Undergraduate

Psychology

Assumption psychology majors are known for their strong communication skills, understanding of human behavior, problem-solving skills, and ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information.

Psychology Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


School

D'Amour College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department

Psychology

Program Contact

Maria Parmley, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Psychology , Associate Professor of Psychology
508-767-7586 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 124

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Program Curriculum

Faculty

All of our faculty bring experience from clinical or research positions in a variety of fields of study, and we enjoy working side-by-side with our students in our state-of-the-art research facilities.

Experiential Learning

Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Internships are a valuable way for you to gain experience outside of the classroom and to develop professional skills and insight. As part of their internship, psychology students complete an academic component that usually consists of a reflective journal, readings in the field, and a comprehensive research paper.

There are two types of internships. Students can earn academic credit by working with an academic advisor and the internship site. Or students may participate in a career internship, which provides valuable experience but does not offer academic credit. All internships may be paid or unpaid and generally occur during or following junior year. Some recent internship locations have included:

  • Accelerated Learning Lab
  • Charles River Center
  • Community Healthlink
  • Elderly Services of Worcester
  • UMass Medical School
  • Worcester Public Schools
  • Worcester District Court
  • Worcester Juvenile Court

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Recent Employment Opportunities

The psychology program prepares students for successful and fulfilling careers in an array of fields, including nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations, corporations, and local, state and federal government.

Outer Cape Health Services

Horace Mann Educational Associates

Mental health services

Ostrow and Company

Shire

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Community Health Link

Sovos Compliance

Baypath Elder Services

Cassandra Miller

Psychology 2020
Clinical Counseling Intern, Open Sky Community Services

I was constantly provided opportunities from my professors and the CDIC to further my education.

This was how I was able to obtain my internship at Open Sky and eventually my license as a registered behavior technician. You never know when an opportunity will pass, and Assumption provides so many.
Brianna Rondeau

Psychology 2020
Clinical Student Intern, UMass Medical School; Relief Counselor, Open Sky Community Services; Pursuing Master of Social Work at Bridgewater State University

I took what I learned in class and saw it come to life through my internship.

I learned how to advocate for myself and how to work with patients - a skill I will utilize in graduate school. I believe Assumption and the people here have made me search for myself and understand what I am meant to do.
Meghan Foster

Psychology 2020
Emergency Mental Health Intern, UMass Memorial Hospital; Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care; Pursuing Master of Science in Mental Health at UMass Boston

Through Assumption, my clinical experience at UMass landed me my first post-grad job.

Assumption’s supportive, inclusive, and positive atmosphere sets it apart from any other institution. Assumption provided me with endless opportunities for research, conference presentations, and clinical experiences which all aided in my success and has allowed me to excel.
Mikaela Newman

Psychology 2021
Research Fellow, Assumption College Learning and Memory Lab

As a research fellow, I gained valuable knowledge on compiling a research study and analyzing data.

My coursework at Assumption, especially psychology classes, provided a strong foundation and allowed me to be a more effective research assistant. The professors are always willing to get to know students and help them succeed to the best of their ability.
Hannah Fung

Psychology 2020
Honors Fellow, Assumption College Psychology Department

Because of Assumption, I have grown in all areas of my life, academically and personally.

Assumption’s strong Department of Psychology, full of caring and passionate professors, has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge for my future career. Assumption is a community that’s helped me succeed, achieve my goals, and become a better person.
Holly Olson

Psychology 2018

I worked in the Psychology labs on campus which was an incredible experience.

I learned how to code and analyze data, and how to write up results of statistically significant findings. This research has required independence and time management skills, and I have developed a great relationship with one of my favorite professors.
Lindsay Gomes

Psychology 2018
Pursuing a PhD in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Not only are the professors extraordinary, but the knowledge I gained surpassed my expectations.

I credit the success I had at my internship to Assumption. Because of the small classrooms and faculty-to-student ratio, students truly get to know their professors and develop relationships that lead to opportunities for mentorship, research, and collaboration.

Shining Their Light

Cassandra Miller

Psychology 2020
Clinical Counseling Intern, Open Sky Community Services

I was constantly provided opportunities from my professors and the CDIC to further my education.

This was how I was able to obtain my internship at Open Sky and eventually my license as a registered behavior technician. You never know when an opportunity will pass, and Assumption provides so many.
Brianna Rondeau

Psychology 2020
Clinical Student Intern, UMass Medical School; Relief Counselor, Open Sky Community Services; Pursuing Master of Social Work at Bridgewater State University

I took what I learned in class and saw it come to life through my internship.

I learned how to advocate for myself and how to work with patients - a skill I will utilize in graduate school. I believe Assumption and the people here have made me search for myself and understand what I am meant to do.
Meghan Foster

Psychology 2020
Emergency Mental Health Intern, UMass Memorial Hospital; Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care; Pursuing Master of Science in Mental Health at UMass Boston

Through Assumption, my clinical experience at UMass landed me my first post-grad job.

Assumption’s supportive, inclusive, and positive atmosphere sets it apart from any other institution. Assumption provided me with endless opportunities for research, conference presentations, and clinical experiences which all aided in my success and has allowed me to excel.
Mikaela Newman

Psychology 2021
Research Fellow, Assumption College Learning and Memory Lab

As a research fellow, I gained valuable knowledge on compiling a research study and analyzing data.

My coursework at Assumption, especially psychology classes, provided a strong foundation and allowed me to be a more effective research assistant. The professors are always willing to get to know students and help them succeed to the best of their ability.
Hannah Fung

Psychology 2020
Honors Fellow, Assumption College Psychology Department

Because of Assumption, I have grown in all areas of my life, academically and personally.

Assumption’s strong Department of Psychology, full of caring and passionate professors, has provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge for my future career. Assumption is a community that’s helped me succeed, achieve my goals, and become a better person.
Holly Olson

Psychology 2018

I worked in the Psychology labs on campus which was an incredible experience.

I learned how to code and analyze data, and how to write up results of statistically significant findings. This research has required independence and time management skills, and I have developed a great relationship with one of my favorite professors.
Lindsay Gomes

Psychology 2018
Pursuing a PhD in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Not only are the professors extraordinary, but the knowledge I gained surpassed my expectations.

I credit the success I had at my internship to Assumption. Because of the small classrooms and faculty-to-student ratio, students truly get to know their professors and develop relationships that lead to opportunities for mentorship, research, and collaboration.
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Will cyberattacks impact the next election? How can the United States prevent foreign entities from influencing the democratic process? Join panelists Jim Trainor '87, Jonathan Reiber and Harold Naughton, J.D. '82 for a fascinating discussion on how foreign governments have and may influence the out ... Read more

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Psychology Academic Showcase

Join faculty from the Department of Psychology for a deep dive into studying psychology at Assumption. You’ll learn more about undergraduate majors and minors in psychology as well as Assumption’s graduate programs of study. Faculty will share current research underway within the department and the ... Read more

Oct. 8, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Nov 5 Thu

Psychology Academic Showcase

Join faculty from the Department of Psychology for a deep dive into studying psychology at Assumption. You’ll learn more about undergraduate majors and minors in psychology as well as Assumption’s graduate programs of study. Faculty will share current research underway within the department and the ... Read more

Nov. 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Oct 7 Wed

Cybersecurity Forum: Cyber Threats and the 2020 Election

Will cyberattacks impact the next election? How can the United States prevent foreign entities from influencing the democratic process? Join panelists Jim Trainor '87, Jonathan Reiber and Harold Naughton, J.D. '82 for a fascinating discussion on how foreign governments have and may influence the out ... Read more

Oct. 7, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual
REGISTER HERE
Oct 8 Thu

Psychology Academic Showcase

Join faculty from the Department of Psychology for a deep dive into studying psychology at Assumption. You’ll learn more about undergraduate majors and minors in psychology as well as Assumption’s graduate programs of study. Faculty will share current research underway within the department and the ... Read more

Oct. 8, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual
Register
Nov 5 Thu

Psychology Academic Showcase

Join faculty from the Department of Psychology for a deep dive into studying psychology at Assumption. You’ll learn more about undergraduate majors and minors in psychology as well as Assumption’s graduate programs of study. Faculty will share current research underway within the department and the ... Read more

Nov. 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual
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Graduate Schools


The Pursuit of an Advanced Degree

The program also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of specializations such as counseling psychology, applied behavior analysis, school psychology, social work, developmental psychology, social work, forensic psychology and guidance counseling. Recent Assumption psychology graduates have pursued graduate education with: Assumption University; Boston College; University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill; University of Virginia; Springfield College; and Tufts University .


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