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Psychology Advising Information

Psychology Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student. In addition, a student interested in the major must have completed PSY 101 and 210 with a grade of C or better and have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all psychology classes completed. Also, an interested student must write an application essay and schedule an interview with faculty before the application form is signed. Prospective majors and transfers interested in this major are encouraged to contact a faculty member for advising.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.

  • Applying to the Major

    1. Make sure you've completed PSY 101 and PSY 315.  
    2. Write the application essay. Use the Major Declaration Paper rubric (PDF) when writing this paper. This APA style 3-4 page paper focuses on three main areas:
      1. Why do you want to be a psychology major? Include at least three reasons and also include your perceived strengths and weakness related to those reasons.
      2. What are the benefits of attaining a psychology major from a Christian liberal arts college? What are your career goals?
      3. What skills and abilities do you wish to learn from the program? What are your learning goals?
    3. Complete the "Application to Declare a Major" form, which you should obtain from your current advisor.
    4. Submit the Major Application Form signed by your mentor to the registrar. Email your application essay to Dr. Close
    5. Dr. Close will contact you to set up an interview time with the psychology faculty. The interview serves as a chance for the faculty to meet you and review your application essay. 

    The entire psychology faculty is eager to serve you and assist you in reaching your goals at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Please feel free to contact any of the psychology faculty with questions or concerns related to this process.


    The WLC Psychology Department offers the following rationale for its course numbering. Generally, students should take 100-level classes before 200-level classes, and 200-level classes before 300-level classes, and finally, 300-level classes before 400-level classes.

    100-Level Courses
    100-level courses (PSY 101 "Introduction to Psychology" and PSY 120 "Human Growth & Development") introduce the conceptual framework, vocabulary and theory that unifies the diverse areas of the discipline. Though these courses are designed for freshman and sophomore students, they are open to anyone. These courses have no prerequisites and focus on helping students acquire the language and terminology in the field of psychology.

    200-Level Courses
    200-level courses build on 100-level courses by providing greater depth to select areas of psychology. 

    300-Level Courses
    300-level courses provide advanced content in the dominant areas in the discipline of psychology. These courses provide junior and senior psychology students the opportunity to apply the methodology and scope introduced in the 200-level courses to defined topics in the field. Students practice the applying and synthesizing theory and research as begin to critically evaluate the empirical support for psychological assumptions and research observations in light of God's Truth. PSY 315 introduces the scientific methodology and research skills important in understanding evaluating the research methods and design psychology uses to acquire information. It is a good idea to take MAT 117 "Statistics" while enrolled in PSY 315 "Psychological Research Methods." The two courses reinforce each other and it is important to remember that MAT 117 "Statistics" is required prior to taking PSY 411 "Experimental Psychology."

    400-Level Courses
    400-level courses extend on content introduced throughout the psychology curriculum. PSY 411 "Experimental Psychology" expands on the statistics and design introduced in PSY 315 and is required prior to taking any other 400-level course. Junior and senior students in these courses complete a lab which serves to integrate the science and practice of psychology by requiring students to complete and publicly present an original research project (for the lab courses) or serve in the community through an internship. These courses demand that students practice and demonstrate those evaluative and synthesizing skills related to thinking scientifically about behavior and mental processes in light of God's Word.

    Required Courses

    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
      Take freshman year first or second semester
    • PSY 260 Personality Theories
      Take after PSY 101 as a freshman or sophomore
    • PSY 315 Psychological Research Methods
      Take after PSY 101 & PSY 120 as a sophomore
    • PSY 395 History & Systems
      Take after PSY 411 as a junior or senior
    • PSY 411 Experimental Psychology
      Take after PSY 315 as a sophomore or junior


    • PSY 120 Human Growth & Development
      Take as a freshman first or second semester

    The following courses require PSY 101 (take as a second semester freshman or as a sophomore)

    • PSY 240 Sport Psychology
    • PSY 250 Introduction to Learning and Memory
    • PSY 285 Psychobiology
    • PSY 290 Child Abnormal Psychology

    The following courses require PSY 315  (take as a sophomore)

    • PSY 300 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 310 Psychological Counseling
    • PSY 321 Child Development
    • PSY 324 Adult Development
    • PSY 350 Memory and Cognition
    • PSY 390 Social Psychology

    The following courses require PSY 411 (take as a junior or senior)

    • PSY 430 Adv. Adolescent Development
    • PSY 470 Psychological Testing
    • PSY 490 Psychology Internship
    • PSY 492 Topics: __________