Psychology (BA) Community Concentration + Community Psychology (MS)

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The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree program allows students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates.  These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs.   

The department of psychology offers BA+MS in Community  Psychology. Students interested in this program should meet with the MS in Community Psychology BA-MS program director, preferably during their second year. Applications for admission into the combined program are accepted during the junior year.

This program has been developed in response to needs expressed by community groups and organizations for assistance in addressing the needs of their most vulnerable members. The program prepares students to work at the master's level in the field of Community Psychology in a variety of community, government, and consulting work settings. Students will learn how a community-based social justice perspective recognizes inequalities and promotes the exercise of greater power (i.e., access to resources and decision-making) for communities that have been marginalized, and creates ties to advocacy work with oppressed populations. The program leads to an applied, terminal MS degree and is not designed as an intermediate step toward a doctoral degree. Students interested in pursuing a PhD should speak with their academic advisor about the best way to prepare for a doctoral program.

The combined program requires the completion of 48 courses (192 quarter hours).  Included is a community fieldwork experience.

The undergraduate component of the program includes:  

Course Title Quarter Hours
All Liberal Studies or Honors Program Requirements - approximately 21 courses (84 hours)
Psychology Core courses 5 courses (20 hours)
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSY 106INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSY 240STATISTICS I4
PSY 241RESEARCH METHODS I4
PSY 242RESEARCH METHODS II4
Community Psychology core courses - 4 courses (16 hours, PSY 359 taken twice)
PSY 354COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 356PRINCIPLES OF FIELD RESEARCH AND ACTION4
PSY 359FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION4
PSY 359FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND ACTION4
Quantitative Courses - 3 courses (12 hours)
PSY 410ADVANCED STATISTICS I4
PSY 411ADVANCED STATISTICS II4
PSY 420QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN4
Open electives to reach a total of 192 credits - approximately 15 courses (60 hours)

Students should apply to the program during their junior year, by April 20.  Students should have a grade point average of 3.20 or higher.  Admissions decisions will be made by the faculty administering the program. 

The application process will require prospective students to submit the following information:

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Psychology course history list
  • List of community psychology - related volunteer or employment activities

Admitted students will take the three graduate courses during their senior year.  A maximum of three courses will count toward both the BA degree and the MS degree.  No other others may count more than once.  

Students will need to apply for degree conferral of the BA degree before fully matriculating into the MS degree.  After completing the BA degree, an additional nine courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the MS degree.   The MS includes 48 credit hours (12 courses plus Field Work).  A maximum of three courses from the BA will count toward the MS (PSY 410, PSY 411, PSY 420).  The remaining courses for the graduate program are as follows:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one class each from two of the seminars listed:8
Cognitive Seminar
PERCEPTION AND COGNITION
LANGUAGE AND COGNITION
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION- MAKING
Developmental Seminar
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Social Seminar
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SELF
PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
PREJUDICE AND INTERGROUP RELATIONS
SOCIAL COGNITION
Community Core - 5 courses (16 hours)
PSY 492PRINCIPLES OF CONSULTATION4
PSY 493ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY4
PSY 520PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY4
PSY 569SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION4
PSY 585FIELDWORK IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS0
Graduate Psychology Electives - 3 courses 12