ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Multicultural Psychology Program allows students to complete classes toward their degree, taught in English, as they study how culture influences our understanding of ourselves and others. In addition to their work in the classroom, students experience first-hand through various experiential learning opportunities the role of cultural norms and values in shaping human behavior and interactions.
Why study psychology abroad?
Students who study psychology at the Umbra Institute examine human development as influenced by similarities and differences between people and across cultures. Such a knowledge base is a useful tool when preparing for careers in counseling, education, research, social work, and many other professions. Through specific coursework, students can delve into organizational behavior and behavioral change, critical disabilities, art therapy and numerous other topics, all from a multicultural perspective. In addition, by studying at the Umbra Institute, students have the opportunity to witness firsthand the interplay between different people and cultures as they use Perugia as their extended classroom.
Not only do students study psychology, but they are also required to take an Italian language course (available from introductory to advanced levels). This language study provides further insight into the interplay between culture and identity since even a basic understanding of Italian can help students begin to understand how linguistic expression influences how we think, behave, and interact with others.
Students may design their own semester freely choosing courses from our offerings. Students interested in the MPP CERTIFICATE program must take the core course PYHD 430 Human Development in Culture and at least two (2) additional courses in psychology or related subjects.
See Certificate Program details below.
ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY
- PYHD 430: Human Development in Culture (mandatory core course)
- Two(2) Courses in Psychology or Approved Related Subjects
- Italian Language Course (beginner to advanced available)
- Optional: Electives from Umbra’s Course Offerings
Each course includes various co-curricular activities that contribute to the student’s personal and academic growth, with some courses even offering limited field experience. These activities vary each semester but may include visiting the Museo della Mente (Museum of the Mind), working with local schools to experience various educational systems, and engaging in community-based projects to better understand organizational behavior and change.
Students in the certificate program participate in additional activities throughout the semester to further augment their learning. These activities typically include a welcome meeting with the program coordinator so that students can discuss their previous experiences with the study of psychology, learn more about the semester’s activities and talk about their expectations for the semester; a midterm workshop that is dedicated to a specific topic in psychology and often includes a guest lecturer; and an end-of-semester reflective workshop where students can assess their experiences and explore career possibilities in conversation with professionals in the field.
All MPP students attend a Group Field Trip to Museo della Mente (Museum of the Mind) in Rome, Italy. The MPP Program also includes:
- Welcome Orientation Meeting
- Midterm Psychology Workshop
- End-of-Semester Reflective Workshop and Celebratory Dinner
MPP courses includes the following projects and activities:
PYHD 430: Human Development in Culture
Comparative Educational Systems Project: Italian, Montessori, and American education systems.
PYIR 450: The Science of Behavioral Change
Qualitative Community Research Project
PYBS 460: Organizational Behavior
Service Learning Project with Local Company
ARPY 250: Art Therapy
Service Learning Project with Community Center
CESP 353: Education in Italy: Seminar and Practicum
Teaching practicums at local primary schools in Perugia
CESP 354: Critical Disabilities Studies: Seminar and Practicum
Field work with children and adults with motor and intellectual disabilities
The Independent Research Project is designed to allow you to engage in original research, working in close contact with an individual faculty member who will act as the Research Project Advisor, and to bring that research to fruition in the form of a final written and oral research report. In this way, you will have the opportunity to participate in formal, scholarly communication.
The components of the research project will include:
- Developing a clear thesis statement for research;
- Engaging in a literature review and constructing an annotated bibliography;
- Identifying and incorporating the necessary source materials (primary and/or secondary);
- Conducting field research;
- Interpreting the data and materials collected through research and building arguments to provide an analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research findings;
- Putting together a formal work of scholarship;
- Presenting in poster form the final results of individual research.
You will be assigned an Umbra faculty member as your Research Project Advisor. However, depending on the topic, you may also work closely with an Italian scholar based in Perugia (either at the University of Perugia or at an independent research institution or foundation). You may also select a faculty member from your home institution to act as your advisor for the particular research topic and arranging correspondence prior to participation in the program.
At the end of the semester, you will submit your final written research report (average of 30-40 pages) for evaluation by your Research Project Advisor. You will also participate along with other research and independent study students in a presentation event, highlighting the final results of the various projects undertaken during the semester.
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