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The Department of Psychology offers a major and minor in psychology and the opportunity for students to study adult development and aging through an interdisciplinary minor in gerontology.


The psychology major is designed to give the student a well-rounded preparation for further study in this field. In addition to general requirements, the program requires the student to study a distribution of courses in various areas of the field. Finally, the student must select one area of psychology to pursue in depth.


The gerontology minor requires 18 credits distributed over a number of departments. 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 arts in human sciences provides an several concentrations including: general/experimental psychology, helping relationships and gerontology. In addition, program may be individually designed to meet the specific needs of the student.


The Master of Arts in thanatology is a unique program that provides an opportunity to study in the area of death, dying and bereavement. This program is the first 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. Concentrated opportunities for study exist through the Summer Institute in Thanatology.


Psychology faculties are distinguished scholars and include specialists in gerontology, behavioral medicine, thanatology and cognitive development. Complemented by experienced adjunct professors and Hood faculty from other disciplines, the department provides an wide variety of experience and expertise.