This program will investigate the theories and practices psychologists use to enhance students' understanding of the science of psychology, counseling, and social services. We will cover the history and systems of psychology, and 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, will be emphasized. You'll gain expertise in the technical writing style of the American Psychological Association (APA). The class format will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, and discussions.
Students enrolled in So You Want to be a Psychologist may also be interested in enrolling in the Psychology Conference: Western Psychological Association course.
Anticipated Credit Equivalencies:
4 - History and Systems of Psychology
4 - One Discipline in Psychology (Cognitive Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, Social Psychology, or Research Methods in Psychology)
2 - Social Science Ethics
2 - Career Exploration in Psychology
psychology, education, and social work