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The department of psychology and counseling offers a major and minor in psychology and an interdisciplinary minor in gerontology.

The 40-credit psychology major is designed to give the student a well-rounded preparation for further study in this field. In addition to the core areas of psychology, the program requires the student to study a distribution of courses in various areas of the field.

We also offer a minor in gerontology. In addition to a set of core courses, the student has the opportunity to select courses with aging-related content from a number of academic departments.

The department also offers several graduate programs:

The master of science in counseling program offers specialties in clinical mental health counseling and in school counseling, with the opportunity to receive additional training in thanatology or gerontology.

The master of arts in human sciences program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human nature as it relates to contemporary society.

The master of arts in thanatology is a unique program that provides an opportunity for study in the area of death, dying and bereavement. This program is one of only a few in the country to offer this degree. For students not seeking a master's degree, there is also the option of a 12-credit certificate in thanatology.

The 12-credit graduate certificate in gerontology immerses students in the vast body of scholarship related to the fundamental issues and problems confronting older adults in our society.

Psychology and counseling faculty specialize in biopsychology, child clinical psychology, comparative cognition, counseling, geropsychology, the history of psychology, personality, social psychology and thanatology. Complemented by experienced adjunct professors and Hood faculty from other disciplines, the department provides a wide variety of experience and expertise.