Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The requirements for the major in the Department of Psychology involve coursework in the diverse content areas of psychology. Through completing this coursework, you will gain exposure to the many contributions of researchers in psychology to current understanding of behavior. To better understand how these understandings have been derived, we urge all students to consider participation in research under the direction of the faculty. Many students see this as a place to get to know faculty better and to get some hands-on experience with the field to know if it really is the career they want to pursue.

Research Experience Requirement

Your participation in research in Introductory Psychology serves two purposes.

  1. You obtain a better understanding of the methods of psychological research by serving as a participant instead of merely reading about research. You are able to witness current developments within the field of psychology first hand.
  2. Your participation contributes to the discipline of psychology by providing researchers with a valuable source of information.

The satisfaction of these two objectives requires the mutual respect and cooperation of the participant and the researcher. View the Research Participation Guidelines.

Independent Study

The Department of Psychology encourages its students to gain as much experience as possible with the how, when, where, and why of Psychological research.  You are encouraged to become actively engaged in the process of research through enrollment in PSY 177, 277, 377, or 477 (Independent Study).  Enrollment in these courses requires the sponsorship of a faculty member in the department. You can pick up information about faculty research interests in 100 Psychology Building, and should approach a faculty member whose interests are compatible with your own.  The signatures of both the faculty sponsor and department chair are required.The form can be picked up in the main office, Room 100 Psychology Building and the form must be completed prior to registration. Note, PSY 177, 277, 377, and 477 are credit/no-credit courses. As a result, the hours taken through these courses do not count toward the required minimum of 36 psychology hours and grades in these courses do not affect students’ overall or psychology GPAs.