Each 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.
- Psychology Major Degree Assessment Form
- Advising Preplanning Worksheet (from Advising Assistance Center)
- Core Curriculum Worksheets
- The Psychology program “Spine”
- Advising Assistance Center (Student Page)
Advising Notes for Fall 2018
Well Being and Happiness
Beginning in fall 2018, Dr. Murtagh’s PSYC 270 Well Being and Happiness course will count toward the Wellness (WE) requirement in Tier II of the Core Curriculum. As a 200-level course, it won’t count as a free elective for Psychology majors, but it will satisfy this Core Curriculum for those who need it.
Psychology of Substance Abuse
Shanan Spencer from the Shepherd University Counseling Services office will be offering PSYC 326 Psychology of Substance Abuse. This course will focus on the psychological and social components of substance abuse along with issues related to treatment.
If you are interested in practicum (internship) experiences in psychology, have a look at the Psychology Practicum page and contact Dr. Murtagh for more information.
Study Abroad: PSYC 420 History & Systems
If you are planning on joining the May, 2019 academic study tour to London and Paris, then you should wait until spring 2019 to take PSYC 420 History & Systems of Psychology with Dr. Lovelace. There will be a special section of that class for travelers focusing on the things we’ll see on the tour. Contact Dr. Lovelace for more information.
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!