Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students in a Psychological CoursePsychology is the science of human behavior and mental processes. Our psychology major curriculum is grounded in the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major, with a particular focus on:

  • Providing students with a broad understanding of psychology’s core areas, including: learning, cognition, personality, social processes and human development.
  • Teaching students to understand and apply scientific thinking and research methods to psychological questions, and to extend these critical thinking skills to other areas of endeavor.
  • Introducing students to applied areas of psychology, e.g., clinical, counseling, health, and educational psychology.
  • Instilling in students the values of scientific psychology, e.g., intellectual curiosity, respect for empirical evidence, ethical action, appreciation of human diversity and social responsibility.

Strengths of the Psychology Program

  • Dynamic curriculum blends academics and real-world applications
  • Enthusiastic, dedicated faculty with broad expertise
  • Faculty-student collaboration in classroom and research
  • Clinical/counseling concentration available for interested students
  • Diverse internship opportunities
  • Individual senior research projects with one-on-one mentoring
  • Strong preparation for career and graduate studies

Career/Internship

Students interested in applied work can choose from a variety of off-campus internship sites. Recently, students have completed internships at the Center for Grieving Children, Youth Alternatives Ingraham, Windham Primary School, Sweetser, and Spring Harbor Hospital.

The psychology major emphasizes broadly applicable skills such as critical thinking, quantitative ability and writing, so our graduates are also well-prepared for employment in diverse areas including communications, business, advertising, human resources, and social services.

Graduate Study

Psychology students emerge from our program well-prepared for graduate study in psychology and related fields; recent graduates have gone on to master’s and doctoral degree programs at University of Connecticut, University of Southern Maine, University of New England, Tufts University, University of Vermont, Springfield College, Duquesne University, Harvard University and more.

Clinical/Counseling Concentration

This optional concentration is designed for students with a particular interest in careers in clinical/counseling psychology and other areas of mental health and human services. The concentration provides a solid foundation for graduate work or employment in these fields.

Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

This optional concentration focuses on the biological determinants of human behavior, and is designed for students with a particular interest in the complex interactions between the brain and the environment and their impact on behavior. This concentration would be ideal for students who are interested in careers in research in academics, government, or industry, and other areas of mental health.

Faculty

Our psychology faculty members are passionate about teaching and mentoring students. We draw on our rich blend of academic and real-world expertise to highlight psychology’s relevance to everyday life, important current events and the remarkable sociocultural challenges of our time. Some examples of current areas of faculty expertise/interest:

Nina Eduljee

  • Motivational beliefs and classroom strategies used by college students
  • Predictors of academic success for college students
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of attitudes towards computers
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Josh Schoenfeld

  • Clinical psychology research and practice
  • Relationships and health
  • Clinical science in the public domain
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Marion Young

  • Maternal obesity/Maternal depression
  • Fetal/Infant/Child Development
  • Epigenetic mechanisms impacting development
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Psychology Minor

A minor in psychology is available and requires students to take 20 credits.

In the their words

Meet Adam Hawkes ’14

Adam Hawkes

“The program is structured well and teaches students skills in a wide range of areas while exposing them to several different facets of psychology. It is also designed in a way that gives students the skills to effectively conduct research, which is then tested in a senior research project.”

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Meet Bobby Michaud ’14

Bobby Michaud '14

“My favorite psychology class was clinical psychology, which Dr. Joshua Schoenfeld taught. Clinical psychology taught me to look at the world in a new way. Psychology is a great science, and this class has given me many tools that I use to evaluate the world.”

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