Psychology Major with Applied/Clinical Counseling emphasis
Our Psychology program emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, experiential learning opportunities, and the development of skills that promote human and animal welfare. Students can expect to learn to interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research throughout their time at Stritch. The Psychology program will prepare students to immediately begin their career upon graduating or attend graduate school to earn advanced professional degrees.
Stritch students can create an academic pathway that best fits their interests.
The Limitless Curriculum allows me to focus on what I am interested in pursing in the future.
Jalin Stallworth, '24, El Paso, Texas
Psychology and Criminal Justice
The Limitless Curriculum has helped me accommodate my needs and wants to provide me with everything that can help me have a successful future. The flexibility allows me to learn mind-blowing material from the variety of courses.
Nicole Greenwood, '21, Bournemouth, England, U.K
Psychology major with a minor in health and wellness
Employers look for prospects with field experience. I received common feedback from graduate schools and jobs that they were impressed with the amount of research projects that I participated in. The curriculum is not just providing you with an array of undergraduate experiences, but equipping you to excel in the next stages of your life.
Sabiha Uyander, ‘21, Dusseldorf, Germany
Psychology major with a minor in communications
The Limitless Curriculum is a great opportunity for students to embrace their passions and enhance their personal careers because you are choosing for yourself and what you want.
Consider combining our Advanced Psychological Sciences concentration and Applied Psychology: Clinical & Counseling concentration for a Psychology Major that will prepare you for graduate study and/or launching a career in applied psychology.
Consider adding courses in Visual Arts (Studio Arts Integration concentration), Music (Music concentration), or Theatre (Theater Performance concentration).
Consider adding courses in Spanish (Spanish Language & Cultures concentration; Interpretation & Translation concertation; Latin American Studies concentration) and our Bilingual Counseling Minor.
Consider adding courses in Humanities (Religious Studies concentration).
Consider adding courses in English/Writing (Professional Writing concentration).
Consider adding courses in Sociology (Social Inequality, Social Change, & Social Institutions concentration; Social Identities: intersections of Race, Gender, & Class concentration).
Consider adding courses in Sociology (Applied Sociology: Social Work with Individuals, Groups, and Organizations).
Career Opportunities for Psychology Majors
Employment for individuals with degrees in psychology is expected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth for clinical, counselling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014-2024, and 19 percent for industrial-organizational psychologists (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).
This is good news for those who plan to pursue graduate school in psychology. For those who are interested in beginning their careers immediately after completing their four-year degree, psychology is a versatile major regarding employability in occupations such as Human Resource specialists, law enforcement personnel, victim advocacy, research assistants, college admission counselors, and registered behavior technicians (RBT).
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Learn more about what having a psychology degree has to offer at the American Psychological Association website.
The Stritch Psychology program prepares students to immediately begin their career post-graduation or attend graduate school (e.g., in psychology) or earn advanced professional degrees (e.g., medical school, law school).
Students gain direct experience through internship experiences. Placement sites may include:
Milwaukee Pediatric Psychology Associates
The Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
Port Washington School District
Milwaukee Mind-Body Wellness
United Community Center
Ozaukee Community Therapies
Students also have the opportunity to present research papers/posters at professional conferences like the Midwestern Psychological Association conference.
Midwestern Psychological Association
The Midwestern Psychological Association hosts annual meetings that provide insights and opportunities to share psychological research findings throughout various areas of psychology. The meeting brings together leading psychologists from around the world to present topics in current psychological science, workshops with teachings of psychology, research methods, statistics, and discussion groups to share ideas and interests.
Cardinal Stritch University is one of the many institutions that offers a Psi Chi Chapter. Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology. Psi Chi members build relationships with faculty and other students outside of the classroom- throughout involvement in the community and support each other’s educational journeys.
If you are interested in working with people in a counseling and mental health area, the psychology major with an emphasis in applied/clinical counseling is for you. This program will prepare you for graduate studies in psychology.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Psychology is a versatile major preparing students for employment in psychology-related careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) projects significant growth in the fields of:
Marriage and family therapists: 22% growth
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors: 22% growth
Occupational therapists: 18% growth
Psychologists: 14% growth
Social and human service assistants: 13% growth
Rehabilitation counselors: 10% growth
A bachelor’s degree in psychology is also beneficial to those entering careers requiring a background in human cognition and behavior. These would include human resource specialists, law enforcement personnel, victim advocacy, research assistants, college admission counselors, and registered behavioral technicians.
For more information about careers in Criminal Justice, contact the Stritch program chair or a faculty member, or visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at https://www.bls.gov.
Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding 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 (4) diversity issues in psychology.
Students are able to explain, compare and contrast, and describe advantages and limitations of the major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).
Students are able to design and/or conduct basic research studies to explore psychological questions.
Students develop and use critical thinking skills to verify psychological concepts and to challenge claims that arise from myths, stereotypes, or untested assumptions. Students recognize the necessity of ethical behavior in all aspects of psychology.
Students learn to recognize and respect human diversity.
Liberal Arts Core
The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS: 12 credits
Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
Social Tensions (3 cr.)
The American Experience (3 cr.)
Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.