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Psychology at Nebraska has been going strong for over 120 years since it was first taught in 1889 by Harry K. Wolfe.

Harry K. Wolfe

A Nebraskan since age 13, Wolfe graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1880 and went on to study psychology in Germany with Hermann Ebbinghaus and Wilhelm Wundt— two pioneers in the new "experimental psychology." He completed his doctorate from Wundt in 1886 at the University of Leipzig.

He returned to the University of Nebraska in 1889 as chair of the Department of Philosophy, teaching courses in general psychology, pedagogical psychology, and experimental psychology with a laboratory.

Wolfe established one of the earliest psychological laboratories in the United States—the first devoted to the training of undergraduate students.

The Department of Psychology was established later, in 1939, yet we consider Wolfe the department’s founder.

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You can help the department have a long and impressive future. Financial gifts from alumni and friends are a vital source of support for the psychology department.

Here's what a contribution of $125 can do:

  • 5 undergraduate students’ conference presentation posters
  • 2 graduate students’ professional membership dues
  • statistical software license used to analyze theses and dissertation data
  • student conference registration

We appreciate the many alumni and friends who have supported us. Your private gifts are vital to keeping our department on the cutting edge and creating academic, leadership and research opportunities for students and faculty.

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