Required as a culminating experience prior to graduation. Capstone course integrating prior learning, exploring current research and contemporary issues in psychology. Writing intensive. Students enrolled in this senior seminar are required to take the Major Field Test for Psychology. Grade of C or higher is required for this course and all prerequisite courses. Prerequisites: Senior standing, Psychology major; PSYC 101, PYSC 175 PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381, and any eighteen additional hours of psychology courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Senior standing, Psychology major; PSYC 101, PSYC 175 PSYC/BIOL/SOCI 324, PSYC/SOCI 325, PSYC 381, and any eighteen additional hours of psychology courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Discovering Psychology; The Science of Mind (1st edition)
By Casioppo, John, Freberg, Laura A. (Cengage) Recommended
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
By APA (American Psychological Association) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describes and explains concepts related to thinking, language and intelligence, development, personality, Social psychology and Psychological disorders.
Uses the concepts, language and major theories of the discipline to account for psychological phenomena.
Describes and explains basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Demonstrate professional writing skills in APA format.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Students in this course are expected to write an integrative APA style paper in which they bring together their knowledge of theory and application as it applies to major questions in psychology. A minimum of 12 references from peer reviewed journals is required for the integrative essay. Students are required to report their research findings to a forum of their peers.
Major questions in psychology
6 critical APA style essays with a minimum of two references from peer reviewed journals covering major questions of psychology.
Creating a curriculum vitae or resume
Writing a career goals statement.
Preparing for admission to graduate school
Preparing to enter the workforce with a degree in psychology
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.