Review and reflect on the Psychology Department Values Statement. In your own words, describe specific ways your participation in the major would contribute to creating this learning community for all students. Examples provided should derive from your upbringing, lived experiences, goals, personal values, and/or interests. 

*These prompts must be submitted before your new major application can be evaluated. The application portal will open at the beginning of fall, winter, and spring quarter.


Tips to consider when writing:

-Reflect on your individual lived experience, strengths, academic history, etc. before crafting your response

-Address the prompts directly

-Think and write deeply, with full transparency

-Provide specific examples when possible

-Make sure who you are and how your goals/values align are crystal clear in your responses; consider what makes you a good fit in the Psychology Department

Remember: Quality of writing is not being evaluated; however, please use spell check and write in complete sentences to make sure your ideas come across as clearly as possible. Plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated.


Can't access the Short Answer Essay Questions? Self-enroll in our Psychology Interest Canvas course

Curious about the Department of Psychology's DEI commitment? Check out our DEI Initiatives Webpage

Looking for writing help? Visit the WWU Writing Center and/or attend a Major Application Info Session.

  • Past Info Session slides can be found HERE, though we do highly recommend attending the quarter you plan to apply.


Spring '23 Major Application

Available Friday 3/31 @ 8:30AM through Friday 4/14 @ 11:59PM

Apply in THREE easy steps:

1. Submit a Major Application Webform

2. Complete the Major + Grad Requirement Review (formerly Application Quiz) that matches your intended major

3. Submit responses to the Major Application Essay Questions

Need access to the quizzes and essay questions? Self-Enroll Here

Currently enrolled in PSY 203 as a transfer student?

Optional Step #4: Submit a Major Application Exception