Psychology

MAJORS  |  MINORS  |  CERTIFICATES

The psychology major provides a broadly based education in the content, methods, principles, and theories of the science of psychology. The required courses in the major expose students to the traditional important subject areas of psychology; and the elective courses in the major allow students the flexibility to pursue their own interests and goals. 

Typical bachelor's level careers in mental health settings include hospitals, half-way houses/group homes, community agencies, and hospice programs. Some public sector and business-related careers are personnel testing, advertising, and human resources. For those who obtain a master's or Ph.D. degree, career opportunities and pay expand significantly; jobs are available in mental health as well as research, teaching, and business. Some of the mental health careers for individuals with graduate degrees are clinical psychologist, social worker, professional counselor, marriage and family counselor, and school psychologist.

Students who intend to pursue graduate study in psychology or a related field should discuss this with their advisers as early as possible to develop a plan of study that will prepare them for graduate school. These students should plan to take more than the minimum 39 credits for the major, and should complete an Independent Study Research Project (PSYC 499) or Externship (PSYC 410)under the guidance of a faculty member. They should also consider completing one or both of our certificate programs.

Students majoring in psychology may be eligible for membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. This organization, which is affiliated with the Psychology Club, co-sponsors activities that are of broad interest to psychology students (e.g., workshops on graduate school, discussions of employment opportunities). Consult the department for information about how to join Psi Chi and/or the Psychology Club, as well as for a schedule of events.

One of the most unique aspects of the psychology, professional counseling and neuroscience department is the opportunity to conduct research at the undergraduate level. Our talented faculty supervise student researchers in several different labs on campus.

  • Perception, Cognition, and Neuroscience Lab
  • Social Psychology Lab
  • Adolescent Socioemotional Development Lab
  • Moral, Emotional, and Social Development Lab
  • Neuroscience of Motivated Behaviors Lab

PROGRAMS

The department is quite multi-faceted, offering traditional courses in Psychology, but also Neuroscience courses, a Neuroscience Concentration, a Neuroscience Certificate, a Mental Health Skills Certificate, a Certificate in Psychological Research, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

FACULTY

Our faculty are outstanding researchers and dedicated teachers. Many of our faculty have received teaching awards, external funding to conduct their research, and several are actively engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments.

FACULTY + STAFF


Joy Lee
Academic Department Associate 
MOLN 260
262-595-2480  |  leej0@uwp.edu

Sylvia Beyer
MOLN 266    
beyer@uwp.edu

Robtrice Brawner
MOLN 275
brawnerr@uwp.edu  

Aaron Carlstrom            
MOLN 268
carlstro@uwp.edu

Ann Friesema
MOLN 264
friesema@uwp.edu

Erin Graham
MOLN 273      
grahame@uwp.edu

Melissa Gregg
MOLN 270
greggm@uwp.edu

Erin Hillard
MOLN 282
hillard@uwp.edu

Meredith McGinley
MOLN 262
mcginley@uwp.edu

Ignacio Rivero-Covelo 
MOLN 268         
riveroco@uwp.edu

Jordan Snyder
MOLN 271
snyderj@uwp.edu

LEARNING GOALS

COMMUNICATION
Students successfully communicate psychology related material.

CRITICAL THINKING 
Students apply critical thinking skills to reading scholarly material and writing a scholarly paper.

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Students apply psychological principles.

CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Students can explain the major theories and research findings in cognitive, developmental, social, and personality psychology.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Psychology Department is committed to: promoting knowledge, understanding, and appropriate application of the scientific approach to Psychology among UW-Parkside students and in the communities we serve; involving students and faculty in collaborative research and scholarship which in part addresses community needs; and providing service appropriate to our training and perspective at campus, local, national, and global levels.


 

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PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Melissa Gregg | 262-595-2142 |  greggm@uwp.edu

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