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    Psychology is a popular major nationally and at UWL. Students knowledgeable about their options and opportunities gain the most from their educational experiences. We strongly advise that you start you exploration of psychology programs by visiting the UWL Psychology Advising Center pages. When you are interested in additional information the tabs above provide links to the catalog pages and additional resources for each of the following programs: 

  • All Majors/Minors

    Psychology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Admission requirements

    (All colleges)

    42 credits - Select courses as listed in the following twelve categories. Additional credits completed within a category, after the required credits, can be used as elective credits in categories XI (if 200 or 300 level) or XII (if 400 level). MTH 145 Elementary Statistics is required as part of the 42 credits.

    The department strongly recommends that all psychology students take the required course of PSY 331 late in their sophomore year or early in their junior year. Once students have declared psychology as a major, they should plan on at least four semesters to complete the sequence of courses necessary for graduation with a psychology major. The four semester timeline does not include the time it takes to complete general education credits or credits necessary for a minor. We also recommend that students seriously consider taking PSY 200 early in their psychology careers and that students consider volunteer work and/or fieldwork as an important part of their psychological training. The psychology major provides solid training in the liberal arts and in research methods.

    Students must complete the psychology milestones and declare the psychology major in order to enroll in key major courses that are prerequisites to other courses.

    I. General psychology
    PSY 100General Psychology (required course) 13
    (PSY 200 is strongly recommended in addition to the required PSY 100)
    II. Developmental
    PSY 210Developmental Psychology3
    III. Social
    PSY 241Social Psychology3
    IV. Psychopathology
    PSY 204Abnormal Psychology3
    V. Experimental and Research Methods
    MTH 145Elementary Statistics 14
    PSY 331Experimental Psychology: Lecture and Laboratory4
    PSY 451Psychological Measurement3
    or PSY 420 Advanced Research Methods
    VI. Multicultural
    Select one of the following:3
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Culture and Mental Health 1
    Multicultural Counseling
    Racism and Oppression
    Prejudice and Stigma
    VII. Application Courses
    Select one of the following:3
    Environmental Issues: Applied Psychology
    Behavior Modification
    Health Psychology
    Group Dynamics
    Empathic Listening Skills
    Educational Psychology
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Psychology and Law
    VIII. Cognition
    Select one of the following:3
    Learning and Memory
    Cognitive Processes
    Psychology of Language
    IX. Biological bases of behavior
    Select one of the following:3
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    The Study of Consciousness
    Clinical Neuropsychology
    Sensation & Perception
    Genes and Behavior
    X. Experiential
    Select at least one credit of the following: 21
    Research Apprenticeship
    Volunteer Experience in Psychology
    Teaching Apprenticeship in Psychology
    Fieldwork Experience in Psychology: Undergraduate Internship
    Individual Projects in Psychology
    Honors Projects in Psychology
    Appraising Psychology Seminar
    XI. General elective
    Select three credits from the following (or any additional 200-300 level PSY credits from above):3
    Orientation to the Psychology Major
    Effective Behavior
    Girls and Women in Sport
    Contemporary Topics in Psychology
    Theory of Knowledge
    Human Sexuality
    Intimate Relationships
    Child Abuse and Neglect
    Psychology of Women 1
    Men and Masculinities
    Human Motivation
    Philosophy of Mind
    Infancy and Early Childhood
    The School-aged Child
    Aging and the Elderly
    Cross Cultural Human Development
    Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Intermediate
    XII. Advanced electives
    Select one of the following (or any additional 400 level PSY credits from above): 3
    Advanced Psychopathology
    Counseling and Personality Theories
    Positive Psychology
    Children's Cognition
    Advanced Developmental Psychology
    Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    Death, Grief, and Bereavement
    Addictive Behaviors
    Advanced Social Psychology
    History and Systems of Psychology
    Honors Seminar
    Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Advanced
    Total Credits42

     May also count toward general education credits.


    The department strongly encourages students to take more than one credit in this category, particularly in PSY 450. This course requires arrangements with the Career Services office and the psychology internship coordinator that must be initiated prior to the start of the semester.

    All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

    College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

    The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

    1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
    2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
    3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
    4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
    5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
    6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

    Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

    Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

    A. Language track

    1. Native speakers of English complete:
      Select one of the following:
      Intermediate Chinese II
      Intermediate French II
      Intermediate German II
      Intermediate Russian II
      Intermediate Spanish II
      World Languages: Intermediate II
      Heritage Language: Intermediate
      Heritage Language: Advanced
      Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
    2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

    B. Humanities track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

    C. Fine arts track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
    In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
    1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
    2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
    3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    Baccalaureate degree requirements

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

    1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
    2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
    3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
    4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
    5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
    6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. File a completed "Apply for Graduation" form via the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.

    Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

    No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

    Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). This sample plan also assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan. Actual degree plans may differ. Some courses may not be offered every term. Review course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

    The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UW-L in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

    General Education Program
    General education (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UW-L. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education curriculum. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Consult with your advisor and/or the assistant to the dean in your college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

    Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career.

    Year 1
    ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society (PSY Cat I))3
    Gen Ed Natural Lab Science 4CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
    PSY 285 or 318 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3MTH 145 (Gen Ed Math)4
    HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Elective3
    Gen Ed Arts2Gen Ed Arts2
     15 15
    Year 2
    Minor Course3PSY 241 (PSY Cat III)3
    PSY 210 (Cat II)3Minor Course3
    102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language13-4PSY 204 (PSY Cat IV)3
    PSY 2001PSY 331 (PSY Cat V)4
    PSY 282 (Gen Ed Global Studies (PSY Cat VI))3University Elective1
    CLS Core Course3 
     16 14
    Year 3
    Minor Course3University Elective3
    Gen Ed Elective3PSY Cat VIII: Cognition3
    PSY Cat XI: General PSY Elective3Minor Course3
    Gen Ed Elective3CLS Core Diversity Course3
    PSY Cat X: Experiential3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
     15 15
    Year 4
    Gen Ed-Hum Lit3CLS Core Course (not PSY)3
    Minor Course3PSY 451 or 420 (PSY Cat V)3
    University Elective3PSY Cat VII: Advanced Elective3
    University Elective3Minor Course3
    PSY Cat IX: Biological Basis of Behavior3University Elective3
     15 15
    Total Credits: 120

    CLS Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CLS Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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