- Undergraduate Program
- Why Major in Psychology?
- Honors in Psychology
- Psychology Courses Descriptions
- Undergraduate Resources
Department of Psychology
Cramer Hall, 317
604 N. 16th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
The major in psychology consists of a total of 38 credit hours taken within the Department of Psychology (unless given permission otherwise) and 15 credits of additional cognate courses.
Students who maintain a high GPA in psychology and who are interested in research are encouraged to consider applying for the Honors in Psychology program.
Psychology courses include: three required courses taken by all majors (11 credit hours); six course from the five psychology content areas (18 credit hours) and three elective psychology courses of which at least two must be upper-division (9 credit hours).
All students who major in psychology take the same three courses.
Majors are encouraged to consider taking the honors versions of the courses in statistics (MATH 1700H and PSYC 1700H) and research methods (PSYC 2050H). Note that PSYC 2050H is required to graduate with honors in psychology.
Majors must take at least one upper division course from each of the following content areas: Developmental, Personal Processes, Social Processes, and Diversity and Inclusion (12 hours minimum), and majors must take at least two courses from the Neurocognitive Foundations content area (6 hours minimum).
Courses that meet criteria for these content areas are shown:
Development (at least one course)
Social Processes (at least one course)
Personal Processes (at least one course)
Diversity and Inclusion (at least one course)
Neurocognitive Foundations (at least two courses)
Majors must also take at least 3 “elective” courses – two of which must be upper-division. These courses can be within the content areas (see previous section), or they can be other courses not included in the content areas.
On the other hand, there are many “elective” courses that are very popular but that do not fit in any particular content area, including the following:
Credits toward the major can also be earned through research experience, through internship, and/or through being a peer tutor. See other attachment for a more thorough description of these opportunities.
The psychology major also requires 5 other courses (15 credits) taken from other departments.
Social Science Requirement (6 credits)
Psychology majors must take two courses from one or more of the following programs: ANTH, CRLS, ECON, POSC, SOCI, SOWJ. Courses in ANTH cannot be chosen from ANTH 1201 or ANTH 2201 (which can be taken to meet different cognate requirements—see below).
Mathematics Requirement (3 or more credits)
In addition to Psychological Statistics (PSYC 2001), psychology majors must take and at least one of the following courses:
MATH 1300 (The Nature of Mathematics)
MATH 1390 (Finite Mathematics)
MATH 1400 (Elements of Calculus)
MATH 1410 (Calculus for the Biological Sciences)
MATH 1450 (Calculus 1)
MATH 1451 (Calculus 2)
Physical Science Requirement (6 credits)
Psychology majors must take two courses from one or more of the following departments: ANTH 1201 or ANTH 2201 (but not both), BIOL, CHEM, PHYS