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Preparing for Graduate Work in Psychology
Students considering graduate school in psychology or related disciplines are strongly advised to follow the Research Concentration or the Research with Honors Concentration in the Undergraduate Major in Psychology.
Perhaps the most important preparation for graduate school is serious research experience. Students applying to top graduate programs participate in the honors program, enroll in more than one semester of directed study, work in a laboratory during the school year or over the summer, or work as a full-time research assistant for a year or two before enrolling in graduate school. For students interested in clinical or counseling psychology, some kind of paraprofessional experience is also recommended.
As part of their course-work, students should take upper-level courses in several areas of psychology and related fields with a particular focus in one area of special interest. Upper-level undergraduate seminars can be good preparation for the kinds of courses students might experience in graduate school.
Students are also recommended to take additional courses in statistics beyond PSY209, mathematics, computer scence and computer programming. Students applying to certain sub-discplines of psychology may also benefit from courses in Teaching and Learning, Sociology, Special Education, Neuroscience, or other areas. You major advisor, research advisor , or course instructors can be a good course for recommendations for preparing for graduate school.
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