Core Objectives

  • To develop communication skills in the areas of intrapersonal, interpersonal and professional communication.
  • To acquire knowledge, awareness, and skills in multicultural issues for developing effective working relations with persons of diverse backgrounds.
  • To acquire a knowledge base of research methodology and develop skills in applied social research, including data management and analysis.
  • To acquire a fundamental knowledge base of psychological theory and current literature.
  • To acquire technical writing skills of APA format.
  • To develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • To develop professional skills in the areas of organizational communication and ethics.

Current Curriculum

  • Required Core Courses

    All Psychology Majors

    Total: 21 hours

    • PSYC 1301: Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 3384: Research Methods I
    • PSYC 2380: Biology and Behavior
    • PSYC 3331: Abnormal Psychology OR PSYC 3353: Personality
    • PSYC 3381: Statistics
    • PSYC 3384: Research Methods II
    • PSYC 4331: History of Psychology

And Either Option A or B

  • Option A: Concentration in General Psychology

    Development (select one course)

    *Only one additional from these classes can be used as Psychology elective.

    General Psychology Concentration Development Courses
    Course Name Course Title Hours
    PSYC 2356 Lifespan Development 3
    PSYC 2370 Child Adolescent Psychology 3
    PSYC 2372 Adult Development & Aging 3

    Social Influences (select one course)

    General Psychology Concentration Social Influences Courses
    Course Name Course Title Hours
    PSYC 3340 Drug Use Prevention & Community Psychology 3
    PSYC 3351 Social Psychology 3
    PSYC 3367 Experiential Cross-Cultural 3
    PSYC 3385 Multicultural 3

    4000 Courses (select two courses)

    *All UIW Psych 4000-level courses will meet this requirement except PSYC 4331.

    General Psychology Concentration 4000 Level Courses
    Course Name Course Title Hours
    PSYC 4xxx 3
    PSYC 4xxx 3

    PSYC Elective Courses (select three courses)

    3 additional PSYC electives (One developmental can be used as an elective)

    General Psychology Concentration PSYC Elective Courses
    Course Name Course Title Hours
    TOTAL (Min. of 42 hours) 42
  • Option B: Concentration in Addiction Prevention

    Addiction Prevention Concentration Courses
    Course Name Course Title Hours
    PSYC 3340 Community Psychology and Drug Use Prevention 3
    CRJU/ PSYC 3325 Drug and Crime in Modern Society 3
    PSYC 4381 OR 4380 Advanced Statistics or Psychometrics 3
    PSYC 3465 Drug Use Prevention and Interventions 4
    CRJU/PSYC 4490 Drug Use Prevention and Criminal Justice Internship 8
    PSYC Social Influences Course 3
    PSYC Development Course 3
    Total (21+27)


Psychology Minor: 15 hours consisting of PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology or PSYC 3353 Personality, and 9 hours of psychology electives (Three of which must be upper division).