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The UWG Department of Psychology is in many ways a progressive West Coast institution housed in the conservative Southeast.  The Department draws in students from across the country and the world.

In 1967, members of the “West Georgia College” psychology department contacted Dr. Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University to inquire if he had a student who could develop a psychology program that could bring subjective experience back into the study of psychology. Without hesitation, Maslow recommended Mike Arons.  Mike was hired, and in 1967 the Department began granting Master’s degrees.   Over forty years from that time the University of West Georgia’s Psychology department has graduated thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world.

Today the work of the Department is wide in scope, yet uniquely non-traditional.  Many unsuspecting undergrads take their Psychology 101 course to simply fulfill a requirement, and find that they have discovered something that is alive within them.  Within the words of the professors, they hear the finger pointing not “out there” to texts and authorities, rather “in here” to our own experiences.  With further study they learn that this is what we called “lived experience,” and it is very different than the stories that we habitually overlay over the real.  As their studies progress, they began to see that this emphasis of looking within for psychological understanding, instead of looking outside of themselves, has been explored by a large community of psychologists, and that methods ha