Psychology club is for anyone who has an interest in psychology (not just psych majors!) It is a great way to build your CV, meet cool new people, network with professionals, and build your character. Our events are geared towards self-care and...
Are you looking to have highly marketable skills for a wide range of job settings? Then studying psychology is an excellent choice for you. Majoring in psychology at CWI will enhance your ability to understand, assist, and collaborate with others; think scientifically and solve problems; communicate effectively; and become more self-aware. Our goal is to prepare you to be competitive for the workforce with an associate’s degree or to transfer to a four-year institution to achieve your bachelor’s degree.
The Psychology program is located at the Ada County Center, which means most Psychology classes are offered at this location. Psychology is not a program that can be taken fully online or at the Nampa Campus.
The mission of the Psychology program at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) is to stimulate thought and action informed by psychological science. Our goal is to provide students with challenging classes, inspiring teaching, and transformative educational opportunities that emphasize scientific thinking and opportunities to engage in the community. Students graduate transfer-ready with a greater understanding of the role psychology plays in informing lives and fostering career development.
Why This Program
An Associate of Arts in Psychology prepares students to pursue entry level jobs in a variety of fields or to transfer and achieve success in bachelor’s program. Psychology faculty at CWI are committed to providing meaningful learning and hands on experiences to student. Previous students have said:
“Take advantage of EVERY opportunity that comes your way. Whether through service learning in the community, leadership in PSYC honor society and club, trips to other colleges, or psychology conventions in the region...the possibilities are literally endless.” – CWI Psychology Graduate
“I loved being able to do a Service Learning project for my Development course. It was great being able to learn about something and then see it in action.” – CWI Psychology Graduate
“We had guest speakers in my Careers in Psychology class who would come in and talk to us about their jobs and I remember sitting in class, listening to each of them and, each time, I found myself thinking 'I'm in the right place. This is where I am supposed to be, I'm going to be happy in this field no matter what discipline I choose.'” – CWI Psychology Graduate
Hands-on training and experience through peer mentoring and community engagement
Development of scientific reading, writing, and research skills
Work study positions at CWI and in the community
Present at conferences
Psi Beta Honor Society
What You Will Learn to Do
- Critical thinking
- Information literacy
- Personal responsibility
- Data analysis
- Discipline specific knowledge and skills
In addition to learning in the classroom, the Psychology program provides students with opportunities such as:
- Presentations by Guest Speakers
- Networking with Community Agencies
- Participation in Annual SHR Department Symposium
- Psychology Club
- Community Engagement
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Requirements and Costs
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins1||N/A||April 10||Nov. 13, 2023|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb. 27||April 17||Nov. 20, 2023|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||July 29||Dec. 16, 2023|
|Admission Deadline2||May 27||Aug. 12||Jan. 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Classes Begin3||June 5||Aug. 21||Jan. 16|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
When it comes time to find a job, it is important to remember that psychology training is adaptable to a variety of job settings.
Some of the most common entry level occupations (for associate and bachelor’s degrees) include: sales, social services, labor relations, business and marketing, management and administration, and real estate. Occupations at the professional level (masters and doctorate degrees) include: mental health professional, college professor, research scientist, statistician, and executive director.
If you visit http://cwidaho.myplan.com and click on the Careers tab, you can search the careers for which psychology relates (search using words like – psychology, counseling, helping, human relations, health, etc.). As you explore the MyPlan.com website, take the time to email CWI’s One Stop Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn the access code that will allow you to complete Assessments of your interests, personality, values and skills. This will help you recognize some of the careers in the world of work that may be a good fit for you.
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