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SU_Psych091015-101sEach Psychology major is assigned one of the Department faculty members as their advisor. (Log into RAIL to find out who your advisor is.) It is each student’s responsibility to schedule an advising appointment with their faculty advisor during the advising period. Use the resources linked below to help make your advising appointment more productive.

Spring 2017 Advising Notes

New Intro. to the Major Course

PSYC 299D – Special Topics: Introduction to the Psychology Major
(1cr) This one-credit class is intended for any new Psychology major (either new students or those who recently switched majors). We will talk about the Psychology major in detail and cover some of the things you can do to be successful. You’ll have an opportunity to meet some of the Psychology faculty and we’ll spend some time talking about psychological science and critical thinking. Most of the course grade will be based on attendance and participation. If you have any questions, just contact Dr. Lovelace at (or drop by his office in Stutzman-Slonaker room 106). Prerequisites:  PSYC 101 suggested but not required.

The course will be taught by Dr. Chris Lovelace on Tuesday mornings from 9:35 – 10:50 a.m. in White Hall 209.

Special Topics Course on Positive Psychology

Interested in learning more about psychological well-being and happiness?
In choosing courses for spring, consider this course:
PSYC 299E Special Topics: Flourishing: Positive Psychology. (PSYC 101 Intro. to Psychology is a prerequisite.) CRN 41415
The course will be taught by Dr. Murtagh and will meet Tues/Thurs 11:00 am. to 12:15 p.m. in White Hall 209.

What does it mean to be psychologically healthy, or to “flourish”? This course will focus primarily on the relatively new field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology has been defined as the scientific study of positive emotions (e.g., happiness, joy, laughter), positive traits (e.g., courage, creativity, kindness), and positive institutions (healthy families, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods). Contact Dr. Murtagh for more information.

Reminder: Change to the Group I Restricted Electives

Remember, starting in fall 2016, the Group I Restricted Elective courses were  split into a 3-credit lecture (PSYC 370, 371, 372) and 1-credit lab (PSYC 370L, 371L, 372L). Before, the prerequisite for PSYC 484 – Directed Readings was any one of the three Group I electives. Starting this fall, the pre-requisite is any one of the labs. When you sign up for a lab, you must also sign up for the matching course (as a co-requisite). However, if you would like to take another of the Group I courses later, you could take it alone (without having to do the lab). Non-Psychology students (who don’t need the lab as a prerequisite) may take the lecture courses by themselves. Consult your advisor for more information.

In spring 2017, Dr. Lovelace will be offering PSYC 370 – Sensation and Perception along with PSYC 370L Sensation and Perception Lab. Psychology majors who have not yet successfully completed a Group I Restricted Elective course and who would like to take PSYC 484 – Directed Readings in fall 2017 should sign up for both PSYC 370 and PSYC 370L this fall.

Psychology Major Urban Legend of the Day

“I have to get a C in every Psychology course that I want to count toward my major.”

Guess what–no you don’t! But you DO have to pass every course that will count and finish with a C average in all of your Psychology courses. So, if you get a D, make sure you’ve got a B to even it out!