Undergraduate Opportunities

The Psychology Department at UCSC encourages you to explore our upper division classes that go beyond a lecture and section.  Integration of education includes learning how to apply facts, test theories, and extend competency in specialized areas.  Included below are five courses, each of which offers unique opportunities and call upon unique skills.  They are the perfect way for motivated students to gain experience in the area of Psychology as undergraduates.

Psych 191A - Teaching College Psychology (5 units)

  • The Basics: Students help plan and execute Psych 1, Intro to Psychology, under the guidance of faculty and graduate students.  They are responsible for running a section, attending a weekly meeting regarding teaching techniques/course material, and attending all lectures.
  • Who to contact: Chantell Padilla in the Psychology Department (SS2, Room 273)
  • Requirements: Must be a declared Psychology major, have completed some upper division courses, provide a letter of recommendation, and transcripts.
  • The Real Deal: Helps you learn the basics again (a plus for the GRE), improve understanding of group dynamics, gain experience in teaching, looks good on a resume (shows responsibility and initiative!) and you can petition to have this course count as one of your upper division psychology courses for the major.

Psych 193 Series - Field Study (5 units per quarter, 2-3 quarter commitment, Pass/No Pass)

  • The Basics: Apply skills and education into local internships in Dev, Soc, Cog, or Clinical fields for ten hours a week.  You are overseen by a faculty sponsor and are required to attend meetings with them, as well as two skill-building workshops a quarter, keep a journal logging your progression and experience.
  • Who to contact: Gail Black in the Psychology Department (SS2, Room 273)
  • Requirements: Must be a declared Psychology major, junior or senior standing.
  • The Real Deal: Provides a world of experience, precise integration of theory and skill, looks good for graduate school (shows initiative and professional integrity), a look into the real world of psychology, lets you know if this is what you really want to be doing, a place to develop a closer relationship with faculty.  One quarter can be used as an upper division psychology course for the major.

Psych 194 Series - Advanced Research (5 units, repeatable for credit)

  • The Basics: Work on faculty member research.  Meet regularly in groups with faculty research supervisor/graduate researcher to discuss your progress on the project, and writes your narrative evaluation.  Utilize research methods and data analysis to help with various aspects of the project.
  • Who to contact: Psych 194 listings are available online [click here].  Contact the faculty member or graduate student or follow instructions on posting.
  • Requirements: Each faculty member has different requirements, it is usually required that you have taken Psych 100.  The 194 forms are available in the psychology department office once you have lined up a position.
  • The Real Deal: An excellent way to prepare for graduate school, develop relationship with faculty and graduate students, looks good on a resume (shows educational professionalism), shows you whether or not research is for you.

Psych 195 - Senior Thesis (5 units per quarter)

  • The Basics: Work with faculty and/or graduate student on a research project.  After research is completed, a paper is written which is read and approved by two faculty members.
  • Who to contact: Department staff in the Psychology Department (SS2, Room 273)
  • Requirements: First, find a faculty member to sponsor your senior thesis.  Second, complete the application available in the psychology department (SS2, Room 273)
  • The Real Deal: Get to work directly with a faculty member and/or graduate student and conduct your own research like a first year graduate student.  A great way to prepare yourself for what you will be doing in graduate school and a possibility of getting your research published.  Shows responsibility and initiative on resumes and graduate school applications.

Peer Advising (5 units, repeatable for credit) - Through our Field Study Program

  • The Basics: Help advise students in the Psychology Department for nine hours a week, and complete a project and paper.  Provide answers and advice for students with specific questions and generalized curiosity about the opportunities and working of the Psychology and Cognitive Science Majors.
  • How: Go to a Field Study Information Meeting and then once admitted, apply to be a peer advisor
  • The Real Deal: Get to know faculty and staff on a more personal level, learn about opportunities first, get experience in career/vocational/school counseling, a great way to get some face time with peers and get to know people.  Shows responsibility and initiative on resumes and for graduate school.