Three well-respected historically black colleges and universities to consider when looking to earn a degree in psychology include Florida A&M University, Hampton University and Howard University.
Historically Black Colleges with Psychology Programs
Just like at other colleges and universities, psychology programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These programs are no different than those offered at any other college, although some may emphasize black psychology or multiculturalism.
According to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings, among the top 10 HBCUs are Florida A&M University, Hampton University and Howard University, all of which offer programs in psychology.
Florida A&M University
Florida A&M's psychology department offers a major and a minor in psychology. Course topics at the undergraduate level include:
- Human growth and development
- Education psychology
- Black psychology
The department also offers coursework that leads to a Master of Science in Community Psychology and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school psychology. The master's degree requires a thesis and offers supervised field experience in settings with a multicultural emphasis. The Ed.S. program also carries a multicultural emphasis and prepares students to diagnose and treat academic and behavioral problems in school children.
Students can also join an organization relevant to the field of psychology, such as the Association of Black Psychologists Student Circle. This association addresses mental health needs in the African American community. It also provides regional and national networking opportunities for students.
Hampton University's psychology department offers a minor in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology. Students in the BA program can also choose a track in marriage and family. Field studies are also available to help students develop clinical and applied research skills. Courses in the general psychology program cover the following topics:
- Abnormal psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Methods in psychology
- Theories of personality
Classes for the marriage and family track include:
- Black marital relationships
- Black child development
- Intimate relationships
Howard University offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology program that lets students who show a high level of academic achievement gain entry into the Ph.D. program. Courses in the bachelor's degree program cover research methods and statistics, cognition and personality theory. Howard University doesn't offer a terminal master's degree in psychology. Rather, students must earn their master's degree through the Ph.D. program. Graduate-level concentrations available include:
- Clinical psychology
- Social psychology
- Developmental psychology
Interested students can find both undergraduate and graduate psychology programs at HBCUs. Florida A&M, Hampton and Howard all offer relevant programs.