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MU psychology majors earn degrees from European university

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Nine Marshall University psychology graduates earned a second bachelor's degree, this time from a European university.

The students spent a year studying in Europe. The students' Marshall credits transferred to the partner school. By completing the year of study there, the students qualified for the bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Debrecen in Hungary. An additional 14 students have also completed the study abroad program and will be awarded their European bachelor's degrees in the near future.

"This program was made possible by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, in cooperation with the European Commission," said the program's director, psychology professor Joe Wyatt, in a news release. "It is the first dual degree program in the history of West Virginia. We are very proud of the 23 students who made it through the program. They have become true international people."

All but two or three of the students are state natives, Wyatt said.

The program involved an equal number of European students who visited Marshall for a year and will receive the MU bachelor's degree.

Area students who completed the program include Rebecca Mutter of Hamlin, James B. Justice of Lavalette, Stacey Smith of Kenova, Kimberly White of Harts, and Christina Meade, Cody Collins and Patricia Eckert, all of Huntington.