Psychology and Counseling

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

Interviewing labs, mock counseling sessions, and hands-on research opportunities.


Bachelor's to master's program available for exceptional undergraduate students

Viterbo psychology majors develop strong communication, critical thinking, and research skills, which prepare them for rewarding career opportunities from counseling to psychological research and work at universities or private research organizations. Students complete an internship or advanced research project, which offers valuable hands-on experience that prepares them for employment or continued education after graduation. The psychology degree program at Viterbo also provides the option for students to complete coursework required to become a licensed substance abuse counselor.

Career Examples
  • Mental health counselor
  • Residential care specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Behavioral specialist
  • Marriage and family counselor

Program Information

Psychology majors at Viterbo work closely with faculty mentors to learn about development, emotions, social influences on behavior, the brain, cognitive processes, and mental health. Students utilize digital video laboratory facilities to participate in interviewing and mock counseling scenarios that provide hands-on training in communication and interpersonal skills. They receive training in key areas of contemporary psychology: clinical and counseling psychology, developmental psychology, human cognition, social psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Students also have the opportunity for research projects that develop critical thinking and internships at local service agencies.



Psychology (B.S.)

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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