Our fieldwork program enables students to engage in and earn course credit for applied experiences beyond their academic course work in psychology. Students may take a fieldwork course for 1–6 credits. In addition, the course may be taken twice. During a fieldwork placement, students are required to work 3 hours per credit per week (e.g., 9 hours a week for students enrolled in 3 credits) for 13 weeks at a public or private agency approved by the field experience supervisor. Contacts are available at many existing fieldwork sites. The department also works individually with students to find placements that are relevant to their career goals.
Honors in Psychology
The psychology department offers an honors program for students majoring in psychology who are capable of and want to undertake challenges above and beyond the regular major program. Successful completion of the major’s honors program provides preparation for graduate study in psychology. This program is separate from the College’s Honors Program. Eligible students may complete both programs. See Honors in Major.
Psychology Journal Club is a relaxed gathering of psychology students and faculty who meet to discuss results of provocative published research in psychological science. Students participate in a stimulating discussion during a department-sponsored lunch. Upper-level students often select an article and volunteer to lead the meeting.
The department has an active chapter of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology. This organization brings interested students together for psychology-related lectures, activities, discussions, and trips.
The Psychology Club exists as an academic club to enlighten the St. John Fisher College community through psychologically related events. Our purpose is to get students to become interested and aware of psychology and how it is part of our everyday lives. We strive to create entertaining and intriguing events that are open to the campus as a whole.
Student Research Opportunities
Students may receive course credit for faculty-guided reading and research on a variety of topics. We also offer an Honors Program for qualified psychology majors during their junior and senior years, which allows them to work closely with faculty members to undertake more challenging reading and research in their own area of interest. They pursue an independent-study readings course in a particular area of interest under the guidance of a faculty member.
The Washington Experience: Fisher Semester in Washington
Psychology majors may avail themselves of The Washington Experience, a semester in Washington, D.C. See The Washington Experience for details.