Workload

The PSYC major requires a total of 6 credits of Fieldwork.

Students must work 9 hours/week spread over 14 weeks for every 3 credits of Fieldwork.

  • Registering for 3 credits = 9 hours/week over 14 weeks of a semester: a total minimum of 125 hours.

  • Registering for 6 credits = 18 hours/week over 14 weeks of a semester: a total minimum of 250 hours.

  • Registering for 9 credits = 27 hours/week over 14 weeks of a semester: a total minimum of 375 hours.

  • Registering for 12 credits = 36 hours/week over 14 weeks of a semester: a total minimum of 500 hours.


It should be noted that during the summer, there are only about 12 weeks. Thus, each 3 credits represents slightly over 10 hours of work per week with a total minimum of 125 fieldwork hours.


FIELDWORK/SL COURSE SEQUENCE & COURSE NUMBERS FOR REGISTRATION

The Fieldwork/Service Learning (or Fieldwork/SL) Sequence of Courses and their respective Course Numbers are:

  • Fieldwork/SL I: PSYC487N (3 credits; Required for PSYC major)

  • Fieldwork/SL II: PSYC488N (3 credits; Required for PSYC major)

  • Fieldwork/SL III: PSYC489N (3 credits; General Elective only; NOT counted as PSYC elective)

  • Fieldwork/SL IV: PSYC490N (3 credits; General Elective only; NOT counted as PSYC elective)

  • Fieldwork/SL V: PSYC491N (3 credits; General Elective only; NOT counted as PSYC elective)


Fieldwork/SL I can be completed during the second semester junior year or during senior year. In second semester junior year, students are limited to completing 3 credits of fieldwork.

 

During the senior year, students can register for more than one Fieldwork/SL course in one semester in order to achieve the desired workload.

 

For example, a senior student can choose to do her/his first 6 credits of fieldwork and would register for PSYC487N and PSYC488N, concurrently. Students can also choose to spread out their fieldwork across multiple semesters.

 

ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD NOTES:

 

  • Students may begin their fieldwork no earlier than the first day of the semester’s classes. The Fieldwork must be completed before the last day of the semester’s exam period.

  • Fieldwork hours must be spread evenly across the semester; a student cannot concentrate hours (e.g., work overtime) for a shorter period without approval from the Fieldwork Coordinator. Requests must be submitted in writing.

  • Students shall not register for more than 12 credits of Fieldwork/Service Learning in one semester (because registering for 12 credits in one semester would require that students work a full-time fieldwork schedule: 36 to 40 hours a week for a total of 500 work hours).

  • Students cannot complete more than 15 credits of psychology Fieldwork/Service Learning during the undergraduate program.

 

 

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