Psychology Advising Center

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The Psychology Advising Center is closed for the rest of Spring 2020. Info on virtual advising is below.

Virtual Drop-In Peer Advising

If you have a quick academic or career advising question, our Peer Advisors are available to chat with you without an appointment Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm & 6pm-8pm or Friday from 10am-2pm during Spring 2020.

To meet with a Peer Advisor:

  1. Use your UWL credentials to log in to Microsoft Teams
  2. Type peeradvisors@uwlax.edu into the search bar at the top of the page and hit Enter
  3. Use the chat box at the bottom of the page to type your question

If you are a first-year student interested in scheduling an appointment with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center & Career Services in 1209 Centennial, go to https://www.uwlax.edu/aaccs/ and click the "Make an appointment" button.

Psychology major checksheet & choosing a minor expanding section

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. We also recommend completing a graduation plan when you are two or three semesters away from completing your requirements.

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 CareGerontology (an emphasis rather than a minor), Neuroscience, Art Therapy, Biology, Sociology, Spanish, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Statistics, Ethnic & Racial Studies, and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

How do I declare psychology as a major? expanding section
  1. Complete the online tutorial that will automatically submit your response to the Academic Advising Center. Plan on at least 1 hour and be ready for built-in online quizzes on the material. 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. A student may not declare psychology as a second major if they have already earned 75 credits.
  2. An advising professional will contact you after you have completed the tutorial to set up a face-to-face meeting.
  3. After your meeting with a Psychology advisor, complete the CASSH/VPA Change of Program/Plan form. If you are adding psychology as a second major, please discuss the process with an advisor.
  4. Although you still may need to complete required coursework to be allowed full access to psychology courses, the process described above results in Psychology being listed as your official major after a Psychology advisor reviews your change of major form.
  5. After Psychology is your official major, you will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Advising Center (first year students) or a faculty advisor in the department (students with 30+ credits completed).
What is the process if I am a transfer student? expanding section

We value the previous experiences of transfer students and will work with you directly to review possible transfer credits, discuss your plans in psychology, and support your goals as a new UWL student. Since Psychology is a popular major, we also recognize the challenge in registering for courses depending on the timing of your application and acceptance, and provide guidance on creating a course schedule that works for you. If you are thinking of declaring Psychology as your major at UWL, please complete the required steps for transfer majors available from the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Depending on your progress in our degree requirements, you might start working with the Academic Advising Center for a short time, or be assigned directly to a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department. Feel free to contact the Department Chair or Associate Chair if you have any questions prior to transferring. 

What is the meaning of the program milestones? expanding section

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 an advisor. 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 212 – Lifespan Development.)

Milestone 2 = Earn a "C" or better in PSY 100 & STAT 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 Advising Week? expanding section

Each semester the department will set aside a full week for advising appointments several weeks before registration begins in WINGS. All Psychology majors will receive an email from their designated advisor in WINGS to schedule a brief appointment to help with course selection. All Psychology majors with less than 90 credits will have an advising hold that prevents registration. Attending an advising appointment will remove the hold. Students are expected to complete a course planning worksheet to bring with them to their advising appointments. If your schedule doesn't overlap with your advisor that week, you are welcome to find another day prior to your registration time in WINGS.

Who is my advisor? expanding section

Access WINGS to find your advisor. Generally speaking, after you have completed 30 credits, 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 them regularly; however, you may see ANY faculty member for advice. Indeed, as your career plans become clearer you may wish to talk with someone whose interests are closer to yours to get more information about the field.

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.

In addition to faculty advisors, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities provides academic advisor services. Peter Stovall is housed in Morris Hall, his number is 785-8846. He is assigned to psychology majors. After students apply to graduate in their WINGS Student Center, and after they have registered for their final semester, Pete will do a degree check to make sure you are on track to graduate. He will contact you via email. If you have any questions for Pete pertaining to graduation you may email him (pstovall@uwlax.edu) or call 785-5454 to set up a meeting.

What is the Psychology Honors Program? expanding section

The Honors Program is a nine-credit, multi-semester sequence that starts Spring semester designed to give qualified students the opportunity to design and conduct independent psychological research under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Traditionally, students complete the program in three semesters, the first semester in the Spring of their third year (i.e., junior year) and the remaining two semesters during their last year (e.g., senior year). The Honors Seminar (PSY 489) is only offered in the Spring, and the application for the Honors Program is due at the time of Fall registration. Full details are available at https://www.uwlax.edu/psychology/undergraduate-majorsminors/psychology-honors-program3/.

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

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.

Exploring Health Profession Careers (UWL)

Pre OT Track & Psychology advising website