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Capstone Options: Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 (planned)

Students must complete a "capstone" course before graduation; there are two flavors of capstone, PSY4950, and PSY4960. Students need one course (3cr) to meet this requirement.

PSY4950 (Undergraduate Apprenticeship)

PSY4950 (Undergraduate Apprenticeship) is offered in summer, spring, and fall, exclusively online. In PSY4950, students:

  1. Identify a 45-60 hour research experience.
  2. Identify 45-60 hours of applied experience.
  3. Write about these experiences using the psychological concepts related to each experience.

PSY4960 (Capstone Seminar) Options: Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 (planned)

PSY4960 is the capstone seminar. These seminars are limited to 20 students and focus on deeper learning of a more advanced topic; topics can change every term. Some sections are offered online, some in-person. There are multiple sections of PSY4960 offered in the fall and the spring. PSY4960 is not offered in the summer.

Fall 2022

Here are the four options offered in Fall 2022:

  • PSY4960-001History of Modern Psychology will be a seminar offered by Dr. Chris Babits (TTh from 3:00-4:15 pm). This seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of the global history of modern psychology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will cover a range of diverse and multicultural topics, including but not limited to women in nineteenth-century U.S. asylums; mental health and disease in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Mexico; race, psychology, and Brown v. Board of Education; psychiatry and decolonization in Cold War Africa; and homosexuality and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
  • PSY4960-002: Genes, Brains, and Behavior will be a seminar offered by Dr. Mona Buhusi on MWF from 930-1020pm). This seminar will overview current methods and progress towards understanding the complex pathways linking genes, brain structure and function, normal human behavior, and mental illness. We will cover genetics of social behavior and aggression, executive function (attention, cognitive flexibility), impulsivity and substance abuse, resilience and stress-related mental illness, and schizophrenia.
  • PSY4960-*B1: Positive Psychology will be a seminar offered by Dr. Christopher Johnson on TR from 1030-1145. Historically, much of psychology has focused on treating pathology and understanding maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. In contrast, positive psychology uses scientific methods to assess, understand, and build human strengths and virtues. Positive psychology examines how and why people, groups, and institutions flourish, cultivate fulfilling lives, foster authentic happiness, and are able to live "The Good Life."  This seminar places special emphasis on the application of positive psychology research to promote optimal health and well-being; thus, students explore the topic in depth and engage in opportunities to cultivate firsthand experience applying course material
  • PSY4960-MO1: Introduction to Counseling will be a seminar offered by Dr. Heath Earl. This online seminar will provide an overview of concepts and skills used in Counseling, focusing on applied practice of those basic skills. This will be done primarily through group assignments practicing different orientations of counseling skills, followed by evaluating these mock sessions for skills done well and skills for improvement. By semester's end, students should know their counseling orientation and professional goals for how they want to use these skills, in psychological domains or otherwise.

Spring 2023

There are currently six options planned for PSY4960 for SPRING, 2023 (these are subject to change).

  • PSY4960: Emotion will be a seminar offered by Dr. Shane Bench; note that this may be offered online or via IVC/web-broadcast. This seminar will focus on the scientific study of emotion. It will consider the structure of emotion (what is an emotion?), the function of emotion (why do we have emotions?), and the relationship between emotion and cognition, behavior, and physiology.
  • PSY4960: School Psychology will be a seminar offered by Dr. Greg Callan. School psychology focuses on mental health, learning, and behavior, to help youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and the community.
  • PSY4960: Clinical Neuropsychology will be a seminar offered by Dr. Heath Earl; note that this may be offered online or via IVC/web-broadcast. This seminar will focus on clinical neuropsychology and connect neuroanatomy with an introduction to diseases, assessment, and treatment.
  • PSY4960: Behavioral Medicine will be a seminar offered by Dr. Christopher Johnson.
  • PSY4960: Introduction to Counseling will be a seminar offered by Dr. Crissa Levin. This online seminar will provide an overview of concepts and skills used in Counseling, focusing on applied practice of those basic skills. This will be done primarily through group assignments practicing different orientations of counseling skills, followed by evaluating these mock sessions for skills done well and skills for improvement. By semester's end, students should know their counseling orientation and professional goals for how they want to use these skills, in psychological domains or otherwise.
  • PSY4960: Cognitive Neuroscience will be a seminar offered by Dr. Christopher Warren. This seminar will give an overview of the sub-discipline of neuroscience that focuses on linking healthy human behavior to the underlying neural activity via brain imaging. In addition to covering standard cognitive neuroscience topics such as attention, memory, and social cognition, we will have eight classes thoroughly covering cognitive neuroscience methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalograph technique. The course also involves students giving two oral presentations on published cognitive neuroscience papers with a strong focus on working from feedback between presentations to develop better public speaking skills.

 

Reach out to your advisor if you'd like to chat about these options.