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Programs Offered

Psychology Major, B.A.

The major in psychology covers aspects of human and animal behavior ranging from the firing of a single neuron to the death and dying process. Psychology can prepare students for various entry-level jobs in social services, mental health, management or almost any area that requires a broad liberal arts education. The psychology major also can be the basis for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology, medicine, law and other areas, limited only by the careful selection of elective courses.

Human Sciences, M.A.

Program Director: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D.;  301-696-3892

The Master of Arts in Human Sciences program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human nature and complexity and the problems of contemporary society. The goal of the program is to provide a deeper understanding of human experience and the world we live in and to broaden students’ perspectives and understanding of human behavior as they apply to students’ current professional and civic roles.<span>&#160; As such, the goal is to provide existing career enhancement, <i>not</i> to qualify the student to become a professional psychologist or counselor. The MA program is open to qualified applicants to the Graduate School.

Thanatology, M.A.

Program Director: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D.;  301-696-3892

A Master of Arts program in Thanatology represents an effort to meet the growing demand for individuals prepared to work with the terminally ill and bereaved, as well as persons prepared to provide death education at all levels in a variety of organizations. The student will understand the discipline of thanatology as well as the integration of thanatology to other fields of study. The M.A. program is created and expanded from our thanatology concentration under the existing M.A. in Human Sciences.

Certificate in Thanatology

Program Director: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D.;  301-696-3892

This 15-credit certificate program is designed for current middle and high school mathematics teachers. It combines courses in mathematics and education, and focuses on the mathematics covered in Maryland’s Core Learning Goals.

Coordinator: Ingrid Farreras

Foundation Requirements; grade of C- or higher required (12 credits):

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 211* Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 312 Non-Experimental Research Methods

*Statistics courses completed in another discipline will fulfill the requirement but will not count toward the 20 credit minimum in psychology courses.

Any two electives from two of the following four areas (8 credits);

Clinical/Counseling Psychology:

  • PSY 203 Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 204 Psychology of Death
  • PSY 370C Death and Dying Seminar
  • PSY 370E Human Sexuailty
  • PSY 431 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 434 Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 456 Behavior Modification

Developmental Psychology:

  • AFPY 270 African-American Psychological Perspectives
  • PSY 206 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
  • PSY 239 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 373 Psychology of Aging
  • PYSO 221 Social Gerontology

Experimental Psychology:

  • PSY 319 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSY 370F Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 409 Learning and Memory
  • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology

Social-Personality/Industrial-Organizational Psychology:

  • PSY 205 Social Psychology
  • PSY 370E Human Sexuality
  • PSY 370H Positive Psychology
  • PSY 370I Psychological Bases of Criminal Behavior
  • PSY 401 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 434 Tests and Measurements
  • PYSO 221 Social Gerontology