Making the most of your time at University involves more than completing the courses required to obtain a degree.

It is important to engage with faculty, fellow students, and the broader community. What follows is a selection of options that will help you in making the most of your time with Carleton Psychology.

Participate in the research process

To gain experience with the research process and contribute to the research life on campus, consider

  • Being a study participant. Students enrolled in PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 can earn marks by participating in psychological studies being conducted by our faculty and students.

Volunteer…and earn course credit

Consider learning more about our Practicum course (PSYC 3901/3902). This course is available to 3rd and 4th-year students and includes 7.0 hours per week of volunteering at a community placement and typically some written work and presentations.

For more information head the practicum website.

Volunteer in the community

Volunteering provides an opportunity to:

  • bring your course material to life
  • give back to the community
  • establish contacts
  • gain experience
  • add to your resume.

It will also help you to learn more about different occupations and settings in psychology. For more information go to mySuccess (through Carleton Central), Volunteer Ottawa or Charity Village. Note that your professors may also be aware of possibilities in the community.

Stay connected with the Department of Psychology

Throughout term, we will be communicating with students about a variety of events and opportunities including

  • Information sessions on how you can succeed in your Psychology undergraduate program and what you need to know about program requirements and options.
  • Career panels in which former students share their stories and offer advice to current undergraduates
  • Invitations to come by the Undergraduate Office for academic advising.

It is also recommended that you make it a specific goal to meet with at least one faculty member per term.

Most will hold office hours throughout the year and this involves time set aside specifically for meeting with students. Common topics for consideration include:

  • course content
  • career options
  • volunteer possibilities
  • learning strategies that promote success,  and more.

Stay connected with fellow students

The Psychology Society of Carleton University is managed by undergrad students and provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • meet new people
  • share an interest in psychology
  • participate in a variety of information sessions, social events, and charitable fundraisers.

Simply, PSCU helps students to engage with the discipline and each other outside of the classroom. PSCU is accessible via email, Facebook, Twitter, and the Web.