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Declaring Your Major or Minor in Psychology

If you are ready to declare your major or minor in Psychology and simply want to review how to do this online, then this resource will will send you on your way.  Otherwise, keep reading - and we recommend that you do so!

Would a major or minor in Psychology contribute to your plans for the future? If you decide that Psychology is for you, then by all means declare a major or minor as soon as possible.

Selecting an area of study is an important step in your college career. Although changing majors is always possible, the farther along you are in your college career, the harder it becomes to accumulate the necessary courses in a given period of time. Therefore, before you declare a psychology major, we suggest that you:

  • Pay close attention to the content of your PSYC 103 (Introduction to Psychological Science) course. Did you find the subject matter interesting? Exciting? Challenging?
  • Do some reading about psychology on your own. Visit the Psychology Department web page resources - there are many links to excellent resources in our field. Browse journals such as the American Psychologist and Current Directions in Psychological Science in the library, or borrow a copy of the APA Monitor or APS Observer (monthly publications for psychologists) from a faculty member. Intelligent reading and web surfing will give you an idea of the current interests and concerns of psychologists.
  • Discuss your interest in becoming a psychology major or minor with your instructors and advanced psychology majors. Ask your psychology instructor about his or her courses, research interests, and view of the field. Attend a meeting of the Psychology Club and strike up a conversation with a peer about his or her view of the field. Psychology faculty and advanced majors will be able to answer many of the questions you may have; when they can’t, they will refer you to someone or to a resource who can.
  • Consider, but don’t be overly swayed, by current estimates of career incomes, job projections, and the like. Focus on what you enjoy, what you are good at, and what's important to you. Your interests, abilities, skills, and values are the keys – try to match your choice of major with these.

Changing Your Psychology Advisor

If for whatever reason you wish to change advisors, you can do so by completing a Change in Psychology Advisor Form and submitting it to the Psychology Department Office at 57 Coming Street.  The form is available in the Department Office and also in the Important Forms area of this website.