The primary goal of the Psychology Department is to prepare students for professional human service roles and/or graduate study in psychology and related fields. Our program fosters (1) the requisite core of knowledge about the discipline, (2) an exposure to applied aspects of the field, and (3) a greater awareness of self, others, and sociocultural influences. This goal serves the institutionís mission of broadening studentsí perspectives, increasing their ethical sensitivity, and preparing them for their ultimate roles as competent professionals.
The department adopts as objectives the ten guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association Task Force on Undergraduate Major Competencies. Student Learning Outcomes Speci?c to the Discipline:
Psychology is the empirical and theoretical study of behavior and mental life. It is a science that investigates the causes and dynamics of behavior patterns, and it is a profession that applies knowledge, skills, and techniques to the solutions of individual and social problems.
A psychologist may be either a scientist, a practitioner, or both, who specializes in the study of behavior and the treatment of behavior-related problems. Educational and professional experiences help the psychologist to understand normal human developmental patterns and how people normally perceive, think, and behave in a wide variety of environments and under many different conditions. The scientist conducts research to add to the ever-expanding font of knowledge available to colleagues and the general public. The practitioner is trained to provide professional assistance to children, adolescents and adults, as well as to couples, families, and groups and may also provide services to schools, agencies, organizations, industries, and institutions.
Students major in psychology for a variety of reasons:
In cooperation with the Department of Criminal Justice and/or the Counselor Education Graduate Program, undergraduate psychology majors may obtain AODA certification (alcohol and other drug counseling) or complete course requirements for the State of Wisconsin Social Worker Training Certificate.
All majors will complete the required sequence of courses. Majors are advised to select either the human services emphasis or the applied business emphasis, or to pursue a career-related minor or second major.
*MATH 1830 Elementary Statistics does not count toward the 36 credits for the major.
(Select additional courses from the above elective categories or from the following courses.)
*Four credits of Cooperative Field Experience may count toward the 36 credits required for the major; up to eight credits may count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
In addition to the completion of 36 credits in psychology, all psychology majors must also successfully complete the following writing requirements:
Emphases within the major: Completion of an emphasis, a career-related minor, or a second major is strongly recommended.
This includes appropriate selection of electives from the elective categories of the psychology major plus additional courses, requiring 15-18 credits beyond the minimum 36 for the major:
The course work in this emphasis is recommended by the Psychology Department to students interested in pursuing a career in the human service professions or in applying for the State of Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate or for state AODA (alcohol and other drug) certification. Obtaining these certifications may require coursework or training beyond that provided at UW-Platteville. Please check regularly with your advisor regarding possible revisions.
This includes appropriate selection of electives from the elective categories of the psychology major plus additional courses, requiring 15-18 credits beyond the minimum 36 for the major).
A technical writing course (ENGLISH 3000 or COMMNCTN 3010) and BUSADMIN 3630 (Advertising) are also strongly recommended.
The course work in this emphasis is recommended by the Psychology Department to students interested in pursuing a career in business fields related to psychology.
The following is a recommended sequence of courses. It includes the requirements for the core major and those for the basic skills component (only) of the general education requirements.
We highly recommend that you not leave any required courses (for major, emphasis, or general education) to be taken the final semester. Elective credits toward the 120 required for graduation and additional electives in psychology should be taken.
The remaining 12 credits must be selected from other Psychology courses offered by the Department of Psychology. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all psychology courses that contribute to the Psychology minor.
Students may complete a social sciences comprehensive major with an emphasis in psychology, economics, geography, history, political science, or sociology. Please refer to the catalog section "Social Sciences Comprehensive" for details.