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 Spring 2019
Special Note to Dr. Murtagh’s advisees
Dr. Murtagh is on sabbatical during the fall 2018 semester. Her advisees will be temporarily re-assigned to meet with another faculty member for advising. Stand by for an e-mail from the department chair.
Psychology of Substance Abuse
Once again, Shanan Spencer from the Shepherd University Counseling Services office will be offering her popular 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.
PSYC 211 Faculty Led Research
If you would like to get involved in faculty research, contact any of the faculty members listed as offering a section of PSYC 211. This is especially important for students interested in going on to graduate school, but is useful for anyone interested in getting hands-on experience with psychological science.
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 register for Dr. Lovelace’s section of PSYC 420 History & Systems of Psychology this spring . Registration requires permission of instructor – contact Dr. Lovelace.
Answers to Psychology Advising Questions
“Do I have to take my Psychology classes in any particular order?“
For some, yes. Pay close attention to prerequisites. These will be listed along with the course description in the Shepherd Catalog. Prerequisites 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.
“Do I have to get a C in every Psychology course that I want to count toward my major?”
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!
“Do I have to take a foreign language? Which one should I take?”
Since Psychology is a B.A. degree, the University requires that you also take four semesters of the same foreign language. These will be numbered 101, 102, 203, and 204. The Department of English and Modern Languages offers courses in several languages, but note the following two things. 1. There tend to be more sections for the Spanish courses, so you’ll have an easier time fitting those into your schedule. 2. The German classes are offered mainly for the choral students and are set to fit into their schedule–the times often conflict with required Psychology classes. Talk to your advisor.
“Can classes count for more than one requirement?”
In some cases, yes. We call this “course-sharing” (or, more informally, “double-dipping”). You may count up to two classes for both the Psychology major and a minor. For example, PSYC 340 is required for Psychology majors and is an option for Education minors. It can count for both as long as you’re not also counting more than one other class for both. Another example would be classes that count for both the Psychology major and the Core Curriculum. You may count up to two classes for both the Core Curriculum and your Psychology major (PSYC 101 falls into this category) and you may do the same between the Core Curriculum and your minor. (Those are two separate counts–two Core/major classes and two Core/minor classes.) Note that the third and fourth semesters of your foreign language (203 & 204) can count towards the Humanities section of the Core Curriculum as well as toward the University’s language requirement. Because that requirement isn’t part of the Psychology major, those two classes counting both for that and the Core Curriculum doesn’t count as double-dipping.