About Psychology

Psychology is the empirical and theoretical study of thought, emotion, and behavior. It is a science that investigates the causes and dynamics of behavior patterns and a profession that applies knowledge, skills, and techniques to the solutions of individual and social problems.

Our Goal

The major goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide students with an education which will help prepare them for life. While psychology is the study of human behavior, it is not meant to provide quick and easy answers to the "why?" of our behavior or the behavior of others. It will, we hope, provide you with information that will assist you in your search for those answers.

Our Faculty and Staff

The psychology department consists of full-time faculty and part-time instructors who offer 26 different courses. We also strive to match each psychology major with an advisor with whom he or she will feel comfortable.

Major in Psychology

Students major in psychology for a variety of reasons:

  • As preparation for graduate work in psychology.
  • As a liberal arts preparation for employment in a wide variety of semi-professional or psychology-related fields, including management and personnel work, sales and services, and social service work.
  • As a second major in support of a more vocationally-oriented major. Many psychology majors also major in criminal justice, business, and other related fields.

In addition, there are a significant number of students who major in psychology as pre-professional undergraduates in preparation for law, clergy, or medicine, or to complete a bachelor's degree for nursing.

Others have no more specific goal in mind than to obtain a quality liberal arts education. In cooperation with the Department of Criminal Justice, undergraduate psychology majors may complete the coursework needed for the State of Wisconsin Social Worker Training Certificate.

If you are interested in declaring psychology as a major, see the academic program overview for more information about how to become admitted to the program, the requirements for the psychology major, psychology minor, course offerings, and different emphases within the psychology program such as human services, substance abuse counseling, or the social work certificate.

Review the checksheets for a major in psychology, emphasis in human services, emphasis in substance abuse counseling or minor in psychology, and rotation of psychology courses to learn more.

Internships and Volunteering

Students obtain valuable experiences by doing internships with organizations and volunteering in the community. Psychology majors can participate in the Cooperative Field Experience program.


A psychologist can be a scientist, a practitioner (or both) who specializes in the study of thought, emotion, and behavior and the treatment of behavior-related problems. The scientist conducts research to add to the ever-expanding fund 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. He or she may also provide services to schools, agencies, organizations, industries, and institutions.


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Psychology majors and alumni take about their experiences in the program.