Undergraduate Program

The psychology department offers a major and a minor for undergraduate students.

The Department of Psychology provides a broad and thorough program of study for those seeking an undergraduate education in psychological science. The Department offers a 36-credit Psychology Major as well as a 21-credit Psychology Minor. The major may be completed as either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The Psychology Major is designed to create a strong background in research design, data interpretation, and application of psychological science to address important theoretical and applied problems and questions. The goal of the major is to (a) prepare students for successful employment in private or public job sectors upon graduation, and/or (b) prepare students for successful admission to graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and other aligned health and mental health fields. The Psychology Minor is designed to engage students in a focused study of psychological science and to complement and strengthen other majors in the sciences, arts and humanities, and professional colleges of business, education, and nursing.

Consistent with the research-enhanced comprehensive mission of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a major strength of the undergraduate program in psychology is the wide range of opportunities for students to engage in high-quality collaborative research opportunities with faculty and fellow students. These research opportunities are supervised and facilitated by faculty members who are actively engaged in high-impact research and teaching practices. These opportunities include the following:

  • Enrollment in one of the Department’s innovative Advanced Research courses. Students collaborate with faculty in small-group settings to address contemporary and novel theoretical and applied questions in psychological science through active engagement in research.
  • Enrollment in Independent Study. Students are involved in intense individualized study of an important theoretical or empirical topic supervised by faculty in the faculty’s area of expertise.
  • Biennial Study Abroad in Tanzania for 3 weeks. Students take part in an intensive cross-cultural experience to conduct field observation research led by faculty.

Many of these research and scholarship opportunities occur in collaboration with graduate students in the Department’s Cognitive and Affective Psychology Masters of Science program. View our “Department Achievements” to find a list of recent scholarly publications, posters, and presentations involving undergraduate students.