DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
PSYC 4503 (SPECIAL PROBLEMS) OR 4504 (DIRECTED RESEARCH) LEARNING CONTRACT
This course is intended for students who wish to advance their knowledge and/or research skills in an area of
psychology not covered in other courses. In this course, students may (a) read intensively in a specialized area,
(b) conduct psychological research, and/or (c) obtain field experience in community institutions where
psychological principles are applied.
PSYC 4503 is available for one, two, and three hour sections, for a total of six hours per semester. PSYC 4504 is
available for three hour sections only. PSYC 4503 and 4504 may be repeated for a combined total of nine hours
to be used toward graduation. PSYC 4503 is generally used for students to participate in a research lab, while
PSYC 4504 is generally used for independent research.
Students may enroll in any number of hours from one to six hours each semester. Fifty (50) hours of work is
required for each hour of credit earned. For example, 150 hours is needed to complete a three-hour course.
PSYC 4503 and 4504 may be designated as honor sections. Please note if an honors section is requested.
Psychology Honors Program students MUST defend the thesis proposal by the end of their PSYC 4504 course.
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