The psychology major is the largest major in the College of Letters & Science, focusing on five areas in the field of psychological science: biological, clinical, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, developmental, and social and personality.

The mission of the undergraduate program in psychology is to provide students with opportunities to:

  • learn about the multiple content areas of scientific psychology
  • develop the ability to think critically and quantitatively
  • enhance written and oral communication skills
  • prepare for the most rigorous graduate and professional programs
  • apply the science of psychology to the well-being of citizens of Wisconsin and the global community

Some students will go to graduate school and become the next generation of psychological scientists and educators who will create and disseminate new knowledge. Others will choose careers in other areas, including but not limited to business, medicine, law, education, and counseling. Through its strong interdisciplinary connections with the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and medical sciences, scientific psychology is positioned well to influence critical issues for society. Because all courses in psychology emphasize critical thinking and the analysis of research, the undergraduate program prepares students to take on the challenges of and fully participate in an increasingly complex, multicultural world.

Professors Goldsmith (chair), Abramson, Alibali, Auger, Berridge, Brauer, Coe, Curtin, Davidson, Devine, Gernsbacher, Goldsmith, Gooding, Harackiewicz, Hyde, Jenison, MacDonald, Marler, Niedenthal, Pollak, Postle, Rogers, Rosengren, Ryff, Saffran, Seidenberg, Snowdon

 Associate Professors Bennett, Lupyan, Miyamoto, Rokers, Shutts

Assistant Professors Austerweil, Green, Li, Saalmann, Schloss, Simmering