The psychology major seeks to assist students in developing a critical knowledge of psychology as a science and as a means to promote human welfare. These goals reflect the College’s mission and identity statements, which promote educating students for meaningful professional lives of service and a lifelong search for truth.
Students planning to enter the field of Human Services or graduate school in Human Services, Counseling or Social Work may choose a psychology major with an interdisciplinary concentration in Human Services. Completion of this concentration enables students to take the social work certification exam through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Graduates passing the exam are allowed to hold employment as entry level social workers in the state of Wisconsin.
This concentration earns 64 credits if all courses for the concentration are taken at Edgewood College. PSY 285 , PSY 385 and PSY 485 (Topics in Psychology) may fulfill a requirement for one of the areas above if the topic falls within the subject matter for that area. This will be determined and announced by the Psychology Department.
For admission to the Psychology major, students must have at least a C in each of the following three courses and a 2.5 average in all three: PSY 101, BIO 151 (or equivalents); and one of the Foundations of Psychology courses (PSY 230, 288, 300, 349, 388, 391, 430, 490, or specified topics courses). A student may only declare the psychology major after completion of the above three courses. For graduation, students must have a 2.5 average in all psychology major requirements. A course in which a student receives a grade below a “CD” will not be counted toward the major or minor. If a student repeats a course, the better grade will be counted toward the GPA for purposes of admission to the major, graduation and inclusion in the minor. Transfer course grades will be counted toward the GPA for purposes of admission to the major.
A minimum of three courses toward the major and two courses toward the minor must be taken at Edgewood College.
Students need to complete the required courses for the major or concentration. For the psychology minor, five courses in psychology are required, which must include General Psychology or the equivalent transfer course.