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PSY 4860: Peer Advising 


Volunteering as a Peer Advisor for Psychology Undergraduate Advising is a great way to gain valuable experience while exploring and developing a useful skillset. You will receive the same training and knowledge that full time academic advisors receive, plus upper division Psychology elective credit for your major while advising your peers on degree completion, career choices, academic resources, and more.

Peer Advising for the Psychology department provides opportunities to learn about graduate school and careers, organize events, speak to groups, and complete other projects relevant to the department and student life in general. Peer Advising can be especially enriching for those who have career goals in counseling, clinical, or therapy-type settings. As a Peer Advisor you will gain unique experience in listening, communicating, working as a cross-functional team member, and in developing overall confidence and efficacy in yourself and others.

The first semester is mainly comprised of training, shadowing, and assignments and quizzes in Canvas. The second semester will consist of leading appointments and assignments in Canvas, as well as a final project. Examples of past projects include worksheets for preparing for graduate school, Psychology careers worksheets, planning and attending tabling events at Salt Lake Community College, and more. Creativity is welcome!


  • Student must be a Psychology major

  • Maintain 3.0 GPA in Psychology courses

  • Have earned at least credits from the University of Utah

  • Flexibility to come to main campus 6-9 hours per week for two consecutive semesters

 2020-2021 Syllabus

Make sure you are part of the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Canvas course to know when applications open and important deadlines.

Contact the Lead Psychology Academic Advisor with any questions.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, peer advisors were not recruited for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are hoping to be able to recruit for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Please note this is a tentative plan and recruiting is dependent on the state of the pandemic.

Last Updated: 4/6/22