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  • Undergraduate majors/minors

    Psychology is a popular major nationally and at UW-L. Students knowledgeable about their options and opportunities gain the most from their educational experiences. We strongly advise that you start you exploration of psychology programs by visiting the UW-L Psychology Advising Center pages.  When you are interested in additional information the tabs above provide links to the catalog pages and additional resources for each of the following programs: 

    Psychology major (BA/BS)

    Catalog

    UW-L's undergraduate bachelor's degree in psychology program requirements and course descriptions

    Additional information

    Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology?  Within the College of Liberal Studies, students have the choice of earning either a BA or BS in psychology.  The decision should be based on students' interests and strengths as the primary difference is in the general education requirements associated with required language classes (BA) or additional required science courses (BS).  Psychology's new major tutorial covers the difference in depth.

    Psychology minor (all colleges)

    Catalog

    UW-L's undergraduate minor in psychology - program requirements and course descriptions (scroll to the information under the description of the major)

    Additional information

    To minor in psychology

    • The college (CLS, CBA, or CSAH) associated with your major determines the specific requirements for the psychology minor  - the credit and course requirements by college are provided on the catalog pages linked above
    • Teacher education students also have specific requirements different from other college requirements.
    • To declare psychology as a minor visit the academic/advising office or individual associated with your college
    • Psychology minors may take either PSY210 or PSY212 
    • Most psychology minors are required to take PSY321 (not required of students who major in CST or SOC or WGS or all CBA majors)
    • Psychology Minor checksheet

    At-risk child & youth minor (CYC)

    Catalog

    UW-L's undergraduate minor in At-risk child and youth care - program requirements and course descriptions.

    *Spring 2014 - changes have been made to the minor.  The checksheet attached below is the most current version (the catalog link above is more dated).

    At-Risk Child and Youth Care Minor (All colleges) - 21-30 credits (depending on major)

    • Psychology Majors – 12 credits may count in both your major and minor
    • Therapeutic Recreation Majors – 10 credits may count in both your major and minor
    • All other majors – 6 credits may count in both your major and minor if courses from the major are included in the CYC listings
    CYC minor checksheet of courses

     

    Additional information

    The child youth care minor is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to promote the well being of all children and adolescents. Special attention is given to vulnerable/at-risk populations within the context of the family, the community, and the life span. This emphasis assists students who may work within a wide variety of settings including: early child care and education, community-based and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centers, day and residential treatment, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, psychiatric centers, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, and juvenile justice programs.

    ImageStudent&ChildStudents who complete the minor are expected to be able to:

    • Identify the role of individual and family factors associated with at-risk children
    • Differentiate typical from atypical human development
    • Apply theories, concepts and research findings to promote child well-being
    • Identify the purpose and structure of community and government systems in promoting and advocating for child well-being
    Contact

    Program Advisor
    Lisa Caya (Psychology)
    335 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.6895
    e-mail: lcaya@uwlax.edu

    Internships
    cycstudent&child2Internships in CYC require a minimum of three credits (9 hours/week) in a setting that provides direct contact with children and/or adolescents at-risk. Information on establishing a CYC internship.
    Potential internship sites include:
    • Coulee Children's Center
    • YMCA
    • Elementary/Middle School/High School guidance offices
    • Summer Camps for at-risk youth
    • Gundersen Lutheran Child Life
    • The Parenting Place
    Advocacy projects

    Students in CYC495 design and implement advocacy projects focused on children's well-being.  Examples from past cohorts include: 

    • body image
    • uniqueness
    • healthy relationships
    Helpful external links

    The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET)

    The Association for Child & Youth Care Practice, Inc. (ACYCP)

    Information on post-BS/BA certification as a Child Life Specialist

    Students who complete the CYC Minor and are interested in pursuing certification as a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) after graduation should consult the national child life website. The credential requires an undergraduate degree, specific coursework, clinical hours, and the successful completion of a national exam. Several courses within the CYC curricula have traditionally been accepted toward the requirements. Interested students should contact Dr. Susan "Boon" Murray in Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation, 608.785.8199 smurray@uwlax.edu.

    Gerontology emphasis (GTL)

    Catalog

    UW-L's undergraduate Gerontology emphasis - program requirements and course descriptions (the material at this link is outdated).

    PLEASE use the following checksheet 

    All of the courses in the emphasis may count toward the emphasis and to other major/minor or college requirements. An emphasis in gerontology would be an excellent choice for many students including but not limited to business majors, exercise & sports science majors, health education & promotion majors, sociology majors, and psychology majors. 

    NOTE: The Gerontology emphasis is composed of courses from across the university.  The sole course GTL300 has been deleted as of Fall 2013; however, the emphasis has lots of options and new courses are under development.

    Additional information

    Program statement: The emphasis in gerontology is a multi-disciplinary program designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas directly involving older persons. The study of gerontology will also help students prepare for their own aging as well as to develop a better understanding of and to seek enrichment for the lives of aging parents and our aging populations.

    Contact information

     Coordinators of the program: Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD - Psychology

    The facts of life

    Aging is a fact of life, but many societies have become older because of lower birth rates and delayed mortality leading to longer life expectancy. According to the United Nations, two billion people will be over the age of 60 by 2050, and of those 400 million will be over the age of 80. The U.S. also is experiencing an aging population (see chart).

    gerochart

    Experience with older adults
    The faculty associated with Gerontology Emphasis encourages interested students to get experience with older adults. Students are encouraged to make friends and associate with older adults; employment in a variety of settings will introduce you to older adults as workers or as customers of a business. Some civic, religious, health, or social service organizations may offer volunteer opportunities. Some academic programs require fieldwork experience; some sites are especially good for those who want more experience with older adults. If your academic program does not require fieldwork, contact Career Services for ideas about gaining experience with older adults. 

    Coordinators of the program: 
    Ellen Rozek, PhD and Erica Srinivasan, PhD - Psychology