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Academic Advising

Each Psychology major is assigned one of the Department faculty members as their academic advisor. (Follow these instructions to find out who your advisor is.) Make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor during the advisement period listed in the Academic Calendar. Use the resources linked below to help make your advising appointment more productive.

Advising Notes for Summer 2022

PSYC 270 Well-Being & Happiness
For those who need a Core Curriculum Wellness (WE) class,  the psychology-oriented option in that category will be offered as an online asynchronous class in the Summer B session (July 5 – August 3).

PSYC 340 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
The required PSYC 340 class will be offered online asynchronous during the Summer A session (May 24 – June 23).

PSYC 305 Social Psychology
This Group 2 Restricted Elective class will run online asynchronous during the full-summer session (May 24 – August 3).

PSYC 499 ST:WV Recovery Coach Academy
Former WV state senator John Unger will be teaching this popular course that  counts as 3 of the required 6 free elective credits in the Psychology major and minor. This course will enhance the skills of those individuals who support people on their life journey. This groundbreaking, game changing training is one of the best available for anyone interested in recovery/ life coaching by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to guide, mentor and support others through their own transition, recovery and growth process. It prepares participants by helping them actively listen, ask appropriate questions and discover ways to manage their own issues while providing resources to others. There are no course prerequisites and enrollment is open to all. There is no additional cost to participants beyond Shepherd University tuition. Participants have one calendar year to complete at least 16 clinical hours after which they may be certified as a WV Recovery Coach/Life Coach.

PSYC 399R ST:Intro to Mindfulness
Please note that PSYC 399R ST:Intro to Mindfullness is, like all the “R” special topics classes, available only to students enrolled in the RBA program and does not count toward any of the requirements in the Psychology major or minor.

Advising Notes for Fall 2022

PSYC 399 ST:Death, Dying, & Grief
This special topics class will be taught by Prof. Ashley Shepard, who has extensive experience working in the Hospice environment. This course will examine various topics associated with death, dying and grief. Topics include physiology of the death and dying process for complex terminal illness and sudden death of adults and children, theoretical approaches to grief, coping strategies for complex nonfinite and disenfranchised grief, and ethical and legal issues associated with death, such as euthanasia.

PSYC 250 Statistics for the Social Sciences, section 03
In addition to two sections that follow our usual scheduling for this class (MWF lecture, T or R lab), Dr. Levitan will offer a section where the class will meet on TR and the lab will be completed online. This will offer expanded scheduling options to students who need this class.

PSYC 392 Co-operative Education in Psychology
This course is for students whose work experience is in some way related to psychology. You work with a faculty member to incorporate your experiences at work into your education in psychology. Note that you no longer need to contact the co-op office to enroll in this course. Now, you should go to your academic advisor to learn what you need to do.

Answers to Psychology Advising Questions

While your academic advisor can answer many of your questions, another great resource is the Psychology Major Frequently Asked Questions page. Have a look there for many common questions asked by Psychology students.