Undergraduate Student Resources
Your academic and career success are our main priorities. Here, you will find everything you need to help you succeed, including information on declaring a major, academic assistance, help with writing, work experience opportunities and more. And remember, our faculty and staff are always there to help; just ask.
DECLARING A MAJOR
Students are encouraged to declare their Major in Psychology (specialization) at the end of their first year. To be admitted to the major program, you must successfully complete both PSYO 111 and 121 (or equivalent) and a minimum of 24 credits. To continue as a psychology major, you must register in and successfully complete, both PSYO 270 and 271 (or equivalent).
Declaring Your Specialization
You must declare your Psychology specialization before registering for your courses. Wait until your registration date and time, and then proceed to declare your specialization. To complete you declaration online:
- Select ‘Specializations’ to view a list of all degree programs which have specializations.
- Select your degree program.
- Select ‘Psychology’ and then ‘Psychology Major’ from the subject list.
- Click on the ‘Add Spec’ button.
If the specialization indicates that you must contact the department, you will not be able to declare online. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.
Changing Your Specialization
To change your specialization, browse through the specialization list to find the specialization you want. Use the ‘Switch Spec’ button to make the change.
Undergraduate Academic Planning
Plan your academic journey by exploring the undergraduate academic planning guide designed for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students.
Whether you’re a first-year student or preparing to graduate, Program Plans can help you explore all areas of your degree. From academic endeavours to extracurricular activities, career explorations, or study abroad sessions, find out what opportunities are available to enhance your university experience.
Faculty program advisors
Program advisors are faculty members who can help you with course selection, deciding on a major, ensuring you are meeting degree requirements, and even career advice. They serve as a valuable resource in helping you achieve your educational and career goals.
Student Directed Seminars
The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC Okanagan.
Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students to explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and community service learning.
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND LEARNING SUPPORT
Get help with planning your program, study skills, exam preparation, tutoring, career planning, and more. Academic advisors are all about helping you succeed.
UBC OKANAGAN LIBRARY—WRITING AND RESEARCH
More than just books, the library offers research guides, style guides, tutorials, and workshops on writing and researching, as well as a specific librarian for each subject.
CAREERS AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Whether you’re looking to gain some work experience while you study, need to augment your finances, or are looking for a career after you’ve graduated, Career Services can help. Visit their website to get information on the Work Study employment program, Co-op program, labour market stats, resume building and interview skills, career fairs, volunteer opportunities, or to browse the UBC Okanagan job board.
Arts Career Apprenticeship Program
The UBC Okanagan Arts Career Apprenticeship Program (UBCO ACAP) connects upcoming arts, humanities and social sciences graduates from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies with Okanagan-based employers for one-year, paid, early career opportunities.
UBC Okanagan offers a wide range of opportunities to learn and do research abroad through programs like Go Global, exchange and research abroad, and summer study at partner universities. If you’re looking for an opportunity to travel and learn, make sure you take advantage of these programs.
EVERYTHING ELSE—STUDENT SERVICES
Didn’t find what you were looking for above? Visit the Student Services website, where all of the information about the services offered to students is housed. In addition to the services already mentioned, you will find information on everything from courses, registration and exams to tuition, scholarships, housing and wellness.