The School of Education offers several courses each semester that are perfect for UWM Freshman and Undergraduate students looking to make the most of their time in college.

These courses are open to all UWM undergraduate students, and some courses can be taken for GER credits!

Freshman Courses

Ed Psych 104: Pathways to Success
2-credits; U/G
Multiple sections available

Are you new to UWM and want to make the most of your college experience? Need help choosing a major and setting your career path?

This course will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the most out of your time at UWM and beyond. Get acquainted with key campus resources, learn essential study skills, and explore creative ways to manage your time more effectively.


Ed Psych 110: Exploring Majors and Careers
3-credits; U/G
Multiple sections available

Haven’t decided on a major? This class can help!

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. This class will make it easier. Gain deeper insight into the career planning process. Discover your “work personality.” Learn how to set and meet goals. Tap into campus resources and organizations. Connect with individuals working in your field of interest. Make the most of internships and volunteer opportunities. Learn how to craft to perfect resume. Graduate from UWM with the experience and skills you need to build a rewarding and successful career.

For More Information about Freshman Courses

Dr. Nadya Fouad

More Undergraduate Courses

Couns 403: Overview of Counseling Skills
3 credits; U/G
12:00 – 2:40 pm, Mondays

A good listener is always in demand. This course will teach you the vital interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the counseling field or other helping professions, including health sciences, nursing, social work, sociology, and teaching. But the skill of active listening — at the heart of counseling — is valuable for students of any major, whether you’re looking to simply improve conversations in the workplace or deepen your relationships with friends and family.

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Dr. Anthony Hains

Ed Psych 220: Positive Psychology in Context: Applications to Culture, Learning, and Development

3 credits; U/G
1:00 – 2:15 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Dive into the science of happiness and earn GER credits!

The growing field of positive psychology is taking the world by storm, from marketing (did you see the Dove Inner Beauty ad?) to chronic pain management to education. More than just self-help and happiness, this course will dive into the science and application of positive psychology and all its dimensions: resilience, optimal learning, motivation, character, and overall psychological well-being. In addition to developing a deeper scientific understanding of positive psychology, you’ll learn how to apply its principles to enhance your own life and career.

This course is under development for Fall 2015 and is expected to be listed on PAWS in late April. It will meet the GER-B (oral and written competencies) requirement. Save your place in the course by registering for Ed Psy 279; students registered for this course will be administratively moved to 220 when the course is available.

For More Information

Dr. Jackie Nguyen

Ed Psych 301: SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITIONS: Ideas, Exploration, and Strategies
2-credits; U/G
Multiple sections available

Planning to graduate in the next couple of years?

This class was created especially for Juniors and Seniors to begin transitioning from finishing their Bachelor’s Degree to entering the job market. This 2-credit, online course supports successful planning of life after graduation. Students will learn how to define a position of interest, create a resume, and research companies and employment opportunities. Other topics include exploring personal interests and values, standing out in the job market, and interviewing strategies.

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Teresa DePratt

Ed Psych 279: Cross Cultural Conversations

3 credits; U/G
10:00 am – 12:40 pm, Fridays

This course seeks to create a respectful environment for students to engage in conversations about the impact of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and other defining aspects of identity on their personal lives, on their communities, and in society as a whole.

Students will learn about the process of engaging in multicultural dialogue and are expected to share their own personal experiences and feelings regarding these aspects of identity in order to learn from each other and to learn about themselves.

We will also use readings, videos, reflective writing, experiential activities, and group dialogue to further students’ learning and understanding. This course offers introductory content on social identity group membership, privilege, power, oppression, discrimination, what it means to be an ally, and communication across differences.

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Shannon Chavez-Korell, PhD, NCC