Student studying outside near clocktower.Teaching Assistantships

Undergraduate teaching assistantships are available to FLC students. Psychology faculty members may need TAs for their courses.

Typically, in order to qualify to be a TA for a course, you must have already completed the course that you plan on being a TA for. For example, students who want to be a TA for PSYC 157 must have already taken PSYC 157 prior to the semester of their teaching assistantship.

Qualified students should approach the professors that they wish to TA for. There is no set date for this, but it is best to set up a teaching assistantship as soon as possible. Some professors select their TAs months in advance; some professors select their TAs at the end of the previous semester; some professors may still be looking for TAs during the semester of the teaching assistantship. The earlier you try to set up a teaching assistantship, the more likely you will become a TA.

TAs are registered in a course called Practicum in College Teaching, under ED 289, 488, or 489. One course credit corresponds to 3 hours a week of TA work.

Research Assistantships

Psychology faculty members conduct research to better understand human and/or animal behavior. Some may have undergraduate research assistantships available to interested and qualified students.

If you are interested in becoming an RA, you may start by reviewing the research agenda of various psychology professors here. If a professor's research agenda interests you, contact that professor to learn more about his/her work and to see if he/she is looking for RAs.

RAs are registered in a course called Independent/Individualized Studies, under PSYC 299 or 499. One course credit corresponds to 3 hours a week of RA work. College policy allows a maximum of 8 credit hours of 299/499 course work toward graduation requirements. Course work taken above this maximum will not appear on the transcript and cannot be used to meet graduation requirements.

Be a STEM tutor or a STEM participant at the Student Success Center

Psychology is considered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. Therefore, psychology majors have an opportunity to be part of the STEM3 program at the Student Success Center either as a tutor or as a participant. The mission of the STEM3 program is to improve the success rates in retention, graduation, and graduate school transferability of STEM students at FLC.

If you are interested in becoming a STEM3 tutor, here are the requirements:

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Successful completion of STEM coursework
  • Recommendation from an FLC STEM faculty member

Services offered by the STEM3 to its participants include the following:

  • One-on-one and group tutoring
  • Financial aid information
  • Individualized academic advising
  • Personal and career counseling
  • Private computer lab
  • Workshops
  • Midterms/finals week study sessions
  • Graduate school planning assistance
  • Field trips
  • Social and cultural events.

Here are the requirements for STEM participants:

  • Currently enrolled at FLC AND
  • U.S. citizen AND
  • Working towards first bachelor's degree AND
  • Neither of your supporting parents/legal guardians had a bachelor's degree before you were 18 years old OR
  • You applied for a financial aid and received a Pell Grant OR
  • You have a documented disability

For more information, please contact Susan Decker, the director of the STEM3 program, at (970)247-7518 or by e-mail.

Field School in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 394)

NOTE: This program is currently on hiatus - an announcement on its future will be forthcoming in October 2014.

The Field School is a one-month, six college credit participation course at a state hospital for the mentally ill. The student lives in the state hospital setting for one summer session and works with a psychiatric team assisting with admission interviews, staffings, diagnostic testing, teaching, treatment planning, and implementation of treatment regimens including occupational and recreational therapies. The student’s activities are carried out under the direct supervision of hospital staff and under the mentorship of an on-site FLC psychology professor, Dr. Brian Burke.

The current fee is ~$1600 per (Colorado resident) student which covers the costs of college tuition and course related costs which include transportation to and from the setting and room and board for the month. There are no additional costs although students are encouraged to bring a little spending money for incidental personal expenses such as occasional off-campus snacks, using the Laundromat, and so on.

There are typically meetings during late October and mid-February. The fee is typically due in mid-March. Students must have instructor permission to sign up for the course.

Every semester there is typically an informational meeting about Psyc 394. This meeting is for students who are interested in attending the Field School in Clinical Psychology at Napa State Hospital now or in the near future. Keep an ear out to know when the next meeting will be held.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Burke via his FLC email. 

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

From the Northern Arizona University Department of Psychology website: The Department of Psychology at Northern Arizona University offers an exciting and intellectually stimulating Summer Research Internship in Social, Developmental, Health, and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology (SDHCNP) in Flagstaff. It is designed to offer qualified undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with department doctoral faculty in all stages of psychological research, including generation of individualized research hypotheses related to faculty/student intern research interests, creation of an appropriate research methodology, configuration of research procedures and protocols, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, professional presentation of outcomes at local and regional/national conferences, and possible participation in publication manuscript preparation and submission. Interns will not only enjoy these direct, closely supervised, hands-on original research experiences in individual faculty laboratories provided by an experienced, productive, and stimulating faculty research mentor, but will also participate in educational seminars on various aspects of scientific research, professional educational and career development seminars, weekly noon science symposia, a variety of educational, cultural, environmental, and social activities, and co-participation of Psychology REU students with REU students from other programs in seminars, lectures, and local research presentations. Students will thus participate in a collegial manner in original, creative, and pioneering psychological research.

The availability of this program may vary from year to year. For more information, you may visit the program website.

Fort Lewis College and University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Cooperative Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program

FLC Psychology or Sociology majors who want a career in social work may be able to complete both their Bachelor's degree and their Master of Social Work degrees in a total of five years through the Fort Lewis College and University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Cooperative Undergraduate/Graduate Degree program.

The program is open for application by FLC undergraduates majoring in Psychology or Sociology-General Option. Students must meet specific admissions criteria.

For the first three years in the program, students are undergraduates paying tuition to Fort Lewis College. During this time, at least 90 credits (at least 15 upper division) must be completed including all Liberal Arts Core requirements (lower and upper division), and the specific courses required by the major.

In the fourth year of the program, students are at the level of undergraduate seniors at FLC but are also DU/GSSW graduate students. They are NOT enrolled at FLC, but are enrolled in the DU Four Corners MSW program. All courses in this program are offered in Durango, Colorado. At the end of the fourth year, all DU credits (30 semester credits) are transferred back to FLC and used to complete the B.A. degree which is then awarded with an August graduation date.

In their fifth year, students are DU/GSSW graduate students. Their MSW degree is awarded after completion of this year.

The DU program is cohort based on a two year cycle. Cooperative program students are only admitted at the beginning of each cohort. The next cycle begins Fall 2012. Applications for this cycle will be available in early September 2011 and are due by November 1, 2011.

Fort Lewis College also has a special cooperative program under which Psychology undergraduates can apply to substitute the first year of the Four Corners MSW program for their FLC senior undergraduate year of coursework. Click here for general information and here for an advising handout about the program. Or read about a successful student in the cooperative program.

For more information about the FLC requirements, contact Beverly Chew, Psychology, at (970)247-7512 or via e-mail.