Resources & Opportunities
Apply your knowledge to make change in the world.
E&H psychology students gain valuable experience by working in the community side-by-side with professionals in the field, applying their knowledge in hands-on lab courses (50% of our courses have a laboratory component), and study abroad. This work teaches them the skills they need for success in the 21st century. They also learn their greater responsibility to serve and make positive contributions to the lives of others.
Students gain professional experience in the field through internships. Internship locations include centers for domestic violence, child development centers, crisis centers, local schools, and a psychiatric hospital. See Internships.
Students have many opportunities to enhance their understanding of psychology and to focus their career interests. First, the psychology faculty encourages students to assist with ongoing faculty research projects. For students who participate, this opportunity offers firsthand experience with the research process early in their academic careers and helps them to identify their research preferences. Second, all major and minors in psychology conduct their own independent research projects and present their findings in an oral presentation, campus-wise poster session, and research manuscript.
Among the more tangible benefits is the potential to gain regional and national exposure as an up-and-coming scientist by presenting data at professional meetings and publishing the data in scientific journals. See Undergraduate Research.
Laboratory Courses and Applied Learning
In therapy-related courses, students conduct simulated clinical interviews and counseling sessions. Other courses provide majors with the opportunity to work with children at various developmental levels, train animals to conduct tasks using different learning principles, and even visit other countries to explore the influence of culture on human behavior. Furthermore, all students design, conduct, and present their own research projects, increasing confidence in their professional development. Our emphasis on the application of psychological skills prepares students for graduate school and employment.
Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
The department also sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Psi Chi supports outreach and educational events on campus as well as service projects in the local community.