Psychology

Course Information

Program Overview

bachelor's in psychology fact sheet

Students who pursue a Psychology at Assumption College are challenged to critically evaluate complex issues in today's world by exploring the science of human thought and behavior. From foundation courses that address general concepts and theoretical perspectives, to electives that allow you to delve more deeply into specific areas of interest, the psychology program teaches students to become better analysts, communicators, and problem solvers.

The psychology program faculty serves as teachers and mentors, helping students define their professional goals through classroom learning, research projects, internships and independent study. Many students apply to Assumption’s graduate program in counseling psychology, which is affiliated with the prestigious Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies, which is located on-campus in Worcester, MA.

Psychology Degree

Psychology majors take 11 courses in developmental, social, cognitive and abnormal psychology, research methods and statistics. This breadth of coursework prepares students for a variety of career paths – human services, education, public service, counseling, management, psychological research, or graduate study.

Major in Psychology with Concentration in Human Neuroscience

This major is ideal for students who wish to focus on the psychological aspects of brain function. Students in this concentration are grounded in some foundations of biological and psychological science and then apply these tools to the specialized study of social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience. Students in this concentration will be prepared to work in research laboratories and to explore career avenues in applied neuroscience.

Minor in Psychology

Students who minor in psychology take 6 psychology courses. Many students in business, sociology, and human services, take a psychology minor to better prepare them for work in their field of interest.

Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Minor in ABA is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to work in a variety of settings, especially agencies that serve children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Students learn evidence-based procedures for teaching communication, social, vocational, and pre-academic skills to clients and have the option of completing an ABA-based internship. The minor meets the education requirements to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam.

M.A. in Clinical Counseling Psychology

Assumption College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology is a nationally renowned program that specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The program offers a unique course progression and curriculum-wide integration of CBT to help students build a broad knowledge base and specific expertise. Students learn from highly skilled psychologists who are committed to fostering their development as a mental health professional. The program prepares graduates to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in Massachusetts and most other states. Learn more about the M.A. in Clinical Counseling Psychology Program.

M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis

The MA in ABA program teaches students how to use the science of learning and behavior to make meaningful improvements in people’s lives. The interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of settings (public and private schools, human service agencies, residential treatment programs, and others). Graduates meet the education and fieldwork requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam and apply for licensure as an applied behavior analyst in Massachusetts. Learn more about the M.A. in Applied Behavioral Analysis.