Student-Originated Studies: Psychology

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Fall 2016
Winter 2017
Credits per quarter

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This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) is an opportunity for students to do intermediate to advanced work in psychology. Students will work independently on their own individual projects or areas of study. Areas of study may include prerequisites for graduate work, internships, or empirical research projects. Students are encouraged to cluster together around projects that reflect their shared interests. Students will meet in a forum in which they will share work-in-progress to get feedback and advice. The forum is intended to provide a sense of community and support to students.

All students will develop a plan for 12 or 16 credits that includes any combination of individual study, faculty-provided study, or an in-program internship. Students are encouraged to reserve four or eight of their credits for faculty-provided components.  Carrie Margolin will lead a four-credit seminar on Cognitive Neuroscience. This seminar will involve reading and discussing seminar books, making online postings, and writing one paper. Bill Indick will offer a four-credit option in Developmental Psychology. This option will involve attending lectures; reading a textbook; and a choice of either writing a term paper, doing a presentation, or doing the publisher-provided "Learning Curve" tests for their assignments.

Students planning to study one or more standard or prerequisite area(s) of psychology,such as Human Sexuality or Social Psychology, will use self-selected recent academic textbooks to guide their study. Students planning to study either Theories of Personality or Abnormal Psychology will read a faculty-chosen textbook and will have a choice of either writing a term paper, doing a presentation, or doing the publisher-provided "Learning Curve" tests (for Abnormal Psychology only).

Students will demonstrate their learning through a variety of ways, including online tools (publisher-provided exams or study guides), chapter outlines, writing a paper, etc. Students proposing empirical research for an option will be guided through the research process with the goal of presenting their research at the Western Psychological Association Convention in Sacramento, CA in Spring 2017.

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: psychology and empirical research in psychology, social work, education, health-related fields, and social sciences.

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

Internships (maximum of 12 credits for internship component) are available with faculty approval.  Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

First winter class meeting: Wednesday, January 11th at 9am (Sem II C3105)

2016-08-29Description updated.