How to declare a psychology major
1) You must first start the process of declaring a psychology major in the Garnet Gateway. (From the Registration Menu — located under the Student Records menu—click on the “Declare Majors, Minors, and Concentrations” link.)
2) You will then need to meet with the chair of the department. Once you declare psychology as your major the chair will be in touch with you about meeting to finalize the process.
3) If you have a preference for an academic adviser then please let the chair know that when you meet.
Commonly Asked Questions:
1) Is there a difference between an academic adviser and a thesis adviser?
Yes, the academic adviser is the person who will answer questions about the major as well as questions you may have about finishing general education requirements (e.g., S, L, Q, GECs, etc.). The thesis adviser is the person who will advise your thesis project during your senior year. You do not need to have the same person as your academic adviser and thesis adviser. When you declare the major you will be assigned an academic adviser. The thesis adviser will be assigned at the end of your junior year based on your research interests.
2) Is there a deadline to declare my major(s), minors(s), and concentrations(s)?
Yes, you must have initiated the declaration process by March 1st of your sophomore year. Students who do not meet this deadline will not be eligible to register for Short Term or the following Fall registration until this is complete.
3) Can I drop a major/minor/concentration online?
Yes, click on the “Declare Majors, Minors, and Concentrations” link after logging into Garnet Gateway and click the “drop” button next to the appropriate major/minor/concentration. Please note that the chair and adviser will be notified of the drop.
4) Can I change my adviser after I have declared?
Yes, although this is currently still a paper process. To do this you will need to pick up a change of adviser form from the Registrar’s Office and then bring this form to the chair of the department to request a different academic adviser.
5) What happens if my academic adviser is on leave (e.g., during a sabbatical)?
If your adviser goes on leave the chair of the department will reassign you to a new (temporary) academic adviser.