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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology (PSY)

530 David M. French Hall
(810) 762-3424
Fax: (810) 762-3426

Behavioral Sciences Department Chair:  Hillary Heinze
Psychology Professional Advisor, online BS:  Therasa Martin
Psychology Professional Advisor, other programs:  Nicole Altheide

Administrative Support Staff
196 Murchie Science Building
Public Relations & Advising:  Mandy Myers 
Budget & Finances:  Lesa Callcut

260 French Hall
Personnel & Course Scheduling:  Suzanne Shivnen

 Susan Gano-Phillips, Terrence Horgan, Thomas Wrobel; Associate Professors Julie Broadbent, Hillary Heinze, William McKibbin, Nathaniel Miller, Jeannette Stein; Assistant Professor Peter Molinaro; Full-time Lecturers Karen Bedell, Allen Bellamy, Yael Sela, Amanda Smith, Amanda Taylor
Professors Emeriti Harry Frank, Marianne McGrath, Donald M. Pollie, Ronald E. Silverman, Harriet M. Wall


Psychology is the branch of knowledge concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. Modern psychology is rooted in a variety of traditions including philosophy, medicine, and biology, and therefore covers a wide area of study and involves a great diversity of activities. It is an academic discipline with a long and productive tradition of scholarship and scientific research. It is also a profession that conducts and applies the products of research in the arena of human services. In addition, fields such as education, law, medicine, social services, management, advertising, industrial engineering, environmental design, and public administration draw upon psychological principles. Psychology examines behavior and mental processes at a variety of levels from the molecular (e.g., the role of particular chemicals in brain function) to the global (e.g., the role of cultural factors in promoting achievement motivation). Students of psychology have the opportunity to learn how people sense and perceive their environment, process and remember information, experience emotions, and cope with the difficulties they encounter. In addition, they learn how all of these processes vary from person to person, from age to age, and from one social context to another. Through an understanding of basic mental processes, a deeper understanding of people’s problems and procedures for dealing with these problems can be gained.

Mission and Assessment
The Department of Behavioral Sciences offers degree programs that serve a variety of constituencies, including students with a broad general interest in human behavior, students who are preparing for graduate programs in academic or professional psychology, students preparing for pre-professional employment in human services, and students who wish to teach psychology in secondary schools. The Department participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.

In addition to the following, a Social Sciences Joint Program (BA)  with an emphasis in Psychology is available.