Psychology Major

Even ancient civilizations puzzled over the mysteries of the mind and human behavior. Though much more is known today, the field of psychology continues to make new discoveries about the amazing possibilities of the brain and what drives us to act the way we do. Whether you decide to pursue graduate studies in psychology or use your understanding of psychological principles in another field, the Psychology major will serve you well in all aspects of life. At Alverno, you’ll develop the scientific tools you need to resolve difficult life challenges, improve relationships and reach your greatest potential.

Are you fascinated by what drives people to do the things they do? Do you wonder about the mental habits that help some people learn and succeed and lead others to struggle? Are you interested in the way people develop intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives? Consider majoring in Psychology. If you’re interested in double-majoring, Psychology also pairs well with a number of other academic areas.

A strong, well-rounded foundation
Alverno’s Psychology program follows the American Psychological Association's guidelines for excellence in undergraduate psychology training. All students take foundational courses in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, research methods and statistics. As you progress through the major, you can personalize the program by strategically selecting electives in areas such as physiological psychology, social psychology, theories of personality, case management, psychology of gender, and learning and cognition. Interested in going deeper in a particular topic? You can work one on one with a faculty member through independent study work, including research projects with Alverno’s Research Center for Women and Girls and other areas. Some students have even been selected to present their research at prestigious national conferences such as the annual conventions of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association.

The support you need to succeed
Forget about giant lecture halls or vying for face time with professors in crowded classes. Alverno’s 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure you’ll really get to know our caring faculty, and that personal connection allows professors to guide you toward meaningful electives and internships that will help you reach your goals. You’ll also be assigned a faculty advisor and an upper-level Psychology major who will mentor you. Looking to connect with fellow Psych majors outside of class? Join Alverno’s Psych Forum, in which you can discuss career opportunities and hot topics in psychology, or Alverno’s chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Internships for the Psychology major
You’ll intern for at least two semesters, giving you a valuable opportunity to build your résumé while getting hands-on experience applying the skills and knowledge you’ll learn in the classroom. Our Internship Office, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right placement for you. Past Psychology majors have interned at the Center for Urban Population Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Autism Behavioral Network, the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Pathfinders, the Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, Easter Seals, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Task Force on Family Violence, and PEARLS for Teen Girls, among other sites.

How you can use your degree
Many of our students go on to master’s or doctoral degrees in respected graduate programs across the country in fields such as forensic psychology, health psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology and social work. Other students go straight into the workforce in areas such as substance abuse counseling, human resources, talent acquisition, recruiting, business analysis, college admissions and business operations. Some of the places where you’ll find Alverno’s Psychology graduates include Rogers Memorial Hospital, Google, U.S. Bank, the United Way, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Northwestern Mutual.


Have questions about studying Psychology at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Kris Vasquez
Chair of Psychology