The foundation of Psychology is research and USF students get hands-on learning opportunities:
USF’s Psychology major requires two research foundation courses. experimental approach and designs, requiring all psychology majors working in groups to complete a true experiment initiated by themselves from the very first step of generating a researchable question to the very last step of writing up a manuscript in APA style and presenting the study at the USF Senior Scholarship Symposium. This requires doing research, not just learning about research.
The second course is focused on the survey approach, which is the most widely used approach in everyday life, and other non-experimental methods.
Two capstone courses are also required for the psychology major degree:
USF Psychology students have the opportunity and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) in Chicago where they may see one of their professors or a fellow student present. Attendance at this event is organized by the Psychology Club.
The annual student symposium of Associated College of the Chicago Area (ACCA) is also a must for students and again attendance is organized by the Psychology Club.
Internships in the local social service agencies/facilities and business settings and internships with the Psychology faculty such as teaching assistantships and research assistantships are opportunities made available to USF students.