The Psychology Practicum (PSYC 396), a course offered by the Department of Psychology every semester (4 units) and during the 12-week summer session (for 2, 3, or 4 units of credit), provides an opportunity for service learning in a variety of community settings relevant to psychology (e.g., hospitals, mental health and residential treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities, school classrooms, homeless shelters, preschool and daycare centers, research labs, and locally based non-profit organizations). Each student volunteers without pay for a predetermined number of hours (25 hours per one unit of course credit) in an agency and experiences the application of psychology in the real world. Students meet weekly over the course of the semester/session with the instructor to discuss course readings and share their experiences in the fieldwork settings. Although students may take Psychology Practicum more than one time during their USF career, a maximum of four (4) practicum units is permitted. Psychology Practicum is a psychology elective course (when taken for four units), fulfills the practicum requirement in the Child and Youth Studies Minor (when taken for four units in a child/youth oriented placement) and also fulfills the university service learning requirement. Service learning is a graduation requirement that may be fulfilled through courses in other departments as well as through the Psychology Practicum course.
For more information, please see Psychology Courses.