Psychology - From Classroom to Career Senior Year
Capstone Courses/Independent Study
Use the Capstone Course to integrate what you have learned, reflect upon how you have grown at Fairfield, and explore where your path will lead you next. The course usually allows you to sharpen research skills, strengthen a portfolio, and make fresh connections among courses and experiences.
Start to narrow your interests and look for ways to use class work, internships, summer work, and potential independent studies to further your interests.
Use your final internship(s) to try out careers, sharpen your resume and cover letter, develop a portfolio, make contacts, and take classroom skills and apply them to professional world.
Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. It inducts both undergraduate and graduate members. It currently has 868 chapters nationwide. Contact Dr. Judy Primavera, advisor, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Line Up References
Finalize 3+ professors from Psychology and elsewhere who might serve as professional references for you. Discuss your future plans with them and ask for guidance.
Service Learning Associates
Housed in the Office of Service Learning, the Service Learning Associates (SLA) program engages 8 to 10 undergraduates each semester as student leaders to their peers in service-learning courses. Each SLA works intensively with one professor to support a service-learning course which aligns with the associate's academic background and interests. The SLAs meet regularly with both faculty and fellow associates throughout the semester and attend professional development training facilitated by the Office of Service Learning. Contact Danielle Corea, Program Coordinator.
I feel by incorporating educational learning into community service, students are able to take away from the experience as much, or more than they give.
- Carolyn Molloy '13, Psychology & Studio Art Double major
Talk to professors about possible graduate school work in Psychology. Talk to favorite professors about possible research projects you might do with them.
In health professions, your applications should be in. You may have secondary applications to fill out but your real concern should be interviews. See Dr. Church for lists of commonly asked interview questions, or to schedule a mock interview to help you prepare for the big day! If you have finished all core and major requirements you may take whatever classes interest you. This is a great opportunity to learn something special. Remember to keep your GPA up. As a rule, medical students should have at least a 3.5. If your GPA drops below 3.0, it is unlikely that you will be accepted into any American medical schools. Other programs have somewhat lower GPA requirements, but whatever your aspirations you should strive to stay above 3.0.
BASE Camp (Broadening Access to Science Education)
BASE Camp projects offer students an informative and fun week-long experience with actual scientific research, across all scientific disciplines at Fairfield. Projects change every year, allowing students to choose from a variety of topics including biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, forensics, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, marine ecology, software engineering, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, biophysics, and applied mathematics.
Attend the annual Sigma Xi poster session, held in Bannow every spring. Post your own work, or see the work of other Psychology majors. Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. Contact Dr. Jim Biardi, advisor at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3465 or e-mail email@example.com.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Psychology majors.