UW-Madison’s undergraduate psychology program focuses primarily on five areas in the field of psychological science: biology of brain and behavior, clinical, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, developmental, and social and personality. 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. The unique skills and competencies you develop from your psychology major will offer endless opportunities after graduation.
In addition to the foundational set of skills and competencies gained from a liberal arts degree, the following are unique skills and competencies that are acquired from the psychology major.
- Learn about multiple content areas of scientific psychology
- Develop the ability to think critically and quantitatively
- Enhance communication skills in the classroom and in writing
- Understand research strategies and methods as they relate to the scientific study of psychology
- 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
Students who major in Psychology enter a wide variety of careers, both with and without education beyond a Bachelor’s degree. Check out these Psychology Alumni Profiles to learn more about how Psychology Badgers navigated their career paths.
Institutional data on graduate outcomes is collected through the First-Destination Survey and is publicly accessible.
Additional Career Resources
There are also several campus resources to guide your career search. Undecided students who are unsure about their desired major/career are encouraged to visit the Career Exploration Center. The SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science office offers a variety of opportunities ranging from career assessment, resume writing, interviewing techniques, internships, graduate school, and more. Online resources are listed below.
Handshake – UW-Madison’s primary recruitment and career event management tool
Badger Bridge – Online networking resource for current UW-Madison students and alumni. Find and connect with alumni working in your field of interest.
Inter-LS 210: Career Development, Taking Initiative – For students wanting a more structured career exploration experience, consider taking this course.
Looking for more information about Psychology careers, graduate school, and gaining experience? UW-Madison Psychology students can access additional resources in the Psychology Advising Canvas site.