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Psychology

Bachelor’s Degree

The UIU Advantage

Whether you are aspiring for a psychology or human services career, or making long-term plans for a graduate degree, UIU’s Psychology program provides the perfect balance of theory and student-centered learning. Together, these help you understand, predict, and analyze human behavior, including how individuals think, relate to others, act, feel, and develop.

Why Psychology at UIU?

  • Students can apply the skills they learn and enhance their résumé with possible internship opportunities.
  • UIU’s program is perfect for those who are interested in preparing for grad school.
  • 94% of UIU graduates are employed or attending grad school within 6 months of graduation
    [Source: 2018 Graduate Survey/Application (1366 responses/1618 surveyed)].
  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and are experts in the fields they teach; enjoy the support of helpful, caring staff who are there for you from start to finish.
  • Upper Iowa is also an approved location by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to offer the Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC).
  • A minor is available in Psychology.

Build Your Program

Psychology Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Psychology degree, as well as any general education requirements.

Academic Calendar

Keep up with your academic program’s registration deadlines, session dates, holiday breaks and exam schedules.

Careers in Psychology

A degree prepares you for many careers, such as case management, counseling, human resources, public relations/marketing, research, social work, student affairs, and victim advocacy.

Malissa LeClaire

Malissa LeClaire, '18

Psychology and Sports Administration

I graduated from Upper Iowa University with so much more than just a degree. My advisors, professors, faculty members, classmates, coaches, and teammates grew into an extended family with endless support in and out of the classroom. The unique 8-week terms allowed me to focus on fewer classes with more coursework. This helped tremendously in preparing me for graduate school. The Peacock community is a special group to be a part of and I am forever grateful for my time and experiences at UIU.

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Convenient, Focused Scheduling

UIU Psychology students have the advantage of focusing on fewer classes at once with the Two-at-a-Time schedule. Plus, convenient evening or online courses ensure your education fits your unique lifestyle.

The Psychology bachelor’s degree program is offered through UIU’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Admissions

When you’re ready to apply for your bachelor’s degree in Psychology, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Go Further with a Master of Science in Counseling

Earned your undergraduate degree in Psychology? Consider UIU’s Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program to advance your career even further.

Melinda Heinz

Faculty Spotlight

Melinda Heinz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology (2013)

Melinda primarily teaches courses related to developmental psychology with a focus on older adults. She is an active presenter at the Gerontological Society of America and conducts research with older adults. Most recently, her work has included analysis of the narratives of diverse centenarian groups including African American and child free centenarians.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about UIU’s bachelor’s degree in Psychology. If you don’t see the answer you need, contact us for help.

Are faculty willing to write me a letter of recommendation?

Yes, though faculty are not obligated to write a letter. Allow faculty at least two weeks to complete this task. Fayette students should complete two electronic documents on myUIU and provide them to that faculty member.

Are there any clubs, organizations or honor societies in psychology?

Yes, we have both Psychology Club and the International Honor Society in Psychology. The Psychology Club is open to anyone. Psi Chi does have GPA requirements and a one-time membership fee, but also offers resources to students include scholarship and research opportunities.

Can I participate in research?

Yes.  Students can volunteer to help faculty with ongoing projects or propose research for their PSY 499 Special Project class.

Does the program offer study abroad opportunities?

Yes. The department tries to take students to Ireland every two years. Students can earn course credit in PSY 201 Adjustment or ID 200 Cultures.

What types of organizations/agencies can students use as internship placements if selected as their capstone option?

Students have worked with a wide range of agencies, including long-term care facilities, hospice facilities, childcare centers, agencies advocating for individuals with disabilities, and youth summer camps.