Unleash the Power of the Mind and Build a Foundation for Advanced Studies

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Program Overview

Are you intrigued by human behavior and the workings of the mind? The Psychology program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) invites you on a journey of discovery. This program provides an opportunity to delve into the science of human behavior and mental processes. Whether your interest lies in understanding complex human emotions, exploring the depths of cognition, or applying psychological principles to real-world problems, the Psychology program offers a solid foundation.

As you progress through the program, you will engage in critical thinking and scientific inquiry, learn the ethics of science, and collaborate with faculty and peers. Practical opportunities like community engagement, internships, and Psi Beta membership complement your academic learning. The Associate of Arts degree you earn here meets the general education requirements of Idaho public universities, equipping you for a smooth transition to advanced studies. Graduates often find fulfilling careers in human resources, mental health care, rehabilitation, and more.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Community Engagement & Research: Get involved in hands-on projects and research that connect psychological concepts to community needs.
  • Diverse Career Preparation: Prepare for a range of careers in the helping professions, including mental health care, rehabilitation, and social work.
  • Development of Communication Skills: Hone your verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills, crucial in understanding and conveying psychological concepts.
  • Emotional Intelligence Development: Gain insights into emotional intelligence, practicing self-awareness, self-management, and collaborative skills.
  • Foundational Knowledge for Transfer: Build a strong foundation for further studies in psychology or related fields at Idaho public institutions.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Psychology – Associate of Arts Degree




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Managers, All Other

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  • Psychologists, All Other

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  • Social Science Research Assistants

    Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.


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  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

    Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.


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  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

    Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training, and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"I wanted to expand my education in order to do what I love — helping people, particularly children, who may be struggling in life and need someone to be there to listen and be their advocate. I didn’t have that growing up." Read more > about Making Dreams a Reality
Heather Williams
2019, Graduate, Psychology & Sociology


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