The University of West Georgia Psychology Department is unique in that our theoretical roots are in the humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology traditions. Our courses move from the expression of such classically humanistic concerns as the centrality of human, subjective experience in psychology, a holistic approach toward psychological life toward human growth and development and the extension of human potential all the way to its transpersonal and spiritual horizons, toward the meaning of genuine community and sociality, the coming to know and the acceptance of one's own authentic individuality, and the myriad ways through which growth, development, and self-actualization are shown, are limited, and are transformed.
You will find courses in the nature and structure of consciousness, of perception, of psychological development throughout our life span, of the body in its lived and physical dimensions, of affective life and feeling, of dreaming, of loving, of human gender and sex roles including feminist psychology and women's spirituality, of our marital and family relationships, of sporting relationships, of our social and cultural relations, of spirituality, of transpersonal and paranormal experiences, of disaster and evil, the meanings and forms of psychological disorder, and of the nature and transformative power of psychotherapeutic relationships.
There are two required gateway courses in the Master's Program. All students are required to take Foundations of Humanistic Psychology (PSYC 6000) and Human Growth and Potential (PSYC 6010). There are two options to complete requirements toward graduation. Under option I, students must complete a minimum of 33 hours of course work and an acceptable original thesis. Up to 9 hours of course work can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. Under option II, students must complete a total of 45 hours of course work. Up to 12 hours can be taken in graduate courses in departments other than psychology without special permission. However, you should check with the department Chair for course appropriateness. (There is no thesis option for students pursuing the emphasis in organizational development.)
Method of Delivery
Credit & Transfer
- Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 33/45
- Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 9
- Understand Personal Growth and Transformation as it relates to self and others
- Understand humanistic/transpersonal approaches to psychology and their application to sub-disciplines in psychology
- Understand and apply Human Science research methodologies
- Understand Humanistic Psychology's relationship to the helping professions
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