Psychology class outside during the pandemic

Request Information

Why Study Psychology?

A fascinating field with broad options for future careers, psychology is the study of how humans and animals act, feel, think and learn. As a psychology major at UW-River Falls, you’ll join a tight-knit, inclusive community full of high-impact, hands-on learning including research alongside faculty, active student organizations, professional networking and more.

Apply Now >

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the physiological, emotional, cognitive and social determinants of behavior.
  • Form a comprehensive understanding of psychology disciplines, including the major theories and history of psychology.
  • Gain experience with psychological research methods and develop proficiency in data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Foster a knowledge of research ethics and its applications.
  • Develop area-specific knowledge and skills in your specialization, including gender, industrial, health, sport, clinical or animal specialties.
  • Cultivate lifelong skills including critical thinking, effective teamwork and interpersonal communication.


Types of Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavior Modification
  • Careers in Psychology
  • Drugs and the Nervous System
  • Health Psychology
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Memory and Thinking
  • Sport Psychology
  • The Psychology of Sexuality

“My experience with the Psychology Department has been amazing. The department is like one big family. The professors really show that they care about their students and really want us to succeed in life. When I pictured college, I never thought about having this close relationship with my professors and I am so glad I have had that experience.”

– Ty Gabrielson, psychology – industrial and organizational emphasis major


Psychological Sciences Department Home

Potential Careers

Psychology graduates find themselves working diverse roles for a wide variety of employers. Many choose to attend graduate school to pursue roles as a psychologist, I/O psychologist or clinician. Examples of your future roles include:

  • Case Manager or Client Assistant
  • College Adviser
  • Gerontologist
  • Human Resources Consultant or Specialist
  • Special Education or Family Resource Provider
  • Wellness Program Consultant