Psychology majors are afforded the opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research as part of their undergraduate studies. They often do this by assisting with a faculty member’s on-going research efforts or by working on a more independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Many honor’s students complete an undergraduate thesis under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students often take a Directed Study course in psychology to earn undergraduate credit hours as part of their research effort. Gaining research experience in psychology is highly recommended for all students who are interested in continuing their academic pursuits beyond the undergraduate level.
Psychology majors are also offered the opportunity to gain practical experience in psychology by completing undergraduate practicums. These practicums are arranged in a clinical/counseling setting to gain experience in the area of psychology that they find interesting. Students frequently enroll for credit in a Practicum course as part of their effort in this area.