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Psychology Major with Non-Clinical Theory emphasis

Program Overview

If you are interested in working in a non-clinical work area such as research, higher education or industrial organization, the psychology major with an emphasis in non-clinical theory and practice is for you. The program will prepare you for graduate studies in psychology.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

This concentration includes foundational classes in psychological theory, research, and content areas.

Concentration Overview

This concentration enhances students’ general knowledge of the various disciplines within the field of psychology, including human development and identity, and issues surrounding health and wellness.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Program Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Students are able to design and/or conduct basic research studies to explore psychological questions.
  4. 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.  
  5. Students learn to recognize and respect human diversity. 

Liberal Arts Core

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.) 
  • 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.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

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:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Internship Insights

Students gain direct experience through internship experiences. Placement sites may include:
  • Autism Intervention Milwaukee
  • Pediatric Psychology Associates
  • The Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
  • Port Washington School District
  • Milwaukee Mind-Body Wellness
  • Ozaukee Community Therapies
Students also have the opportunity to present research posters at professional conferences and to work with faculty on faculty-directed research projects. Psychology student organizations including Psychology Club and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, provide students with valuable leadership experiences outside of the classroom.
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Carole J. Hetzel

Chair - Social Sciences|Faculty - Psychology

Social SciencesSocial Sciences

(414) 410-4473