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How to Declare a Psychology Major

What are the basic steps to declaring a Psychology major?

  1. Review the Psychology major checklist
  2. Sign up for a PSYC faculty advisor inside the Psychology Office, ISC 1137, during the Psychology major advising period in spring, just before registration for fall semester;
  3. Download and complete the Declaration of Major Form from the Registrar's website;
  4. Attend the appointment with your chosen advisor to plan your remaining semesters before graduation;
  5. Get advisor's signature on your Declaration of Major Form; and
  6. Turn in your completed Declaration of Major Form to the Registrar in Blow Hall, Rm 108.

How do I choose an advisor?

The role of an advisor is to help you guide you through your major and answer questions about post-graduate possibilities.  You should think of an advisor as a person with whom you will establish a professional working relationship.  Typically, an advisor would know you well enough by the time you graduate to write a letter of recommendation for you for internships, graduate or professional school, or for a job.   When choosing an advisor, you might consider your general or research interests, as well as whether you feel comfortable with that person.  Although not very common, some students switch advisors when their interests take a different path.

Hmm.  I don't know faculty in the Psychology Dept well enough to choose an advisor, and I have other questions not answered on the Psychology web site.

Not a problem!  Stop into the Psychology Office (ISC 1137) during business hours.