Disciplinary Major or Minor - www.uwgb.edu/psychology
OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM:
Psychology is the systematic and scientific study of behavior and experience. It seeks to explain how physiological, personal, social, and environmental conditions influence thought and action. Research helps to understand, predict, and influence behavior.
Psychology helps to deepen understanding of individual and social behavior and provides a strong general background for many careers. Psychology graduates are employed in a variety of positions with social and community service agencies, businesses, research organizations, and governmental agencies. Preparation for specialized professional work such as testing, counseling, university teaching, and many research activities usually requires master's or doctorate degrees. Preparation for advanced study should combine a broad program in liberal arts with a sound background in the physical and biological sciences and should emphasize experience with research and community service.
TIPS FROM THE PROFS:
Psychology is a very rich discipline that appeals to a wide range of interests. For example, Psychology majors study perception, the brain's influence on behavior, development from infancy through old age, personality and personality disorders, behavior in the workplace, and learn how to conduct research in these areas.
If you want to pursue psychology as a career you should plan on going to graduate school by keeping up your grades, participating in research projects, and doing internships and other forms of service learning. For detailed information on whether psychology is right for you, go to our webpage http://www.uwgb.edu/psychology or come in and see the Chair, Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (MAC C320).
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MAJOR:
- THE PROFILE. Students in the Psychology major should be intensely interested in people and their behavior. If you enjoy observing other people’s behavior, and want to know more what "makes them tick," then you might enjoy psychology. Also, if you have always been a type of person who is analytical, enjoying taking an idea or concept apart to further understand it, then you might be great for the psychology major!
- A MINOR THING. Psychology majors must choose an interdisciplinary minor. Such a minor strengthens preparation in psychology and enables students to prepare for a diversity of careers. Human Development is the most chosen minor, though a number of minors are also completed in Human Biology, Business Administration, Education, and Social Change & Development.
WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS MINOR:
Some majors that compliment the Psychology minor well are Human Development, Business, Women’s Studies, Social Change & Development, and Human Biology.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS MAJOR AT UWGB:
- OPPORTUNITY. The program offers several special opportunities for students to strengthen their professional preparation. Support for advanced student research recently has been improved by the addition of several new computers to the human psychology laboratory and of a diversity of sophisticated stimulation and recording equipment to the physiological psychology laboratory. Internships are available in a variety of community settings. You can work one-on-one with professors on independent studies, Honors projects and as research and teaching assistant.
- UWGB...AND BEYOND. The Psychology major is an excellent preparation for continuation onto Graduate School.
- GUIDANCE. The Psychology faculty is excellent, and remains very active in the students' education, both inside and outside of the classroom. For example, students frequently have the opportunity to work with faculty on their research projects.
- CUSTOM FIT. Students can also design their own research projects, which not only provides excellent educational opportunities, but also is a great preparation for entrance into graduate school.
- GET INVOLVED. Psychology students can get involved in the Psychology & Human Development Club which invites speakers to our campus, offers a chance for students to meet professors, and other activities. For more information, see the Club webpage on the Psychology department site. We also have a chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society.
SKILLS & ABILITIES GAINED WITH THIS MAJOR:
- EXAMINE THIS. Those who major in Psychology learn to evaluate research articles and to design, conduct, and report experiments by fulfilling the research methodology requirement. Students also become an effective consumer of research, having a good understanding of research methods, and also have the ability to design an implement behavioral research studies. Students further gain the capability to intelligently understand and evaluate statistical methods.
- LET'S TALK. Students gain excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Communication skills are the most important and sought after skill that employers look for in candidates!
· FREUD WOULD BE PROUD. Psychology students earn a compassionate appreciation and understanding of diverse human behavior and what factors affect us.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS MAJOR:
See the Careers link on our web page for what you can do with a psychology major.
Students must keep in mind that this degree is not a professional degree, it does not train students for a specific career after they graduate. Instead, Psychology offers a rich and diverse education, which prepares students for entrance into many different fields, as well as graduate school. Graduates continue professional training in such fields as social work, education, medicine, and business, as well as Psychology.
The following list represents a few of the kinds of career titles for Psychology majors: (NOTE: some of these careers require graduate degrees)
Advertising, Art Therapist, Career Planning Professional, Child Psychologist, College Student Affairs Professional, Community and Social Service Worker, Community Relations Director, Corrections Officer, Counselor, Employee Assistance Director, Health Educator, Human Resources Professional, Industrial Psychologist, Job Developer, Marketing/Sales Manager, Mental Health Coordinator, Music Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Probation Officer, Professional Employment Recruiter, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Public Relations, Social Worker, Sociologist, Teacher, Youth Corrections Officer…
The following list represents a few of the businesses and institutions that employ Psychology majors:
Federal, state, and local government; National headquarters and local branches of non-profit organizations; Human Resources and Employment agencies; Colleges and universities, Advertising agencies; Market Research firms; Public schools and Private or Parochial schools
Want to know more about the nature of the work, working conditions, earnings, training, and job outlook? Then check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook @ http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
Online on our site: "Psychology: Careers for the 21st Century"
- Graduate School Information: http://www.uwgb.edu/psychology/grads/
- Graduate School Guide. The comprehensive on-line guide to doctoral, masters, and professional programs. http://www.schoolguides.com
- Gradschools.com. The most comprehensive online source of Graduate School Information. http://www.gradschools.com/
- Peterson’s.com. The most comprehensive and heavily traveled education resource on the web. http://www.petersons.com/
- Or you can try any of the following search engine sites for information on the graduate school program of your choice! http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.infoseek.com, or http://www.snap.com
LINKS TO WEB SITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- American Psychological Association. Covers psychological and cognitive science resources, the practice of psychology, APA's large publishing operation, information for the public on the field and the association. Homepage @ http://www.apa.org
- American Psychological Society. To promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, and the improvement of human welfare. Homepage @ http://www.psychologicalscience.org/
- Internet Mental Health. Their goal is to improve understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness throughout the world. Homepage @ http://www.mentalhealth.com/
- PsychWeb. Contains lots of psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology. Homepage @ http://www.psychwww.com/
- Community Psychology Net. A central site for community psychology resources--discussion groups, book reviews, job listings, course materials, funding sources, etc. Homepage @ http://www.cmmtypsych.net/
- SocialService.com. A great place to start looking for a social service job, whether in mental health, substance abuse, children and youth, medical social work, criminal justice, community organizing and outreach, homelessness or a variety of other areas. Homepage @ http://socialservice.com/
LINKS FOR MORE HELP:
- Visit UW-Green Bay's very own Psychology department homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/psychology
- For course listings and descriptions for PSYCHOLOGY and other disciplines, check out UW-Green Bay’s Programs of Study page @ http://www.uwgb.edu/catalog/undrgrad/programs.htm
- More help is available on-campus at the Career Services Office at SS 1600, 465-2163. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/careers
- Contact Academic Advising at SS 1600, 465-2362. Homepage @ http://www.uwgb.edu/advising
- Another service for UW System students on the Web is UW HELP On-Line. This service provides in-depth information on the programs of the UW System. You can find them at @ http://www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu