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.
- At Western New England University, Psychology students are conducting original research on a variety of topics such as obesity and other health related behaviors, sleep issues in children, community-level assessment of recycling, family and work related problems, classroom and parent management issues, behavior problems related to Autism and other developmental disorders, etc.
- Students learn about their future career paths by attending/presenting research at professional conferences, including APA, EPA, Neuroscience, BABAT, NASP, ABCT and others.
- We have excellent award winning classroom teachers who are also actively engaged in advising and mentoring our majors in small classes while preparing them to apply to graduate school and/or the world of work.
- Psychology students study in the classrooms and labs in our new $40 million Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy. Specialized labs include the Behavioral Science Lab, Health and Stress Lab, Eye-tracking Computer Lab, Industrial/ Organizational Lab, and Observation labs for Behavior Analysis. View a photo album of the Center here.
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. Learn how to match your courses to your interests here.
For details about courses and requirements, please consult the catalogue:
You’ll be taught in small classes by experienced professors who take a personal interest in your progress. While they are active in research and scholarship, their prime focus is teaching and mentoring you. Our students find their professors are always easy to approach and available for one-to-one consultation. All members of the full-time faculty have doctoral degrees with clinical and/or research expertise in such wide-ranging fields as alcohol and substance abuse treatment, autism, behavior therapy, child development, school psychology, health psychology, cultural psychology, organizational psychology and the psychology of women. Courses are also taught by a small select group of doctoral fellows from our PhD in Behavior Analysis program, as well as adjunct faculty who are chosen from the local professional community on the basis of their specialties.
Internships, Research and Special Opportunities
The Psychology major emphasizes a practical hands-on skill development approach to learning. Students can choose from a wide range of internships at dozens of sites in the region, as well as a variety of Advanced Research opportunities. Specialized applied courses provide evidence-based opportunities to enhance the overall academic experience. Our major provides opportunities to:
- Participate in a variety of Advanced Research labs.
- Conduct research in Social, Cultural, Physiological, Organizational, or Health psychology, as well as in Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Learn how to treat phobias, PTSD, OCD and other behavior disorders.
- Travel to professional conferences as a member of a research lab.
- Become a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
- Acquire Certification in elementary or secondary education, or training in special education at the New England Center for Children (NECC).
- Choose from nearly 30 minors to complement your major.
- Study for a law degree in our accelerated 3+3 Law Program.
- Earn a BA or BS degree in Psychology.
Psychology students are active in:
- Alpha Lambda Delta (First-Year Honor Society)
- Honors Program
- Pre-law Society
- Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)
- Psychology Club
- Study Abroad Program
Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
Dr. Jason Seacat's research explores the Social Stigmas Related to Obesity
Fields: Hospitals, community mental health centers, human resource management, social work, education, and criminal justice
Outlook: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, job growth for psychologists is expected to grow by about 12 percent through the year 2018. Western New England graduates are prepared for careers in counseling, personnel administration, human service agencies, special education, elementary school teaching, higher education, medicine, criminal justice, law, or social work. Our alumni have been hired by such diverse organizations as the U.S. Army, Florida Hospital–Orlando, United Cerebral Palsy, New England Center for Children, the University of New Hampshire, and the FBI.
Many students head directly to graduate school after graduation. The Department of Psychology maintains a “Wall of Pride” where copies of students’ acceptance letters to such institutions as Columbia, Fordham, Brown, Drexel, Simmons, Harvard, Hofstra, Assumption, Smith, NYU, Argosy, University of Hartford, MSPP, Alliant, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as our own Western New England University Master’s and PhD Programs, are posted for all to celebrate.