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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The department offers both major and minor areas of studies. Undergraduates may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology. This degree is available through the on-campus day program and also through online study. Psychology also may be chosen as a concentration for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. Undergraduate majors with a strong academic record may apply to one of the department's two Bachelor/Master's programs that enable them to begin graduate study while still completing their Bachelor's degree.

Psychology has many specialties and the UMass Lowell Psychology department offers courses in several of them, including: experimental, developmental, social, community, personality and clinical psychology. The program combines theoretical study and scientific research methods with practical application through course work, field studies, community involvement, volunteerism and supervised independent research.

Concentrations

Psychology majors may apply during their sophomore or junior year for a concentration once they have completed at least 10 credits in Psychology, including Professional Development in Psychology (course description), and after at least one semester and 12 UMass Lowell credits with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students in a concentration combine study, research, and applied work to acquire specialized knowledge and experience applying the principles of their chosen field. As part of each concentration, students will complete a year-long field practicum that combines applied and academic work and will complete at least 40-43 credits. Students are not required to pursue a concentration; they may choose to remain in the general 36-credit major.

CHOOSE ONE OF THESE CONCENTRATIONS

  1. Behavior Analysis
    Students will undertake study and work that help them to apply an understanding of the antecedents and consequences of behaviors to behavioral assessment and treatment in a variety of applications in the field of behavior analysis, as preparation for entry-level positions in various educational and human service settings. They will also be well prepared for entry into graduate programs in behavior analysis. Courses include: Theories of Learning, Learning and Behavior, and an advanced seminar in Behavior Analysis.
  2. Clinical Psychology
    Students will pursue coursework, research, and applied projects emphasizing clinical psychology as a science, and the best practices for pursuing diagnosis and treatment within the scientific paradigm. Students will be prepared for entry level positions related to the field, and also prepared for entry into graduate study in areas such as social work, counseling, and school psychology. Courses will include: Community Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Learning, Developmental Psychopathology, and an advanced seminar in Clinical Psychology.
  3. Community Psychology
    Students will engage in study and work related to understanding how community-level interventions can influence individual health and well-being, and vice versa. The community psychology program focuses particularly on issues related to alleviating inequity and pursuing social justice and social empowerment. The overall orientation is a prevention approach that focuses on helping communities build on their strengths. Students will be prepared for entry-level work with a variety of community organizations, as well as preparation for graduate study in this area. Courses include: Community Psychology, Social Psychology and upper-level electives such as Industrial/Organizational Psychology or Culture and Psychology, and an advanced seminar in Community Psychology.
  4. Developmental Disabilities
    Students will pursue work and study that give them a knowledge base in the rapidly developing field of disability studies, with an emphasis on the assessment and treatment of intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Students will be prepared for entry-level work in the assessment and treatment of disabilities, as well as for graduate-level study in areas such as autism studies, special education, and behavior analysis. Students will choose a focus on children and adolescents, or on adults, and, depending on focus, courses will include Abnormal Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Developmental Psychopathology, or Psychology of Developmental Disabilities, and an advanced seminar with a topic related to disabilities.
  5. Health Psychology
    Students will pursue work and study focused on the relationship between psychological principles and physical health. They will learn how psychological knowledge and methods can be applied to health promotion and disease prevention and treatment. Students will be prepared for entry-level work in hospitals and other healthcare settings that offer programs in areas such as sex education, smoking cessation, alcohol and drug abuse, healthful eating, and exercise. Courses will include Abnormal Psychology, Brain, Mind and Behavior, Health Psychology, and an advanced seminar with a topic related to health.

For information about concentration courses and requirements, refer to Concentrations in the Psychology Major in the undergraduate catalog. An Application Form is required. For information about who to contact in the department for more information about specific concentrations, contact the psychology department at 978-934-3950.

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