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  • Psychology Advising Center

    The Psychology Advising Center (the "PAC") is staffed by advising professionals and is available for appointments and walk-in hours. The PAC is located in 343GMH off the north corridor on the third floor.

    Appointments arranged by email are the preferred meeting option (kelgin@uwlax.edu); however, a walk-in schedule is posted below and the phone is 608-785-6880.

    Psychology major checksheet & choosing a minor

    The requirements associated with major are most easily understood with this Psychology Major Checksheet that you can download. We recommend completing a new one every semester in order to best understand the program.

    The options associated with choosing a minor for students who are psychology majors are best illustrated with this downloadable Minor Decision Point document.
    Common minors chosen by psychology majors include At-Risk Child & Youth Care, Gerontology (an emphasis rather than a minor), Biology, Sociology, Spanish, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Ethnic & Racial Studies, and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

    How do I declare psychology as a major?

    1. Complete the online tutorial that will automatically submit your response to the Psychology Advising Center. Plan on at least 1 hour and be ready for built-in online quizzes on the material.
    2. An advising professional from the Psychology Advising Center (PAC) will contact you after you have completed the tutorial to set up a face-to-face meeting.
    3. Receive an endorsed Psychology change of major form at your meeting with the advisor. Take the form to the College of Liberal Studies Office (260 Morris Hall) and turn it in along with the college's "Change of Major" form [often referred to as "the green sheet"]. Officially declaring the psychology major requires both forms. If you are adding psychology as a second major, please discuss the process with a PAC professional.
    4. Although you still may need to complete required coursework to be allowed full access to psychology courses, but the process described above results in Psychology being listed as your official major.
    5. After Psychology is your official major, you will be assigned a PAC advisor or a faculty advisor.

    What is the process if I am a transfer student?

    Please complete the required steps for transfer majors. Please be aware the psychology course close quickly during registration and transfer students who become UW-L students after registration has ended have very few options for open courses.

    What is the meaning of the program milestones?

    The milestones were created to help students understand the psychology program more fully.

    Milestone 1 = Complete online "new major" tutorial, have earned fewer than 75 credits, and complete a face-to-face meeting with a member of the Psychology Advising Team in the Psychology Advising Center. If a student has earned 75+ credits and wishes to declare psychology as a first major, the student must also receive approval from the department chair by articulating a compelling reason why a major in psychology is necessary for the student's goals. (This milestone must be met prior to enrolling in the required course, PSY 210 – Developmental Psychology.)

    Milestone 2 = Earn a "C" or better in PSY 100 & MTH 145; complete ENG 110 and CST 110; have a combined GPA of at least 2.25 for these four courses; and, complete a minimum of 30 credits. (This milestone must be met before enrolling in PSY 331 –Experimental/Research Methods. The Research Methods course is a prerequisite for several other psychology courses.)What is Psych Faire? Over 600 undergraduates major in psychology and the department wants to insure that all majors have access to quality advising.

    What is Psych Faire?

    During the time of registration for classes, the department hosts a "Psych Faire" - a form of mass advising where a student can be assured to meet face-to-face with an advisor. Students may, or may not, meet with their assigned advisor due to class schedules. Psych Faire is an efficient and effective way for students to meet with an advisor without having to schedule an individual meeting.

    Who is my advisor?

    Access WINGS to find your advisor. Generally speaking, after you have cleared Milestone #2, you will be assigned permanently to a full-time psychology faculty member.Why should I care? You and your advisor are the primary individuals who will be able to access your academic progress on WINGS. It is best if you see him/her regularly; however, you may see ANY faculty member for advice. Indeed, as your career plans become clearer you may wish to chose someone whose interests are closer to yours.

    What kinds of questions should I ask of my advisor? Your psychology advisor will be best for answering questions about course sequencing, course content, careers and graduate school.

    The College Office? In addition to faculty advisors, the College of Liberal Studies provides academic advisor services. Tim Walls is housed in Morris Hall, his number is 785-6634 as is assigned to psychology majors. All students near graduation should see Tim for a degree audit.

    What is the Psychology Honors program?

    The honors program is a program designed to give qualified students the opportunity to develop their understanding of and skills in psychological research. The honors project is an extensive piece of research designed and conducted by the student under the supervision of a faculty adviser. The Honors Seminar (PSY489) is only offered in the Spring and the application for the Honors Program is due in the Fall. Traditionally, students complete the program in 3 semesters, the first semester in the Spring of their junior years and the remaining two semesters during their senior years.

    The program starts annually in the Spring.  Online Application Deadline - November 15th (or closest Monday if it falls on a weekend) - the application includes:

    • An online application - the application includes two uploads - an unofficial transcript and an "essay" describing why you wish to be an honors student (not to exceed one page).
    • Recommendations from two UW-L faculty members, one of whom must be a psychology instructor
            After securing the instructor's consent to provide a recommendation, cut and paste this URL into an email to that instructor's email address:  http://goo.gl/i9hWFh.

    The honors program has two tracks, one for all eligible psychology majors (HONORS), and one for psychology McNair scholars (McHONORS). Requirements for admission to the program:

    • Junior standing (60 credits or above)
    • Completion of PSY 100, 331, MTH 145 before beginning Honors Seminar.
    • PSY 420 before PSY 489 or concurrently with PSY 489
    • a 3.25 grade point average in the psychology major
    • a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.00
    • acceptance into the program

    Requirements for earning a degree with honors in psychology are:

    • Completion of psychology major 3.50* cumulative grade point average in psychology courses
    • A cumulative overall grade point average of 3.25*
    • Completion of Honors Seminar (PSY 489, three credits total) AND completion and presentation of Honors Project (PSY 482, three credits, of which at least one must be completed in the candidate's last semester)
      • OR successful completion of a McNair** project associated with at least 1 credit of PSY 481 or 482 associated with a project with a psychologically-related topic.
    • Exhibit continuous appropriate professional behavior as defined departmental standards
    *GPA calculations are based on the last term prior to the term of graduation.

    **McNair psychology honors students must be accepted into the McNair Program prior to applying to psychology honors preferably during the same semester they are applying to honors. It is recommended that students who are eligible for McNair apply to McNair after completing PSY 331 or concurrently with enrollment in PSY 331.

    Commencement Information Regarding Psych Honors

    1. There are no cords associated with PSYCH Honors - but you are listed both as a regular graduate and in a separate part of the printed program under departmental honors.

    2. There are "honor" cords provided by the university on commencement day for students by GPA. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to wear the honor cord (silver) or at least 3.75 to wear the highest honor cord (gold) and your name is starred in the program.

    3. Those of you who are Psi Chi members can order a cord/medallion/sash (one/two or all three) through the local chapter.

    Health Profession Tracks and Psychology? (Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy, pre-Med, etc.)

    Many psychology majors are interested in careers in the health professions such as physical therapy (PT) and/or occupational therapy (OT). Students interested in the health professionals are well served by declaring themselves as a "pre" student in their area of interest. The "pre" courses do not qualify as a major or minor. The "pre" courses prepare students for the admission requirements of most graduate programs associated with each specific field.

    Pre OT Track & Psychology advising website 

    DUAL DEGREE - PSY & OT: The Occupational Therapy program has a specific "dual-degree" program for a select number of strong psychology students who want to earn an OT graduate degree at UW-L.  The dual degree program is accelerated and not a particularly good fit for students who wish to study abroad or pursue additional academic and co-curricular interests. Complete information on the dual degree program is available from the OT website. Questions regarding the graduate program in OT should be directed to the Health Professions Department.