PSYCHOLOGY


The UMF Psychology Program embraces a vision of psychology as a humanistic enterprise that facilitates personal development as well as responsible citizenship in a global community. A diverse curriculum and an eclectic faculty offer opportunities to explore a broad range of issues in the field of psychology. The Psychology Department is especially committed to the project of facilitating student’s growth as both scholars and practitioners. As a supportive community of engaged learners, the UMF Psychology Program provides an educational environment in which students (a) develop an appreciation of basic and applied psychology as a collective endeavor and (b) can explore issues of personal interest. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Psychology at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    • PSY 101 General Psychology or PSY 225S Child & Adolescent Development
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Psychology Wednesday Society or Psi Chi National Honor Society).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Psychology? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in Psychology, and also Sociology, Rehabilitation, Health & Medicine, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Psychology include Aging Studies, Rehabilitation Services and Community Health Education.

Two new accelerated B.A. to M.A. programs have been created – a Counseling 3+2 degree program and a Social Work 3+2 degree program. Students complete a Bachelor’s Degree at UMF in 3 years followed by a Master’s Degree at USM in 2 years. A different application process is required. For more information on these new degree programs, please contact Dr. Steven Quackenbush at steven.quackenbush@maine.edu.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Case Manager, Counselor (LCPC), Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Psychological Researcher, Nurse Practitioner, Lawyer/Guardian ad Litem, Juvenile Prosecutor,  Associate Professor of Psychology, Planning Specialist for Head Start, Guidance Counselor, Director of Residence Life and Student Involvement at SMCC, Social Media Coach, Career Counselor, Academic Advisor, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Behavior Analyst, Consumer Products Strategies Analyst, Behavioral Health Professional, Children’s Case Manager, Technical Recruiter, Family Service Advocate, Life Skills Coach, Social Worker, Crisis Worker, Medical Social Worker for Hospice Program, Residential Support Worker, Movement Therapist, Assistant Director of Operations at St. Joseph’s College, Aging and Disability Resource Center Manager at SeniorsPlus,  and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Career Counselor, Guidance Counselor, Art Therapist, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Dr. Steven Quackenbush, Chair, Psychology Building, steven.quackenbush@maine.edu, 207-778-7518.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).


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