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  1. Getting the Most from Your Psychology Major

  2. Psychology Student Organizations • Psychology Club • Open to all students interested in Psychology • Informational & social events, speakers • Spring research project • Advisor: Dr. Foraker

  3. Psychology Student Organizations • Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology • Eligibility standards: High GPAs, credit hours • Informational, volunteer, & social events • Advisor: Dr. Hunt

  4. Psychology Student Organizations • Psychology Students Interested in Community Outreach (PSICO) • Open to all students interested in community service • Raise money to sponsor families during the holidays • Advisor: Dr. DiPirro • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) • Open to all students interested in Human Resources • Advisor: Dr. Delprino

  5. Individualized Experiences • First-hand experience in research or applied settings • Benefits • Learn what psychology is really like • Gain valuable experience for jobs or graduate school • Get to know faculty members • Have fun!

  6. Research Opportunities – Non-Credit • Psychology Club Research Team • Research assistant with a professor • Participant in Psychology studies

  7. Research Opportunities for Academic Credit • Independent Study (PSY 495) • Conduct research with a faculty member • One semester • Honors Thesis (PSY 496 & 498) • Conduct more in-depth research with a faculty committee • Senior year, GPA requirements

  8. Applied Experiences • Volunteer-Service Learning • Courses with 15-40 hour community service requirement • Field Internship (PSY 488) • Work 150 hours (12 hours / week) in community setting + weekly class • Junior or senior year, GPA requirements • Teaching Internship (PSY 488) • Assist a faculty member with a class (e.g., lead review sessions)

  9. Adding a Minor • In-depth knowledge in a second area • Additional credential • Generally 18 credits (6 classes) • Discuss with your advisor

  10. Disciplinary Minors • Like “mini-majors” • Relevant minors include: • Anthropology • Criminal Justice • Biology • Political Science • Sociology

  11. Interdisciplinary Minors • Classes on a common theme from different departments • Relevant minors include: • Women’s Studies • African & African American Studies • Environmental Studies • Creativity / Leadership Studies • Art Therapy • Aging • Legal Studies

  12. Life After Graduation: Preparing for Graduate School

  13. Graduate School in Psychology • Many careers in Psychology require a Masters degree or Ph.D. • Very competitive! • Start planning from day one!

  14. Becoming a Competitive Graduate School Applicant • Grades: High as possible • >3.0 for MA, >3.5 for Ph.D • Solid course preparation • Exceed minimum requirements • Research!!! • Internships • Relevant job or volunteer work • Department involvement