West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Pre-Psychology with Social Work 2+2 (Transfer to West Liberty University)

Pre-Psychology with Social Work 2+2
Associate in Applied Science
Transfer to West Liberty University

Note: The “2+2” term is used to refer to a transfer agreement through which a student completes an
Associate’s degree at one institution and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution. Due to individual
student factors, part-time or full-time status, need for developmental education coursework, scheduling
and availability of courses, or other factors, all students may not be able to complete these degrees in two
(Associate’s) or four (Bachelor’s) years. The term “2+2” does not imply a guarantee that a student will be
able to complete all requirements in four years.
Further, 2+2 articulation agreements contain very specific requirements which have been agreed upon
and approved by the administration and faculty at both institutions. Because of this, petitions for course
substitutions will not usually be considered or approved to allow a student to graduate under a 2+2 program.
Students are encouraged to meet with a member of the Psychology faculty at WLU early in their program
of study at WVNCC to obtain information and counseling concerning the Psychology program.
Important Note: Students should be aware that the Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology w/ a Social
Work minor from WLU does not qualify students for any kind of licensure. Students who are interested
in becoming licensed social workers, licensed psychologists, or licensed professional counselors have to
complete a B.S.W. degree in an institution that is accredited by NASW and/or complete a Bachelor’s and
Master’s degree in a field that is license eligible at the Master’s degree level. Consult with an academic
advisor for questions related to this note.
Students completing this option will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree from West
Virginia Northern. Upon completing the additional credit hours required at WLU, they will
receive a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology w/ a Social Work minor.
In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to WLU need to have an overall
grade point average of 2.0 and meet other program admissions requirements of WLU to be
eligible under the 2+2 program. Students must also complete a separate application for the
Department of Psychology and fulfill other program admissions requirements.*
Students successfully completing and receiving an AAS degree under the 2+2 agreement with
WLU in Psychology should be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the psychology and social work profession and
the evolution of its various delivery systems
• Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in psychology
and social work
• Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories of psychology and human development
• Demonstrate knowledge of the issues related to the ethical standards of the psychology
and social work professions
• Demonstrate knowledge of how social, cultural, family, and individual factors influence
needs and affect the delivery of social or psychological services
• Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum
requirements for the 2+2 Associate in Applied Science degree
• Utilize critical thinking skills
• Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment
to attendance, initiative, organization, and interest in the profession
*Although a cumulative GPA of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA
(or other special) requirements at the transfer institution for admission to this baccalaureate program may not be
admitted to the program until they are able to meet those requirements. Students should consult with an advisor at the
transfer institution early in their program to check on this, and other requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program.


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