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Psychology Cougar Map

The Cougar Map is intended to guide you with suggestions for potential activities and career paths that can help you along your educational journey. Although everyone has different abilities, experiences and challenges, this Cougar Map can be used with the help of your advisors to prepare for the future you want with a clear vision of your college-to-career pathway. Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog and academic planning resources for detailed degree requirements.

Sharpen intellectual and practical skills First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
  • Establish good study habits
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Research methodology
  • Disciplinary writing
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Research design
  • Scientific writing
  • Ethical responsibility
  • Writing and presentation
  • Networking
  • Advanced scientific analysis
  • Professional development
Engage with key resources on campus

Visit the Learning Center/Writing Studio for tutoring assistance.

Attend the Center for SUCCESS programs and events.

Meet with faculty for assistance with courses.

Visit the library for study sessions and research.

Get to know your academic advisor.

Work with the Learning Center/Writing Studio to improve your writing.

Attend the Internship and Job Fair each semester to meet with employers.

Connect with the Center for SUCCESS to explore internships.

Attend Psi Chi workshops to begin preparing for your future.

Apply for scholarships.

Start preparing for graduate school.

Connect with faculty to engage in research.

Consult the library for help in building bibliographies for research papers.

Visit the Center for SUCCESS for internship/career advice.

Pursue study abroad opportunities.

Attend networking events sponsored by Alumni Relations, the Center for SUCCESS and the Psychology Department.

Consult with the Center for SUCCESS for assistance with your resume, mock interviews, internship and full-time positions as you consider postgraduate plans.

Explore your global and social responsibility through leadership and service

Join Cougars LEAD and begin working toward a leadership certificate.

Join the Psychology Club.

Explore registered student organizations and participate in University activities found on the Den.

In the spring, apply for X-Factor Leadership opportunities, such as RA or Cougar Peer Educator.

Take on a leadership position in student organizations, such as the Psychology Club.

Participate in outreach programs, such as fundraising for a worthy cause.

Contact Campus Ministry for local service opportunities.

Volunteer at a local hospital, treatment facility, organization, or nonprofit organization.

Consider a study abroad experience.

Consider participating in a spring break service trip.

Complete the Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate program by developing a capstone leadership or service project.

Mentor first- and second-year psychology majors.

Explore opportunities for local volunteering.

Explore potential career opportunities and pre-professional experiences

Apply for on-campus employment or look for part-time jobs in the area to build your resume.

Attend Cougars Connect Networking Night in the fall and meet alumni working in a variety of fields.

Learn more about career options with a psychology degree

Meet with faculty to discuss research opportunities.

Consider your eligibility to join our Psi Chi chapter.

Research career options with the Center for SUCCESS and your advisor.

Work on your resume and develop a plan for your career path.

Plan a semester abroad.

Begin actively compiling your online portfolio.

Apply to collaborate with one or more faculty members on research.

Attend Psi Chi and Psychology Club hosted events and career panels.

Consider a second internship with employers, such as Metropolitan Family Services, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, Illinois Department of Human Services, or Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly.

Participate in the SXU Research Expo.

Present at a local or national conference on a research topic.

Take the GRE or MCAT exams again if needed.

Apply to graduate school and ask professors for letters of recommendation.

Plan for productive and meaningful summers

Establish your LinkedIn Account and begin connecting with fellow students, faculty and staff.

Use CourseNetworking to begin building an online portfolio.

Build your profile in Handshake to look for on-campus jobs now and off-campus jobs and internships later.

Seek summer internship or employment opportunities, including Crisis Center for South Suburbia, Youth Outreach Services, Lurie Children's Hospital or Pillars Community Health.

Begin studying for the GRE or MCAT.

Take the GRE or MCAT exams.

Research graduate schools and employers.

Moving into the world of work? Get your resume in shape and ask people to serve as professional and academic references.