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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.

Approximately 2-4 students a year are selected to be a Peer Advisor.

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!


  • Declared Psychology major
  • 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Departmental consent through application and interview
  • Commit to a two-semester sequence (Fall & Spring or Spring & Summer)
  • Completion of PSY 1010 and 2010 with B or better AND
  • PSY 3000 with B or better OR concurrently enrolled AND
  • Completed 2 additional courses from PSY 2000-5999 with a B or better OR concurrently enrolled
  • Minimum of 2 credits in the first semester and 3 in the second.
    • For every 1 credit hour enrolled, students must work 3 hours a week; Peer Advising is a minimum of 6 hours a week the first semester and 9 hours a week the second semester.

 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.

Madeline Olsen

Maddi Olsen

Lead Psychology Academic Advisor


Last Updated: 10/8/20