Department of Psychology

Student Research Opportunities: Directed Independent Study (DIS) and Honors Projects

The Department of Psychology at UNCW emphasizes the importance of scientific research in the shaping of our discipline. Faculty members encourage active research participation by students. If you are interested in learning more about the science of psychology or if you want to set your job or graduate school application above the others, get involved in research!  Some strategies for doing this include (a) talking with your professors about their research; (b) attending Psi Chi Faculty Research talks; and (c) consulting the list of faculty research interests -- click on a research area that interests you to see a list of faculty with that research interest; then talk with a faculty member about the possibility of working with them on one of their projects. Note that you can earn course credit for this research that can count toward your Psychology electives requirement. To learn more about working in a faculty member's research lab, see our FAQ on Directed Individual Study (PSY491) .

Student Service Opportunities

In addition to research, the Psychology Department also actively involves students in service learning. Psychology faculty and students are found in community settings which range from preschools to prisons. Undergraduate students have opportunities to work in applied settings in the Wilmington area through our Supervised Counseling Practicum (PSY 451) and Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum (PSY 419). Click these links to learn more about the service learning opportunities available to psychology majors.

Completing Research Participation Required For Some Courses

As a UNCW psychology student, you may be able to earn course credit by participating in psychological research using the research sign-up system.