2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology

Faculty Top of Page

Kenna Bolton Holz, Associate Professor
Vanessa Hettinger, Assistant Professor
Eleni N. Pinnow, Associate Professor
Shevaun L. Stocker, Associate Professor

Psychology Program Description Top of Page

Psychology is one of four programs housed in the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity. The other three are the Legal Studies, Social Work and First Nations Studies Programs.

The Psychology program at the UW-Superior prepares students for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines within the context of a public liberal arts education. Our graduates have been successful in master's and doctoral programs in psychology, social work, and counseling as well as in fields such as law and dentistry. For UW-Superior, a liberal arts education means that your coursework will emphasize broad themes such as developing critical thinking skills, understanding diversity, attending to global issues and providing service to the local community.

Psychology Major Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits

Basic Core courses (16 credits required):

Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Profession of Psychology: Introduction -- 1.00 credits
Profession of Psychology: Professional Development -- 2.00 credits
Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3.00 credits
Research Methodology in Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Research Methodology Lab -- 1.00 credits
Senior Research -- 3.00 credits

Academic Service Learning courses (1 course required):

Designated AS-L courses that are listed in a Content Area will meet both the AS-L and the Content Area requirement.

Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Disorders -- 3.00 credits
Child and Adolescent Development -- 3.00 credits
Adulthood and Aging -- 3.00 credits

Content Area courses (12 credits required; one course from each of the following content areas):

Individual, Social and Developmental courses (3 credits required):

Personality -- 3.00 credits
Social Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Child and Adolescent Development -- 3.00 credits
Adulthood and Aging -- 3.00 credits

Biological Aspects of Behavior courses (3 credits required):

Sensation And Perception -- 3.00 credits
Behavioral Neuroscience -- 3.00 credits
Psychopharmacology -- 3.00 credits

Adjustment and Well-Being courses (3 credits required):

Health Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Motivation And Emotion -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Disorders -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Psychotherapy -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment -- 3.00 credits

Learning, Cognition and Language courses (3 credits required):

Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3.00 credits
Memory and Cognition -- 3.00 credits
Psycholinguistics -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses:

Electives to be selected in consultation with your advisor to reinforce personal interests and educational/career goals. Electives may be selected from additional courses in the above content areas, or from the courses below:

Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
[[PSYC 227]]
Social Cognition -- 3.00 credits
Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Men and Masculinity -- 3.00 credits
The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 3.00 credits
Culture and Identity -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Psychology -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 9.00 credits

Psychology Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Required course (3 credits required):

Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits

Content Area required courses (9 credits required; one course from 3 of the 4 areas listed below):

Individual, Social and Developmental course:

Personality -- 3.00 credits
Social Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Child and Adolescent Development -- 3.00 credits
Adulthood and Aging -- 3.00 credits

Biological Aspects of Behavior course:

Sensation And Perception -- 3.00 credits
Behavioral Neuroscience -- 3.00 credits
Psychopharmacology -- 3.00 credits

Adjustment and Well-Being course:

Health Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Motivation And Emotion -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Disorders -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Psychotherapy -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment -- 3.00 credits

Learning, Cognition and Language course:

Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3.00 credits
Memory and Cognition -- 3.00 credits
Psycholinguistics -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses:

Electives to be selected in consultation with your advisor to reinforce personal interests and educational/career goals. Electives may be selected from additional courses in the above content areas, or from the courses below:

Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
[[PSYC 227]]
Social Cognition -- 3.00 credits
Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Men and Masculinity -- 3.00 credits
The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 3.00 credits
Culture and Identity -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Psychology -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 9.00 credits

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor Top of Page

Behavior Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the Behavioral Neuroscience and behavior.  Students enrolled in this minor will engage in the scientific process and ask meaningful questions about a cutting edge field.

Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  • Students will clearly express themselves to achieve a purpose.
  • Students will evaluate aassumptions and biases associated with a project, practice, or process.
  • Students will use evidence to reach and present innovative conclusions or produce original work.

Course requirements Top of Page

Total credits: 22

Core requirements:

Human Biology -- 4.00 credits
  or 

Human Anatomy and Physiology I -- 4.00 credits

Behavioral Neuroscience -- 3.00 credits

Psychopharmacology -- 3.00 credits

Elective Choices

Principles of Biology II -- 4.00 credits
Neurobiology -- 3.00 credits
Human Anatomy & Physiology II -- 4.00 credits
Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena -- 4.00 credits
General Chemistry I -- 5.00 credits
Sensation And Perception -- 3.00 credits
Health Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3.00 credits
Child and Adolescent Development -- 3.00 credits
Adulthood and Aging -- 3.00 credits
Bodies: Sociology of the Flesh -- 3.00 credits

At least 12 credits must be 300-level or above

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

The Psychology program has five student learning outcomes for the students in the major:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective skills in written and oral communication through critiques of psychological research, original research reports, application papers and reaction papers dealing with psychological theories and research.
  2. Students will be able to design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
  3. Students will be able to apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
  4. Students will be able to use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
  5. Students will demonstrate preparedness to further their education or enter the work force.