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Undergraduate Psychology Practicums

  • PSY 460, 461 – Instructional Practicum.  In this practicum you would serve as a teaching assistant for an instructor in a course in which you received an “A” (or maybe a high “B”).  The most common courses that need assistants are PSY 201, PSY 300, and PSY 310, although you may ask any professor if they would like to mentor you as a teaching assistant.  Your common duties would include leading a lab component, marking papers, or helping to prepare course materials.
  • PSY 480, 481 – Community Practicum.   For this practicum you contact a community agency to see if you could volunteer your services. Note that it may not be possible to volunteer in some places because of confidentiality issues. Click here to see a list of places that have supervised Psychology students in the past.
  • PSY 485, 486 – Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum.  In this practicum you will be applying behavior analysis principles (those learned in courses such as PSY 220 and PSY 363) in a real-world setting.  Currently, practicums are available in the Center for Behavioral Studies' Learning 2 Mastery program (contact Mrs. Kirk at ckirk@jsu.edu), the Department of Learning Skills (contact Dr. Bayles at mbalyles@jsu.edu) and at the Little Tree Preschool (contact Dr. Bayles at mbayles@jsu.edu).
  • PSY 490, 491 – Individual Research.  In this practicum you will work on a research project with a faculty member and possibly other students.  Faculty are always engaged in a variety of research projects and are often seeking students to help them with tasks, such as reading literature, developing new projects, collecting data, entering data, and so forth.  For those students that are especially dedicated, these contributions can result in a conference presentation or even a publication in a psychology journal.  There is no one faculty member who supervises research – if you are interested in this practicum, you should read the biographies of each faculty member in the department and then contact the faculty member with whom your interests most closely align.  Note that there may not be a faculty member who does research in exactly the same area you are interested in, but it is still beneficial to get research experience in any field before you apply to graduate programs in psychology.
  • PSY 498, 499 – Honors Thesis.  For those students that are highly motivated, the honors thesis option allows them to stand out above the crowd in their graduate applications.  These students typically complete an entire research project from start to finish and write up an APA-style paper that details their findings.  These students usually work more independently than students enrolled in Individual Research.  Again, contact faculty members whose interests align most closely with yours to discuss the honors thesis option.
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