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  1. 1. KWU Psychology Program Dept. of Behavioral Science and Human Services Building Connections Learning, Educating, and Collaborating Through Scholarship
  2. 2. Prospective psychology majors should ask and receive answers to eight crucial questions during their campus visits. The following eight slides identify these questions.
  3. 3. Question #1 Graduate School Where do your alumni attend graduate school, and in what areas of specialization do they earn graduate degrees?
  4. 4. Question #2 Career Preparation What careers do your graduates enter, and what kinds of job-related skills can they list on their resumes and describe during job interviews?
  5. 5. Question #3 Research What kind of research is performed by the faculty in your department, and how well are students mentored by your faculty in the research process?
  6. 6. Question #4 Classes What classes are offered by your department?
  7. 7. Question #5 Academic Advising Will I be able to obtain high quality academic advising?
  8. 8. Question #6 Community-Based Learning Will there be opportunities for me to earn academic credit by engaging in practica, internships, or service learning projects in the community?
  9. 9. Question #7 Clubs and Organizations Does your department have an active Psychology Club, and can I earn membership in Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology)?
  10. 10. Question #8 Sense of Community How does your department promote a sense of community among its students and faculty?
  11. 11. The following slides will provide you with the answers to these eight questions about the KWU Psychology Program.
  12. 12. Graduate School
  13. 13. <ul><li>In a recent alumni survey, 62% of psychology graduates reported that they had gone on for further education </li></ul><ul><li>Because some students did not respond or could not be located, a conservative estimate is that 20% go on to graduate school, a percentage higher than the national average </li></ul>
  14. 14. What are examples of graduate schools attended by KWU Psychology Majors?
  15. 15. Fort Hays State University Pennsylvania St. University Friends University Washington Univ., St. Louis SWT, San Marcos, TX Emporia State University Kansas State University Capella University University of Nevada, Reno Washburn University University of Memphis Kansas University
  16. 16. What are areas of specialization in which KWU Psychology Majors have earned graduate degrees?
  17. 17. Social Psychology Political Psychology Developmental Psychology Clinical Psychology Addictions Counseling Industrial Psychology Masters of Business Administration School Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy Sports Psychology Masters of Divinity Social Work Human Factors/ Engineering Psychology Counseling and Educational Psychology Professional Counseling
  18. 18. Career Preparation
  19. 19. What are some sample job titles of KWU Psychology Majors?
  20. 20. Soccer Coach Social Worker Neurologist Hospice Worker School Social Worker Case Manager Basketball Coach Food Bank Manager Probation Officer Substance Abuse Counselor Mental Health Case Manager Pastor Gemologist Therapist Mental Health Professional School Counselor Director of After-School Programs Retail Manager Administrative Coordinator Physician’s Assistant Grant Writer Lead Family Consultant Staff Development Specialist Elementary School Teacher Corrections Counselor Second Language Resource Specialist Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Director of Human Resources
  21. 21. What are some of the specific job skills that KWU Psychology Majors and Minors can acquire and include on their resumes?
  22. 22. <ul><li>Express ideas effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate listening and helping skills </li></ul><ul><li>Use information technology successfully </li></ul><ul><li>Work comfortably in collaborative settings </li></ul><ul><li>Operate from an ethical framework </li></ul><ul><li>Understand issues from a variety of perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Think critically about complex issues </li></ul><ul><li>Gather and organize information from multiple sources </li></ul><ul><li>Perform and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics </li></ul>
  23. 23. Research
  24. 24. <ul><li>Many BSHS courses have a research component in order to help students design, critique, conduct, analyze, write, and present research. </li></ul><ul><li>The Psychology Program also has two research options available for credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Assistant – serve as part of a research team, working with faculty on faculty projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent Study – conduct your very own project from start to finish, similar to a Senior or Honors Thesis. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. What are questions KWU Behavioral Science Faculty answer with their research?
  26. 26. <ul><li>Do romantic or scary movies affect perceptions of one’s date? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it take to select a fair and impartial jury? </li></ul><ul><li>Does watching soap operas affect one’s beliefs about relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>How do people remember things they read in text? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people believe in pseudoscientific claims? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between spirituality and psychological and emotional issues? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we persuade people to donate organs? </li></ul><ul><li>How does scholastic feedback affect self-esteem? </li></ul>
  27. 27. What are the titles of a sample of the research conducted recently by KWU Psychology Majors and Faculty?
  28. 28. <ul><li>Personality correlates of romantic movie preference </li></ul><ul><li>Shyness, self-handicapping, and their relationship to terror management theory </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive style as a mediator between scientific knowledge and pseudoscientific beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>The effects of intelligence on attitudes toward capitalism </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of attachment style and locus of control </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the level of aggression of males and females </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship between adult attachment style and the ability to cope with burnout in long term care facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of college athletics </li></ul><ul><li>The effect of personality types on choosing a mate </li></ul><ul><li>Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon: Post-traumatic stress disorder and gender differences </li></ul>
  29. 29. Classes
  30. 30. KWU offers 2 major tracks <ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible, design-your-own class list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the graduate school bound, in either clinical or experimental directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For someone interested in exploring graduate programs outside psychology, such as med school, law school, or MBA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For a broad terminal bachelors degree </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Psychological Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes a bachelors-level counseling certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For people interested in human service professions or case work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary major with criminal justice </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. What classes are offered by the Psychology Program?
  32. 32. <ul><li>General Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Physiological Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Tests and Measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Theories of Personality </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology of Mass Communication </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Experimental Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Learning and Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Health Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial/Organizational Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Social Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Abnormal Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Case Management </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology and Law </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Foundations of Addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Psychopharmacology </li></ul><ul><li>Medical High Risk in Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Group Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Methods of Research </li></ul><ul><li>Human Sexuality </li></ul><ul><li>History of Psychology </li></ul>
  35. 35. Community-Based Learning
  36. 36. Where have KWU Psychology Majors performed practica, internships, and service learning?
  37. 37. <ul><li>Martin Luther King Childcare Center </li></ul><ul><li>St. Francis </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the Future </li></ul><ul><li>Central KS Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Red Cross </li></ul><ul><li>Big Brothers Big Sisters </li></ul><ul><li>YMCA </li></ul><ul><li>Prairie View </li></ul><ul><li>Veridian </li></ul><ul><li>Beloit Youth Center </li></ul><ul><li>Youthville </li></ul><ul><li>Larned State Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Salina Alternative School </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence Center of Central Kansas </li></ul><ul><li>Central High School Counseling Center </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Recovery Services </li></ul>
  38. 38. Academic Advising
  39. 39. What academic advising opportunities are available in the KWU Psychology Program?
  40. 40. <ul><li>All BSHS faculty are capable, caring, and cooperative advisors, and while you have one primary advisor, all the department faculty are able to enroll or mentor you. </li></ul><ul><li>BSHS faculty serve as a sounding-board as you explore career options, and will guide or suggest courses of action, but ultimately, the decisions are yours. </li></ul><ul><li>BSHS faculty want to make sure you have the best ‘fit’ and so will support transfers either into or out of our program. </li></ul><ul><li>The BSHS department has cooperative agreements with area community colleges and agencies to allow smooth credit transitions into KWU. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Clubs and Organizations
  42. 42. Psychology Club and Psi Chi <ul><li>The Psychology Club is an organization open to any and all KWU students with an interest in psychology. </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of the Psych Club (affectionately called the PsyCoyotes) is to build community and connect students with one another, with the faculty and staff, and with psychology-related activities and opportunities in both the Psychology Program and the entire KWU campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. Because of our department size, we do not have a local Psi Chi chapter, but with faculty sponsorship, students can participate in all Psi Chi events at regional and national conferences. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Sense of Community
  44. 44. How does the KWU Psychology program and BSHS Department create a sense of community among its members?
  45. 45. Community-Building Strategies <ul><li>Organizations  Our Psychology Club helps students to collaborate, work toward shared goals, help others, and have a voice in the department </li></ul><ul><li>Communications  The department keeps in touch with its students and alumni with an e-mail listserv and an internet homepage, along with personal contact at class time. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrations  The department sponsors a number of events to celebrate its community. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Homecoming decoration competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>picnics, movie and pizza parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni guest speakers </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. <ul><li>Mentoring  Our faculty make a sincere effort to act as mentors to our students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Exit Interviews with the KWU Assessment Committee indicate that students (both advisees and otherwise) mention psychology faculty as having a positive impact on their educational experience and personal growth. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Planning  Faculty provide formal and informal information about career opportunities and preparation for graduate school. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Be sure to ask these crucial questions when you visit other schools. The answers you receive will enable you to choose the psychology department that will be the best fit for you .
  48. 48. The End This presentation will begin again in one minute.