Bachelor of Arts: Psychology
The UMF Psychology major is a diverse program designed to prepare students for both work and advanced study in psychology and related fields. Courses recommended by the American Psychological Association serve as the basis for the psychology offerings. Current and popular topics in psychology (e.g., psychology of evil, psychology of leadership, evolutionary psychology, and positive psychology) are explored in other psychology courses. Authorized by the State of Maine, the UMF Psychology Department also offers a sequence of courses that makes students eligible for full certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-Community. In addition to classwork, students are encouraged to get hands-on experiences in both research and practice through service learning, independent studies, practica, and internships.
The Psychology Department at UMF is committed to providing flexibility and opportunity throughout the undergraduate experience. Students are required to take three basic courses (Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and Senior Seminar or Thesis); they then select, in collaboration with their faculty advisor, eight more psychology courses to further their individual career goals. As part of their coursework, some students engage in self-designed research projects mentored by UMF psychology faculty. Other students explore the practice of psychology in mental health and crisis clinics, school guidance departments, law offices, and nursing homes, to name but a few. Students graduate well-prepared for the next step in their careers, be it work or graduate school.
UMF psychology graduates have found jobs as case managers, behavioral health professionals, residential support workers, research assistants, legal assistants and in various other careers. Graduates of the psychology program have also gone on to advanced study in psychology, social work, counseling, law, medicine, nursing, and business.
What Courses Might You Take?
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:
PSY 104S Parenting the Young Child
PSY 202S Psychology in Cinema
PSY 211 Psychology of Learning and Behavior Change
PSY 314 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 360 Group Psychotherapy
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization