Psychology is one of the largest majors at UW-River Falls. Psychology is a very broad field that contains content that appeals to a variety of students. The psychology department is recognized as one of the top departments on campus in terms of faculty engagement in advising and the classroom, research opportunities for students, and post-graduate opportunities for education.
There are a wide range of courses available within the psychology department. Some popular courses are physiological psychology, social psychology, child development, health psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods.
Students who major in psychology at UW-River Falls are prepared to enter the employment world. Some job examples are human services, business, government, and other areas. Many students continue their education to prepare them to work as clinicians or counselors, human resource managers, academic psychologists, and/or research scientists.
“I chose psychology because I want to help people who are experiencing similar things in their lives to what I have in my own. With psychology I have a broad selection of ways that I can do that, including with my 'personalized degree' that combines psychology and equine management, preparing me for a career in equine-assisted psychotherapy.”
Kelly Sobczak, current student.
Faculty 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 (physiological, learning, and social processes). The psychology department recognizes that many students are seeking careers in human services and other applied fields. Thus, a variety of courses and experiences are offered that enable students to apply psychological principles to promote human welfare.
Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology, available to continue growth within the psychology program. Admission to Psi Chi is selective, having both credits completed and GPA requirements. This organization seeks to provide social and service opportunities to connect students with their peers, faculty, staff, and the world around them.