Why Study Psychology at UMF?

UMF ‘s high quality liberal arts program makes it an ideal place to study psychology.  In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to get hands-on experience by participating in research, internships, and appropriate work initiatives or work study programs. These opportunities, both on and off campus, help integrate classroom ideas with real-world experiences.  These practical experiences coupled with the academic strength of our faculty make psychology a very productive major at UMF. Our graduates thrive in a variety of contexts. UMF psychology graduates have gone on to advanced study to become therapists, professors, researchers, school counselors, lawyers, and consultants, to name but a few fields. Majoring in psychology at UMF will give you the background and experience needed to progress toward a rewarding career in a variety of professions.

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Your Psychology Major

Psychology is a popular liberal arts major at UMF as well as an area of concentration for students in related disciplines. The Psychology Department at UMF offers a diverse range of coursework and opportunities. Whether your goal is to pursue graduate study, work in the social service field after earning your bachelor’s degree, or get a solid liberal arts degree applicable to many fields, the psychology major at UMF is an excellent choice.

The Psychology Department at UMF is committed to providing flexibility and opportunity through a strong undergraduate experience. Since students are attracted to the study of Psychology for a number of reasons, you will notice that there are few specific courses required for the major. In consultation with your academic advisor, you will select the coursework that will propel you toward your own unique goals. In addition to a plan specifically developed with your advisor, the Psychology Department at UMF has identified three general tracks to help match your educational experience to your career goals.

  1. Liberal Arts Education – A degree in a Liberal Arts field, such as Psychology, is a solid choice for a well-rounded education that can be applied to a variety of work settings. The value of a Liberal Arts education has been well documented in business, education, and public service communities, to name but a few. An undergraduate degree in Psychology is valuable preparation for living in and thriving in today’s society.
  2. Social Service Professions – A degree in Psychology is excellent undergraduate preparation for pursuing careers as well as advanced study in the helping professions. Most mental health professionals need at least Masters’ degrees to become licensed or certified. However, a degree in Psychology provides the necessary knowledge and skill bases to apply for advanced study. Students may pursue field experiences and internships that allow them to try out their skills and clarify their aspirations. Many of our Psychology graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in social work, counseling, law, or psychology. For those not interested in pursuing graduate study, UMF’s Department of Psychology provides the necessary coursework for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician –Community. The MHRT-C certification allows persons to work in the social service professions at a pre-professional level. Though the MHRT-C is Maine specific, the coursework and skills would help students to pursue similar positions in other states as well.
  3. Research and Academia – Students who are attracted to research or wish to eventually teach at the college level may consider pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology. Within the UMF undergraduate Psychology program, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Psychology faculty and fellow students in designing and conducting research and presenting their findings at state, regional, and national conferences. These research opportunities and research-based coursework prepare students for graduate research within their advanced degree programs in Psychology or related disciplines.