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FSU to Offer Bachelor of Science in Psychology at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown

Tri-State area students will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Frostburg State University at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, following the program’s approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Psychology is the 13th bachelor’s program to be added to the lineup at USMH, and the fifth offered by FSU, along with business administration, elementary/early childhood education, sociology and liberal studies.

“We are committed to doing our part to expand the array of programs available at USMH to meet regional educational needs,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

“I am pleased that Frostburg State University is offering a local option for students seeking to complete a degree in psychology,” said Dr. David Warner, executive director of USMH. “Both Hagerstown Community College and Frederick Community College have significant numbers of students enrolled in programs that will allow them to transfer into Frostburg’s program at USMH. One of our goals is to help meet student demand, and by working with FSU to offer this program at USMH, we are providing local students with access to an important component of their educational and career goals in the social science field.”

The number of declared psychology majors at Hagerstown Community College tripled between 2004 and 2008, and with an average of about 85 students in recent terms; Frederick Community College had 95 students concentrating in psychology in 2008, according to supporting information sent to MHEC. Only a small portion of those students would be sufficient to support offering the major at USMH. Courses in psychology are also anticipated to be popular electives in other majors as well.

“Psychology is one of the largest and most distinguished programs offered by Frostburg State University and its faculty are well-known for their dedication to student learning,” said Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to be able to offer the Psychology major program at USMH.”

FSU’s bachelor’s degree in psychology has been a strong program historically, graduating approximately 70 students per year and serving at least 250 majors. Courses will be available to USMH students in a combination of on-site, online and interactive video formats.

“Our overarching goal is to promote students’ life-long learning and their ability to ‘think like a psychologist,’ “said Dr. Kevin Peterson, chair of the FSU Department of Psychology. “We accomplish this through a variety of applied experiences, including research, service learning, internships and classroom activities. These experiences help develop research, writing, critical thinking and communication skills.”

Since it opened in 2005, USMH has grown from three university partners to six and from 12 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to 21, mostly in the disciplines that address the critical workforce shortages in the state, such as nursing and teaching.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is expected to grow 12 percent from 2008 to 2018 because of increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies.

Prospective students seeking more information should contact Dr. Christopher Masciocchi, coordinator of FSU’s psychology program at USMH at 240-527-2746 or There will also be two sessions at USMH this fall in which prospective students can have their questions answered: The Meet-the-Dean Night will be Monday, Sept. 13, and the USMH Open House will be Monday, Oct. 11, both from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of USMH at 32 W. Washington St.

The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is a regional system center offering undergraduate and graduate programs from the respected universities within the Maryland system. Frostburg State University, one of the 12 institutions and two regional education centers of the USM, is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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