The psychology department strives to acquaint students with research findings and theories in numerous areas. This goal is accomplished with a curricular structure that ensures students take courses that survey the myriad processes influencing behavior. The department further strives to instill in students a basic science orientation and develop their ability to evaluate and conduct research. The psychology department also recognizes that many students are seeking careers in human services and other applied fields. It thus offers a variety of courses that examine how psychological principles can be applied to human behavior as a means of promoting human welfare.
The Psychology Major requires general education and core courses along with courses chosen from required area options that include psychological methods, psychological development, learning and cognition, individual differences, biological bases, and applied psychology. In addition to complete the course area requirements outlined in the psychology major (see Catalog Requirements), the student must take three additional elective courses (total of 36 credit hours). These courses can be taken from any area in psychology. If PSYC 101 and/or 201 are not used to fulfill general education requirements, they can count toward the required 36 major hours.
The psychology department consists of eight full-time professors who teach and advise within the academic program. Each department member is a specialist in a different area and all are active in research and/or other scholarly activities.
Psychology is one of the most popular majors on the UW-River Falls campus. This popularity can be traced to several factors. First, the training psychology majors receive in research, theory and application is valued by employers across a wide range of occupations. As a result our majors find work in diverse careers. Second, the psychology department has a reputation for excellence in teaching and developing student-oriented programs. Examples of these programs include active internship opportunities, Psychology Society (a social organization), and Psi Chi (a national honorary program). Finally, the program provides an outstanding foundation for graduate work. As a result, a significant number of our majors pursue graduate work in psychology or related fields.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1) provides students with an understanding of the content and methods of psychology, (2) prepare students for a lifetime of learning and thinking by cultivating intellectual skills, and (3) promotes personal characteristics that are consistent with high ethical standards and a sensitivity to issues of diversity. We strive to acquaint students with research findings and theories in numerous areas. This goal is accomplished through a curricular structure that ensures students take courses that survey the processes influencing behavior (e.g., physiological, learning, and social processes). The Psychology Department further strives to instill in students a basic science orientation and develop their ability to evaluate and conduct psychological research. Our department recognizes that many students are seeking careers in human services and other applied fields. Thus, we offer a variety of courses and experiences that enable students to apply psychological principles to promote human welfare.
Department of Psychology
151 Centennial Science Hall