Information for Students
ADVISEMENT AND MENTORING
During your time at La Salle, you will be faced with many choices concerning your major, your career, and issues of campus life. Since these entail making careful decisions, there is a department faculty member assigned as your adviser. You can find out who your adviser is by going to the Psychology Department’s office (Wister Building, Mezzanine level). We encourage you to stay in regular contact with your adviser.
You will have a formal meeting with your adviser each semester prior to registering for courses for the next semester. However, you can meet with your adviser whenever you have a question about a course, classroom experiences, the major, psychology as a career, or similar issues.
The Psychology Department maintains two listservs for students. Both consist of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and former faculty from all of La Salle’s programs. Information shared on both listservs includes news about the programs, job and research opportunities, conference announcements, and information about continuing education events.
PsychMajors is for undergraduate students. Click here to sign up.
LaSalleGradCounselingandFamilyTherapy is for the Master’s program students and alumni. Click here to sign up.
CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology as a profession is the work of solving the practical problems of human life. As an applied profession, it uses the scientific knowledge derived from research to benefit others and improve well-being. Many students graduating with a bachelor’s degree will work in the following areas:
- some division of human or social services such as a psychiatric technician, therapeutic support staff member, or case manager
- a research setting as a research assistant, grant writer, or project coordinator
- fields and professions such as sales, marketing, labor-relations, personnel and training, and government
Students are encouraged to speak with their advisers and utilize La Salle’s Career and Employment Services to maximize their potential, get the most out of their degrees, and select courses and experiences that make them the strongest job-applicants possible.
APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL
For students wanting a career in mental health as a psychologist, professional counselor, or marriage and family therapist, an advanced degree and licensure is necessary. Although these fields are related, they have unique training programs, degree and licensure requirements, and roles in mental health. For more details about these professions, click here.
La Salle offers a master’s degree in both Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology; students can seek out information about these programs from the directors of these programs.
The Team for Advanced Graduate Studies (TAGS) is led by a Psychology Department faculty member and consists of graduate students from the Department’s Master’s and Psy.D. programs. TAGS holds meetings throughout the academic year for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology or a related field. For more information about TAGS and its meetings, contact the Psychology Department office at 215.951.1270.
If you are planning to apply to graduate school in psychology, this timetable can help you develop an effective plan to optimize your chances of being accepted.