Online Psychology and Community Studies

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  (Margaret Mead, 1901-78, anthropologist)

What is the Psychology & Community Studies Program?

Online Psychology and Community Studies Degree at UMM

  • The Psychology and Community Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major (applying anthropology, sociology, and community studies as well as psychology). 
  • You will learn how to study humans, their communities, and their behavior; you will learn to use this knowledge to research, problem solve, and help bring about positive changes. 
  • In addition to traditional coursework, you will apply your studies through field work and internships within your home town. 
  • You will graduate not only with the knowledge and skills you need to enter the job market or go on to graduate school, but also with a set of tools that can be used to help you through many challenges in your life.

Why Psychology?

"Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience - from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, 'the understanding of behavior' is the enterprise of psychologists." (American Psychological Association, n.d.)


At the University of Maine at Machias, our courses teach you about psychological principles and research methods that you use to solve practical problems.

Psychologists work in a variety of settings:

  • school
  • community
  • business
  • engineering
  • human services
  • government
  • law
  • mental health
  • recreation, sports, and entertainment
  • higher education

Psychologists do such diverse things as:

  • mental health counseling,
  • consulting with engineers about the safer design of equipment
  • consulting with architects and interior designers about buildings and spaces
  • helping athletes and actors reach their full potential
  • training managers to motivate employees,
  • working with police to apprehend criminals
  • assisting communities to solve problems like substance abuse and poverty.  

Why Community Studies?

  • For as long as the history of our species, we have depended on communities for our survival. 
  • Communities can be bastions of traditional knowledge, founts of innovation, and, sometimes, sources of oppression. 
  • Your communities may come in many forms - family groups, villages, towns, neighborhoods, congregations, campuses, clubs, and even online interest groups. 
  • Whatever they may look like, communities are fundamental to how you think, feel, and act in the world. 
  • When you understand why communities form, how they influence you, and how you can influence them, you emerge as an informed observer, an engaged participant, and an effective agent of change.

Why University of Maine at Machias?

An important piece of the mission of our institution is community engagement.   You will:

  • work in and with your community
  • understand how to study community
  • learn to value your community,
  • develop skills you will use throughout this program and long after you have graduated.  

Many of your classes will have specific assignments working within your community, including your internship.

UMM is a small campus in a larger system of campuses. This means you are not a "number," and you won't get lost in a crowd. 

We promote sustainability; your personal growth as an individual and as a vital community member is important to us.

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