Advising and Declaring a Major

Students traditionally declare their majors in the spring of the sophomore year. In order to do this, students need to get an advisor. Below are some guidelines to facilitate this process:

1. Select an Advisor

Every spring the Psychology Department hosts the Psychological Sciences Majors Declaration Period immediately before and after Spring Break. Check the sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board of the 1st floor of the ISC in the main hallway nearest the auditorium. Sign-up for appointments starts before spring break. If you miss the Declaration Period you can visit the Psychological Sciences Office in ISC, Room 1137, to sign up for an Advisor. Students then have to email the Advisor directly for an appointment.

Students should try to select a faculty member who shares some of their interests to be their advisor. Only full-time faculty are eligible to advise students.

2. Do Your Homework and Your Paperwork

Make sure that your courses fulfill the Major Requirements  and peruse the Psychological Sciences Major's Handbook on the department website prior to your advising session.

Complete a Psychological Sciences Declaration Checklist (pdf) and a Major Declaration Form before you come to your advising appointment. Make sure that you have selected courses that fulfill not only the major requirements but also your GER requirements for graduation, all totaling at least 120 credit hours.

Bring a new transcript report to your advising appointment. An unofficial transcript copy printed off of Bannerweb is fine.

3. Your Advising Appointment

During your appointment you will discuss your course plan, make necessary corrections, and your advisor will sign the form. If you have selected an advisor that shares your interests, he or she will be able to suggest coursework to you that you might enjoy. It is important to cultivate a relationship with your advisor because he or she will become an excellent source of information and a possible reference should you decide to go to graduate school or into a psychology-related field.

4. Declare Your Major

Take your signed declaration form to the Psychological Sciences Office, ISC, Room 1137, to make a copy for the department file. Then take your original, signed declaration form immediately to the Registrar’s Office.

Students who are double majoring need to have an advisor both in psychology as well as in their other department.

Note: A declaration means that you have registration priority. Please check the Registrar's website for information by specific semesters.