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Independent Study Options

There are FIVE major types of independent study opportunities available in Human Development. Of these, the Internship (Hum Dev 497) counts as an elective course (from the 2007-2008 catalog onwards), and the others are all strongly recommended.

Not only will doing an independent study help build critical skills (e.g., writing and reviewing literature) but it will provide you with an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Yes, this means that faculty member will get to know you better and may be able to write you a stronger letter of recommendation if so needed.

All independent study experiences require a minimum GPA of 3.0. Availability is limited so contact faculty early. Check individual faculty members research interests (and on their websites) for ideas about what to work on. See your advisor for more details.

PSYCH 495 - Teaching Assistantship

You will learn what it takes to teach a class. This will include readings on how to teach, write exams, manage classroom behavior, and give 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 the Human Development website for 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. It must be conducted the semester before graduation and doing one gets you special mention in the graduation program. This is separate from all university honors.