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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.

Fall 2017 Advising Notes

Drugs and the Brain

This spring, Dr. Lovelace will once again be offering PSYC 365 Drugs & the Brain (CRN: 41281). This course, offered TR 1:50-3:05 p.m., reviews the mechanisms by which drugs can affect brain function and behavior and also covers a number of specific types of drugs (cannabinoids, opiates, stimulants, etc.). PLEASE NOTE: the PSYC 361 Biopsychology prerequisite for this class will not be enforced this semester, but you should have completed PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology. Simply visit Dr. Daily in his office (Stutzman-Slonaker room 102D) for a “prerequisite override” to enroll in PSYC 365. Also, Psychology majors who have not yet taken PSYC 361 Biopsychology will be able to have this spring’s PSYC 365 to satisfy that requirement. While you are welcome to take both Drugs & the Brain and Biopsychology (which will next be offered in fall 2018), you are not required to do so.

Humanistic Psychology

This spring will also see the triumphant return of Dr. Merz’s PSYC 382 Humanistic Psychology class. You will have a chance to explore a more positive side of human behavior by exploring the ideas of humanistic psychologists such as Carl Rogers, Leo Buscaglia, Viktor Frankl, Harold Greenwald, and Abraham Maslow.

Introduction to the Psychology Major

Dr. Lovelace will be offering his PSYC 299 Introduction to the Psychology Major course this spring. This one-credit course will meet on Tuesdays from 12:25 to 1:40 p.m. (CRN: 41286). It is intended to orient new Psych majors (freshmen, transfer students, students changing majors) to the Psych major, to the faculty, and to how we approach problems in psychology. There will be minimal assignments and homework. Contact Dr. Lovelace with any questions.

Tests and Measurements

Students interested in learning more about psychological instruments available for measuring human behavior and, in particular, how such measures are developed should consider taking PSYC 315 Psychological Tests and Measurements. This course can be especially useful as preparation for your Senior Thesis project and for students considering going on to graduate school.

Helping With Faculty Research

Psychology majors wishing to get involved in faculty led research projects may sign up for PSYC 211 Faculty Led Research. This fall, there are sections available to work with Drs. Daily, Levitan, Murtagh, and Lovelace. Consult those faculty members directly for more information.

Psychology Major Urban Legends

“I don’t have to take my Psychology classes in any particular order.”

That’s not exactly true–you should always pay close attention to prerequisites. Those are how we ensure you have the knowledge and abilities required for a class before you move on to that class. In particular, pay attention to the order of classes in the Psychology major “spine”, illustrated here. The Psychology major is a six-semester sequence, starting with Introduction to Psychology and ending with Senior Thesis. Be sure to keep yourself on track while you move through this sequence. See your advisor for more information.

“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!