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» If I complete a psychology course at another college, will it be transferred toward my psychology major at Becker College?
» Are there concentrations available within the psychology major?
» Will I be required to elect a concentration for the psychology major?
» What are the eligibility requirements for the Becker College psychology honors program?
» What types of internships are available for Becker College psychology students?
» Where do Becker College psychology students find employment upon graduation?
» What background do the Becker College professors have in the psychology field?
» If I want to study abroad, will I be able to take courses that will count toward my major?
It depends. You must obtain an official transcript from the other college, documenting your earned grade of C or better. If the course is similar in title and description to a course at Becker College, an admissions counselor or program advisor can assist you in transferring the course credits. If the course differs from those offered at Becker College, the course description will be reviewed by the department chair and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. If it is determined to be the equivalent of an existing course, you may substitute the course for a Becker College psychology course. If there isn’t an equivalent course listing, it may be accepted as an open, 3-credit elective.
No. Students who express an interest in working with specific populations will be encouraged to select a concentration. However, those who wish to follow a more general psychology curriculum may do so.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 overall and 3.0 in courses within the major (non-general education) and must submit a letter of reference from instructors outside of the education and psychology program and a letter of intention. Complete details are available here.
Students can engage in multiple internships. Typical placements for Becker College psychology students include working as a residential counselor, helping adolescents diagnosed with mental health issues; providing respite to families dealing with individuals diagnosed with severe special needs; serving as a co-facilitator for therapy groups in an adolescent substance abuse treatment center; conducting case management activities in an outpatient mental health clinic; working with the activities coordinator in an assisted living center; and providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to children with autism.
An increasing number of Becker College psychology program graduates elect to continue their education in the areas of counseling psychology, social work, and marital and family therapy at institutions such as Assumption College, Smith School of Social Work, and the Adler Institute of Psychology. Recent graduates entering the workforce have found employment with Y.O.U., Inc., Early Intervention, Community Healthlink, and the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps.
Becker College psychology program professors come from a variety of backgrounds, most notably in the fields of counseling and clinical psychology and education. Full-time faculty have specialized interests in child/adolescent mental health, family counseling, trauma studies, social problems, and pastoral counseling. Learn more about our faculty here.
This is entirely possible. However, plans for studying abroad must be made in consultation with your advisor, beginning no later than fall of your sophomore year.