What classes are most helpful/useful to take early on in my program?
There are only two courses that are required:
Foundations in Humanistic Psychology: PSYC 6000
Human Growth and Potential: PSYC 6010
Outside of these two classes it is up to your personal interest and direction as to what other classes you may find beneficial. If you are uncertain of your direction, a class that could help you determine your path would be: Professional Orientation PSYC 5085-02. This class provides you with information on the counseling perspective, work you can do with an MA in Psychology, as well as insight into the value of pursuing a doctoral degree.
Why don’t I have an “advisor” and why should I have a peer mentor?
Your first advisor will be the Chair of the Department. However, it is encouraged that you seek out a faculty member whose interests align with your own. This way you can have the best possible guidance during your time here at West Georgia. Peer mentorship is offered as a way for incoming students to have their questions answered by those who are already in the program. It is also a great way to be introduced to the community within the department and also a fast way to make friends.
Can I finish in five years or less going part-time?
This will depend upon many variables. If you are receiving financial aid, a graduate student must take at least 5 hours a semester in order to be eligible for support. There is a time limit for every student of six years to complete all coursework towards their degree. While it is feasible to finish within five years, it is strongly recommended that you consider such constraints as time and money in planning your degree.
What is SPARC?
SPARC is the Student Psychology Annual Research Conference, a great opportunity for psychology students to present their current research and interests to the department in a non-competitive and collaborative environment. Local businesses donate food and often local musicians may stop by to entertain guests. It is an eagerly anticipated annual event by everyone with the department.
What is the Annual Jim Klee Forum?
The Jim Klee Forum was established upon the retirement of James Klee from the psychology department in 1987. This forum is an annual event in which a speaker of national or international renown is invited to the university to speak. The forum has brought many exciting speakers to West Georgia and is a highlight of the academic year within the department.