The UMF Psychology program offers a nurturing academic environment where you can explore the field of psychology, develop long-term mentoring relationships with faculty, and deepen your understanding of yourself and others.

In addition to your classwork, you’ll be encouraged to gain real world, hands-on experience in research and practice through internships, independent study, service-learning, and practica.

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    UMF students in the Psychological Wednesday Society, a student organization for those interested in the field of psychology. The club hosts fund-raisers, participates in service-learning projects and travels to professional conferences.
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    UMF Professor of Psychology Steve Quackenbush brought three UMF Psychology students to the 2012 American Psychological Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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    UMF Associate Professor of Psychology Karol Maybury who leads the UMF Social Psychology Lab – a team comprised of students who conduct research on social media, bullying and peer conformity.

These experiential learning opportunities are at the core of the Psychology program’s “humanistic frame of reference.”

For example, students enrolled in the Positive Psychology course are expected to keep a gratitude journal, an activity that allows them to experience first-hand the benefits of reflecting on the various “gifts” they have received in their lives. Students in the Death & Dying course prepare their own obituary, which compels them to reflect on how they would like to be remembered.

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The UMF Psychology program values a sense of community among students and faculty where collaborations on research and other scholarly projects are a high priority. Students regularly present at regional and national conferences and engage in self-designed research projects mentored by UMF psychology faculty.

UMF Psychology students in the Counseling Psychology Track are also eligible to receive Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification from the state of Maine.

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A unique sequence of courses helps to prepare students for careers as clinical psychologists, school psychologists, crisis response workers, abuse/case management counselors, residential support workers, research assistants, legal assistants and in various other careers.

Graduates of the UMF Psychology program have also gone on to advanced study in psychology, social work, counseling, law, medicine, nursing and business.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology

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