Experiential Learning Opportunities in Psychology (ELOPsy) engage students with psychological theory, research, and application. We firmly believe that all students benefit from these opportunities, and we encourage all Psychology majors to complete at least one ELOPsy course prior to graduation. These courses will teach you job-related skills, prepare you for graduate school, and help you develop a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member.
Types of ELOPsy Courses:
- PSY 390/492 – Collaborative Research: Lab Learning
- PSY 391/393/493 – Independent Study/Independent Research
- PSY 396/496 – Senior Honors Thesis I and II
- PSY 397 – Learning Assistantship
- PSY 398/399/487 – Internships (*PSY 398, formerly PSY 383, does not count towards the ELOPsy max; PSY 487 was formerly PSY 499)
Students may take ELOPsy courses three times for major credit (with the exception of PSY 396, 496 which may only be taken once, and PSY 397 which may only be taken twice and must be associated with different courses). Students can take as many ELOPsy courses for elective credit as they can fit into their schedules.
ELOPsy courses may be counted as ONE Specialized course toward the Psychology minor. ELOPsy courses can be applied to THREE courses toward the Psychology major: of the three Specialized (3xx) and one Senior experience (4xx) ANY 2 of these courses may be ELOPsy, and an ELOPsy course may be the Psychology Option (for the third course toward the major). Please refer to specific Psychology specialization requirements for more information about which courses apply towards Specializations.
Some ELOPsy courses may be taken for variable credit: PSY 391, PSY 397, and PSY 399 may be taken for less than one unit. PSY 487 may be taken for more than one unit (but NOT for less than one unit). All other ELOPsy courses are 1-unit courses.