So You Want to Be a Psychologist

Spring 2018
Credits per quarter

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cognitive psychology

Students will investigate theories and practices of psychologists to enhance their understanding of counseling, social services, and the science of psychology. We will cover history and systems of psychology. Students will read original source literature from major divisions of the field, including both classic and contemporary journal articles and books by well-known psychologists. Students will explore careers in psychology and the academic preparations necessary for these career choices. We will cover the typical activities of psychologists who work in academia, schools, counseling, and clinical settings; social work agencies; and applied-research settings.

Among our studies will be ethical quandaries in psychology, including the ethics of human and animal experimentation. Library research skills, in particular the use of PsycINFO and Science and Social Science Citation Indexes, will be emphasized. Students will gain expertise in the technical writing style of the American Psychological Association (APA). The class format will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, discussions, films, and an optional field trip.

There's no better way to explore the range of activities and topics that psychology offers—and to learn of cutting-edge research in the field—than to attend and participate in a convention of psychology professionals and students. To that end, students have the option of attending the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), the western regional arm of the APA. This year's convention will take place April 26–29, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: psychology, education, and social work

Online learning:
  • No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
Special expenses:

Approximately $274-$473 for an optional field trip to attend the WPA annual convention (depending on the type of accommodations students require). This includes WPA membership/registration fees and a four-night hotel stay at the convention site. Transportation and food are additional and at the student's own expense.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment: