University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: 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 students' 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.

Learning Goals, Assessment and Requirements


Students must complete 44 credit hours of psychology coursework, including four required "core" psychology courses (16 credits total) and various electives (28 credits total). Specifically:

Psychology Core (16 credits)

PSY 101S

General Psychology



PSY 284

Professional Seminar



PSY 400

Research Methods in Psychology



PSY 484

Senior Seminar




PSY 499

Senior Thesis



Psychology electives: 28
      At least two courses (8 cr) must be at the 300 or 400 level  
Total Credits for the Major: 44


All Psychology majors are also required to take a statistics course (MAT 120M or PSY 275).

*MHRT/NOTE: Students majoring in Psychology may elect to include coursework to become eligible for Maine state certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT/C).  Eligibility is based on specific coursework and completion of the BS in Psychology. The required courses are PSY 209, PSY 226, PSY 235, PSY 237, PSY 329 or PSY 349 or PSY 435; and PSY 455.  Upon graduation from the program, the transcript will reflect MHRT/C eligible.

For specific information about world language requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.


For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.



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Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

Learning Goals:

  • Facilitating an understanding of psychological theory and research.
  • Fostering students' personal and professional development.
  • Preparing students to serve as responsible citizens in a global community.

Learning Outcomes:

    Theory and Research

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Students will be able to discuss the relevance of at least three major theoretical paradigms to an issue of significant concern to individuals or communities.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the application of both quantitative and qualitative methods to an issue of significant concern to individuals or communities.
   Personal and Professional Development
  • Students will be able to articulate a vision of psychology that represents a personal synthesis of material that they have explored.
  • Students will be able to articulate a clear and plausible career narrative that illuminates the potential relevance of their experiences in the psychology program to post-graduate professional development.

   Responsible Citizenship in a Global Community

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of at least one issue of significant community concern.
  • Students will be able to apply what they have learned in their psychology coursework to an understanding of this community concern.

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