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Psychology

Wisconsin Lutheran College's psychology major encourages students to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes and to judge psychological fact on the basis of validity and reliability of the evidence. The major focuses on three goals: a mastery of concepts, research and critical thinking, and servant leadership.

  • In psychology, student learning incorporates multi-sensory experiences designed to assist you in applying knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and interpersonal awareness. Students are encouraged to take what they learn beyond the classroom and into their day-to-day interactions with others as they live lives of servant leadership.

    WLC psychology majors learn from experienced professors who integrate God’s Word into the understanding of psychological theories and concepts. Students work independently, gaining knowledge and insight, conducting research projects, and applying knowledge, all the while being supported by caring faculty.

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    The psychology program at WLC focuses on three goals: a mastery of concepts, research and critical thinking, and servant leadership. At WLC, psychology is a fantastic liberal arts degree, incorporating elements of the humanities, biology, mathematics, health sciences, business, communication, education, and sociology. Students leave with a broad range of skills and experiences that encompass far more than explaining and treating mental illness. Strong academics and research projects prepare students for their post-WLC plans, whether they include graduate school or entering the job market.

  • ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH

    Student Research

    WLC psychology students conduct required research projects in several lab courses, as well as independent research and research with faculty. Students have an opportunity to present research at the WLC Poster Showcase, Tri-State Psychology Conference, and Midwestern Psychological Association.

    Experienced Professors

    Each WLC faculty member in the psychology department holds a doctorate degree and has meaningful real-world experience in the field. Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that WLC psychology seniors rank high in national major field tests. 

    BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    Servant Leadership

    The WLC psychology program is service oriented and students have the opportunity to engage in several opportunities outside of the classroom, including membership in the PSI CHI Honor Society and Psychology Club, attending area psychology conferences, becoming a tutor, volunteering at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex coffee shop and local Hemophilia Foundation, serving on the WLC Student Institutional Review Board, and conducting mission work in Grenada.

    Internships

    WLC psychology students are encouraged to seek internships that enhance experiential learning in the field of psychology. In the past, students have interned with the following Milwaukee-area organizations:

    •  Boys and Girls Clubs of America
    • CHADD of Southeast Wisconsin
    • Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
    • Lutheran Social Services
    • Pregnancy Counseling Centers
    • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin 
    • Milwaukee area schools
    • Wisconsin Athletic Club
    • Wisconsin Early Autism Program
    • Norris Adolescent Treatment Center

    GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS

    Graduate School

    Nearly 65% of WLC psychology majors continue their education in graduate school! A WLC psychology degree provides a solid educational foundation, broad overview of psychology, and background in appropriate research techniques upon which one may succeed in graduate classes. Areas of study among WLC alumni are wide-ranging and have included the following:

    • Public health
    • Marriage and family therapy
    • Social work
    • Occupational therapy
    • Community counseling
    • Clinical psychology
    • Rehabilitation psychology
    • Law
    • School psychology and counseling
    • Mental health counseling
    • Art and music therapy
    • Psychometics

    Recent psychology majors have attended such graduate schools as:

    • Alverno College
    • UW-Milwaukee
    • Colorado State University
    • UW-Whitewater
    • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    • Arizona State University
    • The University of Chicago
    • Marquette University 

    Careers

    Psychology majors have been blessed to discover careers paths in a variety of fields, including: 

    • Social and community service
    • Government
    • Civil service (e.g. Police and FBI)
    • Clinical, hospital, and residential agencies
    • Education
    • Consulting
    • Business and human resources
    • Communication and public relations