Armchair Analysis

GWU’s Psychology and Counseling Programs Prepare Students for Range of Careers

By: Chelsea Sydnor, Communications Intern


The School of Psychology and Counseling emphasizes relationships among students and faculty, as they will help develop students’ future professional interactions with their clients. This model naturally promotes student success, as students learn to support each other as well.

According to Andrea Thomas (’14), interactions were a fundamental part of her education and continue to influence her now. “My relationships with the faculty and staff encouraged me to pursue post-graduate education and inspired me to tackle real-world issues. I made lasting friendships there, and I am proud every day of my fellow alumni who are doing amazing things with their lives,” Thomas said.

Brittney Jones (’17) agrees. “All of my professors went above and beyond to prepare me for my career and continuing my education,” Jones stated.

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology trains graduates in the elements of human behavior, as well as the scientific methods necessary for studying it. Courses discuss theories of psychology, developmental stages and adolescent adjustment.

Students learn skills in communication, critical thinking, research and relationships and later pursue careers in education, business or non-profit work. Career choices include therapy, counseling, or social work. Students who earn an additional degree can become psychiatrists, psychologists, or researchers. Among alumni from the school of Psychology and Counseling are law enforcement agents, Department of Social Services workers, hospice counselors, probation officers, crime scene investigators and funeral home directors.

Graduate students can complete master’s degrees in school counseling and mental health counseling. A dual master’s degree in Divinity/Mental Health Counseling is also offered.

Learn more about the School of Psychology and Counseling