Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Psychology Major for Social Work, Training Certification

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Learning and Cognition (choose one of the following): 3 Credits

Individual Differences (choose two of the following): 6 Credits

Biological Bases of Behavior (choose one of the following): 3 Credits

Capstone Experience (choose one of the following): 3 Credits

Electives in Psychology or Human Services: 9 Credits

(see full list of psychology offerings)

Total Credits: 39

*MATH 220  has a prerequisite of MATH 105 .

At least 18 semester credits must be earned in courses numbered 300 or above.

In the state of Wisconsin an individual seeking to be certified as a basic social worker and holding a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from an accredited institution may apply for a Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC).

The state allows a two-year period for holders of the SWTC to obtain specific training and experience which then qualifies them to sit for the Social Work Certification exam. Students may choose to incorporate those courses and experience into your Psychology major. The courses are listed below. A nine-credit 400-hour internship or a year of qualifying work experience (see your advisor) is also required.


To apply for a social work training certificate, the state of Wisconsin requires students to have grades of “C” or above in all social work equivalency courses (HSV 383 , HSV 391 , HSV 392 , HSV 393 , and HSV 384 ) and at least a 2.5 GPA in the major. Students must meet specific standards and demonstrate identified competencies through an assessment process before they will be approved for an internship. Completion of the major does not guarantee social work certification. For clarification of these and other state requirements, please contact the DSPS.

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