Each semester, psychology majors need to be approved for registration by their faculty advisor. Majors should follow the following steps before meeting with their advisor for approval.
1) Students should review the requirements of their concentration.
- View information about the clinical/counseling concentration.
- View information about that industrial/organizational concentration.
- View information about the general/empirical concentration.
- View information about the psychology minor.
If a student has not yet declared their concentration, they can do so at the Office of Records (A-203). The program evaluation will not be accurate until a psychology concentration is declared.
2) Students should review their program evaluation and note the courses that are still needed. This can be found by logging into Self Service and clicking on the “Program Evaluation” link under Academic Planning.
- Psychology majors should complete PSYCH 101 in their first year because it serves as a prerequisite for all other psychology courses.
- In addition to PSYCH 101, we recommend that students spend the bulk of their first two years completing courses from the general education curriculum.
3) Students should review the schedule of classes to determine which courses are being offered. This can be found in Self Service by clicking on the “Search for Sections” link under Registration.
- Students may want to use the tools offered under Academic Planning (i.e., Course Planning Wizard, Worksheets) to build their ideal class schedule.
- When searching for courses, students should be mindful of any prerequisites and course requirements.
- A detailed description of the psychology courses can be found in the Academic Catalog under course descriptions.
4) After students have planned their schedule for the semester, they should contact their advisor to request a meeting.
- Students may find their advisor in Self Service by clicking on “My Profile” under Academic Profile. The advisor to be contacted is listed as the "Major” advisor. The "General" advisor should be contacted only when the Major advisor is unavailable.
- Need to contact us? Take a look at our Contact Us web page.
- Students should show up to their advising meeting prepared and ready to discuss the courses they plan to take. A lack of preparation makes it difficult for the advisor to provide adequate guidance. If a student shows up to the meeting unprepared, the advisor may request that the student reschedules his or her appointment.
5) After the student has been given approval by their advisor and the Bursar, they can register during their priority registration time.
- Students can find their priority registration date and time in Self Service by looking under Registration.
- Students can register and manage their courses using the tools under Registration.
Given the high number of psychology majors and minors, advising appointments fill up quickly. In order for students to be cleared before their priority registration time, students should complete this process early and meet with their advisor as soon as possible. A failure to do so may result in a delayed registration approval and an inability to secure a seat in a required class.
Thank you for during your part in this important aspect of academic planning. Your preparation helps the advising process to work more efficiently and ensures that each faculty member can provide quick and helpful advising to each of our students.