About the Department

Psychology is a diverse field, united by the common goals of understanding how people think and behave and how various environmental and biological forces shape behavior. Cognitive scientists study how people perceive, learn, remember, think and understand. Behavioral neuroscientists are concerned with brain-behavior relations, evolution and other biological processes. Developmental psychologists examine change and continuity across the lifespan. Social psychologists seek to understand the relationship of individuals to one another and to groups. Personality and clinical psychologists focus on individual patterns of behavior and interventions to understand or alter behavior. Our majors go on to become psychologists, social workers, teachers, business managers, and human resource specialists.

Why UMass Boston?

UMass Boston hockey captain Jimmy Ennis reads to children at UMass Boston’s Early Learning Center.

Read for the Record

Members of UMass Boston’s hockey team read to children to encourage learning at an early age.

“As part of the UMass Boston hockey program, we’re very involved with outreach in the community.”

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