The Psychology Department at Mills integrates scientific approaches to human behavior and its development with immediately practical issues of working with people and addressing their problems.
In addition to the regular major, the department offers an accelerated master’s (4+1) degree program leading to a BA in psychology and an MA in infant mental health. Eligible students interested in the development of young children in the context of their family and community begin planning their curriculum with their advisors during their sophomore year and apply for the 4+1 program in their junior year. Acceptance to the IMH 4+1 program requires approval of the faculty, successful completion of the course prerequisites, and an application to the graduate portion of the program through the Mills Graduate Division. Students may also elect a separate two-year master’s degree program in infant mental health if their prerequisites or course work do not permit acceptance to the 4+1 program. See the IMH Program description in the Graduate Catalog for more information about these two options. Information about infant mental health and the 4+1 program is provided by the Psychology Department on request.
During their final two years, many psychology majors enroll in internships that serve as career tryouts, giving them actual experience in the field and making them better prepared for graduate school. Approximately half of Mills psychology majors go on to graduate work in psychology, counseling, or social work. Others go to law school or medical school, able to use their knowledge in such areas as family medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, or family law. Those who do not continue to graduate school use their majors in a variety of careers, such as personnel work.
Note: To declare a major in psychology, a student must complete Fundamentals of Psychology (PSYC 049) and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 146) with a grade of C or better. The department strongly recommends that students take PSYC 146 in their sophomore year if they plan to major in psychology.
With Mills' unique Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 Degree Programs you can earn two academic degrees in five years—increasing your career options after college. Click a link below for courses you can be taking now to prepare for your Bachelor's to Master's 4+1 Degree.
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