Exploring the possibilities of human potential.

Delving deep into things like behavior, emotion, the brain, human thoughts and how they drive actions is enlightening to say the least. That is the fundamental core of the field of psychology. And when you pursue those areas at a place with a rich history in the liberal arts and spirituality—a place like Marian—it opens even more amazing doors of understanding.

Program Information

The Psychology major adheres to the American Psychology Association’s guidelines for undergraduate psychology.
Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .


The purpose of the Psychology Program is to enhance students’ lives through the pursuit of psychological knowledge and understanding by focusing on the cognitive and social aspects of human beings and the numerous variables, which influence their actions. Students are encouraged to explore and learn more about the various fields in psychology and apply that knowledge through field experiences, internships, and research that enhances the student’s understanding and critical analysis of key psychological concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of APA-informed ethical principles
  • Apply psychological scientific knowledge and reasoning to real world examples across a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize and interpret various statistical procedures and tests
  • Show understanding of historical background in psychology
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with others in a team
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively write using APA style

The Program
The psychology program at Marian is about empowering students with an understanding of the major concepts, theories and historical trends that impact the field. As a student in the program, you’ll apply research methods, including data analysis, as well as psychological principles to foster a better understanding of a broad array of personal, organizational and social issues.

General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements, including: PSY 101; PSY 105; COM 101 or COM 232.

36 credits as follows:
21 credits:

PSY 101 General Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 105 Human Development, 3 cr.
PSY 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 311 History and Systems of Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 312 Experimental Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 342 Research Methods, 3 cr.
PSY 402 Senior Seminar in Psychology, 3 cr.

15 credits:
PSY *Electives

28–31 credits:
University electives

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As a student in the psychology program, you’ll be able to take advantage of educationally driven internships, designed to connect theory with real-world practice. You’ll benefit from working in a broad array of professional settings. Recent internship sites include Boys and Girls Club, Doll and Associates, Family Resource Center, Fond du Lac Public Schools, Washington County Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Winnebago Mental Health Institution.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Amy Hennings, M.A.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Psychology Department

The psychology program complements many majors, and can provide you with an edge when it comes to furthering your career. Taking psychology as part of a double major can allow you the opportunity to earn two degrees in the same amount of time - and money - it takes to earn one.

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The Marian psychology program is recognized for its quality, offering a depth and breadth of understanding to students. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared for a career in human services or in the nonprofit sector, as well as for graduate school where you can pursue a career in psychology, counseling, law or medicine.

Psychology majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 in their psychology coursework before graduation.

Powerful results. That’s what you can expect from Marian’s Psychology Program. You’ll find many of the program’s graduates have gone on to graduate or professional school to enhance their learning and pursue an advanced degree. Marian graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at Cardinal Stritch University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Edgewood College, Medical College of Wisconsin, Mount Mary University, Roosevelt University, University of Iowa College of Law, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for psychologists is projected to grow by 22 percent—adding 37,700 positions—between 2010 and 2020.

In the Psychology Program at Marian University, our goal is to prepare students for an in depth understanding of psychology from both a theoretical and applied perspective training our students to understand the importance and substance of research, while gaining an applied knowledge of the field

96% of our students demonstrated competency in working on team projects which is key to success within the work environment.The majority of our psychology majors choose to take field experience and are placed in a variety of psychology related agencies working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, the mentally ill, homeless, and those with emotional or behavioral issues.

Over 85% of Marian psychology graduates are employed in the field of psychology. Recent graduates are employed as autism line therapists, children’s behavioral specialists, human resources specialists, patient advocates, child welfare specialists, and much more.

Over 50% of Marian alumni complete a master’s degree program within two years. Graduate schools Marian University psychology students have been accepted into include: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Florida State University, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, University of Wisconsin -Stout, Concordia University, Lakeland College, and many more.

Employment: 94% of Marian graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the Psychology Program.

Samantha Kucaj

Samantha Kucaj – currently completing a PsyD in Child Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. ('12)

Kari Meyer

Kari Meyer- in her second year of a master’s program pursuing a degree in Counseling with an emphasis on clinical mental health at UW-Oshkosh. ('13)

Gina Anderson – graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is completely a doctoral degree in I/O Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Additionally, she currently teaches psychology courses part-time for Marian University. ('12)

Kiley O’Connell – graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. ('13)

Theresa Sokup - graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and currently employed by St. Agnes Hospital in their Domestic Violence Program. ('12)

Amanda Anderson -completed a master’s degree in Family Therapy and currently pursuing a PhD in Family Therapy at Northcentral University in Arizona. ('10)

Michaela Ramos - currently in her second year of a master’s degree program at UW-Oshkosh where she is completing a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. ('14)

Jessi Forbes - currently employed as an Intervention Case Manager in River Falls, WI. ('14)

Nicole Dreier (Schommer)- currently finishing a master’s degree in Counseling from Lakeland College. ('11)

Olivia Smolarek - currently working as a registered nurse and is using her Psychology major to provide greater understanding and quality of care to her patients. She holds a B.S. degree with majors in Nursing and Psychology from Marian University. ('13)

Amy Hennings

Amy Hennings, M.A.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Psychology Department

Jennifer Schultz

Jennifer Schultz, M.A.
Psychology Department

Michelle Majewski

Michelle E. Majewski, Psy.D
Psychology Department

Ciara Kidder, M.A.
Assistant Professor
Psychology Department

Deb Fischer, Ph.D.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
Psychology Department
Gina Anderson, M.S.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
Psychology Department
Jon Nicoud, Ph.D.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
Psychology Department

Fun Fact

Adult accelerated undergraduate programs came to be known as MAAP in 1995 – Marian Adult Accelerated Programs. Now they are Adult and Graduate Programs.

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