Phone (323) 343-2250 | Fax (323) 343 -2281 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: MON - THU, 8:00am to 6:00pm and FRI, 8:00am to 5:00pm
A Message from the Chair of the Department:
Spring 2020 and COVID-19
"AT FIFTEEN LIFE HAD TAUGHT ME UNDENIABLY THAT SURRENDER, IN ITS PLACE, WAS AS HONORABLE AS RESISTANCE, ESPECIALLY IF ONE HAD NO CHOICE."
I hope that you are all settling in to the ‘new not-normal’ and that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy and safe.
This must be a very difficult time for you. I want you to know that your instructors, the department staff, and I are doing all we can to support you during this crisis. Although we are not physically present in our offices, we are working remotely to help you during our normal business hours.
Despite all the bad news, some celebrations are in order. Congratulations to all those who are graduating in the spring with a BA in Psychology! You worked really hard to get to this place, and although we cannot celebrate you with our physical presence at graduation in May, we will do so whenever we are back on campus. Congratulations also to our graduate students who are graduating with their MA/MS degrees! Many of you are going on to doctoral programs, where you will begin your adventure into becoming independent researchers and add value to your programs. I hope our department has prepared you well for the journey!
I also wanted to let you know that one of our lecturers who is a licensed clinical psychologist is generously providing her time to lead us in meditations and reflections, every Friday from now until May 9th, from 12 – 1 p.m. If you would like more information about these “Zoomeditations” click on that link. Meeting ID: 820 120 4955. A password is required, and will be made available to you by any of your psychology instructors (I am not providing it here to avoid being Zoom-bombed), or email email@example.com.
Important information for spring 2020:
The psychology department’s faculty, office staff, and I want to help you to succeed, especially during these difficult times. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (remember to give us 2 – 3 days to get back to you).
We’ll keep the lamp burning for you.
Dr. Gaithri Fernando, Department Chair and Professor of Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. A minor is also available for students who are majoring in other fields in which a knowledge of psychology would be beneficial.
Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of both humans and animals. Some psychologists are primarily concerned with learning more about human behavior through scientific methods; others are concerned with the application of psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, applied behavior analysis, and industrial psychology.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Major Specific Admission Requirements
The Psychology major has 'Major Specific Admission Requirements.' Effective Fall 2018, supplementary admission criteria will be used for incoming freshman, transfer students, and current students interested in changing majors to psychology. Please see below.
» If you are interested in applying to Cal State LA as an incoming freshmen or transfer student, please review the information regarding Major Specific Admission Requirements for the psychology major. If you have questions about these requirements, you can contact the Office of Admissions at (323) 343-3901, send an email to email@example.com, or visit the Student Information Center located in Student Affairs, Room 101.
» Current Cal State LA students interested in changing majors to psychology: please review the requirements and application.
Message from the Chair
Thank you for deciding to pursue your education in the Department of Psychology. We hope that your academic career at Cal State L.A. will offer you many new intellectual challenges and rewards in the pursuit of your personal goals.
In addition to a variety of formal academic experiences available in psychology classes, Psi Chi, our chapter of the national psychology organization, and the Psychology Colloquium provide students with a number of activities that should be of interest to you.
The careful planning of your academic program is an important first step toward ensuring your success at Cal State L.A. Be sure to meet with an academic advisor or your mentor to help plan your academic program.
Gaithri Fernando, Department Chair