Undergraduate Program Information

As one of the most popular majors on campus, the bachelor’s degree program in Psychology at Frostburg State is uniquely suited to bring you an engaging, experiential undergraduate career. Students dig into the fascinating and constantly changing study of how the mind works, from the ways culture influences it to how biochemistry embodies it.

From minors and emphases to internships and research, the psychology program at Frostburg State includes several pathways to enrich your undergraduate experience.

  • Emphasis Programs

    The Psychology Department has three emphasis programs to enhance the psychology degree. Once completed, these emphases will be included in your transcript.

    • Emphasis in Addictions Counseling
    • Emphasis in Child & Family Psychology
    • Emphasis in Leadership

      Addictions Counseling

      Frostburg State University offers an Emphasis in Addictions Counseling to help prepare you to become a Certified Associate Counselor – Alcohol and Drug in the state of Maryland.  This emphasis program provides the educational requirements set forth by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists (https://health.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/cacad.aspx) for persons seeking to become certified as an addictions counselor at the Bachelor’s level.  This emphasis is open to majors in Psychology and Social Work. 

      View the complete description of the requirements for the Emphasis in Addictions Counseling and for state certification. For more information, please contact Nicole Andrews.

      Child and Family Psychology

      This emphasis program is for students who want an in-depth exposure to child/adolescent psychological development and disorders.

      View the summary of the requirements for the Child and Family Psychology program option.  For more information, please contact Dr. Kimberly James.

  • Internships

    The Psychology Department also offers an internship option in addition to the requirements of the major. It is possible to complete the major with a combination of emphasis programs and internship.

    This option is for students primarily interested in training for a Psychology-related career at the bachelor's degree level. In includes individually designed internships and is completed in addition to the core program.

    View the summary of the requirements for the internship option.

    For more information on the internship option, contact Dr. Jennifer Flinn.

  • Student Activities - Research

    Students have the opportunity to be a part of research labs run by various psychology department faculty. In 2019, for example, undergraduate and graduate students attended the Association for Psychological Sciences conference in Washington D.C. to present their research from Dr. Alan Bensley's lab. Dr Kimberly James, Dr. Christopher Masciocchi, and Dr. Mike Murtsgh also contributed to this research.


    Dr. Alan Bensley and Caitlin Woodson, the Psychology department's 2019 honors award recipient.


    Cody Watkins, Matthew Whitley, Krystal Rowan and Dr. Alan Bensley.


    Cody Watkins, Dr. Alan Bensley, Krystal Rowan and Wesley Reyes.