In addition to traditional classroom experiences, the Psychology Department offers
engaging opportunities to allow students to maximize their learning experience at
the College. Stepping off our campus to the world of work, the laboratory, and far
away places will have a meaningful impact on your well-rounded educational experience.
Internships and Field Studies:
The internship program takes place during the month of January.
Students spend four weeks immersed in a setting that provides hands-on experience
in a career field of interest. We match each student with a placement site that
complements their interests. Additional career-related experiences can be gained
through the field study program that is offered each semester.
Students can gain research experience through many venues in the
Psychology Department. After introducing our students to research methodology in
our 4-hour Research Methods course, students are encouraged to seek out professors
who are conducting research and join their team. Additionally, students will have
the opportunity to conduct two research projects in their selected Research and
Theoretical Systems (RATS) courses. More focused, independent work is accomplished
in the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program and the year-long
Senior Projects. These student projects often result in a presentation at a regional,
national, or international conference—take a look at the impressive accomplishments
of our students—student research pictures.
Psychology Travel Courses:
Opportunities to gain culturally and environmentally-rich experiences can be gained
by taking one of the several travel courses offered in the Department. You may choose
to learn about Prejudice, Privilege, and Social Transformation
by joining Dr. Klaaren’s travel course to South Africa; learn about the
African Perspective by joining Dr. Hughes’ travel course to Ghana;
learn about the Role of Sociocultural Context in Shaping Child Welfare
by joining Dr. Parker’s travel course to visit Romania; or, if you’re looking for
a nonhuman alternative, learn about Comparative Animal Behavior
(especially primates) by joining Dr. Lambert’s travel course to the Curu Wildlife
Reserve in Costa Rica.