Attention First and Second Year Students

Posted: February 23, 2015

This semester, we are pleased to have a dedicated advisor for first and second year students.  Ms. Jessica Pates is available to work with students on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Classroom Building C 315.  Students may make appointments in advance or just drop in.

Advising Workshops Scheduled for Students with 60 or More Credits

Interested in learning how to get more out of the Psychology major?  Want to make sure that you are on track to graduate?  Want to avoid unpleasant news in your final semester?  Come to any one of the 30-minute workshops to get your questions answered!  The workshops are designed to go along with your regular advising and not replace it.

  • February 25 11:00   4th Floor Conference Room
  • February 25 12:00   4th Floor Conference Room
  • March 3 9:00    Classroom C 116
  • March 4 10:00   Classroom C 311
  • March 4 12:00   4th Floor Conference Room



The 2014-2015 Guide to Psychology Handbook is available for download.

Careers and Graduate School


Students who graduate with a major in psychology have many career options. Psychology majors are prepared for careers in human services, human resources, research, counseling, and other fields.

Start planning your career while you have plenty of time left in school. That way, you can tailor your experiences here to make sure that you will love your career later. The best place to start is with your adviser.


One good way to get started is through our internship program. An internship can help you choose with what population you want to work, can give you local contacts (many students have received jobs through their internships), and can give you a boost if you choose to go to graduate school.


There are also many local agencies and businesses that have hired psychology graduates from Buffalo State in the past and many more that might hire you if your interests and skills match their needs.


Career Resources

PowerPoint Presentations

Graduate School

Many careers in psychology require a graduate degree, either at that master’s or doctoral level.


Most graduate programs require that applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE consists of two major sections: the general test and subject tests. Check with the graduate programs to which you are applying to see whether you need both sections or just the general test. The general test is offered throughout the year, but the subject test is given only three times a year (November, December, and April).


A good place to start looking for programs is the American Psychological Association’s the Graduate Study in Psychology, a listing of all of the psychology programs in the country. The guide is broken down by specialty and state. You may look at this guide in the department office.


Graduate Resources


Internships An internship is a great way to gain hands-on experience in the field and apply what you have learned in the classroom.

The department offers two types of internships: field-study and teaching.


To participate in the internship program, you must

Be a second semester junior or beyond

Have at least a 2.50 GPA in psychology and in the college

Have completed relevant coursework (i.e., developmental psychology if you plan to work with children; abnormal psychology if you plan to work in a mental health setting)

Receive an endorsement from a faculty member

Be able to commit 12 hours per week to the internship site


Each semester a meeting is held prior to the advisement period for students interested in the internship program. At this meeting, the paperwork and other registration requirements (DOC, 29KB) will be explained.

Following the meeting and submission of paperwork, students work with the Internship Coordinator to achieve the best possible internship match for their skills and interests and then complete the PSY 488 form, which is the contract with the department  and the Internship Learning Agreement, which is the contract with the site.


Internship Topics


  • Crisis Services
  • Human Resources
  • Mental Illness
  • Refugee Placement and Support
  • School/Youth Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teaching



Internship Sites

Our list of internships is always evolving to meet student needs and interests.  Some recent sites include:

  • International Institute
  • Ivoclar Vivadent
  • Family Help Center
  • Journey's End Refugee Services
  • Niagara Falls Schools
  • Northpointe Council
  • Transitional Services Inc.





Student Organizations
Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is open to all students with an interest in Psychology.


Club activities include sponsorship and hosting of outside speakers, career seminars, field trips, fundraising activities, research projects, and a year-end picnic.


Faculty advisers: Dr. Howard Reid


Psi Chi Honorary Society

This is the international honorary society in psychology. The chapter is actively involved in the department and coordinates activities with the Psychology Club. Members of Psi Chi informally sponsor a psychology tutoring program. Recruitment to Psi Chi is by invitation only and one initiation ceremony for new members is conducted each year.



  • Student must have a 3.5 GPA in psychology and a 3.25 overall.
  • Student must also have completed a minimum of 9 credits in psychology, including PSY 306.

Faculty adviser: Dr. Stephani Foraker


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Buffalo State’s SHRM student chapter is sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, a local chapter of SHRM. This student organization complements the courses offered by the Psychology Department in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and helps prepare students for possible careers in human resources.


Student members can become involved in a variety of activities that allow them to be in contact with HR professionals from the community. Through monthly dinner meetings, invited guest speakers, tours of organizations, and campus conferences, students are provided the opportunity to explore this profession. A number of students have gained internships with local organizations or have sat for the certification exam in HR offered by the national SHRM association.


Faculty adviser: Dr. Robert Delprino



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