History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
This essay aims to uncover the similarities between female students in Cal Poly’s Psychology and Child Development Department and the second generation of female psychologists in American society. The department’s history will be examined in order to establish its importance at Cal Poly, a traditionally vocational institution. Additionally, this essay will consider how female students in the department argued its importance and validity through on campus advocacy and their senior projects. The essay will close with a section detailing faculty perspectives on the validity of psychology and child development as a true science amongst other disciplines at Cal Poly. The goal of this essay is to illustrate how female students were able to aid in the progress of Cal Poly’s Psychology and Child Development Department in similar ways to that of the second generation of female psychologists who aided in the progress of the discipline in American society and academia at large.