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Department of Psychology Psychology Degree

Major, Minor

A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE PROVIDES A BROAD, YET THOROUGH, UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISCIPLINE OF PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Psychology teaches research and writing skills, problem-solving skills and well-developed, higher-level thinking ability for analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information. Psychology graduates find jobs in human services, administration, public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. They become guidance counselors, substance use and disorder counselors, clinical psychologists, community organizers, and business managers.

All students pursuing a psychology degree begin by taking an introduction to the field, then learn the fundamentals of research methods and statistics. This advances into courses and experiences that provide both breadth and depth to knowledge of the entire field and skills needed in the workforce.

Why Study Psychology at UW-Stevens Point?

Diverse training and areas of specialization in psychology prepare UW-Stevens Point students for a variety of post-graduate pursuits. About 30 percent of our graduates go on to advanced training, normally seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in psychology. Others obtain law or medical degrees. Many students work in community organizations and businesses after earning their bachelor’s degree. UWSP alumni are working in applied psychology, behavioral research, clinical and counseling psychology, and in neuroscience.
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Program Facilities

The Department of Psychology supports nine laboratories and research facilities that are used by faculty and students for their research projects. They are also used for instructional purposes, particularly in the experimental and clinical courses. Our biological and cognitive psychology labs include the Animal Lab, Cognition and Attention Laboratory, and the Spindler Memory and Applied Cognition Lab. For clinical and counseling, we utilize the Beck Videotaping Facility, and the Counseling Psychology Laboratory. Finally, for developmental and social psychology labs our students work in the Aging and Development Lab, Social and Environmental Psychology Laboratory, and Gender Development Laboratory.

Alumni to Know

Psychology undergraduates gain a deep understanding in the social sciences. ’16 Alumna Erin Cimino, remembers feeling supported academically and personally by her many mentors at UWSP. She had a wide range of experiential learning, interning in a school setting, at a health care center, working with older adults and with college-age peers on campus. “It helped me grow into the person I am today. They modeled every day how to be accepting and open-minded, supportive of people,” she said.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Psychology students are strongly encouraged to work with a professor on directed readings, original experimental or survey research, applied internships, or special-interest projects.

Senior psychology majors who have taken Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 351) and Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (PSYC 401) can apply for a Human Services internship. Interns receive credit for working at an unpaid placement for six hours a week at various community agencies including school psychology and guidance departments, shelters for women who have been abused, counseling centers, group homes for at-risk youth, ABA therapy sites, or halfway houses for parolees.

Experiential Learning Opportunities in Psychology:

  • Internships – Students report that participating in an internship program is invaluable experience when searching for employment in the field after graduation or applying to graduate school. Interns receive PSYC 494 Human Services Internship credit for working at an unpaid placement for 6 hours a week.
  • Research and Independent Study – Students can become involved in the research lab with faculty or complete an independent study course or project. Volunteer with a faculty member or become an integral part of the research study design and implementation, gaining course credit in the process.
  • Study Abroad – Join our travel experience in Europe to broaden your understanding of the roots of psychology, as it truly began. Students will gain a global historical perspective and knowledge of how different psychological cultures greatly impacted our study of psychology, in this rewarding study abroad program.

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

The Psychology Club is a recognized student organization open to all students. The social club meets at least monthly, and organizes speakers, programs, field trips and other activities of interest to psychology students. Our newest student organization is the Neuroscience Club. Speakers in the field will be invited to share experiences with students in efforts to expand this area of study on our campus. Outstanding psychology students are eligible for membership in the UW-Stevens Point Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Psi Chi is a recognized student organization whose membership is open to psychology majors and minors who have completed at least 13 hours of psychology, have reached at least junior status, have at least a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.3 GPA in psychology courses. Our students can also join NAMI, offering program resources for students on campus and working on community outreach efforts on behalf of those who are experiencing mental health issues.

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

Department Scholarships

Academic, Research & Service Awards

High-achieving students are eligible for many significant awards and scholarships thanks to generous support from our alumni, friends, and corporate partners. The Department of Psychology offers six major individual monetary awards and one major scholarship award each spring.

MEET YOUR FACULTY

The Department of Psychology has 11 full-time faculty members representing the major sub-disciplines of psychology: biological, clinical/counseling, cognitive, developmental, industrial/organizational and social psychology. Meet your professors!

Heather Molenda-Figueira

  • Professor of Psychology

Justin Rueb

  • Professor of Psychology
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Mark Ferguson

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Global Affiliate Scholar – Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
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Ellen Meier

  • Assistant Professor