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UMM Launches Online Psychology Degree Program

Added on: July 23, 2010

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias has announced that it will begin offering an online degree program in psychology and community studies in the fall.

Aimed at providing working individuals in rural areas of Maine and other states with access to a four-year psychology degree, the program is an online version of UMM’s traditional on-campus program. The online version has been reviewed and accepted for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The psychology and community studies program at UMM is an interdisciplinary major through which students learn how to study humans and their communities and how to facilitate individual and group change and exchange within them. The program integrates social and behavioral sciences with perspectives from the humanities. In addition to traditional coursework, students immerse themselves in their major through fieldwork and internships rooted in the dynamic social and natural environments in their home towns. The program features active, hands-on, place-based, community-engaged learning experiences that will be brought to the online version of the program despite the distance aspect.

“We’re dedicated to maintaining the same quality learning experiences for our distance students,” said Lois-Ann Kuntz, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the program.

Students in the psychology and community studies program regularly write papers, present information, actively apply theoretical principals to projects, work in teams, and work with community partners in half of the required classes. Many program graduates enter the job market with valued skills and experience and many successfully complete graduate school in and out of state and abroad.

The program faculty worked intensely with their curriculum and community partners with the assistance of an Engaged Department Initiative through the New England Campus Compact grant to infuse service learning and community engagement at appropriate developmental stages into the program. Recent research indicates that students value service learning for its academic rigor and challenging, real-life application to the course material.

For more information or to apply for admission to the program, visit the program Web page or call the UMM Admissions Office at 1-888-468-6866.

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