Psychology and Counseling

Offering hands-on training to prepare graduates for a rewarding career helping people in their community.

Program Information

Viterbo psychology students develop skills that prepare them for rewarding career opportunities from counseling to psychological research and work at universities or private research organizations. Students receive training in key areas of contemporary psychology, including clinical and counseling psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. The major includes an internship or advanced research project, which offers valuable hands-on experience that prepares students for employment or continued education after graduation. Students in this major also benefit from our digital video laboratory facilities, which allows them to participate in interviewing and mock counseling that provides training in communication and interpersonal skills. Our psychology degree also provides the option for students to complete coursework required to become a licensed substance abuse counselor.



Internships and research opportunities


Bachelor's to master's program 

Hands-on learning in our interview labs

Psychology (BS)

Viterbo’s psychology program provides students with faculty mentors who teach a curriculum that includes development, emotions, social influences on behavior, the brain, cognitive processes, mental health, communication, and interpersonal skills. The coursework and experiences in this program prepare students to become licensed counselors or to pursue advanced degrees in a variety of medical, research, private, or nonprofit sectors.

Psychology (Minor)

Minors at Viterbo University generally require between 15–25 credits upon completion. Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals.

Substance Abuse Counseling (Minor)

The Substance Abuse Counseling minor at Viterbo University develops the knowledge, skills, and at­titudes needed to identify and treat substance abuse issues including utilizing resources and referrals, as well as delivering effective intervention and treatment services. This program uses evidence-based training practices incor­porating digital video technology to provide students with immediate feedback on skill development. This minor is a good choice for interested students pursuing careers in psychology, nursing, social work, criminal justice, clergy, health care, or education. Per Wisconsin state regulations, students who wish to obtain a Wisconsin state Substance Abuse Counselor certification must complete both 360 hours of classroom education and 4,000 hours of patient counseling experience. The requirements of the Substance Abuse Counseling minor meet the 360 hours of classroom education requirement.
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