Community Social Psychology faculty believe that students learn best by combining classroom learning with hands-on experience in the field. Most of our courses provide students with various opportunities to get to know the communities that surround the University through organized field trips or by having community residents and leaders as guest speakers. The program maintains close contact with many different organizations, agencies and institutions, including schools, health centers, human service agencies, Boys' & Girl's Clubs, neighborhood groups and government agencies.
In addition to field experiences tied to specific courses, all students in the master's program complete a one-year practicum that combines 10 to 12 hours per week of supervised field experience during the fall and spring semesters with an on-campus seminar.
Students can choose from a broad range of community sites or propose new sites.
Over the years, students have chosen practicum sites in a variety of unique and dynamic settings including:
- Asperger’s Association of New England
- Center for Hope & Healing
- Community Teamwork, Inc.
- Division of Planning & Development
- Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
- Lowell Community Counseling Center
- Lowell Community Health Center
- Lowell National Historical Park
- Lowell Transitional Living Center
- Nashua Department of Public Health
- ONE Lowell
- Refugee Immigration Ministry
- United Way of Merrimack Valley
- YWCAs of Worcester, Greater Lawrence, & Haverhill
Additional Community Resources
A general site about the City, with sections on "Live Here," "Work Here," Play Here," and "Learn Here."
The early story of America's Industrial Revolution is commemorated at Lowell National Historical Park.
A guide to arts, culture, and dining in Lowell. Features an updated calendar of local events
An on-line directory of nonprofit organizations and agencies in Lowell and the Greater Merrimack Valley (400+ pages), and a current calendar l of events
The Lowell Sun - Lowell's daily newspaper
A local politics and history site