Good Work in Psychology


High Impact Experiences

 

Bloomsburg University’s Department of Psychology provides instruction, opportunities, and resources for undergraduate students to acquire scientific knowledge and skills in psychology and apply that understanding to socially responsible, personal, and professional growth. Below are descriptions of several high impact experiences aimed at cultivating psychologically literate citizens whose work is outstanding in quality, ethical in nature, and personally meaningful and pleasurable in its doing.

 

Securing Quality Academic Advisement

All psychology majors are paired with a faculty advisor. With guidance from a faculty advisor, psychology majors tailor their program of study according to their unique interests and goals. Faculty advisors offer psychology majors advice on completing the psychology major, fulfilling general education requirements, and pursuing complementary majors or minors. Psychology majors should meet with their faculty advisors prior to scheduling each semester.

Securing Your Core Experimental Courses

Research is at the heart of the psychological sciences. Accordingly, our curriculum includes a sequence of three courses designed to promote a foundational understanding about how knowledge is acquired and shared. Psychology majors typically enroll in PSYCH 160 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences during their first year. Upon completion of PSYCH 160 (minimum grade of C) AND a minimum of 30 credits earned, psychology students enroll in PSYCH 281: Experimental Psychology-Methodology. Upon completion of PSYCH 281 (minimum grade of C) AND a minimum of 45 credits earned, psychology majors enroll in PSYCH 282: Experimental Psychology-Applications.

 

Securing Your Seminar

Psychology majors who are interested in enrolling in PSYCH 406 Psychology Seminar (topic varies by instructor and by semester) should declare their interest in enrolling in the seminar of their choice by signing up on the faculty member’s office door during the course scheduling period. Kindly note prerequisites vary by seminar. This small, discussion-based learning environment promotes a deep understanding of a specific topic as students analyze influential theories, read and discuss seminal research, and hone their communication skills. It also serves as a pathway to graduate school.

Securing Your Independent Study

Junior- and senior-level psychology majors can earn credit for partnering with a faculty member to design and carry out a research study through PSYCH 466 Independent Study. Often, these projects fit into a faculty’s ongoing research program. This capstone experience is awarded by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts based on a proposal submitted by the psychology major and faculty mentor. These projects are often presented at regional conferences. (Kindly note that applications for Summer/Fall Independent Study projects are due to the dean by the last day of the spring semester. Applications for spring projects are due the day before Thanksgiving Break).

 

Securing Your Practicum

Psychology majors can earn credit for supervised fieldwork experiences through PSYCH 497 Psychology Practicum. Psychology majors interested in pursuing this capstone experience and completed PSYCH 282 and 90 credits should contact Jeff Leitzel at jleitzel@bloomu.edu for an initial interview. The deadline for initial interviews for summer and fall placements is March 1. (Kindly note the Summer Practicum is an abbreviated version of PSYCH 497 in which students complete 120 hours in a field placement for three credits). The deadline for initial interviews for spring placements is Oct. 1.

Securing Your Teaching Assistantship

Psychology majors can earn credit for supervised fieldwork experiences in higher education through PSYCH 341/342 Theory and Practice of Academic Psychology. Psychology majors who are interested in this capstone experience and have completed PSYCH 282, as well as 60 credits with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 should contact Marion Mason at mmason@bloomu.edu to request an application. (Kindly note the application requires background clearances paid for by the university. Applications are due when scheduling starts for fall or spring semester).

 

Securing Service Learning Opportunities

Curricular and extracurricular service learning experiences afford students opportunities to apply their psychological theories and research for the betterment of others.