The purpose of the Orange Coast College Psychology Club is to provide all interested students an opportunity to participate in psychology-related activities. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend and participate as often as they can. There are no membership dues, applications, or requirements, beyond an interest in psychology and attendance at meetings.
Psi Beta Honorary:
Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community College Students, is a nationally recognized academic honor society. The mission of Psi Beta is to encourage professional development, excellence in scholarship, leadership skills, and participation in research and community service.
If interested in Psi Beta, you will be joining a nationally recognized academic honor society, furthering your interest in psychology, and contributing to the community at large. Membership in Psi Beta provides benefits such as professional development, promoting leadership skills, national recognition by the Association of College Honor Societies, education opportunities, interaction with students and professionals in the field, Psi Beta National Newsletter, research, opportunities for participation in national and regional conferences, competition for awards and recognition, and some Federal service occupation requirements. Click on the highlighted words to go to the
website of the national organization
Steps to Enroll in the OCC Chapter of the Psi Beta Honorary:
(1) You must have completed at least 12 community college semester hours (Overall GPA: 3.25 minimum) and at least one psychology course (Overall GPA: 3.00 minimum); required courses completed outside OCC must be approved by the Psi Beta Advisor.
(3) Pay a one-time-only lifetime registration fee ($50, cash or check; checks should be made out to the OCC Chapter of Psi Beta).
(4) Submit your Membership Registration Application, transcripts (MyCoast transcripts are acceptable), and registration fee to Dr. Smolin during his regularly scheduled office hours.
How the two groups work together and the activities and programs they support:
Although the Orange Coast College Psychology Club and the Orange Coast College Psi Beta Honorary are independent organizations, they work together to serve the interests of students. Professor James Smolin currently serves as the advisor to these groups.
The Psychology Club and Psi Beta psychology-related activities are designed to stimulate interest, encourage education, promote community contributions, and enjoyment to all those involved. Typical activities and events may include: forum discussions (e.g., nature/nurture debate); guest speakers and panels (e.g., education in psychology, career paths in the field, getting into graduate school, and specific topics based on student interest); social activities, fieldtrips and events, and Movie Night (i.e., watching and discussing relevant films); regional and national conferences emphasizing educational opportunities, research, and networking; community service such as volunteering at shelters, sponsoring awareness (e.g., depression, anxiety, AIDS, substance abuse), tutoring, Heather’s Teddy Bear Drive, fundraising on behalf of various organizations, and student-initiated projects; workshops emphasizing topics such as study skills, leadership, and personal development; joint activities with other clubs; and facilitating individual student interests.
The Psychology Club and Psi Beta meet together. Regular attendance is encouraged but not required to be a member or to participate.