Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes in humans and other animals. It is a modern science that studies diverse subject matter and has applications to all academic fields of study. Psychology investigates such topics as causes of depression, how the brain responds to drugs, management of daily stressors, how people effectively interact with each other, and ways in which gender, age, and culture influence behavior. The Psychology Department offers courses that are beneficial for students in majors other than psychology.  Students in nursing, sociology, education, and business often minor in psychology because of the valuable background it provides.

Psychology students are offered a solid foundation that prepares them for careers in mental health, research, and related fields.  A major emphasis is preparation for graduate programs.  Students take one of several tracks (series of courses) that are specific to their interests.  The curriculum emphasizes comprehensive course content, experiential learning opportunities and the development of skills that promote human and animal welfare.  Students gain direct experience through internship experiences at agencies including PathfindersThe Women's CenterThe Youth and Family ProjectGilda's Club, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and have the opportunity to present research papers/posters at professional conferences.  Psychology student organizations provide valuable experiences outside the classroom along with the campus chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. 


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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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Mission Statement of the Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department believes that students are lifelong learners. Through courses and experiences, Cardinal Stritch University students acquire the attitude and ability to think critically in evaluating information and making informed decisions.

Sensitivity to and appreciation for diversity, respect for the dignity and worth of others, and an appreciation and understanding of differences such as those associated with age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, and multicultural experiences are essential.

Academic Requirements

The following are the required grades for Psychology majors and minors:

  • Minimum grades: No grade lower than a “C” will be accepted in all courses (required Psychology courses, elective Psychology courses and auxiliary courses, such as MT 120 and Biology). A grade of “C-” or below is not acceptable. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a required course, the course must be repeated. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in two required and/or elective courses, he/she will be dismissed from the program. No required or elective Psychology course and no required auxiliary course may be retaken more than once.
  • Required grade point average for graduation: A minimum GPA of 2.75 in psychology (required and elective Psychology courses) is required in order to graduate as a Psychology major or minor.  This consists of the six required and all elective Psychology courses for majors and the three required and all elective Psychology courses for minors.
  • Required grade for PS 400 Independent Study and Directed Study: A minimum GPA of 3.0 in Psychology is required. Consent of the instructor and approval by the department chair are needed.
  • Contact the department chair for additional policies.

Read the expert perspective of Carole Hetzel, Ph.D., '85, associate professor of psychology, in “Multiple Lenses,” a feature that appeared in the Summer 2018 digital issue of Stritch Magazine. She and three other faculty members use the lens of their academic disciplines to weigh in on factors that shape identity.

Psychology Major: 42 credits (35 department credits, 7 auxiliary credits)

Required courses for major:  PS 101, 303, 304, 405, 410 and 403, plus five electives in psychology. MT 120, PS 303, 304 and 410 must be taken in sequence and during different semesters. PS 410 must be taken during senior year. All psychology majors and minors must take PS 101 before taking any other psychology courses.  Students should review prerequisite requirements for all courses in the major/minor.
Required auxiliary courses for major:  MT 120 and one laboratory course in biology (e.g. BL 105, 106, 111 or 112).
Auxiliary courses are those required courses that do not have the major department designation and are therefore not reflected in the number of department credits required for the major or minor. However, auxiliary courses may be used for other degree requirements, such as for general education (core) or elective requirements.
Five electives are required. At least one elective course must be taken in three of the following five subject areas: developmental, clinical/counseling, diversity, biological or additional electives. Approved electives include PS 190, 205, 220, 221, 223, 250, 260, 265, 270, 275, 280, 290,  308, 309, 320, 325, 354, 400, and 404. Students are encouraged to take PS 308, 309 and 320 in sequence.

Psychology Minor: 28 credits (25 department credits, 3 auxiliary credits)

Required courses for minor:  PS 101, 303, 405 and five elective courses in psychology.
Required auxiliary course for minor:  MT 120. MT 120 and PS 303 must be taken in sequence and during different semesters. At least one elective course must be taken in three of the following five subject areas: developmental, clinical/counseling, diversity, biological or additional electives.

PLO 1.1: The student demonstrates knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology, including (1) developmental changes in behavior and mental processes across the life span, (2) clinical/counseling psychology, (3) biological bases of behavior and mental processes, and/or (4) diversity issues in psychology. 
PLO 1.2: The student explains, compares and contrasts, and/or describes advantages and limitations of the major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).  
PLO 2: The student designs and/or conducts basic studies to address psychological questions using appropriate research methods.
PLO 3: The student uses critical thinking and approaches problems effectively by (1) identifying and evaluating the source, context, and credibility of behavioral claims, (2) using scientific principles and evidence to resolve conflicting claims, and (3) challenging claims that arise from myth, stereotype, or untested assumptions.
PLO 4: Identify appropriate applications of psychology in solving problems. 
PLO 5.1: Recognize the necessity of ethical behavior in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology. 
PLO 5.2: Recognize and respect human diversity. 

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


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