Some of the things you can expect at Bishop’s:
You are not a number
As class sizes are relatively small, our students are able to work closely with our friendly, approachable professors. It is a comforting feeling to be known by your name and not your student number when approaching them. We are particularly proud of the quality of our teaching, with six of our faculty members having been recognized with teaching awards. Above all else though we are available for our students and go the extra mile to make sure they get the most out of the Bishop’s experience, and beyond; every year a number of our graduating students go on to Masters and Ph.D. programs across the country and around the world.
Research opportunities in important current areas
How do our thoughts and feelings affect our experience of pain? Why is music so important to so many people and how does it affect our emotions and actions? Is procrastination bad for your health? Why do some people thrive while living with a chronic illness while others just survive? How does time perspective influence health and well-being? What do we know about the brain that would help us to better understand behavior and the behavior of more at-risk populations? How can we better trace the debilitative effects of concussions? How can we stem the tide of stigmatization towards those faced with mental illness? Why does society marginalize others according to their sexual, ethnic or religious identity? How does being part of a linguistic minority group impact perceived access to healthcare? These are just a few of the important questions in Psychology that faculty members are investigating in their research. In particular, our Department is at the core of the Psychological Health and Well-being research cluster; a theme that has recently been identified as one of the four research priorities of the University.
The Psychological Health and Well-being research cluster is a multidisciplinary research group comprised of members from the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business. Their overall objective is to produce and share knowledge regarding how to enhance the psychological health and well-being of individuals and the communities that they live in.
New and interesting courses
Our size means that not only are we able to offer opportunities in more personalized areas of interest such as in our Practicum course, where advanced students can gain applied experience outside the classroom, but that we can have an evolving program where our professors can bring their expertise from their research into the classroom. Recent additions to the Psychology program include:
PSY 298 Zen and the Brain (Dr. Mendrek); This course explores Eastern philosophy, such as meditation and mindfulness, from a neuropsychological perspective.
PSY 333a Psychology of Exceptional Development (Dr. Lawford); This experiential learning course is a survey of various kinds of exceptionality in children, including intellectual disabilities, giftedness, and speech and language differences.
PSY 442b Practicum (Dr. Charpentier); This course is completely practical and offers experiential learning opportunities. Students spend 6hrs/week under close supervision in one of a number of applied settings. Field placements are possible in hospital and school settings, as well as various community organizations.
Life outside the classroom
Being part of Bishop’s is to have opportunities to develop fully; to have confidence when communicating your knowledge of your subject and your own ideas, to have a broad range of skills and interests, and to approach life with an open outlook. Throughout the program, we maintain a firm commitment to the core competencies of Psychology; critical thinking and analysis, experimental design and data analysis, and knowledge of both historical theory and current research. Our students also enjoy many extra-curricular activities such as the twice-yearly wine and cheese run by the Undergraduate Psychology Society where faculty members and students get together in a beautiful mansion house in Lennoxville.
Where can this lead me?
Psychology is a broad field that can lead to a wide array of exciting careers. Our Recent Graduates generally follow one of these three career paths:
About a third (often our Honours or Neuroscience graduates) go into graduate studies in various fields of Psychology (e.g. Clinical, Social, Cognitive, Abnormal) or in Neuroscience, Psychoeducation, Orthophony and Audiology, Pharmacology, Education, Optometry, Social Work, Business, Law or Medicine.
About a third (often our Applied Psychology graduates) are employed in psychology, health and education related fields and work in schools, community organizations, non-profit organization, CLSCs or hospitals, international aid, prisons, youth services, university or private laboratories etc.
About a third either work in the public sector (e.g. government, municipal services etc.) or move towards business, either as entrepreneurs (e.g. education, health, online services, entertainment, retail, etc.) or as employees (e.g. human resources, sales and representation, management, etc.).