Field Experience and Individual Study
Field Experience – Psychology 496
Field Experience provides students with a unique opportunity to have psychology-related experiences outside of the classroom to obtain course credit. Through Field Experience, students apply information learned in the classroom while working with the community and learning about possible career opportunities related to psychology. In addition, students write weekly journal entries and participate in class discussions. Students earn 1 course credit for every 3 hours of field work conducted each week. Work may be paid or volunteer, but must be approved by the Field Experience instructor. Field Experience is strongly recommended for students wishing to pursue a career in clinical or counseling psychology. For more information regarding Field Experience, download the course description or contact Keith Donohue.
Individual Study – Psychology 494
Individual Study provides students with an opportunity to participate in psychological research for course credit. Students work in a professor’s laboratory receiving 1 course credit for every 3 hours of work conducted in the lab each week. Responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the professor. However, common activities for students earning Individual Study credit include helping with designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, presenting findings at local conferences, and publishing results. Individual Study is highly recommended to students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology. Students interested in Individual Study should e-mail or call professors whose program of research interests them about possible openings in their labs. For a list of professors’ research interests, visit our Faculty page.