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Office Hours: MON - THU, 8:00am to 6:00pm and FRI, 8:00am to 5:00pm
A Message from the Chair of the Department:
“I did not know then that this is what life is—just when you master the geometry of one world, it slips away, and suddenly again, you’re swarmed by strange shapes and impossible angles”
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.
We wanted to let you know that we are working hard to ensure that you have an enriching experience for Fall 2020, despite having to remain remote for the semester. Several of our instructors have taken one or more workshops on delivering a rewarding academic experience for you via remote learning. Some things they have learned are: using low-bandwidth activities, staying connected to students, providing necessary resources and support for students, and incorporating more inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist activities in their courses.
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 [email protected] (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 protected], 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