Psychology is the systematic study of behavior, particularly the behavior of individuals, their actions, reactions and motivations. The goal of UW-Stout's program is to prepare students to contribute to the improvement of the human condition. Students are exposed to a strong foundation in psychological theory and application, and are exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints for understanding behavior. Students entering the program should realize they must obtain graduate-level education or other advanced training before being accepted as professional psychologists. A majority of students continue their education often choosing studies such as counseling or clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, health psychology, school psychology or industrial/organizational psychology.

This program is appropriate preparation for law school.

This program has a three-year graduation option.

High School Preparation


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Average beginning salary for UW-Stout graduates in this major — $33,000
97% employed in 2012–2013

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» Sample Freshman Schedule

Freshman English – Composition or Freshman English – Honors I
Fundamentals of Speech
General Psychology
Fundamentals of Speech II
Arts/Humanities Elective
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

Freshman English – Reading or Freshman English – Honors II
Psychological Research Methods
College Math I
Arts/Humanities Elective
Technology Elective


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» Courses You May Take in the Major

General Psychology
An introduction to psychology as a discipline and applied science. Emphasis is placed on scientific methodology as it is applied to behavior, learning, memory, perception, motivation, development, individual differences, mental health, the physiological basis for behavior, and on the application of psychological principles to human experience.

Psychology of Adjustment
Principles, models and theories of psychology applied to understanding self, others, relationships and problems of contemporary life. Emphasis on healthy and effective personal and interpersonal life coping skills. Strategies and resources for confronting common life adjustment concerns.

Psychological Research Methods
An introduction to research methods used in the behavioral sciences. Lecture and laboratory activities involve applications of methodologies and computer technologies to understand and produce research compatible with American Psychological Association standards.

Child Psychology
A study of the total psychological development of children emphasizing age groups spanning the pre-school and pre-pubescent child and methods for scientific measurement and understanding of child behavior.

Psychology of Learning
A course designed to acquaint the student with the principles of learning drawn from experimental and theoretical psychology. These principles are demonstrated as they apply to animal and human learning. Modern viewpoints toward theories of learning are emphasized.

Motivation and Emotion
An experimentally oriented introduction to the fundamental principles of motivation and emotion.

Abnormal Psychology
A study of more serious mental disturbances. Emphasis on the growing importance of mental disorders and on their early detection and referral is studied.

Introduction to Health Psychology
Principles of psychology applied to the promotion of health and wellness; prevention of disease, injury and premature death; psychological treatment of illness; improvement of health care; and formation of health policies.

Psychology of Sex and Gender
Differences and similarities between females and males; psychosocial implications on personal and political status and the resulting influence on identity and self-concept.

Consumer Psychology
Psychological principles and theories from the areas of motivation, perception, learning, attitude, information processing, personality, groups, organizational psychology, and environmental psychology are applied to the understanding of consumer behavior, consumer problems, and their solution.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Principles of industrial and organizational psychology with emphases on assessment of individual differences in cognitive, physical and interpersonal abilities as they relate to measurement of work performance, employee selection, training and development methods, and development of organizational methods for improved motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and organizational effectiveness.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Kathryn Hamilton, Program Director
237J Heritage Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-2659

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