Psychology Department      

Courses of Study

Who majors in Psychology?
Psychology as a major field of study appeals to students interested in a scientific approach to understanding human thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The Alverno Psychology program can prepare you for a variety of positions in places like governmental and non-governmental human services organizations; non-profit community advocacy; business and industry settings; graduate school in Psychology, both in clinical and research specializations; and other professional graduate training, such as law, education, and social work. You will prepare yourself for this kind of future by taking a variety of courses in which you will develop the abilities required of all Psychology majors at Alverno.

Requirements for the Psychology major and support
The major and support in Psychology expose students to a broad base of psychological theory and methodological issues in research and clinical practice. Students majoring in Psychology at Alverno gain proficiency in five advanced outcomes:

Theoretical Reasoning

To construct plausible psychological explanations for complex human behavior relying on reasoning and evidence.

Methodological Proficiency

To solve problems of human experience, using and evaluating a variety of methods.

Professional Interaction To interact and communicate with people in a variety of professional contexts, including collaborating on research teams, assisting others in resolving life challenges, and presenting research conclusions in oral and written formats.
Self-Reflection To accurately discern the quality of her own performance in various roles (e.g., academic, professional, civic, and personal) and in various settings in order to demonstrate insight into her individual style, to identify her strengths, and to set goals based on the weaker aspects of her performance.
Ethical Insight and Action To respond to the needs of others with sensitivity to various perspectives, including cultural, national, economic, and spiritual differences; to act both interpersonally and in working with groups, with integrity, initiative, and vision in relationship to the APA Code of Ethics and the APA Guidelines for Serving Diverse Populations.

Typical course sequence for a Psychology major
The sequence of courses will depend on a number of factors, including whether you attend full-time or part-time, whether you have transfer credits or credit for prior learning, and when courses are offered. However, you may find this example a useful guide in working with your advisor.

Course descriptions
While planning your course sequence, you may find these descriptions helpful. Lists of prerequisites are included for each class.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA)
In addition to a standard Psychology degree, we offer a separate AODA track, with the opportunity to do specialized work towards Wisconsin certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counselor. This page will provide you with more details about the program.

Psychology majors complete two semester-long internships as part of their training.


Last updated January 31, 2011.    
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