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.

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— Alex Ozolins '18

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About the Psychology Major

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.

Careers in Education

If you are interested in working in an educational environment, pairing the psychology major with an education major might be a good fit for you. For instance, pairing the psychology major with Carroll’s secondary education major can lead to certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to teach social sciences in high school and middle school. Alongside your education coursework, courses in psychology will not only prepare you to teach social sciences, but also provide you with a sound understanding of mental processes that underlie learning. Or, if you are interested in fostering the success of students by providing mental health services as a school psychologist, or academically focused services as a guidance counselor, pairing the psychology major with Carroll’s educational studies major can prepare you for post-graduate studies to pursue these careers.

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:


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


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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Latest Program News

Alumna Heather Jones '94

Understanding the psychology of adult coloring


With the increasing popularity of adult coloring books, more and more people are turning to the activity as a means of relaxation but there are also significant health benefits to help counter the struggles of sheltering at home in these pandemic days. To learn more about the psychology of coloring, we turned to Carroll alumna and licensed psychologist Heather Jones ’04, who is director of clinical services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, where she has worked in various positions since first becoming a pre-doctoral intern there in 2011.

Dr. Jessica Lahner and Dr. Susan Lewis

Dr. Lahner, Dr. Lewis Named Outstanding Faculty Advisors


Dr. Jessica Lahner, lecturer of psychology, and Dr. Sue Lewis, professor of biology, both have been selected for the Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. This is the second year the award has been presented.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Nicole Depowski

Dr. Nicole Depowski

Lecturer of Developmental Psychology
Dr. Jessica Lahner

Dr. Jessica Lahner

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Abigail Riemer

Dr. Abigail Riemer

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
Dr. Matthew Scheel

Dr. Matthew Scheel

Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Tara Schmidt

Dr. Tara Schmidt

Senior Lecturer of Psychology
Dr. Joshua Wolf

Dr. Joshua Wolf

Assistant Professor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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