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Capstone Courses

The two-term Capstone is a culmination of everything the community psychology student has learned, putting that knowledge to real-world application via a community internship. Students work hand-in-hand with a community organization or agency to provide consulting, program evaluation, and related work on important social issues. Throughout the course of this Capstone project, students will work collaboratively with community partners, explore group dynamics, develop greater consultation skills, and learn more about the field of community psychology.

PSY 590 Internship I (3)
This is the first of two courses students complete at a local community site. Students will have the opportunity to complete internships at innovative and diverse social organizations in the Portland metropolitan area, including nonprofits, government agencies, healthcare settings, schools, religious communities, and other programs creatively working toward social justice. Students completing internships will acquire and refine skills and competencies essential to both employment and doctoral study.

PSY 591 Internship II (3)
This is the second of two courses students complete to fulfill the community internship requirement. Students will have the opportunity to complete internships at innovative and diverse social organizations in the Portland metropolitan area, including nonprofits, government agencies, healthcare settings, schools, religious communities, and other programs creatively working toward social justice. Students completing internships will acquire and refine skills and competencies essential to both employment and doctoral study.

PSY 593 Thesis I (3)
This course is the first of two dedicated to the Master’s Thesis research project. Students will complete a thorough literature review on a topic related to community psychology, including developing both the primary bibliography as well as the introductory sections for a thesis. In addition, a detailed description of the scope or experimental design of the thesis will be produced.

PSY 594 Thesis II (3)
This is the second and final course dedicated to the Master’s Thesis research project. Students in the course will complete the following: data collection and analysis, written composition of results, completion of the thesis, and a thesis defense.