Our major in Psychology distinguishes itself from other programs by not only providing students with broad exposure to the various areas of the field as a whole (e.g., human development, social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological bases of behavior, abnormal psychology, personality, human learning, statistics/methods), but allows students to specialize in a sub-discipline of psychology if desired.
For example, some students may wish to pursue a career in counseling children. Those students may wish to take psychology electives such as Theories and Practice of Counseling, Listening and Communication Skills, and Social and Emotional Development in Childhood. Other student may be interested in the intersection between athletics and psychology and may select electives such as Sports Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Motivation and Emotion.
Students who want to specialize even further may choose to complete a minor. The Mental Health Rehabilitation minor is designed to introduce students to the various issues that individuals with mental health issues may experience and to help them begin to develop basic counseling skills that will allow them to assist individuals in non-profit, rehabilitation, or mental health treatment facilities. The Art Therapy minor allows students to not on explore several different area of fine arts (e.g., drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture) but provides them to a simple introduction to the techniques that those further pursuing this career will use in practice (e.g., listening and communication skills, basic art therapy techniques).
Students may also choose to minor in area outside of psychology. For example, a Psychology major may elect to learn more about the biological bases of behavior and complete a minor in Neuroscience. Students who hope to pursue a career in animal assisted therapy may complete an Animal Behavior minor in addition to their Psychology major. Students who want to take the knowledge they have developed about how people think, feel, and behavior into the world of business, or who may wish to open a private practice in counseling at some point in their future, may elect to complete a Business minor.
Finally, the Psychology major provides enough flexibility that a student who just knows they are interested in people can take a variety of different courses to try out different areas and interest to further discover what is compelling for them.
Regardless of whether a student explores many different topics within the major or decides to narrow into one interest area, there are several core features that all our students will experience.
Our program provides you with invaluable internship experience, in which you apply the knowledge you gain and practices you learn on campus to real world problems. Many students will also choose to put the research skills that they develop in their classes into practice by working on more independent research projects with a Psychology Department faculty member. Students like these typically leave their experience with professional presentations and sometime publications with their faculty mentor.
In addition to the active learning that occurs within each of our classes and the opportunities for experiential learning such as internships and research, your exploration of psychology occurs on a campus that bustles with the activity of undergraduates, graduate students and professional students aspiring to work in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, health care, and medicine.
If you are one of our many students who are interested in pursuing graduate education after you finish your psychology degree (e.g., a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology, a master’s degree in social work or another counseling related field, medical school), we have faculty that can assist you in pursuing that career path. Many of our students come to UNE with such goals and are admitted to such graduate programs.
In addition to the major, we offer a minor in Psychology.
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should contact the Psychology Department Chair for additional information.