Psychology (PSYC)College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
1121 Biology-Psychology Building, 301-405-5862
Chair: J. Blanchard
Director: M. Dougherty (Director of Graduate Studies), N. Salahuddin (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Professors: G. Ball (Dean, BSOS), O. Barbarin (Chair, African-American Studies), J. Blanchard, S. Brauth, J. Cassidy (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), A. Chronis-Tuscano, R. Dooling (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), M. Dougherty (Associate Chair), M. Gelfand (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), P. Hanges, C. Hill, A. Kruglanski (Distinguished University Professor), K. O'Brien, L. Pessoa, C. Stangor
Associate Professors: A. De Los Reyes, L. Dougherty, J. Herberholz, E. Lemay, L. MacPherson, K. Norman, M. Roesch, D. Yager (Associate Chair)
Assistant Professors: J. Beier, E. Bernat, E. Glasper, J. Grand, D. Iwamoto, J. Mohr, E. Redcay, T. Riggins, A. Shackman, R. Slevc, J. Wessel
Lecturers: R. Curtis (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies), S. Roberts, N. Salahuddin, D. Selterman, T. Tomlinson
Professors Emeriti: R. Brown, C. Gelso, W. Hall, W. Hodos (Distinguished University Professor), C. Moss, K. Murnane, K. O'Grady, H. Sigall, B. Smith, R. Steele, C. Sternheim, F. Tyler, T. Wallsten
The undergraduate major in psychology provides an introduction to the methods by which the behavior of humans and other organisms are studied, and to the biological conditions and social factors that influence thought and behavior. Courses are organized into three broad themes: 1) Mind, Brain, and Behavior; 2) Mental Health and Interventions; and 3) Social, Developmental, and Organizational Studies.
The program emphasizes a strong foundation in quantitative and research methods. Beyond coursework, students will have opportunities to assist with and conduct research, and important advantage in any career path.
Students who are interested in the biological aspects of behavior tend to choose a program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, while those interested primarily in the impact of social factors on behavior tend to choose the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The choice of program is made in consultation with an academic advisor.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: PSYC
At the undergraduate level, students in the BA and BS programs in psychology will acquire a broad exposure to the field of psychology. They will acquire the tools and experiences necessary for future training or work in the behavioral and social sciences. These include a foundation in research methods, critical and creative problem solving skills, and the communication skills necessary to impart this knowledge to others. Students should also have developed content knowledge representing both the breadth and depth of the fields in psychology.
Program Learning Outcomes
The undergraduate curriculum in psychology has been designed to challenge students and to highlight the four major learning objectives that will prepare our graduates for productive roles in society. These learning objectives are consistent with the institutional goals developed in the University of Maryland Learning Outcomes ( www.irpa.umd.edu/Assessment/ ) and the American Psychological Association's ( www.apa.org/ed/precollege/ptn/2014/02/undergraduate-guidelines.aspx ) recommendations for undergraduate programs.
In addition, students completing the Psychology major will have an understanding of cultural and social diversity. Students should demonstrate ethical decision-making and cultural competence in all professional activities.
For more information on the psychology learning outcomes, go to the department website: http://psychology.umd.edu .
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
State of the art research labs in the Psychology Department provide students with opportunities for studies in clinical and counseling psychology, cognitive and neural systems, developmental psychology, and social, decisional and organizational sciences. Students benefit from a close relationship with the University Counseling Center. The new Maryland Neuroimaging Center makes available facilities for several types of functional brain imaging including fMRI and high-density EEG. The Psychology Department also contains the internationally recognized Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotions Research (CAPER).
Admission to the Major
In accordance with University policy, the Department of Psychology has been designated a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) ( www.lep.umd.edu/ ). All first-time freshman who request psychology as a major will be directly admitted into the major. Other first-time freshman who wish to declare psychology as a major prior to the last day of classes of their first semester in residence will be allowed to do so.
In order to remain a psychology major, newly admitted freshman will be required to meet an academic performance review on or before the end of the semester in which they earned 45 University of Maryland credits. This standard includes:
a. Completion of PSYC100 with a grade of "B-" or higher (if the student has Advanced Placement credit for PSYC100, the student must complete PSYC221 with a grade of "B-" or higher)
b. Completion of MATH120 or MATH220 or MATH140 with a grade of "C-" or higher. MATH 140 is highly recommended for students pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. (MATH 130 is acceptable only for declared PSYC/BSCI double majors and for students who have taken the course prior to becoming a PSYC major.)
c. Completion of BSCI170 (Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology) and BSCI171 (Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab) with a minimum grade of "C-" in both courses.
d. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework taken at the University of Maryland.
All other students, including both internal and external transfer students, will be admitted to the program only if they have met the above LEP requirements and also have a minimum cumulative GPA based on all previous college-level coursework of 2.70 or higher.
For a more detailed discussion of LEP policies visit www.lep.umd.edu and then call 301-405-5866 to consult with one of our academic advisors.
Any student denied admission or dismissed from the major may appeal to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology ( http://psychology.umd.edu ).
Internal transfer students may appeal to the Office of the Dean for Behavioral and Social Sciences ( www.bsos.umd.edu ).
External transfer students may appeal to the Office of Admissions ( www.admissions.umd.edu ).
Requirements for the Major
All students must complete at least 35 credits (11 courses) in Psychology. The required courses include:
A detailed list of courses by theme can be found at the following link: http://psychology.umd.edu/undergraduate/courses-syllabi
Requirements for the Minor
The minor in Neurosciences will give the highly qualified and motivated undergraduate an opportunity to study Neuroscience. The emphasis includes study in systems, cognitive, and computational neuroscience in a manner that crosses the traditional boundaries of Psychology, Biological Sciences, and other related disciplines. The minor is most appropriate for students who already have a background in the biological sciences or psychology.
Eligibility and Application to the Minor
In order to apply for the minor in Neurosciences, a student must have:
1. Completed at least 30 college credits and at least 15 credits at UM.
Applications for the Minor in Neurosciences will be considered three times each year on October 1, March 1, and June 1. Students will be notified via email regarding the status of their application within three weeks of the submission deadline so that students will know whether or not they are accepted to the prior to early registration for the next semester.
Interested students may submit an application for the minor to the Undergraduate Psychology Office (BPS 1121). Applications are available on the Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) Program website at www.nacs.umd.edu .
There are five required courses (11-14 credits) and two elective courses (6-8 credits) for a total of 17-22 credits to complete the minor. The five required courses and their prerequisites are listed below. All courses usded to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor requirements. A list of eligible electives can be found on the program website at www.nacs.umd.edu .
The Department of Psychology's Office of Undergraduate Studies has three full-time academic advisors to assist you every step of the way. Advising is not mandatory, but we encourage all students to schedule an appointment at least once a semester, particularly first year freshmen, new psychology majors, and first semester transfer students to take advantage of advising. Advisors are located in the Biology-Psychology Building Room 1121.
Some examples of common advising services include assistance with:
For assistance via email write PSYCadvising@umd.edu
Walk-in advising: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - noon. No appointment is necessary.
Appointments: Call 301-405-5866 to schedule afternoon appointments.
Contact information for the staff of the Office of Undergraduate Studies can be found on http://psychology.umd.edu/undergraduate/psyc-advising
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Research experience is strongly encouraged for students who wish to pursue graduate training in psychology. The faculty welcome undergraduate research students into their labs, and every semester over 100 students take advantage of these opportunities. The Office of Undergraduate Studies advertises opportunities for students to participate in research. See http://ter.ps/PSYCblog and subscribe to receive announcements by email. Many students also find research opportunities on their own by approaching individual faculty members and graduate students with whom they share common research interests.
The Washington D.C. Area is rich in offering a variety of high-quality psychological research and practice opportunities. These include research organizations, training and service-delivery agencies, and institutions involved in legal, policy, and legislative concerns that intimately affect the psychological well-being of the nation. Opportunities for field experience exist in all areas of psychology.
Working with psychologists and related professionals in these settings can be a source of considerable enrichment for you. You can apply your classroom learning, test out your interests and skills in psychology, and receive training in a specialized aspect of psychology which is not available on campus.
The Psychology E-News Blog ( http://umdpsyc.blogspot.com/ ), the University Career Center and the President's Promise ( www.studentaffairs.umd.edu/university-career-center-the-president-s-promise ), and individual organizations in the area are all good sources for you to consult in your search for an internship experience. Some additional tips on finding internships are posted online here: http://psychology.umd.edu/undergraduate/finding-internships
If you have identified a psychology-related internship opportunity and would like it to be considered for academic credit, you should download and submit the PSYC389 contract online ( http://psychology.umd.edu/undergraduate/psyc-forms ), once you are sure that you meet the requirements.
The Honors Program in Psychology is designed to enrich and accelerate the acquisition of knowledge in the field. The goals of the honors program of the psychology department include:
Details about program eligibility and how to apply are posted here: http://psychology.umd.edu/undergraduate/psyc-honors-program
For more information about the Honors Program in Psychology please call 301-405-5866 to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The University of Maryland chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology provides membership to students who meet the application requirements. Psi Chi members abide by the core values of scholarship, service, and community, receive academic recognition for their achievements in psychology, and have the opportunity to connect and build relationships with other members, faculty members, and professionals. Details and contact information about Psi Chi can be found on the chapter's website: http://umdpsichi.weebly.com
Active Minds at Maryland is a student-run organization that focuses on mental health awareness and advocacy on campus. Members are students interested in psychology, medicine, and public health, students who have friends or family members with a mental illness, and/or students who are struggling with mental illness themselves. To learn more, please visit the Active Minds office in room 0208R in the Student Involvement Suite of the Stamp Student Union, or visit the Active Minds at Maryland website ( http://umdactiveminds.webs.com/ ) or facebook page ( www.facebook.com/ActiveMindsAtMaryland/info?tab=overview ).
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The Mark S. Harper Award for Excellence in Psychology is given annually at the spring commencement to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Mark, a UM Psychology graduate. The top 10 percent of the graduating class are eligible to be nominated by a faculty member for the award.
The Department’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership goes to a student nominated by his or her peers for an outstanding commitment to advancing the opportunities and achievements of fellow psychology majors, students and community members.
The Harper Travel Award provides travel support for students presenting their research at professional conferences. Please contact the undergraduate office for more information and an application form.