Psychology

Faculty Top of Page

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

Psychology Program Description Top of Page

Psychology is one of four programs housed in the Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department. 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, occupational therapy, and nursing. 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 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.

Psychology Major Requirements Top of Page

33 total credits

Basic Core courses (18 credits required):

Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Profession of Psychology: Introduction -- 1.00 credits
Reading and Writing for Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Profession of Psychology: Professional Development -- 2.00 credits
Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3.00 credits
Research Methodology in Psychology -- 3.00 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 (15 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
The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 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):

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

Diverse Perspectives courses (3 credits required):

Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Men and Masculinity -- 3.00 credits
Culture and Identity -- 3.00 credits


Special Topics and Independent Study:

Special topics courses will be associated with a relevant content area at the time of creation.  Independent study projects must also be aligned with a content area to count toward requirements of the Psychology major.

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 courses (total of 18 credits required; at least one course must be selected from 4 of the 5 areas listed below):

Individual, Social and Developmental course:

Personality -- 3.00 credits
Social Psychology -- 3.00 credits
The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 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:

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

Diverse Perspectives courses (3 credits required)

Gender, Psychology and Society -- 3.00 credits
Psychology of Men and Masculinity -- 3.00 credits
Culture and Identity -- 3.00 credits

Special Topics and Independent Study:

Special topics courses will be associated with a relevant content area at the time of creation.  Independent study projects must also be aligned with a content area to count toward requirements of the Psychology major.

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.

BNS Minor Learning Outcomes Top of Page

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

BNS Minor Course requirements Top of Page

Total credits: 22

Core requirements:

Human Biology -- 4.00 credits
  or 

Human Anatomy & 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