Prospective Students

The W's Department of Psychology & Family Studies provides a broad liberal arts education for all students and seeks to be a model for the campus in how to promote learning by doing.

The psychology curriculum exposes students to several areas of the discipline: cognition, development, psychopathology, and social/personality. The psychology program emphasizes research methodology and writing for science.

Family Studies students focus on family and relationships, and how to apply that knowledge to working with families. We focus on keeping families healthy and on keeping small family problems from becoming big ones. Because we focus on prevention and working with families at all stages of life, we focus on the application of what you learn in the classroom, which means that there are many career opportunities for graduates of our programs.



A Legacy of Affordable Quality

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The study of psychology and supporting the family has been at the core of The W since the university was founded. Alumni from The W have gone on to pursue careers in counseling, therapy, advertising, and advocacy. That legacy of excellence continues today.

The university was founded in 1884 with the purpose of educating the under-served populations of Mississippi, and it is a tradition we strongly believe in to this day. The W consistently ranks as one of the best public universities in the Southeast according to U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. Our commitment to an affordable education means we have one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

Making Higher Education Affordable

Cost shouldn't be a barrier. At The W it won't be. We believe that the cost of a college education should not be a deterrent to your pursuit of earning a bachelor's degree. The W has kept tuition among the lowest in the Southeast. We offer that same low tuition to residents of every state, and a range of scholarships, and grants to help you pay for your education.

See for yourself! Our Net Price Calculators can tell you what you can expect to pay in tuition and the scholarships you are eligible to receive.

No Out-of-State Fees

We've eliminated all Out-of-State Fees, so no matter where you are from, you can get the same great education for the same price as a Mississippi resident. Really!

Scholarships Opportunities

In addition to academic scholarships offered by the University, incoming family studies majors are eligible for scholarships.


The W Life

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We know college is not just about academics. Here at The W, it's easy to find a fit in one of more than 70 student organizations. You can plan a concert, compete in intramural sports, serve in student government, participate in a social club, sorority, or fraternity. You can even start your own organization. There's plenty to do!



What's Next?

If you would like more information about everything The W has to offer: Request Information

If you think The W would be a good fit, complete the free application to Apply to The W

If you would like to take a tour of campus and our studio spaces: Schedule a Visit


And if you have a question, or would like to speak to a human, please feel free to contact us:

Dorothy Berglund, Ph.D., CFLE
Psychology & Family Studies Chair
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(662) 329-7155

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