Complementary Programs

All psychology students must complete a second area of study, whether it be an approved minor or specialization, or a department guided, self planned concentration.


Minors For Psychology Majors

A student wishing to have a minor on his/her record to meet the second area of study must work with the department offering the minor to assure an acceptable sequence of courses. To declare a minor, complete the "Applying for a Minor" form online, and you will be given further instructions. When the minor is completed, the minor advisor signs off and the Approval Form is sent to the Registrar's Office for the student's file.

It is advisable to contact the appropriate department chairperson for information regarding any ongoing minor revisions.

For more information, see the minors listing on the Academic Programs website.

Students are urged to meet with a minor advisor for assistance in declaring the minor and completing the minor requirements.


Specializations for Psychology Majors

A specialization is a program of study that can also meet the second area of study for the psychology major. Students who complete a specialization will have it recorded on their transcript and will receive a certification of completion.

For more information, see the specializations listing on the Academic Programs website.


Self-Planned Concentration

The self-planned concentration is also an alternative for fulfilling the second area of study requirement of the Psychology program. It allows the students to design their own specific learning focus outside the constraints of existing academic program patterns. The SPC offers an individualized opportunity to capitalize on UW-Stout's curricular strengths outside the Psychology Program while enhancing the liberal arts foundation of the Psychology Program. A SPC should have a specific purpose or goal, and involve courses from several departments or curriculum areas. The SPC requires 22 credits and is planned in consultation with one or more Psychology faculty advisor(s). It must be approved by the Self-Planned Concentration Committee and the Psychology Program Director. In approving individual SPCs, primary consideration is given to clarity in defining intended goals/outcomes, effectiveness of proposed course work in promoting desired learning objectives, and appropriateness of curriculum choices to the stated SPC goals.

Unlike a minor, a SPC is not officially recognized by the University and is not listed independently on the diploma. Through the resume and other placement documents, it is possible for a student to emphasize these courses as they relate to career goals.