Department of Psychology
Welcome to the Springfield College Department of Psychology. We offer a range of student-focused learning opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As an academic discipline, psychology helps you understand the human experience, including oneself and one’s interactions with others. Our courses combine theory, empirical research, and practice to give you a better understanding and appreciation of the complex factors that govern thought and behavior, and help you develop the skills for effective leadership in service to others.
Department of Psychology Mission Statement
The Department educates students in the science and practice of psychology. Our aim is to graduate professionals who serve society through the use of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills. Whether our graduates go on to further studies or to work in a professional setting, we prepare students to address personal, professional, and societal challenges as informed and socially responsible citizens.
Psychology students can earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from Springfield College. This degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the content of the discipline and the skills required to work within it. Psychology majors complete foundational courses that assist in the development of research skills as well as engage with a flexible curriculum exploring a variety of subfields of psychology, such as cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, and personality psychology. Students may participate in an undergraduate research program by joining a research lab and gain valuable skills through high impact internship experiences.
The psychology department is home to four graduate programs, including three master’s degree programs and one doctorate in psychology.
We follow the practitioner-scholar model, with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice. Through practica opportunities, a full-time internship, a dissertation research project, and ongoing faculty mentoring, you will graduate with experience and research on your resume, an in-depth knowledge of the field, and a unique focus on service and social justice. The Springfield College Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is the scientific study of psychology and human behavior in the workplace. Our I/O psychology program follows the scientist-practitioner training model with a dual focus on the science and practice of the associated content areas. The objective of our curriculum is to ensure graduates leave with the essential knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities that support the transferring of knowledge to concerns involving individuals and groups in work settings.
The goal of the athletic counseling program is to provide students with preparation in counseling and psychology that will enable them to provide support services to athletes related to sport performance, personal development, and mental health in a variety of settings. Athletic counseling graduates complete the Association for Applied Sport Psychology academic and applied requirements to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC).
The Springfield College Student Affairs Administration master's program provides the academic knowledge and practical experience to best prepare you to excel in the student affairs in higher education field. Our program focuses on developing robust professional leadership skills for the 21st century and beyond, including advising, management, counseling, and supervision. You will be prepared to engage, educate, and improve the lives of college students.
Department of Psychology Inclusivity Statement
The Psychology Department supports an inclusive learning environment where diversity and individual differences are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as a source of strength. We expect that students, faculty, administrators, and staff within the Psychology Department will embrace differences and demonstrate diligence in understanding how other peoples' perspectives, behaviors, and worldviews may be different from their own.
Respect for diversity is a core concept of Psychology. In this course, each voice in the classroom is important and has something of value to contribute to class discussion. To facilitate learning, it is imperative that we listen to one another with an open mind and respect. We strive to cultivate a safe educational setting where individuals of all ages, backgrounds, disability statuses, education, ethnicities, family statuses, genders, gender identities, languages, nationalities, political views, races, religions, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and other identity-based attributes are supported in sharing their rich array of perspectives and experiences.