The human psychological process is a complicated, remarkable system. A degree in psychology dives into this system by teaching students how memory and language influence our thoughts, how our emotions guide our actions, how other people influence us, and ultimately, how we can use psychology to improve human functioning.
Major prepares students for careers in a wide variety of professions, including human services, health care, education, business and more.
In addition to the psychology major and minor, the program also offers a mental health minor, industrial-organizational psychology certificate and military psychology certificate.
Psychology students collaborate with faculty on research projects, gaining valuable skills and career preparation. The program also pairs students in internships with community service organizations and area businesses.
Find your path.
Through coursework, UNI psychology students gain a broad understanding of human psychological processes. Learn how the brain controls our actions, how memory and language influence our thoughts, how emotions guide actions, how other people influence us and how we can use psychology to improve human functioning.
A small sampling of our courses includes:
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Psychology of Music
- Psychology of Gender
Grow your future.
UNI psychology graduates work in a wide variety of fields, from counseling, to business, and health and human services. If you like working with people and have strong critical thinking skills, psychology is a great major for you. Many of our students also continue their education after graduating. Popular continued education programs include Counseling, Human Resources and School Psychology.
Other career fields include:
- Human resource officer
- Corrections/law enforcement officer
- Social service worker
- Career counselor
- Clinical/Child psychologist
- Mental health professional
- Advertising/marketing/PR specialist
- Guidance counselor
UNI psychology students dive right into research, working alongside faculty for group or individual projects (a big deal for an undergrad!). The department also has a robust focus on field experience/internships, with dedicated faculty/staff available to help you find the right placement. Looking to connect? UNI also hosts an active Psychology Club, which organizes volunteer experiences, events/activities and is a great way to network with fellow psych majors.
Not your average professor
“I enjoy teaching and learning along with my students. Each summer, I look forward to taking a group of students to London as part of a short-term study abroad program offered through UNI. I think every student should study abroad, even if it is just for a couple of weeks!”
- Carolyn Hildebrandt, Professor of Psychology
“I have learned the importance of connection and networking. There have been so many wonderful people I have met -- my professors, peers in the classroom, and people I met through organizations -- who have been such a wonderful help throughout my time here. Many who believe in me and want to see me succeed, and vice versa. Having that support system has been so beneficial and has allowed me to branch out and grow various other skills in organization, time-management, collaboration, and decision-making.”
- Katie Currier, Psychology Major
“One thing I love about Psychology is that it is not limited in the career paths it leads to, I was a Psychology major and ended up in Financial Services! Taking classes in Industrial and Organizational Psychology can benefit you regardless of the path or industry you chose.”
- Lucy Gee, Class of 2017
Strategy Development Consultant at Principal Financial Group