Psychology and Human Development (BA)

Signature Courses
Concepts in Critical Psychology
Psychology of Consumerism
Narrative Therapy: Theory & Practice

The Psychology and Human Development is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of what it means to be human and how humans interact with each other and the non-human world. The Psychology and Human Development program assists students in following their interests and passions as it relates to helping others through focusing on social justice, critical theory, and encouraging service learning in the community. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness, emotional maturity, and a respect for both the human world and the non-human world by exploring cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual aspects of the human personality as well as an understanding of how larger systems influence individuals and communities. This kind of integration often requires a shift in attention beyond traditional Western views of human nature and a refocusing on the economic, political, and cultural aspects of our lives. At the advanced level, we offer unique opportunities to learn through independent study and supervised field experiences. Students select from cutting-edge foundational courses taught in our unique Prescott College way. We also offer advanced courses that help students develop proficiency and expertise in a number of emphasis areas (see below). In addition to the emphasis areas listed below, creative and self-directed students are encouraged, with the help of faculty advisors, to create their own unique emphasis areas.


  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical knowledge of the history and theories of the field, as well as the necessary dispositions with regard to their roles in the helping professions.
  • Students will engage in self-reflective practices designed to prepare them to be fit to practice within a therapeutic setting, this includes understanding one’s own positionality within power/privilege social structures.
  • Students will demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills including within class/course discussions, through submission of academic assignments, with instructor and peer interactions, within professional settings,and on social media.
  • Students will demonstrate the development of culturally-appropriate competence and socially-just practices and advocacy.
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Market Researcher
  • Psychiatric Technician


  • Academic focus essay
  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts

Students interested in an accelerated master’s degree apply to the master’s program of their
choice in their junior year. Options include: 

  • Masters of Arts Limited Residency in Adventure Education, Environmental Studies, Arts
  • and Humanities, and Education
  • Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Organizing Online/On Campus
  • Masters of Arts Online
  • Masters of Science in Counseling Online
  • Masters of Education Limited Residency
  • Master of Business Administration - Sustainability Leadership
  • Master of Science:
    • Environmental Studies
    • Sustainable and Resilient Communities
    • Sustainable Food Systems

Once accepted, they take master’s level courses that complete their undergraduate degree and
begin their graduate degree. Undergraduate students should consult with their academic advisor
as well as the Chair of the Graduate Program prior to applying.

Our Faculty

Ellen Abell

Instruction|Faculty / Director, BA in Psychology and Human Development


Lilla Cabot

Instruction|Associate Faculty


Sebastienne Grant

Instruction|Faculty / Director, MA in Critical Psychology

Zoe Hammer

Instruction|Faculty / Director, BA in Cultural and Regional Studies and MA i


Denise Mitten

Instruction|Faculty / Director, PhD in Sustainability Education


Mary Poole

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Kenya Dopoi Center


Forrest Schwartz

Instruction|Faculty / Director, MA in Graduate Adventure Education