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History of Psychology: Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany & Switzerland

Approx: June 17-July 8, 2014

PSYC 490 uses a historical perspective that focuses on the European influences of Psychology.  The course will look at the various early psychologists and theorists (Wundt, Freud, Jung, Piaget, Munsterburg, etc.) who were influential in the various fields of psychology.  The course is designed to provide a sound historical perspective of psychological influence by exposing the student to both the written word supplemented by actual visitation to the many laboratories, universities, birthplaces, and museums in Europe that emphasize the various methods that psychologists use to study behavior within the context of the scientific method.  Social influences are also studied.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014. Contact the International programs Office on available space.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.

Academic Director

Dr Justin Rueb, Executive Director for the Center of Leadership Excellence and Economic Development and Professor of Industrial Psychology at UWSP will lead the group. Dr. Rueb has led groups to England, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland.  He has significant background in leadership and in the application of psychology to everyday life.

Dr. Justin Rueb
B301 SCI, UW-Stevens Point
Phone: 715-346-2191


History of Psychology: Western European Influence counts for three transferable UWSP undergraduate credits. The History of Psychology (PSYC 490) course satisfies the requirement for Psychology majors and non-majors as a writing emphasis (WE) course. Graduate credit can also be arranged at an extra cost and requires a research project after the trip. Other Psychology Independent Study options can be arranged with Professor Rueb. The above courses can be audited at the same price although students registering for credit are given priority for admission.

Students may also receive credit in International Studies (INTL 300) if preferred.


$5750-6250 (estimated). This figure includes airfare from Chicago and return, 20 days lodging, breakfast and some dinners, coach and train transportation, many entrance fees and three undergraduate Wisconsin resident credits. Out-of-State surcharge is $250. This estimate is based on 20 student participants.

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This seminar is open to Psychology majors, as well as to those who share an interest in European history and culture, as well as human behavior and Psychology in general.  For continuing UWSP students, a minimum GPA of 2.25 is required.

Priority is given to regularly registered UWSP students, but students from other universities and community members are welcome to apply. All participants will be registered in a college course, for credit or audit at the same cost, and will be expected to participate in the program at an intellectual level. Application forms are available from the International Programs Office or can be downloaded from the International Programs website.

Abbreviated Tentative Itinerary (Subject to changes)

1 depart  Chicago
2 arrive   Berlin
3 Berlin
4 to Leipzig
5 to Prague
6 to Vienna
8 to Munich
9 Munich
10 Munich
11 Munich (Dachau Outing)
12 To Zürich
13 Zürich
14 to Geneva
15 Geneva
16 To Caen
17 Caen
18  to Paris
19 Paris
20 Paris
depart Paris and arrive Chicago

Withdrawal & Disclaimer

Up to ten weeks before departure, all fees except the initial deposit will be refunded on withdrawal. After that cancellation charges are assessed. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or to alter the program. If a program is canceled by the International Programs Office ALL payments will be refunded to those enrolled.

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