Psychology Department: Academic Resources
- Degree Plans
- International Opportunities
- Student Organizations & Clubs
- Department Honors
- Commencement Information
- Career Resources
- Gerontology Library Resources
- Gerontology Career Resources
- University-wide Graduate Student Resources
There are three different psychology majors to assist students in meeting their career ambitions: Psychology (BA), Psychology (BA) with an Emphasis in Mental Health, and Psychology (BS). These majors are designed to prepare students for a variety of career options and graduate opportunities. Thus, early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals. A student's individual academic plan is flexible and may change as he or she fine-tunes his or her goals and interests.
All students must meet with their departmental advisor (in person or via phone or email) prior to registration. Contact your advisor one or two weeks before registration for an appointment. You cannot register for classes without the approval from your advisor. Arrive at your advising meeting with a suggested schedule in hand. Make sure to examine your online degree audit to ascertain what courses you need to graduate. An online list of available courses is posted about one month before registration, while the printed version comes out about a week before. After a meeting with an advisor, you will be released to register online. Seniors with at least 90 credit hours receive first priority, followed by juniors with at least 60 credit hours and then everyone else. Contact your advisor if you need to alter your schedule due to filled classes, etc.
Students who are considering attending a graduate program in the future should carefully consider what courses they take while at Webster. The psychology department offers a wide range of courses that will prepare students for a graduate career, and advisors will work with their advisees to help determine which courses will best suit a student's goals.
- Students should take General Education courses as early in career as possible. In addition, Psychology majors need a wide exposure to many disciplines and skill building courses (e.g., computer class, composition, mathematics).
- The transition from a community college to Webster University often requires some adjustment. Consequently, 2000 or lower 3000 level courses are most appropriate in this situation.
- Students should not take all of their courses in the behavioral and social sciences. Consider taking some skill building courses outside the discipline (e.g., writing, computers).
- Most courses in the psychology department (particularly 3000 and 4000 level courses) have a set of prerequisites. Make sure you have met these prerequisites prior to enrolling in upper division classes.
- You should be taking courses that are appropriate for your class standing. In other words, students in their first year should be taking introductory level courses and general education requirements. Second year students should be taking 2000 level courses. Juniors should be taking 3000s. Seniors should be taking upper level 3000s and 4000s.
For more information about academic advising at Webster, visit Academic Advising.
For detailed policies on course drops, withdrawals, and incompletes, visit Academic Advising: Policies & Forms.
For support with writing, tutoring, disability accommodations,counseling, and more, visit the Academic Resource Center.
Students can use the degree plans below to guide the sequencing of their psychology courses.
Students can take classes toward their psychology degree at nearly all of Webster's international campuses:
- Cha-Am/Hua Hin (Thailand)
- Geneva (Switzerland)
- Leiden (the Netherlands)
- London (England)
- Beijing (China)
- Vienna (Austria)
To learn how Webster can broaden your horizons, explore the programs and offices below:
- The Center for International Education (CIE) is a crossroads of international opportunities and activities for the University and surrounding communities. It arranges housing for the international studies major and certificate programs and serves as an information resource for faculty, staff, and students seeking international fellowships, grants, internships and other programs.
- The friendly staff in International Recruitment & International Services assist Webster students from all over the world with these issues, providing help with visas, work, health services, lodging and much more.
- The Office of Study Abroad is the place to start for students looking to study at any of Webster's international campuses and beyond. The office prepares students for their travel and connects them with the campus directors and program coordinators who will help them succeed.
The Anthropology and Sociology Club
The BASS Club exists to promote a meeting ground for all students interested in anthropology, psychology, and sociology to share ideas and information. The club typically hosts an event designed to stimulate thinking in the social sciences. For example, the BASS Club hosts a Faculty Forum geared towards answering questions about career opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences. Another popular aspect of the club's activities is the charity event held every semester. The club also hosts speakers each semester to discuss topics in the social sciences. Information on the BASS Club is posted outside room 319 Webster Hall. Stop by the meetings and get involved!
Psi Chi - The National Honor Society in Psychology
The purpose of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of the individual members in
all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the sciences of psychology.
To achieve these goals, Psi Chi offers a wide range of programs locally, regionally,
Members for Psi Chi are solicited once a semester, and initiation ceremonies occur at the end of each semester. Announcements will be made in the Anthropology and Sociology Club meetings and various classes in the psychology department.
Students can download the Psi Chi membership application as a PDF.
To be eligible for Webster University's Psi Chi chapter, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:
- Declared psychology major or minor.
- 3.00 GPA or above for all undergraduate course work (including transfer work).
- 3.50 GPA or above in psychology courses.
- Completed a minimum of 15 credit hours of psychology have completed at least three full semesters of college work (including one at Webster).
These criteria are subject to change. Each semester, the current criteria will be
made available on the application form. If you are accepted into Psi Chi, there is
a $35.00 membership fee. This includes your $25.00 national one-time fee and a $10.00
Webster university one-time chapter fee.
Students should submit their paper application and membership fee to Webster Hall 320.
Students approved for membership by Webster must then submit an online application directly to Psi Chi at psichi.org.
Do you have questions about Psi Chi, or are you considering becoming a member? Contact department chair Dr. Heather Mitchell.
In the Department of Psychology, full-time faculty nominate students for department honors to recognize outstanding work in the major. Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The department also considers service to the department and community. Department honors are not automatic for those who receive the university's academic honors.\
Graduating seniors should take care to submit a petition to graduate by the February deadline of the year they intend to graduate. Detailed information about steps to graduation and the Commencement ceremony are updated annually at webster.edu/commencement.
- Students considering a career in psychology should examine the American Psychological Association's (APA) career page.
- APA's graduate career center is more focused on graduate students but there are some resources for undergraduates.
- The Social Psychology Network has some useful career links.
- The Encyclopedia of Psychology site has a lengthy list of psychology-related career sites.
- John Suler's graduate school and careers in psychology resource page has a number of good suggestions.
- Government job descriptions for psychologists and counselors are useful.
The Gerontology program has an online research guide to assist students with their gerontology research.
- What is Gerontology? -- Careers in Psychology
- How Do you Become a Professional in Aging? -- AGHE
- Careers in Aging -- AGHE
- The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) -- Webster is an institutional member, which affords our students access to the AGHE newsletter, the organization's annual directory of gerontology programs, reduced rates on AGHE conference registration, etc. Contact Director Eric Goedereis for more detail.
Academic Resource Center -- the ARC helps Webster students succeed through a variety of services like academic counseling, tutoring, and disability accommodations.
Writing Center -- the Writing Center offers free and friendly writing help to the entire Webster community via on-campus and online coaching sessions.
Global Citizenship Program
The Global Citizenship Program (GCP) is a set of undergraduate degree requirements and a general education program offered by Webster University faculty to help prepare students to confront global problems and 21st century challenges. The GCP will have a phased implementation beginning with new college students pursuing BA and BS degrees in fall 2012 and 2013. View the GCP website for more information or click to find the GCP assessment form.
The Department of Psychology classes listed below have been approved as GCP courses.
Click on a course title to view a form that details how that course meets GCP criteria.
PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1500 Psychology of Adjustment
PSYC 2150 Psychology of Sleep
PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
PSYC 2850 Peace Psychology
Download a blank GCP course assessment form here.
Log in at https://webster.tk20.com/
TK20 is the online system Webster University uses to collect psychology department’s assessment data. Instructors, please enter your GCP assessment data within the system. Contact the department chair with any questions.
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