Psychology Programs and Degrees


  • Psychology Major

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    The psychology major is designed to provide a general and in-depth survey of the fields in the science of psychology and to prepare students to work with people in several career areas. Further study beyond the baccalaureate is required to enter professional career work.


  • Psychology Major with Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

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    (optional specialization for Psychology Majors) 

    The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration is for students interested in studying the science of behavior analysis and learning how the principles can be applied to improve behavior of societal importance. It includes courses in learning, self-analysis and control, behavioral research methodology, fundamentals of ABA, and ABA for children with autism. The ABA concentration culminates in a field experience course that is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to and in-vivo experience with providing behavior-analytic services in a community setting. Students completing this coursework will gain knowledge and experience in the (a) philosophical underpinnings of the science of human behavior, (b) concepts and principles of behavior analysis, (c) methods of behavioral research, (d) behavioral assessment, and (e) selecting and implementing behavior-change interventions.  

    This concentration is relevant for students interested in (a) working in the field of ABA with young children or adolescents who are diagnosed with autism (or other intellectual and developmental disabilities), (b) working within educational or behavioral health settings with students or adults, or (c) pursuing advanced graduate training in the area of behavior analysis.  

    Further, the ABA Concentration is designed to meet the minimum coursework requirements so that students can apply to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam to earn this certification. The BCaBA certification is a marketable credential that will make students competitive applicants for graduate programs in psychology and education. For those who are not planning to pursue graduate school, the BCaBA certification demonstrates a commitment to the field of ABA, resulting in more career options and higher pay.

    However, please note that the ABA Concentration course sequence is not verified and must be reviewed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) on an individual basis in order to determine whether it covers the required content for the minimum number of instructional hours. Further, although this course sequence offers a course to accrue supervised field experience, enrollment in this course for a semester does not provide all of the necessary hours needed to complete the Field Work Experience requirement and students interested in pursuing this certification will need to accrue hours beyond this semester in order to be eligible to sit for the BCaBA exam. 

    If you are interested in pursuing the ABA Concentration or have any questions, please contact Dr. Adam Briggs ([email protected]). 


  • Psychology Minor

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    The Psychology Minor provides students entering many career fields a fuller scientific understanding of human experience, behavior, needs, desires and potentialities. The minor is flexible; within limits it may be designed to meet the needs of each student.

  • Secondary Education Psychology Minor

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    Successful completion of the Secondary Education Psychology Minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for endorsement in psychology, certification code CE. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #011, "Psychology".

  • Human Sexuality Minor

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    A cross disciplinary minor based in the Psychology Department. Electives for the minor can be taken in African American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Communication, Media, and Theater Arts, Economics, Health and Human Services, History, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Women's and Gender Studies.

  • Interdisciplinary Program: Neuroscience

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    Find out more information about the Neuroscience program.



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