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  • Undergraduate majors/minors

    Psychology is a popular major nationally and at UW-L. 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 UW-L 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: 

    Psychology major (BA/BS)


    UW-L's undergraduate bachelor's degree in psychology program requirements and course descriptions

    Additional information

    Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology?  Within the College of Liberal Studies, students have the choice of earning either a BA or BS in psychology.  The decision should be based on students' interests and strengths as the primary difference is in the general education requirements associated with required language classes (BA) or additional required science courses (BS).  Psychology's new major tutorial covers the difference in depth.

    Psychology minor (all colleges)


    UW-L's undergraduate minor in psychology - program requirements and course descriptions  

    Additional information

    To minor in psychology

    • The college (CLS, CBA, or CSAH) associated with your major determines the specific requirements for the psychology minor  - the credit and course requirements by college are provided on the catalog pages linked above
    • Teacher education students also have specific requirements different from other college requirements.
    • To declare psychology as a minor visit the academic/advising office or individual associated with your college
    • Psychology minors may take either PSY210 or PSY212 
    • Most psychology minors are required to take PSY321 (not required of students who major in CST or SOC or WGS or all CBA majors)
    • Psychology Minor checksheet

    At-risk child & youth minor (CYC)


    UW-L's undergraduate minor in At-risk child and youth care - program requirements and course descriptions.

    *Spring 2014 - changes have been made to the minor.  The checksheet attached below is the most current version (the catalog link above is more dated).

    At-Risk Child and Youth Care Minor (All colleges) - 21-30 credits (depending on major)

    • Psychology Majors – 12 credits may count in both your major and minor
    • Therapeutic Recreation Majors – 10 credits may count in both your major and minor
    • All other majors – 6 credits may count in both your major and minor if courses from the major are included in the CYC listings
    CYC minor checksheet of courses


    Additional information

    The child youth care minor is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to promote the well being of all children and adolescents. Special attention is given to vulnerable/at-risk populations within the context of the family, the community, and the life span. This emphasis assists students who may work within a wide variety of settings including: early child care and education, community-based and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centers, day and residential treatment, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, psychiatric centers, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, and juvenile justice programs.

    ImageStudent&ChildStudents who complete the minor are expected to be able to:

    • Identify the role of individual and family factors associated with at-risk children
    • Differentiate typical from atypical human development
    • Apply theories, concepts and research findings to promote child well-being
    • Identify the purpose and structure of community and government systems in promoting and advocating for child well-being

    Program Advisor
    Lisa Caya (Psychology)
    335 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.6895

    cycstudent&child2Internships in CYC require a minimum of three credits (9 hours/week) in a setting that provides direct contact with children and/or adolescents at-risk. Information on establishing a CYC internship.
    Potential internship sites include:
    • Coulee Children's Center
    • YMCA
    • Elementary/Middle School/High School guidance offices
    • Summer Camps for at-risk youth
    • Gundersen Lutheran Child Life
    • The Parenting Place
    Advocacy projects

    Students in CYC495 design and implement advocacy projects focused on children's well-being.  Examples from past cohorts include: 

    • body image
    • uniqueness
    • healthy relationships
    Helpful external links

    The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET)

    The Association for Child & Youth Care Practice, Inc. (ACYCP)

    Information on post-BS/BA certification as a Child Life Specialist

    Students who complete the CYC Minor and are interested in pursuing certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) after graduation should consult the national child life website. The credential requires an undergraduate degree, specific coursework, clinical hours, and the successful completion of a national exam. Several courses within the CYC curricula have traditionally been accepted toward the requirements. Interested students should contact Dr. Susan "Boon" Murray in Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation, 608.785.8199

    Gerontology emphasis (GTL)


    UW-L's undergraduate Gerontology emphasis - program requirements and course descriptions (the material at this link is outdated).

    PLEASE use the following checksheet 

    All of the courses in the emphasis may count toward the emphasis and to other major/minor or college requirements. An emphasis in gerontology would be an excellent choice for many students including but not limited to business majors, exercise & sports science majors, health education & promotion majors, sociology majors, and psychology majors. 

    NOTE: The Gerontology emphasis is composed of courses from across the university.  The sole course GTL300 has been deleted as of Fall 2013; however, the emphasis has lots of options and new courses are under development.

    Additional information

    Program statement: The emphasis in gerontology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.

    Contact information

     Coordinators of the program: Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD - Psychology

    The facts of life

    Aging is a fact of life, but many societies have become older because of lower birth rates and delayed mortality leading to longer life expectancy. According to the United Nations, two billion people will be over the age of 60 by 2050, and of those 400 million will be over the age of 80. The U.S. also is experiencing an aging population (see chart).


    Experience with older adults
    The faculty associated with Gerontology Emphasis encourages interested students to get experience with older adults. Students are encouraged to make friends and associate with older adults; employment in a variety of settings will introduce you to older adults as workers or as customers of a business. Some civic, religious, health, or social service organizations may offer volunteer opportunities. Some academic programs require fieldwork experience; some sites are especially good for those who want more experience with older adults. If your academic program does not require fieldwork, contact Career Services for ideas about gaining experience with older adults. 

    Coordinators of the program: 
    Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD - Psychology



  • All Majors/Minors

    Psychology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Admission requirements

    (All colleges)

    39 credits - Select courses as listed in the following ten categories. Credits not used from categories II, III, V, VI and VII may be used in categories IX and X as electives. MTH 145 Elementary Statistics is also required.

    The department strongly recommends that all psychology students take 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. This 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)3
    (PSY 200 is strongly recommended in addition to the required PSY 100)
    II. Experimental and research methods
    MTH 145Elementary Statistics4
    PSY 331Experimental Psychology: Lecture and Laboratory4
    PSY 420Advanced Research Methods3
    or PSY 451 Psychological Measurement
    III. Psychopathology/social/personality
    Select two of the following: 6
    Abnormal Psychology 1
    Social Psychology
    Personality Theories, Models and Measures 1
    IV. Developmental psychology
    PSY 210Developmental Psychology3
    Three additional credits recommended from:
    Infancy and Early Childhood
    The School-aged Child
    V. Cognition
    Select one of the following:3
    Learning and Memory 4
    Cognitive Processes
    Psychology of Language
    VI. Biological bases of behavior
    Select one of the following:3
    The Study of Consciousness
    Clinical Neuropsychology
    Sensation & Perception
    Genes and Behavior
    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. Experiential 2
    Select one of the following: 1
    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
    IX. General elective
    Select three credits from the following or any additional 200-300 level credits from categories III or VII:3
    Orientation to the Psychology Major
    Effective Behavior
    Girls and Women in Sport
    Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
    Culture and Mental Health: An Applied Perspective (ES) 3
    Contemporary Topics in Psychology
    Theory of Knowledge
    Human Sexuality
    Intimate Relationships
    Psychology of Women (ES) 3
    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
    X. Advanced electives
    Select one of the following or any additional 400 level credits from categories II, V, or VI: 3
    Advanced Psychopathology
    Counseling Theories
    Positive Psychology
    Children's Cognition
    Advanced Developmental Psychology
    Multicultural Counseling
    Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    Death, Grief, and Bereavement
    Addictive Behaviors
    Advanced Social Psychology
    Racism and Oppression
    Prejudice and Stigma
    History and Systems of Psychology
    Honors Seminar
    Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Advanced
    Total Credits39

    Students interested in human service related work or graduate school on clinical/counseling fields should take both PSY 204 and PSY 303 as their courses in this category.


    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.


    May also count toward general education electives.


    Course is changing from PSY 335 to PSY 432 starting Fall 2014. The new course description is as follows:

    PSY 432 Cr.3
    Learning and Memory

    A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of human and animal learning and contemporary topics in human memory. Specific topics include classical and operant (instrumental) conditioning, concept and skill learning, memory storage, and retrieval, forgetting, and the use of information. Prerequisites: PSY 100; PSY 321 or PSY 331.

    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.  

    CLS 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.
    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 degrees

    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.

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