Study Outside the Department

The Policies and Curriculum for Graduate Students in Psychology notes under requirements for the Ph.D. that courses in departments other than psychology “are not required but are strongly recommended.” In addition to the examples given in the department policy statement, clinical students are encouraged to consider a number of other options for such study. Examples include courses in gerontology (Dept. of Anthropology, Gerontology, and Sociology), courses in public policy (Dept. of Political Science), courses in qualitative research methods (Dept. of Educational Leadership, Dept, of Educational Psychology, Dept. of English technical writing program, others), courses relevant to the child/family focus (Dept. of Family Studies and Social Work), courses relevant to the health psychology focus (Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Sciences among others).

And so on! In other words, you should avail yourself of opportunities to get out of the psychology building at least once in a while during your tenure as a graduate student. Faculty members in other departments are often eager to have clinical graduate students in their graduate courses and seminars because clinical students are, as a group, extremely capable individuals.