Welcome to the Department of Psychology!
Psychology is the science of behavior, including mental processes. The department's goal is to foster students' understanding of the many factors that influence behavior, the methods employed by psychologists to identify such factors and the means by which behavior can be modified. Students are attracted to the discipline because they wish to become professional psychologists, they plan to pursue careers in fields that emphasize interpersonal skills, or they want to better understand themselves as well as others.
Those majoring in psychology can choose between Option A and Option B. Option A is attractive because its semester-hour requirement allows students to combine a major in psychology with one or more additional majors or minors. Option B is available for those preferring to concentrate their studies in psychology for more in-depth experience.
Students must consult with a Psychology Department advisor to plan a major in psychology. All psychology majors are strongly encouraged to take Statistics (PSY 231), Experimental Psychology (PSY 308), and Experimental Psychology Lab (PSY 309) as early as possible in their educational career. The particular elective courses students take, along with their sequencing, depends upon their background, special interests, and goals.
Students majoring in psychology who do not plan on graduate study receive a liberal arts education and are qualified for a wide variety of vocations that involve an understanding of human behavior, including careers in human services, technical and/or laboratory work, and business.
Students can prepare for graduate study in psychology by completing either Option A or Option B. An advanced degree in psychology allows the pursuit of many different kinds of careers, including but not limited to the following: clinical or counseling psychologist, child psychologist, school psychologist, industrial/organizational psychologist, rehabilitation counselor, experimental psychologist, and college professor.
The Academics section of this web site explains the requirements for the psychology major and psychology minor, describes the courses offered by the department, and provides information about other academic requirements and policies.
The Faculty section provides information about each professor's background, interests, and research. This section also includes contact information for each faculty member and current information about when each member of the department has drop-in office hours.
The Students section provides information about the WSU psychology student organizations: the Psychology Club and the WSU chapter of Psi Chi honor society.
The Links section offers easy access to helpful information for both students and faculty. Some of these pages contain material that is often needed but hard to locate. Most of the linked pages are located on the WSU site.
Finally, the Psychology Department Site Map is available in case information on this is ever difficult to locate.
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 7:30 - 4:00
Phone: (507) 457-5435
Email: MDeering at winona.edu