From student organizations to research opportunities, there are numerous ways for students to get involved in the Psychology Department. These include:
Dominican offers both a Psychology Club, which is open to anyone, and competitive membership in Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.
The Psychology Club invites noted speakers from the profession to visit and lecture at Dominican. Professor Tracy Caldwell is the club’s sponsor.
The Dominican chapter of Psi Chi is fully recognized by the national organization. Psychology majors who meet Psi Chi’s requirements, including a 3.0 GPA, will be inducted at the department’s annual awards ceremony each April.
Students who perform well on the Department’s comprehensive exam also receive public recognition at the ceremony.
Psi Chi Requirements
Minimum qualifications for active membership shall be as follows:
- Registration for major or minor standing in psychology (or for a program psychological in nature)
- Completion of 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course
- Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology courses
- Ranking in the top 35% of one's class in general scholarship with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in cumulative grades
- High standards of personal behavior
- Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular chapter meeting
Learning how to do psychological research is an important part of being a psychology major at Dominican. Behavioral Statistics and Research Methods I & II (290 & 291) are prerequisite for upper-level courses. Both of these classes require students to complete small research projects, so every major gets excellent training of this exciting part of the discipline.
Beyond that, the Department encourages all psychology majors to seriously consider completing an independent research project.
Faculty members are happy to guide students in developing feasible projects in their area of interest. But undergraduate research has become so popular that faculty members sometimes get more requests than they can honor.