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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. The UNH Manchester psychology program provides students with a broad background in psychology, introducing them to both the experimental and clinical perspectives in the field. Students majoring in psychology will explore the fundamental principles involved in how people and animals learn and adapt to their environments.
The psychology program, through its independent study and internship programs, offers opportunities for participation in cooperating New Hampshire mental health, human services, and rehabilitation facilities. Students have worked in hospitals, halfway houses, mental health centers, and other agencies. The department also invites guest speakers to discuss important issues in the field.
Psychology graduates find employment as trained research assistants, mental health aides in a wide variety of human services agencies, social welfare caseworkers, teachers in special education programs, and professionals in government, business, and industry. It is normally expected that students who wish to do professional work in the field of psychology will pursue graduate training at the M.A., M.S., Ph.D., or Psy.D. level.
For more information about the psychology program, contact Gary Goldstein, program coordinator, (603) 641-4179, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, e-mail email@example.com
Students majoring in psychology must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements and complete 44 credits with a minimum of C- in each course and a 2.0 overall grade-point average in all major requirements.
Transfer students who elect to major in psychology must complete at least 24 credits in the program at UNH/UNH Manchester to qualify for the degree in psychology. Transfer students must earn a total of 44 approved credits for completion of the psychology major. The department’s academic advisors will determine the distribution of these credits. Transfer students should note that courses are allotted only the number of credits granted by the original institution (after adjustments for semester-hour equivalents). Thus, students transferring from an institution at which courses carry less than four credits each must make up for any credit deficit created by acceptance of transfer credits into the psychology major.
Specific course selections should be discussed with the advisor. Exceptions to the requirements for the major require a petition to the department.
A. Three core courses (PSYC 401, 402, and 502)
B. Four 500-level breadth courses, as follows:
Group I: Two courses:
PSYC 511, PSYC 512, PSYC 513, PSYC 521, PSYC 522, PSYC 531
Group II: Two courses:
PSYC 552, PSYC 553, PSYC 561, PSYC 571, PSYC 581, PSYC 582
C. Four 700-level depth courses, as follows:
Group I: One or more:
PSYCH 702, 705, 710, 712, 713, 720, 722, 731, 733, 735, 737, 741A-D
Group II: One or more:
PSYC 702, 705, 755, 756, 758, 762, 763, 765, 771, 780, 783, 785, 791A-G, 793
PSYC 702 and PSYC 705 may be substituted for a group I or group II course, but they may not both be used to fill the same group.
D. Capstone Requirement:
PSYC 793 or PSYC 795 w/ UNHM URC presentation or
Capstone Seminar (pending)
PSYC 793 and a designated capstone seminar courses may also fulfill a 700-level course
The Durham psychology major has slightly different requirements. Students who plan to transfer to Durham should consult with their advisor.
The minor in psychology consists of five psychology department courses (20 credits), including PSYC 401 and at least two courses at the 500 level or above. No more than four credits of PSYC 795 may be applied to the minor. Each course must be passed with a grade of C- or better, with an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 for the five minor courses. No pass/fail or credit/fail courses may be applied toward the minor. Under no circumstances can more than 9 transfer credits be applied toward the minor.
For more information contact Gary Goldstein, Minor Supervisor, at 603-641-4179.
Sensation and Perception Laboratory
The Sensation and Perception Laboratory at UNH Manchester is a multi-purpose teaching and research laboratory geared mainly toward the area of research in visual perception. Students enrolled in various upper-level courses and independent study projects conduct experiments and demonstrations in the areas of perceptual psychology and visual cognition. This experience gives students first-hand experience of the experimental paradigms that are presented in their classes. In addition to course-related experiences, student/faculty research projects in the areas of motion and depth perception are carried out in the facility. Students get to experience conducting hands-on research under laboratory conditions, which helps them to gain entrance into competitive graduate programs in psychology. Students present results of their original research at the annual UNH Manchester Undergraduate Research Conference and other regional conferences.
Laboratory facilities include:
- Windows- and Macintosh-based computers used to conduct laboratory experiments.
- Adjustable observer seat with headrest for precise positioning in front of a high-definition LCD display screen.
- Hardware and software for projecting three-dimensional (3-D) graphics.
- Computer-controlled LED-based colorimeter currently being constructed for work in color-naming and color-matching experiments.
For more information, contact: Gary Goldstein, Psychology Program Coordinator 603-641-4179 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Social Science Division
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Many think a degree in Psychology is only for those thinking about careers in counseling or social work. It fact, this liberal arts degree opens doors to many careers requiring an understanding of human behavior and solid communication skills. Occupational opportunities include human services, business management, research, law, sales, human resources and education.
The study of Psychology develops skills necessary for a large number of career ﬁelds. These qualities include:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Eﬀective interpersonal skills
- Research, organization and editing
- An understanding of group dynamics
- Analysis of data
- Motivational and mediating techniques
- Eﬀ ective questioning, reasoning and responding skills
Sample career possibilities
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