The Department of Psychology offers a bachelor of arts degree through the College of Science, Technology, and Health. Though psychology is both a behavioral science and a helping profession, most psychologists agree that graduate school is the appropriate site for professional training. As an undergraduate psychology major you will be introduced to the scientific study of basic psychological processes, principles and theories. There will not be an emphasis upon acquiring professional counseling skills.
The psychology major will take courses in general psychology, statistics, research methodology, biology and neuropsychology, sensory processes, cognition, social psychology, lifespan development and psychopathology, as well as courses that fulfill USM’s general education requirements. Juniors and Seniors may also participate in independent projects, such as conducting research or assisting with faculty research/teaching.
Many of our majors use their knowledge of psychological processes in their work in social service agencies. This provides them with an excellent opportunity to explore a career in the helping professions. Our graduates frequently find careers in social work, human resources or sales and marketing. More and more students are entering graduate programs for counseling and other applied areas (e.g. health psychology, nursing, occupational therapy), as well as experimental psychology.