Psychology is the science of human and other animal behavior. It is a field that requires people filled with compassion and dedication who are willing to discover and apply evidence-based procedures to solve individual and systems behavior problems in a wide range of areas such as family dynamics, learning disorders, school psychology, sports psychology, forensic psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, and a variety of other clinical/counseling areas, including a wide range of childhood disorders. The Psychology program at Western New England University can prepare you to make a difference in our society, one life at a time, one system at a time, by training you in a variety of empirically supported clinical and/or research skills.
The Psychology major is very flexible and allows you to take a number of concentrations based on your personal preferences. A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology includes a variety electives to explore other areas of learning. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology will concentrate more heavily on research in the major itself and provide additional science and psychology research opportunities. If education is the career path you would like to pursue, elementary and secondary licensure can be obtained through the Psychology major, as well as extensive training in Behavior Analysis applied to special education. Psychology is a fascinating and broad field.
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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. In addition to helping students understand themselves and others, the research findings of psychology have wide application to many professional fields, from human services to medical, industrial, and educational settings. Within the major there is flexibility to select courses that meet individual career objectives, i.e. Sports Psychology, School Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology, Neuropsychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, Autism, Cognitive, Developmental, Social, Gender, Conservation Psychology, etc.
The Department of Psychology offers students the opportunity to receive either the BA or the BS Degree. The BS degree includes all of the requirements of the BA degree, along with an additional six credits of any science course, as well as an additional 12 credits of research courses in Psychology (or any 18 credit combination of research courses in Psychology and science courses approved by the department chairperson). Students interested in pursuing a research methods track should take one or more of our advanced research courses.
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