2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

So You Want to be a Psychologist

Last Updated: 12/30/2008

Spring quarter

Faculty: Carrie Margolin cognitive psychology

Major areas of study include history and systems of psychology, one discipline area (student's choice of social, developmental, or cognitive psychology, or biopsychology), foundations of psychology, career explorations in psychology, writing and social science ethics.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

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 the major divisions of the field, covering 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, and 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 a field trip.

There is 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 will attend the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, which is the western regional arm of the APA. This year’s convention will be held in Portland, Ore. on April 23-26, 2009.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 24

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: The approximate cost of the field trip is between $213 and $362, depending upon the type of accommodations you require; this includes WPA membership/registration fees and four nights hotel at the convention site. Transportation and food are additional, and at student's own expense.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in psychology, education and social work.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 30th, 2008 Major areas of study language modified; cost of field trip increased.