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.

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.

The Possibilities
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.

The Results
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.

The Marian Difference
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.

Program Information


The purpose of the Psychology Department 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:

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

The Liberal Arts Core Learning Outcomes Addressed by the Psychology Department:

Knowledge Acquisition
Performance Indicator #2: Utilize technology to acquire information
Performance Indicator #5: Demonstrate knowledge of basic facts, concepts, and process

Critical Thinking
Performance Indicator #2: Critically question

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

22 credits:
PSY 100 Psychology as a Career, 1 cr.
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 Psychology electives

28-31 credits:
University electives

* MAT 122: Introduction to Probability and Statistics is accepted as an elective toward the psychology major or minor.

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

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Amy Hennings, M.A.

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Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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