Navigate the human mind through research, communication and hands-on learning

  • About This Program

    Explore the science of human mind and behavior in our Psychology program, bringing classroom learning to life in our research labs and in the field. Guided by faculty who are experts in their disciplines, you’ll develop a broad background in the field — including neuropsychology and perceptual, counseling and developmental psychology.

    Our program prepares you for graduate studies in a psychology-related field, or for careers ranging from research assistant to mental health worker, social welfare caseworker to teaching. You’ll also foster skills that are attractive and useful in all industries, including critical and logical thinking, data analysis, research, communication and more.

  • Minor(s)

    Psychology Minor

    Add a unique perspective on society and human behavior to your degree with our Psychology minor, giving you the skills and credential that will set you apart to potential employers.

  • Labs & Studios

    Because of the growth and breadth of our program, we have four lab spaces designed to meet your unique research and experimentation needs.

    Child and Family Lab

    How do young children respond emotionally when faced with unusual or surprising experiences? This lab was recently designed to answer these kinds of questions. One room serves as a student work area and greeting room for welcoming families, complete with child-friendly toys. This is adjoined by an observation room complete with a one-way mirror and audio-visual recording equipment, allowing students to evaluate child emotional experiences through observational, subjective and physiological measures.

    Neuropsychology Lab

    Explore the brain and its relation to the emotional, physical, cognitive and social behaviors in people. You’ll examine the long-term effects of brain injuries and neurological diseases, perform brain dissections to study the physiology of pathological states and use clinical neuropsychology tools to evaluate IQ, learning and memory.

    Paglia Research Lab

    Each year students conduct community-based research projects with local partners like the YWCA, New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Boys & Girls Club and more. The Paglia Research Lab is entirely devoted to this research, giving you the privacy you need to conduct phone interviews, securely store focus group, interview and survey data, and prepare your findings.

    Sensation and Perception Lab

    This multi-purpose, two-room teaching and research laboratory gives upper level students hands-on experience in visual perception. You’ll conduct research individually, in teams and with faculty, using industry tools like a Wheatstone stereoscope to project 3D images, pump-based chair for subject positioning and computer-controlled LED-based colorimeter for experiments in color-naming and color-matching.

  • Meet Our Faculty

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    Nicholas Mian

    Assistant Professor
    Neuropsychology Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Alison Paglia

    Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
    Neuropsychology Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building

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    John Sparrow

    Associate Professor
    Neuropsychology Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building

  • Experience


    Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Psychology majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

    • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire
    • Easter Seals
    • The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
    • Sununu Youth Services Center
    • The Webster House

    Senior Capstone

    The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action through an internship or hands-on research project.

    The internship course is largely designed to serve community partners and local counseling venues, such as YWCA, Manchester Mental Health Center and the Easter Seals of New Hampshire. You’ll get real-world experience helping to tackle a nonprofit organization’s every day and ongoing problems.

    The research option allows you to work with faculty to explore subjects like perception, comprehensive neuropsychology and childhood anxiety prevention. You’ll develop hypotheses, collaborate with classmates, perform community-based research and collect and analyze data to present at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

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  • Your Career

    Our Psychology program gives you the scientific skills to answer questions about human behavior and physiology, as well as the communication and critical thinking skills that stand out to employers in any industry.

    Psychology is a highly interdisciplinary field that opens doors to limitless career and graduate education opportunities. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many related professions between 2012 and 2022, translating to vast possibilities for your future.

    Job Title Job Growth Median Salary
    Guidance Counselor 12% $53,610
    Marriage and Family Therapist 31% $46,670
    Mental Health Counselor 29% $40,080
    Psychologist 12% $69,280
    Psychology Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $68,020
    Public Relations Manager 13% $95,450
    Recreational Therapist 13% $42,280
    Social Worker 19% $44,200
    Sociologist 15% $74,960
    Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor 31% $38,520
  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      PSYC 401 - Introduction to Psychology

      Psychology as a behavioral science; its theoretical and applied aspects. Content includes research methods, behavioral neuroscience, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, development, personality, psychopathology, and social psychology. To experience actively the nature of psychological research students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of studies as part of a laboratory experience.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 402 - Statistics in Psychology

      Design, statistical analysis, and decision making in psychological research. Probability, hypothesis-testing, and confidence intervals. Conceptualization, computation, interpretation, and typical applications for exploratory data analysis (including measures of central tendency, variability), t-tests, correlations, bivariate regression, one-way analysis of variance, and chi square. Introduction to computer methods of computation. No credit for students who have completed ADM 430; BIOL 528; DS 420; EREC 525; HHS 540; MATH 639; MATH 644; SOC 502.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 502 - Research Methods in Psychology

      Research design, including experimental and correlation design; internal versus external validity; measurement; writing a research report; graphic and statistical methods for summarizing data; sampling; and special problems such as experimenter effects, reactivity of measurement, and others. The use of hypothesis testing and data analysis in research. Prereq: PSYC 401 and 402. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 511 - Sensation and Perception

      The study of how humans (and some other animals) sense and perceive their environment. Topics include seeing (vision), hearing (audition), tasting (gustation), smelling (olfaction), feeling (somatosensation), and the variety of state-of-the-art methods used by psychologists to study these senses. Illusions and other sensory and perceptual phenomena are treated. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 513 - Cognitive Psychology

      The study of human cognition, its basic concepts, methods, and major findings. Human knowledge acquisition and use. Attention; perception; memory; imagery; language; reading; problem solving; and decision making. Prereq: PSYC 401
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 521 - Behavior Analysis

      Principles derived from the experimental study of human and animal learning and their theoretical integration. Respondent and operant conditioning. Reinforcement and punishment; stimulus control; choice and preference; conditioned reinforcement. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 522 - Behaviorism

      Introduction to behaviorism as a philosophy of science. Some historical background, but concentration on modern behaviorism as exemplified in the works of B. F. Skinner. No credit for students who have completed PSYC 722. Offered only in Manchester. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 531 - Psychobiology

      Introduction to the behavioral neurosciences. Surveys research conducted by psychologists to learn about the biological basis of behavior: development, sensation, perception, movement, sleep, feeding, drinking, hormones, reproduction, stress, emotions, emotional disorders, learning, and memory. Prereq: PSYC 401
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 552 - Social Psychology

      Behavior of individuals as affected by other individuals, groups, and society. Topics include attitude change and social influence, conformity, social interaction, interpersonal attraction, impression formation, research. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 553 - Personality

      Major theories, methods of assessment, and research. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 561 - Abnormal Behavior

      Causes, diagnosis, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Implications of varying theoretical viewpoints. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 571 - Pioneers of Psychology

      An introduction to the development and evolution of psychology as an academic discipline and applied science. The lives and works of innovators in psychology are placed in socio-political context.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 581 - Child Development

      The developing child in the context of family and society. Current influences on development of the child. Personality, emotional, and cognitive development. Includes observation hours at the YMCA Early Learning Center for hands-on learning experience. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 582 - Adult Development and Aging

      A life-span developmental framework for the study of growth, decline, and stability on adult development. Developmental methods in adult development research; biological basis for aging; patterns of change and stability in diverse domains of psychological functioning, e.g., perception, cognition, intellectual performance, and personality organization. Prereq: PSYC 401.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 705 - Tests and Measurements

      Testing intelligence, creativity, achievement, interests, and personality. Test construction; evaluation; relation to psychological theory, research, and practice. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502;/or permission.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 710 - Visual Perception

      The study of how humans (and some other animals) see. Topics include color vision, depth perception, form and pattern vision, visual learning and development, eye movements, diseases of the visual system, illusions, and other visual phenomena. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 531; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 711 - Sensation and Perception

      Anatomy, physiology, psychophysics, and perceptual processes of the visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, and cutaneous senses. Topics include stimulus definition, psychophysics, sensory transduction, sensory and perceptual adaptation, neural coding of space, time, magnitude, and quality. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 531; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 712 - Psychology of Language

      Theories of language structure, functions of human language, meaning, relationship of language to other mental processes, language acquisition, indices of language development, speech perception, reading. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 512; or 513; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 713 - Psychology of Consciousness

      This course explores questions of consciousness--What is it? How does it develop? Are infants and animals conscious? Why did consciousness evolve? Includes a review of historical background, including the ideas of Jaynes, Paiget, James, Freud, and others. Contemporary topics may may include the role of language and other representational systems, blindsight, subliminal perception, priming and other implicit cognitive phenomena, hypnosis, confabluation and attribution, dreaming, multiple personality and conceptions of self and free will, from simultaneous perspectives of phenomenology, behavior, and neuroscience. Specific topics governed by class interests. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 512; or 513; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 722 - Behaviorism , Culture and Contemporary Society

      Introduces behaviorism as a philosophy of science. Concentration on modern behaviorism as exemplified in the works of B.F. Skinner. Implications of behaviorism for the development and evolution of cultures. Consideration of societal issues (for example pollution, overpopulation, conflict, drug abuse) from a behavioral framework. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 521;/or permission. No credit for students who have completed PSYC 522. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 731 - (M1) - Brain and Behavior

      Neuropsychology, the study of brain/behavior relationships including clinical topics related to the analysis of neurological diseases in humans and more basic experimental topics related to integrative functions of the brain. The main focus is on cerebral cortex and functions related to perception, movement, attention, memory, and language. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; 531;/or permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 741 - Advanced Topics

      Advanced material in which instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. May be repeated for different offerings. Topics under this listing may be used to fulfill a major requirement in category CI. A) Psychology as a Natural Science B) Cognition; C) Behavior Analysis; D) Biological/Sensory. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; plus other prerequisites when offered; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 758 - Health Psychology

      Survey of current topics in health psychology, including: social stress and the etiology of disease; Type A and other personality factors related to health; modification of risk factors; the practitioner-patient relationship; chronic pain; and the emotional impact of life-threatening illness. Prereq: 402; 502; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 762 - Counseling

      Theories of counseling; ethical considerations; professional and paraprofessional activities in a variety of work settings. Prereq: PSYC 402, 502; 553, or 561; or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 791 - Advanced Topics

      Advanced material in which instructor has specialized knowledge through research and study. May be repeated for different offerings. Topics under this listing may be used to fulfill a major requirement in category CII. A) Psychology as a Social Science, B) Social Psychology, C) Personality, D) Abnormal/Counseling, E) History of Psychology, F) Child Development, G) Adult Development. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; plus other prerequisites when offered, or permission. Special fee with some topics.
      Credits: 4

      PSYC 793 - Internship

      Supervised practicum in one of several cooperating New Hampshire mental health/rehabilitation facilities. Coursework knowledge applied to meaningful work and team experience. Commitment includes a negotiated number of weekly work hours and weekly seminars. Supervision by institution personnel and the instructor. A maximum of 4 credits may be applied to the psychology major. Prereq: permission; PSYC major; PSYC 402; 502; 561; additional psychology courses desirable.
      Credits: 4-8

      PSYC 795 - Independent Study

      A) physiological; B) perception; C) history and theory; D) behavioral analysis; E) social; F) cognition; G) statistics and methods; H) experimental; I) personality; J) developmental; K) counseling; L) psychotherapy; M) research apprenticeship; N) teaching of psychology; O) advanced externship (content area to be determined). Arranged by the student with a psychology faculty sponsor. Learner/sponsor contract required. Minimum time commitment: three hours per credit per week. Enrollment by permission only. Prereq: PSYC 402; 502; or permission.
      Credits: 1-4