Community Psychology

A concentration in Community Psychology prepares students for careers in settings such as nonprofit organizations, community organizations, social service agencies/clinics, federal agencies, school systems, academic settings, hospitals, counseling centers and foundations. Students will gain knowledge and skills in community-based research, program development and evaluation, advocacy, community development, strategic planning, consultation, teaching/training and community needs assessment.  

A minimum of 38 credits are required to graduate the program. Students must complete a minimum 26 credits of the core curriculum and may be required to complete an additional four credits of prerequisite coursework. The remaining 12 credits are fulfilled with the completion of four elective courses. Students may choose to complete those 12 credits by participating in one of two concentrations (industrial-organizational psychology or community psychology). Students may also choose to take a combination of the two concentrations to graduate with a general degree. In addition, students may choose to begin by completing a certificate in either industrial-organizational psychology or community psychology. 

Core | 24 Credits (20 if PS 450 is waived)

  • PS 450 Foundations of Psychological Science (4 cr.) (may be waived)
  • PS 500 Foundations of Applied Psychology (4 cr.)
  • PS 520 (PS 420) Developmental Issues Across the Life Span (3 cr.)
  • PS 525 Identifying and Managing Psychopathology in Community Settings (3 cr.)
  • PS 550 Applied Research Methods and Statistics (4 cr.)
  • PS 551 Individual Psychological Assessment and Appraisal (3 cr.)
  • PS 552 Program Development and Evaluation (3 cr.)

Concentration/Certificate Requirements | 12 credits

  • PS 540 Foundations of Community Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PS 541 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 cr.)
  • PS 542 Counseling Methods and Techniques (3 cr.)
  • PS 543 Community Health Psychology (3 cr.)

Capstone Experience | 6 credits

  • PS 590 Comprehensive Exam (3 cr.)
  • PS 595 or an approved elective course (3 cr.)

    OR
  • PS 595 Capstone Project I (3 cr.)
  • PS 596 Capstone Project II (3 cr.)

    OR
  • PS 600 Thesis I (3 cr.)
  • PS 601 Thesis II (3 cr.)

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