Critical Psychology is a rapidly growing field incorporating critical theory, psychology, and social justice. Critical Psychology aims to examine the historical, political, economic, and cultural underpinnings of mainstream psychology as well as its role in issues such as power and oppression. Critical lenses are also employed in understanding the relationships between social issues, such as inequalities, and wellbeing. Finally, Critical Psychology goes beyond critique to generate possibilities for progressive psychologies which emphasize social justice, liberation, and equality in the aim of facilitating the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies. The M.A. in Critical Psychology and Human Services is ideal for students interested in social justice, social issues, mental health, and social service/non-profit work and provides a pathway for compassionate and passionate individuals that have a desire to serve others in their communities and are prepared for deep critical inquiry. The program will offer two tracks for students to choose from. The Professional Track will focus on providing theoretical knowledge and professional skills for students who wish to pursue work in human services (nonprofits, social service agencies, educational entities, psycho-educational consulting, advocacy work, etc.) and who do not seek a program for state-regulated therapy licensure. The Research/Doctoral Track will focus on providing theoretical knowledge and research skills for students seeking to pursue careers in qualitative research and/or doctoral work in Critical Psychology, Community Psychology, and other related areas.
"Over and above the political, economic, sociological, and intentional implications of racial prejudices, their major significance is that they place unnecessary burdens upon human beings." - Kenneth B. Clark (U.S. psychologist and social scientist (1914)