Psychology

Our brains create our realities, weave incredible dreams and imagine infinite possibilities. Psychology asks how. Psychology is the study of both the mind—how it works and how it fails—and behavior—why we act the way we do and how to shape behavior.

“I've been able to work as a research assistant with a faculty member. ”
— Alex Ozolins '18

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About the Psychology program

Carroll University’s psychology major offers courses in clinical psychology, social behavior, cognitive theory, biopsychology and neuroscience, which together offer a wide examination of human behavior, from the social animal to the cellular level. Your education will combine theory and practical research. You may find yourself studying what sort of music rats prefer, or how consumer decisions can be influenced by advertising. And you could work one-on-one with a faculty member over the summer on a Pioneer Scholars research project.

An education in psychology provides a better understanding of human behaviors and translates to a wide variety of possible careers in counseling, human resources, marketing and sales, criminal justice and teaching, among others. The program also provides a strong foundation if you’re looking to pursue graduate studies. Our graduates have gone on to attend graduate programs at SUNY–Stony Brook, Texas Christian University and the University of Toronto, among others.

You’ll also have opportunities to work with faculty on research projects, some culminating with publication in peer-reviewed journals (a great advantage whether you’re considering graduate programs or a career). The breadth of our program is evidenced by three suggested tracks, which allow you dive more deeply into a particular area of interest with focuses on counseling, organizational psychology and research.

The psychology major easily pairs with a number of other majors, including business administration, criminal justice, animal behavior and communication, and a double major can be completed within four years.

Our location provides students with access to numerous internships with health-related businesses. These enrich your education and also create connections with local employers. That means many of our students walk straight into meaningful careers upon graduation.

Tracks / Minor

While not required, psychology majors may choose to further specialize their study through one of the following tracks. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in psychology that complements many areas of study:

Internships

We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Rogers Memorial Hospital
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Waukesha Mental Health Association
  • Wisconsin Early Autism Project
  • Area school districts

Careers

College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“The brain dissection was the most interesting and memorable lecture I've had.”
— Celeste Goeller '18

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jessica Lahner

Dr. Jessica Lahner

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology




Dr. Matthew Scheel

Dr. Matthew Scheel

Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Life Sciences




Dr. Tara Schmidt

Dr. Tara Schmidt

Lecturer in Psychology




Dr. David Simpson

Dr. David Simpson

Professor of Psychology




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Dr. Susan Wilson

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology




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