Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and the mental, emotional, and physical processes associated with behavior. 

Students drawn to psychology must be willing to extend the boundaries of their knowledge about human behavior, develop mature and ethical values, learn to distinguish between valuable and trivial information, and acquire the broad perspective necessary to influence and shape the world around them.

Students gain a solid knowledge of psychological terms, concepts, theories, methods, and issues. They develop the ability to gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources, inside and outside the classroom, and learn about the human condition.

Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Psychology

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Psychology in the News

Find out more about the department's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

Developmental Psychology class cadets at Augusta Correctional Center

VMI Psych Class Visits Correctional Center

Lt. Col. Sara Whipple, associate professor of psychology, wanted to provide a way for the students in her Developmental Psychology course to connect the knowledge they have learned in class to a real world environment, so she recently took them on a field trip to Augusta Correctional Center.

John Wang ‘22

Family Inspiration Leads to Law School Aspirations

John Wang '22 is a psychology major who grew up in Taiwan and California. After graduation, he hopes to go to law school like his uncle, John Kao '91. On post, Wang currently serves as an assistant investigator for the OGA.

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