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1 Department of Psychology Faculty of Health York University ORIENTATION 2010

2 Agenda for today: –Who are we? –Why are we here? –Where are we located –What should you expect to learn in psychology? –What can you do with a degree in psychology? –Summary of some Do’s and Don’ts

3 Who are we? Dept of Psychology Chair: »Dr Suzanne MacDonald –Director, Undergraduate Program: »Dr. Susan Murtha, –> 70 full-time faculty who teach and conduct research in a breadth of areas (clinical, developmental, social, history, quantitative, neuroscience) –and > 50 contract faculty who teach

4 Who are we, cont? –Undergraduate program staff Admin/Program Assistants: Valerie Thomas Donna Rosenfeld Student advisor: Anita Helman Program Secretaries: Ling,Jessica, Lorraine

5 Why are we here?  advice about your psychology degree requirements –Specialized Honours BA/BSc (must apply) –Honours BA/BSc (Double major, Major/minor) –BA/BSc  help with enrolling, when necessary –Book an appointment –Or Call –Or –or drop in During drop in advising hours (Wed/Fri: 9:15, Tue/Thur: 1:15) Hours of operation: 9:30-3:30, 4:30-6:30 –Or come during group advising times in the spring. Undergraduate studies staff provides:

6 Why are we here, cont?  Advice about where to seek non-academic services E.g., –Counselling and Development Centre (CDC) Tel: Location: N110 Bennett Centre Or go to for info on workshops & online resources on topics such as time/stress management, exam prep, study strategies, etc.http://www.yorku.ca/cdc/lsp/ Undergraduate studies staff provides:

7 Where is the Psyc. dept. located? Undergraduate Office: Room 291/292 BSB Calumet College Behavioral Science Building (BSB) Campus Walk

8 What should you expect to learn in Psychology? 1000 level courses - Introductory Psychology covers breadth of topics in psychology Stats, research methods, developmental,social, personality, learning, perception, motivation, biological basis of behaviour Research methods, stats, abnormal, health, cognition, animal behaviour, infancy, psychology of women/family, evolution, educational….

9 social, behaviour modification, research methods, atypical development, neuropsychology, independent research project…. What should you expect to learn, cont? Describe behaviour Interpret and understand the causes of behaviour Communicate this information accurately and reliably When you graduate you should be able to:

10 What can you do with an undergraduate degree in psychology? –a liberal arts or science education prepares you for other professional degrees Education To become a Clinical psychologist you need To become any other psychologists Undergraduate BA or BSc (4 yrs honours) BA or BSc (4 yrs honours) GraduateMaster’s (2 yrs) PhD (6 yrs) Master’s (2 yrs) PhD (6 yrs) And beyondRegistration in province (C.Psyc) -Post-doctoral fellowship -Academia

11 What can you do with an undergraduate degree in psychology, cont? –General research, statistical, critical reading/thinking/communication/interperso nal skills are useful in many jobs Abnormal, counseling, –Rehabilitation counselors (certificate program) –Masters degree: Psychology specialist/associate through education or social work grad programs –Social services, child care worker, day care supervisor, youth counsellor –Knowledge gained from specific psyc courses supplement these skills E.g.,

12 Developmental - –Education/teaching –working with youth or elderly –Research assistant What can you do with an undergraduate degree in psychology, cont? Biological/Neural Basis of behavior –Research assistant –Drug companies –Technical writers –Medical school

13 Social Psychology –marketing –Human resources and management –Business –Research assistant What can you do with an undergraduate degree in psychology, cont?

14 Summary of Do’s and Don’ts Do seek advice about degree requirements at the end of first year Do know your prerequisites for all upper level psyc courses. –Includes a grade of C in Introductory Psyc (1010) –Pick up the supplemental calendar for details! Don’t wait until your last year to figure out your career goals


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