All faculty in the Department of Psychology serve as undergraduate advisors and are available to talk with students who are majoring or minoring in psychology, as well as those just thinking about it. Students can talk with advisors about requirements, course selections, career choices, and planning a course of study that will best prepare them for whatever they might do next. Undergraduate advisors are also good resources for learning about research in our department and about graduate school options. All psychology majors should be advised by a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, even if you started out with a different advisor or you have an additional major.
While all advisors can help you with major and minor requirements, please note the following:
- All students must meet with their advisor before they are cleared to register for courses.
- You’re welcome to pick any advisor who is able to add another student to their advisee list. Some students choose this based on which faculty they have had in classes, whom they’re comfortable with, or who matches their research interests.
- Students in Freshman Year Experience (FYE) courses are all assigned as advisees to their FYE instructor.
- All substitutions and waivers must be approved and signed by the chair of the Department of Psychology.
- All BA/MA students keep their undergraduate advisor, but must also meet with the Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) Program Director as well.
Major and Minor Requirements
Foundations: Psychology majors and minors take a common foundation of courses providing a general introduction to the field and an understanding of research techniques:
- PSYCH 101 – Introduction to Psychology
- PSYCH 285 – Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
- PSYCH 286 – Research Design in Psychology
Core: Majors and minors also take courses in the core areas within psychology:
- PSYC 206 – Child Development or PSYC 207 – Adolescence
- PSYC 212 – Social Psychology
- PSYC 305 – Psychophysiology
- PSYC 311 – Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 350 – Abnormal Psychology
Electives: Majors and minors also take a variety of electives in psychology, including courses such as Human Sexuality, Psychology of Sport, Psychology of Gender, Learning and Behavior Analysis, Personality Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Family Discord, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Industrial-Organization Psychology, Psychology of Good and Evil, as well as other selected topics.
Applied Experience: All Psychology majors complete at least one applied experience sequence, which includes an elective course in Clinical Psychology, Family Discord, or Experimental Psychology, as well as a supervised practicum in that area.
Capstone: All Psychology majors take a capstone course as a senior: PSYC 401 – History and Systems of Psychology.
New Majors and Minors
Are you interested in psychology? Have you taken one or two psychology courses and you want to learn more? If you want to major or minor in our department, see the department academic secretary in the psychology department office (4th floor Mills Hall). She will have you complete an official declaration form, provide relevant handouts, and schedule an appointment for you with a psychology advisor. For more information, see our webpage on Declaring a Major/Minor in Psychology.
Declaring a Major or Minor
- Complete a declaration form in the psychology department office, 4th floor Mills Hall. You will receive a packet of information about the department and our major/minor.
- When you complete the form, you should also set up an appointment with an undergraduate advisor for an orientation to the department and to discuss requirements and explore course options. The departmental academic secretary will help you set up this appointment.
- Take your declaration form to the Registrar’s office (Irvine Hall).
Below are links to a number of resources that may provide useful during your academic planning: