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Union College


Counseling and Psychology Programs

Union College in Kentucky offers options for both undergrads and graduate students who want to study psychology. Undergrads can major in psychology and learn why and how humans think and act in the different ways they do. This program features a psychology core that is worth 33 credits and includes Social Psychology, Lifespan Development, and Abnormal Psychology. The core also includes two seminars. Students will also take 12 credits of electives, which can include Special Topics in Psychology and an internship.

The substance abuse counseling major offered by the college is suitable for students who want to work with drug and alcohol users in clinical settings. This program features a 24-credit hour core that includes classes such as Foundations of Chemical Dependency, Psychology of Addiction and Recovery and Relapse. Students must also take 15 credits of electives and do a substance abuse internship. A chemical dependency certificate program is also available from the college. Undergrads can take courses in this program as they finish their degrees, but it’s also available as a separate program for grad students.

Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Union College too. As this is a hybrid program, it asks that students do work offline and take classes online at the same time. They will attend sessions and meetings on the Union campus to talk with their peers and spend time with their professors. Students will take clinical and psychology courses such as Introduction to Psychology Graduate Studies, Clinical Assessment of Intellectual Functioning, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods and Diagnosis and Treatment. To obtain a counseling license, students must complete 12 other credits also, which will include two internships.

A Master of Arts in General Psychology is available online from Union College too. These students must take nine credits of electives and 22 credits of foundation courses. They also earn six credits for the thesis work they submit. Advanced Developmental Psychology, Theories of Personality and Statistics for Mental Health Professionals are some of the classes available in this program. The college also has a Substance Abuse Counseling program that awards students a Master of Science degree. This program is only available through its online campus.

About Union College

Union College is a private college in Kentucky that has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1879, the United Methodist Church chose Barbourville for it because the city was growing at a fast rate. Though the size of the city never grew as large as some expected, the college itself grew rather fast. More than 800 undergrads now take classes from Union College every year. Those students come from several countries around the world and more than 20 American states. The college has a slightly higher number of male students than it does females.

Featured Programs

Students majoring in psychology and other fields can enroll in both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. Many of its psychology programs instill in students the information and skills that they need to become counselors and to complete graduate school programs. Students must take 35 credits of general education courses in addition to all their major classes and electives. Union College allows students to take classes during two main semesters and during the two shorter sessions offered during the summer.

Union College Accreditation Details

As Union College has regional accreditation, students shouldn’t have problems when it comes to transferring their credits or when they apply for financial aid. Its regional accreditation comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The college’s social work and education programs also have accreditation. Counseling and psychology majors may take some courses from those departments and programs.

Union College Application Requirements

Union College asks students to complete four requirements to apply. Freshmen must pay a $10 application fee and submit the college’s online application. They will also submit an official test score and a high school transcript. The college will also accept a GED transcript in lieu of a high school transcript. Students over the age of 25 can apply without providing a test score also. Freshmen must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a score of at least 18 on the ACT or an equivalent number on the SAT. Those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher only need to score 17 on the ACT.

Graduate students applying to one of the college’s psychology programs must have a bachelor’s degree before starting a program. The college requires that they have psychology degrees or a degree in a social sciences field. Students will submit an online application and pay the fee as well as supply the college with their official transcripts. Union requires that graduate students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must also submit GRE scores and a signed and dated Student Curriculum Contract. The college requires that students maintain a 3.0-GPA in the program and that they complete an evaluation form and an interview after finishing 12 credits of work in the program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in an online program will pay $225 per credit hour as an undergrad and $400 per credit hour as a graduate student. Full-time students pay $13,570 per semester for the college’s tuition and all its fees. If they want to live on the Union campus, they will around $4,000 extra every semester. Though the college does not offer a set rate for full-time graduate students, it allows them to multiply the number of credits they want to take in a semester by its current rate to determine their total costs.

Union offers 10 scholarships for undergrads as well as scholarships for performance majors and student-athletes. Many of its scholarships award students an amount that covers all of their tuition costs and fees. Transfer students can qualify for scholarships as long as they have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. The college also asks that those students complete at least 24 credits of classes at another school. Traditional financial aid is available in the form of loans and grants too. Students can get those types of aid after filling out the FAFSA and using the college’s school code. The Union College Department of Psychology has counselors who can help students with their financial aid applications.