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Department of Psychology


Why do we think and act the way we do? The underlying reasons are both complex and fascinating. Psychology, the scientific study of mental and behavior processes, allows us to better understand these intricacies of the human experience.

Just about any human activity or endeavor can be considered an area of investigation for psychological research, but key branches include developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, and personality.

If you are planning to major in psychology, you will spend your freshman and sophomore years at UWFox studying the basic sciences, mathematics, oral and written communications, humanities, social sciences, and core psychology courses. The junior and senior years at your transfer school will be devoted in large part to specialized psychology coursework.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of career options available within the field of psychology. Clinical and counseling psychology involves diagnosing and treating individuals with psychological disorders. Industrial and organizational psychology deals with personnel decisions and improving employee morale and job satisfaction. Educational and school psychology incorporates testing and counseling students as well as improving curriculum design.

Employment settings for psychologists include colleges and universities, hospitals, clinics, businesses, government agencies, elementary and secondary schools, and private practices. These professional positions require at least a master’s degree, and many career opportunities require a Ph.D. in psychology. You can also visit the psychology career center for more career information.

Curriculum Guidelines

UWFox can offer you the freshman and sophomore curriculum needed to begin a psychology major. The courses outlined below should be used as a basic guide. This curriculum may vary according to the specific program, undergraduate major, and transfer campus. Please refer to the catalog of your intended bachelor degree-granting school for further specifics.

Psychology Core Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

Liberal Arts Courses

  • Oral/Written Composition
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (Including Biology) 

Note: The beginning English and mathematics classes will be dependent upon placement scores.

Academic and Career Advising

Advisors can help you plan a course of study at UWFox that will fulfill the academic requirements of both your desired major and your transfer school of choice. Faculty members are available to assist you in their discipline, and Student Affairs advisors can help you with both academic planning and career exploration.
You can also visit career information or stop by the campus Resource Room.

Further Information

For questions or additional information regarding the Department of Psychology, please contact:

Kathy Phillipi-Immel, Department Representative


Student Services Office