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Options for Hands-On Learning

There are five types of individualized learning opportunities available in Psychology.


Availability of individualized learning opportunities is limited so contact faculty early. Look into individual faculty members research interests for ideas about what to work on. See your advisor for more details.

PSYCH 495 - Teaching Assistantship

Assist faculty in the classroom. Responsibilities may include readings on how to teach, writing exams, managing classroom behavior, and giving one or two lectures. You will also learn about different theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and pedagogical techniques relating to teaching that you can apply to a broad array of future teaching and learning experiences.

PSYCH 496 - Research Assistantship

Assist faculty in conducting research. Responsibilities may include literature reviews, library investigations, questionnaire development, recruitment and interviewing of research participants, data collection, management of research studies, data entry, and some statistical analyses..

PSYCH 497 - Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to your career interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings. See Internship Information for examples of available internships and what they involve.

PSYCH 498 - Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis. It consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. If you want to study an area not represented in available scheduled courses you should develop a preliminary proposal and contact a faculty member with expertise in that area (see the Chair if you do not know who to approach).

PSYCH 478 Honors in the Major

This is similar to the 498 above but requires more in-depth study and is limited to students with a GPA of over 3.5 for all courses required for the major and over 3.75 in all upper level courses in the major. Students are recognized at Commencement if the Honors in the Major project is completed and minimum GPA requirements are met, in the preceding semester to commencement. This is separate from all university honors.