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Explore the psychology bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, you'll better understand the human experience and how you can use it to support others. 

Rooted in experiential learning, our versatile degree allows you to choose a career path that best aligns with both your personal and professional goals. Classes focus on four core areas: biological, developmental, learning and cognition, and sociocultural. Multiple electives within those topics allow you to pursue specific interests and discover ways you can make a positive impact on others. 

As the top master's-level university for undergraduate research, opportunities to collaborate with faculty on groundbreaking research projects are endless. Explore memory function and confidence, minority mental health or the impact of addictions. Innovative and state-of-the-art facilities — equipped with observation rooms and video equipment — allow you to take your learning and studies a step further. 

No matter your path, UW-Eau Claire's psychology degree program will give you the guidance, tools and knowledge needed to choose your direction and help shape lives. 

Kaitlyn Zenner will be an English teaching assistant in Spain through the Fulbright Program. She will graduate in May with majors in Spanish and psychology and a minor in neuroscience.

Promoting mental health literacy from the U.S. to Spain

As a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching assistantship, psychology and Spanish major Kaitlyn Zenner will spend a year in La Rioja, Spain, teaching early childhood and elementary-aged children.

During her time as a Blugold, Kaitlyn's outside-the-classroom experiences — through a Human Development Center summer reading program and the Early Childhood Literacy program (ECLIPSE) — have prepared her to foster literacy and social/emotional skills with children in La Rioja.

"As a future school psychologist hoping to fight biases within the mental health field, initiating change in the community depends on my ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds,” Kaitlyn said. “I want future students to feel they are understood and empowered by increasing their mental health literacy in an environment that embraces diverse heritages.”

Why psychology at UW-Eau Claire?

Opportunities to take your studies to the field. At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that in order to get the most out of your education, you need to have real-life experiences outside of the classroom. Many psychology majors take research trips or study abroad. Explore places like Yosemite National Park, Guatemala, Germany, Thailand and Argentina.

Innovative facilities and leading-edge technology. Test your hypothesis in one of our top-notch facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories, rooms equipped for group or individual experiments and behavior observation rooms with videotape equipment.

Supportive faculty and individualized learning. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their fields. Through creative projects and presentations, they go out of their way to immerse you in the diverse world of psychology. Small class sizes help you form meaningful relationships and gain an even more personalized education.

Access to engaging internships. Internships offer opportunities to apply the concepts you're learning in the classroom, and they can help you define the areas of psychology you're most interested in. Many psychology majors complete internships at the Children’s Nature Academy, the Human Development Center or at one of UW-Eau Claire's many other community or campus partners.

Research collaboration and real-world experience. As a psychology major at UW-Eau Claire, you will find faculty who are excited to get you involved in their current research projects. You may help investigate how children with autism communicate or what motivates people. Some students choose to take their findings a step further by presenting their research at regional, national and international conferences, allowing for even more networking and learning opportunities. 

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Non-Profit and Government Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

Erika Nguyen

Finding the right fit

After years of caring for a younger brother who has autism, Erika Nguyen always knew she wanted to pursue a career that focuses on helping people. And at UW-Eau Claire, Erika found a path that will help her make a positive difference in the lives of others who — like her brother — are struggling with their mental health and other related issues.

“I went to college thinking I was going to be a doctor,” she said. “I came here, and suddenly everything changed. I knew right away that I wanted to major in psychology. Psychology just felt right.” 

Erika, who recently graduated with a psychology major and a biology minor, plans to go to graduate school to become a clinical psychologist. Her goal is to work with marginalized or underrepresented youth in an urban area such as Chicago. 

Quick facts

Psychology program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major requires a minor or certificate.
  • This program is also available as a minor. 
  • Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Student organizations
  • Psychology Club
  • Psi Chi

What can I do with a psychology degree from UWEC?

A psychology degree from UW-Eau Claire opens doors to career paths you may have never even thought of, like becoming a behavioral health advocate or research assistant. Many psychology students choose to continue their academic careers and earn a graduate degree so that they can work as a practicing psychologist. For those interested in becoming a school psychologist, UW-Eau Claire offers a school psychology - educational specialist degree.

Where are psychology alumni now?

Psychology careers

I loved my time at UWEC. As a result of the quality education I received here as an undergrad, I chose to continue my education as a Blugold through the school psychology graduate program. Through undergraduate experiences and help from professors along the way, I’ve found my calling.

Courtney Stearns Psychology
reading partners

From service-learning to research to finding a career

At UW-Eau Claire, one opportunity tends to lead to another. And Psychology and English major Michaela Smith’s experience is no exception.

As part of a service-learning project, Michaela worked with Reading Partners, a program that places students in local elementary schools where they assist children in literacy and reading comprehension. That opportunity led Michaela to a position at UWEC’s Human Development Center, where she conducted research on reading fluency. Michaela’s next opportunity wasn’t too far behind when she was invited to share her research at the National Association for School Psychologists Convention.

It was a journey that gave her new knowledge, insight and confidence. It also helped her identify a career path she loved.

“I realized what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do with my degree,” she explained. “My goal is to become a school psychologist and work with minority students — particularly LGBTQ+ students — to advocate for them, support them and foster their educational experiences.”

Psychology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Psychology majors will experience a rich, well-rounded liberal arts education, with classes and opportunities that go beyond what you might typically expect from a psychology program. You'll learn about a wide variety of subjects that interest you and have opportunities to further explore those you want to learn more about. Pair your major with a minor or certificate in another field that interests you for a pathway to even more careers.  

What classes do psychology majors take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the psychology major in the UWEC course catalog.

Learn more about the psychology minor in the UWEC course catalog.

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