The Department of Psychology at UNE is committed to exploring and understanding how personal, psychological, social, and environmental conditions influence action and thought. We have developed a curriculum that combines hands-on classroom instruction with on-campus research experiences, and internship opportunities in the greater Portland area that prepare you for a broad range of career options in the field of psychology.
We have structured our department to expose you to core concepts and skills related to psychology, while also enabling you to identify and focus your studies on a specific discipline such as mental health, education and psychology, psychology and business, and general psychology.
Our undergraduate programs cover a range of topics in psychology, designed to match the many dynamic career opportunities this growing area offers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 19% job growth is predicted for psychology-related careers through 2024 with even greater increases in job opportunities in the mental health sector. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in counseling, education, research, business, law, or some combination — our degrees offer the experience, research, and internship opportunities you need to become a leader in the field. Visit our blog to read about the class experiences, internships, activities, and accomplishments of our Psychology students and faculty.
Why UNE for Psychology
Experience the best of both worlds. As part of a university nationally ranked as having “High Research Activity,” (Carnegie, 2019), we provide access to all the resources you would expect from a large research institution — but at UNE, you are never just a number. Our Psychology majors benefit from close working relationships with faculty and one-on-one research mentoring.
With the knowledge you gain from your coursework, the critical thinking skills you develop through research, and the life skills you acquire from internships and close working relationships with faculty and peers, you will be well on your way to an exciting future in psychology.
Our graduates have pursued many fascinating careers, including:
- Therapist/Mental Health Counselor
- Behavior Analyst
- Marketing/Advertising Specialist
- Human Resources Specialist
- Social Worker
- Counselor (school, life skills, family, career, substance abuse, grief)
Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.
of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation
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Internships provide critical training and work experience. They help you explore career options and often lead to jobs after graduation.
Psychology majors complete at least one internship during the junior or senior years. Working in conjunction with your faculty advisor and the psychology internships coordinator, you identify a site, then take the theories, practices, and knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom out into applied settings.
We have a well-developed network of sites that have accepted our students into their organizations and work to match you to an experience that fits your interests.
Our network of internship sites includes:
- Sweetser Crisis Stabilization Unit
- The Center for Grieving Children
- Violence No More
- York County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Loranger Middle School
For more information, contact:
Linda Morrison, Ph.D.
The field of psychology is broad and diverse we are fortunate to have faculty members with expertise in a variety of areas including human development (across the lifespan); clinical/counseling; cognitive, neuroscience, and social psychology. At UNE we touch upon all facets of psychology with special focuses in behavioral neuroscience, clinical/counseling, memory and cognition, opioid pharmacology, and social psychology.
Examples of available courses
The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that the Psychology major offers:
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Theories of Personality
- Memory and Cognition
- Biological Basis of Behavior
- Theories and Practice of Counseling
- Listening and Communication Skills
If you are interested in pursuing graduate education after you complete your psychology degree (e.g., a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a Master of Social Work, or medical school), our faculty will assist you in pursuing your chosen path. Many students come to UNE with such goals and are admitted to graduate study.
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. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.
See the world
Study Psychology on the other side of the world by taking part in our Global Education Programs.
How does culture affect people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions? Find out firsthand by studying abroad. Spend a semester in Iceland, Spain, France, or at UNE’s own global campus in Morocco. Alternatively, choose from several shorter travel courses that will take you to Mexico, Kenya, Cuba, Ireland, Italy, or many other exciting locations.
Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.