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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Psychology
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review. Find out more!


    This 2-week course offers the unique opportunity for students to delve into the psychology of the human-animal bond. Students will learn about the importance of the human-animal connection and its benefit to mental and physical health, with an emphasis on neurodivergent populations (e.g., autism, ADHD, anxiety, dementia). Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities, students will examine how horses, dogs, cats, and other animals inspire psychological well-being and physical movement across the lifespan.

    Additionally, this course offers the unique opportunity to assist with field research and practice. Students will be trained to assist as sidewalkers or equine leaders in a local adapted riding program for neurodivergent youth. Students will also be trained on basic research methods and approaches to measuring and analyzing the movement of riders.

    This interdisciplinary course integrates psychology, kinesiology, and animal science to provide a dynamic, experiential learning experience that allows students to apply theory and research to real-world settings.

    This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: June 30 - July 13, 2024
    Two-Week Intensives: $3,636

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and room & board as well as materials.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.