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B.A. in Psychology University of Maine



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The University of Maine’s psychology major is designed to foster a scientific understanding of behavior by exploring the wide range of factors that shape it from molecules to the brain as a whole, from sensory input to reasoning, and from genetics to social and cultural influences. Students explore how behavior develops from infancy to old age and what it means for a behavior to be considered pathological.

Although psychology is broad in scope, UMaine’s psychology major is focused on developing rigorous scientific reasoning skills (methodological, statistical and logical argument), forming an exceptional foundation for critical thinking across disciplines. To further foster critical thinking and communication skills, the psychology major culminates in a capstone experience in which students apply, integrate and extend the base of knowledge they acquired to a specific topic of interest.

Goals for the Psychology Major

As set forth by the guidelines proposed by the American Psychological Association for designing effective undergraduate curriculum in the field of Psychology, the psychology major in the Maine Psychology Department is intended to meet the following goals:

Theory and Content of Psychology: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Research Methods in Psychology: Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Application of Psychology: Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Values in Psychology: Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Information and Technological Literacy: Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

Communications Skills: Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Personal Development: Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Career Planning and Development: Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.A. in Psychology.

Full Time (Minimum 120 credits)

Tuition fees

$29,310.00 (21,84,917) per year


03 Sep, 21 Jan


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

5774 Stevens Hall, Room 100,



04469, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

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