Saturday, February 23, 2013

Summer and Fall 2013 advising

A note from Jennifer Hinton, our departmental advisor for undergraduates...

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a successful spring term! Please review this entire posting before emailing for an appointment.

If you have completed 60 semester hours and your file has been transferred to the psychology department, it’s now time to schedule an advising appointment.

To arrange an advising appointment with me, I will need to know your campus, preferred meeting times, and phone number (email I'm on the Chicago campus (Gage Building, Room 400) on Mondays and Tuesdays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m. to - 5:15 p.m.; Schaumburg campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Most days, I am not available between 12:30-2 p.m. It would be best to provide a range of times/days that you are able to meet because the appointment times that tend to fill quickest are times directly after classes end.

For Chicago campus students with 60-90 hours completed, you can choose to schedule an appointment with our part-time psychology advisor, Jacquelyn Scarpaci, at She’s at the Chicago campus (Gage, Room 400) on Mondays, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10-2, and Thursdays, noon-4. To improve our efficiency in advising everyone in a timely manner, please do not email us both for appointments.

Keep in mind that during this busy time, it will take us a day or more to get back to you.

Before meeting for advising, you are urged to resolve any registration holds you might have. To find out if you have any holds, log into your RU Access account, select Registration & Other Student Services, then Student Records. If you have a hold, you would contact the office that placed the hold to have it lifted so you can register.

The Fall 2013 schedule is now viewable and you are asked to have some classes selected prior to the appointment. For information about psychology program requirements for students who began the major after Fall ’11, click here. For those who started the psychology major before Fall ’11, click here.  

You can review the class schedule by going to the main website at, selecting "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, then "Class Schedule" from the links in the left column. Do not look up courses through your RU Access.

Also, if you have at least 72 semester hours completed, you should request a degree check at the link below. A Degree Check is an audit completed by the Registrar’s Office that will verify the number of hours and general education requirements you’ve completed. It’s not necessary for you to do this prior to the appointment, as it will take a few weeks to be processed, but a good idea to request at some point during this term-- if you have 72 hours or more completed.

Finally, make sure to check academic calendars at the link to the Registrar’s Office below. By clicking on “Important Dates” and selecting the term, you can review course start dates, breaks, drop dates, tuition refund schedule, final exam dates, etc. (If the schedule is not posted yet, continue to check the website during spring term for updates.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Spring 2013 Sparling Lectures

We are happy to announce our Spring 2013 Sparling Lectures.  All lectures will take place downtown in Gage building, Room 215 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday March 6 - 4:30-5:30pm - Evan Harrington, PhD IRB Committee Chair and Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will present on his research and recommendations for issues concerning research ethics and other research hot topics.

Wednesday March 27 - 4:30-5:30pm - Jill Coleman, PhD will present on her recent research examining interesting social psychology issues.

Wednesday April 17 - 4:30-5:30pm - Joe Mazzola, PhD will present on his recent research examining interesting industrial/organizational psychology issues.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Social Justice in the Psychology Major

People who advocate for social justice believe that all members of society should have equal rights and access to opportunities.  This social justice perspective is very relevant for psychology as well, especially at a place like Roosevelt.  For example, psychologists have studied many related topics, such as prejudice, discrimination, and conformity.  Moreover, the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association even require practicing psychologists to ensure that their work benefits and respects the rights of all people, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socioeconomic status.

Many undergraduates come to Roosevelt University because they are excited about our history, mission, and commitment to social justice.  Our general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences provide students with an introduction through classes like Writing Social Justice or Grounds for Change.  Some students attend university-wide events on campus sponsored by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (MISJT), or participate in service projects as part of New Deal Service Days each Spring, or see related exhibits in the Gage Gallery.

Sometimes students who are majoring in psychology at Roosevelt wonder how social justice can be a more prominent part of their education.  Here are several specific ideas for you to consider.

First, we offer many courses whose topics directly address social justice within psychology.  These all count toward your major. 

PSYC 211: Psychological Study of Racism
PSYC 215: Developmental and Learning Disabilities
PSYC 250: Youth Violence: Intervention and Theory
PSYC 312: Understanding Diversity
PSYC 345: Psychology of Women
PSYC 366: Poverty and the Individual

Second, take advantage of classes that feature service-learning in our department.  These courses give you the opportunity to volunteer and make a difference in the community.  Locations are consistent with the material that you learn in the particular class and assignments make a bridge between your field experiences and the material.  Most service-learning classes connect with social justice because you will meet and assist people who have often experienced inequality or discrimination.  You can figure out which classes at Roosevelt include service-learning in the Course Finder.  Just select the appropriate semester, go to the Attributes box on the left-hand side, scroll down and then select "Transformational Service Learn."  Classes with a service-learning component from all departments will be listed on your screen.  Ones that included this outreach opportunity in psychology have recently included:

PSYC 250: Youth Violence: Intervention and Theory (read more here)
PSYC 254: Childhood and Adolescence
PSYC 350: Human Neuropsychology (read more here)
PSYC 366: Poverty and the Individual
PSYC 368: Child Abuse/Family Violence
PSYC 381: Children and Families
PSYC 396: Psychology of Mentorship
PSYC 398: Field Placement with Children

Third, consider enrolling in our department's internship class (PSYC 393) over the summer semester if you really want to immerse yourself in working with others.  You can read more about this class here.  Psychology students have advanced social justice by working in social service agencies that help children or adults who have experienced many forms of adversity.  This internship class also has a social justice project in which you learn how to produce change at the community level by contacting and advocating to your state and local legislators.

Finally, take advantage of co-curricular opportunities to advance the cause of social justice.  Our psychology clubs (Psi Chi and Psychology in Action) meet on both campuses.  They coordinate charity fundraising, outreach events, and sponsored lectures that focus on many social justice topics.

You can also explore the great volunteer opportunities through the Center for Campus Life and the Enlightenment Project at Schaumburg, as well as through the Center for Student Involvement in Chicago.  

The Mansfield Institute also provides students with the chance to get involved in service, advocacy, and activism.  Recent projects include mentoring and providing tutoring sessions to 4th and 5th grade students from a Chicago Public School who are brought to campus, and the chance to volunteer with partner agencies to help on different campaigns (like reducing the incarceration of youth through restorative justice or providing additional mental health services in schools to reduce violence).  You can contact the Mansfield Institute at 312-341-2150 to learn more.