Student Directed Seminars

Student-Directed Seminars (SDSs) are a rewarding learning experience where you delve deeper into a specific topic in a smaller group setting.

The program provides upper-year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class. Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students to explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning. Learn more.

Here are some examples of psychology student-led SDSs

Coordinators: Victoria Lansdown & Alana Tacy
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Todd Handy

This course examined psychological experiments in a variety of Educational Psychology topics, including learning types and teaching methods. Students worked together to create a student handbook for a hypothetical school that entails course descriptions, special programs, teacher requirements, academic resources, a school focus, graduation requirements, registration policies and procedures, co-curricular activities/athletics, counseling and career programs. Throughout the course, students researched the most supported psychological advancements in the field of education and engage in weekly open discussions to share their own ideas for national or international academic improvements.

Coordinators: Juliet Meccia & Nicole Di Spirito
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven Barnes

Developmental disorders are a common neurological issue affecting individuals throughout the course of their lives. To understand the different components of these disorders, we must explore them through various disciplines including psychology, biology, sociology, and education, employing an epigenetic focus. This course provided students an opportunity to study disorders such as autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, Down syndrome and dyslexia and consider their causes, treatments, social impacts, educational challenges, and other factors.

Coordinator: Lukasz Felczak
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sunaina Assanand

This course will explored the biopsychosocial impact of torture on survivors/victims. Topics included the intergenerational effects of torture, the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors and their families, the psychology of torturers, torture in civilian contexts, and forms of psychosocial impairment reconceived as expressions of “self-torture”.