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The Ideal Academic Path for a Psychology Major Who Wants to Attend Graduate School

 


Freshman

  • Take Psych 100, a 300‐level topic course, and GEC’s
  • Get involved in the Psychology Student Association (Dr. Ruthsatz is the advisor)
  • Start keeping track of all activities and accomplishments on a resume or vita
  • Work hard and make good grades



Sophomore

  • Take Psych 220, 300, additional 300‐level topic courses, and GEC’s
  • Continue Psychology Student Association involvement
  • 2nd 1⁄2 of the year start working as a Research Assistant in a faculty lab (Positions are limited)
  • Work hard and make good grades



Junior

  • Take Psych 313, additional 300‐level courses, start taking 500‐level courses, and finish GEC’s
  • Continue working as a Research Assistant
  • Present research (poster) at local, regional, or national forum
  • Discuss early on if you are interested in completing a Thesis (honors or regular) which you will start at the end of this academic year
  • Consider completing an internship (Psych 489, based on eligibility)
  • Leadership role in Psychology Student Association
  • Start researching Psychology graduate programs & plan to take the GRE over the summer
  • Work hard and make good grades



Senior

  • Complete all required courses and take electives
  • Complete thesis project & present own research poster at local, regional, or national forums
  • Apply to graduate programs (many have Fall or early Winter deadlines) and/or post‐graduate employment
  • Leadership role in Psychology Student Association
  • Work hard and make good grades
  • Graduate in Spring

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