W E S T E R N N E W M E X I C O U N I V E R S I T Y
MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES ONLINE
WITH A CONCENTRATION IN
Fall, 2008 prepared by Dr. Coleman
PROGRAM INFORMATION ADVISING INFORMATION
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Advising for the psychology concentration is available from
degree at WNMU is a fully accredited, 36-hour, fully online both Dr. Coleman and the wonderful staff in our Extended
program. This unique program allows students to study two University office. As a graduate student, you will be able to plan
or three disciplines as part of their graduate studies. When your own schedule and determine the pace at which you
two areas are chosen, students complete 18 hours of study complete this degree. This newsletter describes the psychology
within both disciplines. When three areas are chosen, the course rotation that you can expect to experience, and any
student completes 18 hours in one area and 9 hours in each changes to this will be communicated to all students active in the
of the other specializations. program.
Psychology is a common choice for our graduate We do our best to accommodate the needs of our long-
students; it complements many topics nicely. As someone distance students. Our campus offices are prepared to assist you
reading this newsletter, you have either chosen psychology with admissions, registration, and financial aid issues.
or you are considering psychology as one of your areas.
This newsletter is intended to help guide you through the When registering for graduate study, many courses require
psychology specialization. Choosing psychology as one of instructor and advisor signatures. We can “sign” for things long-
your disciplines will allow you to explore the field at the distance by using email, phone, and fax verifications of your
graduate level. Completion of the Interdisciplinary Masters requests. So, stay in touch and be sure to let us know how we
is not equivalent to completing a Masters degree in can support and help you. All contact information is listed on the
psychology. However, this degree offers you considerable next page.
learning and would prepare you well for additional study in
the field. “EXIT” REQUIREMENTS
The Psychology concentration has exit requirements for all
students. If you complete psychology as a 9-hour field of study,
FACULTY SPONSOR you will be required to take a written exit exam. This exam will
Dr. Jennifer Coleman came to WNMU in 2003. She include essay questions addressing each of the three courses you
earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the completed for your 9 hours. The faculty sponsor will work with
University of New Hampshire. you as you prepare for the exam.
While at UNH, she also earned a
Masters of Science in College If you complete psychology as an 18-hour field of study, you
Teaching. Dr. Coleman has been have several options for your exit exam, including:
teaching at the college level for 1. Research-based thesis – this option requires students to write a
more than 14 years. She also has significant paper (minimum 45 pages), based on scholarly
extensive experience mentoring sources, about a topic of their choice. Students register for 6
graduate students and experience thesis credits hours when completing this option.
2. Field-based thesis – this option requires students to write a
teaching college-bound, gifted high significant paper (minimum 45 pages), based on field-based
school students. experience and scholarly sources, about a topic of their
choice. Students may register for 6 thesis credit hours when
She currently serves as the faculty sponsor of the completing this option or this may be completed in
psychology concentration for the MAIS program. She is conjunction with internship hours.
also a very active member of the undergraduate psychology 3. Written exit exam – this comprehensive exam requires students
program on the Silver City campus. She is the faculty to respond to questions about the topics covered in the 18
advisor to Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in hours taken by the student.
Psychology, which all psychology MAIS students are
welcome to join. These options allow students to customize their exit
requirements to fit their interests and their strengths.
PSYCHOLOGY COURSE OFFERINGS
Course descriptions can be found at http://www.wnmu.edu/Catalog2008-2009/
Class schedules can be found at http://www.wnmu.edu:8080/webtm/sched.jsp
505 – Psychology of Learning (and Memory) (3 credit hrs)
525 – Theories of Personality (3 credit hrs)
512 – Psychopathology (3 credit hrs)
A minimum of two online graduate courses will be offered each summer.
Courses offered at anytime, at the request of the student with faculty approval and supervision
582 - Advanced (Graduate-level) Internship in Psychology (1 credit hour for each 45 hours of field work)
585 - Directed Study – student studies a topic not covered in regular courses with faculty guidance (credit hours vary)
590 – Directed Research – student conducts original research under faculty guidance (credit hours vary)
595 – Tutorial Reading – regularly offered course taken on independent basis (3 credit hours)
598 – Psychology Thesis (6 credit hours, can be done over 2 semesters)
Online electives that you can expect to see offered on a rotating basis:
530 – Psychology of Gender (3 hrs) 535 – Human Motivation (3 hrs)
580 – Psychology Workshop – topic of faculty interest (3 hrs) 5## - Positive Psychology (3 hrs)
5## - Sports Psychology (3 hrs) # - indicates course number has not been designated.
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Extended University Dr. J. Coleman
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1000 W. College Ave 1000 W. College Ave
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