SENIOR CAPSTONE COURSE INFORMATION

The department is pleased to announce the Senior Capstone Experience course offerings for the 2015-16 academic year (Summer, Fall, and Spring). Please read the choices carefully and respond promptly. The Department of Psychology faculty are committed to making sure each student receives the tools and skills necessary to compete for jobs and graduate school positions.

Capstone Requirement

The Capstone Experience requires ONE 3 credit course from the four courses below:

  • Field Experience (401), or
  • Research Topics (432), (Fall only)
  • Seminar (430) or
  • Classic and Contemporary Readings in Psychology (435) (Summer only)

The number of spaces is limited. If necessary, the number of credit hours earned (i.e., closest to graduation) will be used to select those students most in need of the Capstone Experience. Other factors to be considered include:

  • GPA, and
  • A statement of interest for the capstone experience.

What you need to do:

1.   Submit an application to the Psychology Main Office in WH 102. Deadlines for each term's course(s) are listed below by term. All applications are due to Whitney House 102 by 4:00 pm on the day of the deadline. Please rank order your preference for the different offerings..

2.   You will be notified if upon your admittance. Once an override has been entered, you may register for the class. An override does not register you for the class. You still register after the override has been processed by the office manager. If you are selected for PSY 401, you must attend an informational meeting to answer questions and provide information about placement opportunities.

What you need to know:

1.   You may not get your first choice, but we will try to honor as many first choices as possible.

2.   It is possible that some students will not be allowed into the Capstone Experience for their requested semester (particularly if there is no clear evidence that you are close to graduation.) The exact number allowed to enroll will be dictated by available resources.

3.   Preference for Capstones will be given in the following order: 1) number of credits earned in the major (i.e., those closest to graduation); 2) overall G.P.A.; 3) statement of interest.


 

Capstone options for summer 2015 (applications due: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 4:00 pm)

PSY 401: Field Experience, Dr. Melcher

You will complete a 90-hour supervised internship in a community setting that is relevant to psychology.  It is your responsibility to arrange for an internship site, which must be approved by the professor before beginning the course. Once students have been accepted into this option, the professor will contact them to schedule an orientation meeting in March. This meeting is mandatory. In the meantime, you can follow one of the following links for a listing of possible sites:PDF file ). These listings are suggestions; many of them have had our students in the past. You may also search for any other appropriate site to fit your interests and/or location and for which there will be someone willing/able to be the internship supervisor of record. Contact the professor if you have questions about the suitability of a placement. Following the application deadline, and the selection of students for the course, there will be an orientation meeting about the field experience class.  Limited to 12 students.

Required MOU for 401: This link takes you to the SCSU Memorandum Of Understanding that you must sign--prior to starting your field experience--with your supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

PSY 435: Readings in Psychology: Classic & Contemporary, Dr. Melcher

Integrative review of the major areas of psychology using classic and contemporary primary sources. Career preparation. NOTE: This course is online only and limited to students with physical, geographical, or other circumstances, which you must explain on the application. Limited to 4 students.

Summer 2015 application


 

Capstone options for Fall 2015 (application deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015, 4:00 pm)

PSY 401: Field Experience, Dr. Rockenstein

You will complete a 90-hour supervised internship in a community setting that is relevant to psychology.  It is your responsibility to arrange for an internship site, which must be approved by the professor before beginning the course. Once students have been accepted into this option, the professor will contact them to schedule an orientation meeting in April. This meeting is mandatory. In the meantime, you can follow one of the following links for a listing of possible sites:PDF file). These listings are suggestions; many of them have had our students in the past. You may also search for any other appropriate site to fit your interests and/or location and for which there will be someone willing/able to be the internship supervisor of record. Contact the professor if you have questions about the suitability of a placement. Following the application deadline, and the selection of students for the course, there will be an orientation meeting about the field experience class.

Required MOU for 401: This link takes you to the SCSU Memorandum Of Understanding that you must sign--prior to starting your field experience--with your supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

PSY  430: Advanced Topics Seminar: "Canine Cognition", Dr. Rockenstein

Students will explore the latest research into the cognitive capabilities of dogs with Dr. Rockenstein, an expert dog breeder and trainer. Limited to 15 students.

PSY 432: Research Topics in Psychology: "Individual Differences", Dr. Illies

Students design an empirical study, collect and analyze data, and summarize the findings of the project in a research presentation and paper under the supervision of the professor. It is expected that students will submit their project for presentation at the SCSU Student Research Colloquium the following April..  Limited to 8 students.

Fall 2015 application


 

Capstone options for Spring 2016 (application deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015, 4:00 pm)

PSY 401: Field Experience, Dr. Hemmesch, Dr. Godding

You will complete a 90-hour supervised internship in a community setting that is relevant to psychology.  It is your responsibility to arrange for an internship site, which must be approved by the professor before beginning the course. Once students have been accepted into this option, the professor will contact them to schedule an orientation meeting during this term. This meeting is mandatory. In the meantime, you can follow one of the following links for a listing of possible sites: PDF file. These listings are suggestions; many of them have had our students in the past. You may also search for any other appropriate site to fit your interests and/or location and for which there will be someone willing/able to be the internship supervisor of record. Contact the professor if you have questions about the suitability of a placement. Following the application deadline, and the selection of students for the course, there will be an orientation meeting about the field experience class.  Limited to 24 students.

Required MOU for 401: This link takes you to the SCSU Memorandum Of Understanding that you must sign--prior to starting your field experience--with your supervisor at the sponsoring organization.

PSY 430: Advanced Topics Seminar: "Environmental Attitudes", Dr. Jazwinski

This seminar will explore variety of aspects of memory such as autobiographic memory, prospective memory, influence of memory on learning, eyewitness memory, individual differences, and social influences on memory. Students will to evaluate and apply the theories of memory to daily life and understand the potential and limitations of human memory. Students will investigate people's use of memory in the laboratory or as part of a service learning project. (Limit 15 students).

Spring 2016 application


Questions? Contact Dr. Melcher, jmmelcher@stcloudstate.edu, Whitney House 102, (320) 308-2188

Psychology Department homepage: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/psychology


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