Psychology and Human Services

“Lyndon has an amazing array of faculty members who have incredible experiences. You get to develop a great relationship with them and they really plug you into their connections to get you where you want to go.”

Renee (Kelly) Swain '09, executive director, Umbrella

Students who study Psychology and Human Services are motivated, caring people. They’re ready to engage in the challenging coursework and real-world experiences our program provides to help them become competent professionals and leaders. Since our faculty includes psychologists and clinical social workers who have expertise in a variety of fields such as clinical psychology, child and adolescent development, community mental health, and social work, our students receive a strong interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

The Psychology and Human Services degree is NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in Connecticut and New Hampshire. But we go better than that with our stackable awards.

4+1 Master’s Degree: Clinical Mental Health Counselling

Lyndon’s Psychology and Human Services degree now has an option for a 4+1 master’s in counseling. That means a bachelor’s and a master’s in 5 years!


Psychology and Human Services, B.S.

Students are given a strong foundation in theory and are well versed in psychological and social explanations of human behavior. Two practicum experiences provide opportunities to apply skills in a wide variety of professional settings. A student leaves this program with the knowledge and training needed to succeed in many different jobs or graduate schools.

Lyndon’s Psychology Department differs from other programs by offering a four-year degree that combines Psychology and Human Services. In their junior and senior years, students select courses to fulfill one of five “tracks” depending on their interests and post-graduate aspirations.

Required Courses

Core Classes (42 Credits)

Core plus 12 elective credits are required for the program (see below for Focus Options):

OR PSY-3090 Lifespan Across Cultures, OR PSY-3110 Adulthood and Aging, OR PSY-3260 Adolescent Development
Advised Term 2nd or 3rd Year

Six credits, taken in the same semester, are required for graduation.
Advised Term 4th Year

Tracks for Applied Psychology and Human Services Majors (12 Credits)

All Applied Psychology and Human Service majors are required to complete four upper-level courses (12 credits) as well as the core courses required for the major. Students must choose one of the following tracks. The upper-level elective(s) for each track should be selected from 3000/4000 level Psychology courses.

General Psychology
MAT 2021 Introduction to Statistics
PSY 4010 Biopsychology
PSY 4020 Psychological Testing or PSY 3040 Theories of Personality
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Child/Adolescent Development
PSY 3050 Child Development OR PSY 3260 Adolescent Development
PSY 4150 Understanding/Working with At-Risk Families
PSY 4170 Developmental Psychopathology
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse
PSY 1130 Introduction to Substance Abuse
PSY 4215 Substance-Abuse Treatment
PSY 4145 Responding to Psychological Trauma
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Elder Populations
PSY 3110 Aging and Older Adulthood
PSY 3210 Perspectives on Death and Dying
PSY 4150 Understanding & Working with At-Risk Families
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Select four upper-level PSY electives. Students should work with their advisor to select courses consistent with individual career goals.

Clinical Mental Health Counselling, M.S., (4+1)

Earn your bachelor’s or master’s with Lyndon’s unique 4+1 program. You’ll have a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years.

This accelerated program provides students with a variety of challenging courses with graduate courses focused to prepare you to be a mental health counselor. You’ll complete 380 hours of direct field work experience during your undergraduate years. As a graduate student, you’ll complete 700 hours of direct field work preparing you to begin your career.

Required Courses

Year One - Core Courses


Human Growth and Development – 3 credits

Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits

Human Interaction – 3 credits

First Year Seminar: UP With Freshmen1 – 3 credits

1 Only Required for (4+1) masters track.

Year Two - Core Courses


Introduction to Human Services – 3 credits

Introduction to Research Methods – 3 credits

Field Work 3 Field Work Seminar – 3 credits

Year Three - Core Courses


Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits

Macro Perspectives – 3 credits

Counseling Theory & Practice2 – 3 credits

(Summer) Internship1 – 6 credits

Choose one of the following:

       Child Development – 3 credits

       Aging and Older Adulthood – 3 credits

       Adolescent Development – 3 credits

       Lifespan Across Cultures2 – 3 credits

Apply to graduate program in spring semester 1

1 Only Required for (4+1) masters track.

2 Only an option for B.S. Psychology and Human Services Students, not (4+1) Masters.

Year Four - Core Courses


Counseling Theory and Practice – 3 credits

Senior Seminar – 3 credits

Psychological Testing – 3 credits

Counseling in Groups – 3 credits

Lifespan Across Cultures – 3 credits

Integration of graduate work

       Multicultural Studies – 3 credits

       Practicum – 3 credits

       Legal and Ethical Issues – 3 credits

       Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment – 3 credits

       Laboratory Experience I: Counseling Skills – 3 credits

       Summer semester: (3 credits; optional elective course)

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Human Services with 120 credits must be completed by end of spring semester

Masters Courses (Year Five)


Counseling Internship (fall) – 4.5 credits

Counseling and Addictive Behaviors – 3 credits

Laboratory Experience II: Treatment Modalities – 3 credits

Research Methods – 3 credits

5000-level elective (3 credits; optional timing can be taken previous summer or spring)

Counseling Internship (spring) – 4.5 credits

Therapeutic Psychopharmacology for Counselors – 3 credits

Family and Couples Counseling – 3 credits

Career Counseling – 3 credits

Human Services, A.S.