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, Class of 2009, 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.

Psychology and Human Services, B.S.

Required Courses

Core Classes (45 Credits)

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

Tracks (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)

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

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:

  • Psychology Graduate School
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  • Elder Populations
  • Generalist