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Academic Advising

Each Psychology major is assigned one of the Psychology Program faculty members to serve 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 spring 2024

PSYC 102 Introduction to the Psychology major (T 11-12:15, FTF, CRN 40707)
Dr. Lovelace will again be offering his Introduction to the Psychology major class for new Psych majors. This one-credit class will meet once a week to talk about the Psychology program, classes, careers in psychology, and to meet the Psych faculty. There are a few homework assignments (and a scavenger hunt), but no tests. All students who are new to the Psychology major at Shepherd are invited to enroll. Contact Dr. Lovelace with questions.

PSYC 399 ST:Social Psychology of Genocide and the Holocaust (MWF 1:10-2, FTF, CRN 41237)
This course is being offered in conjunction with a summer 2024 academic study tour focused on how social psychology can help us understand historic events like the Holocaust. Consult Dr. Levitan for more information (

PSYC 382 Humanistic Psychology (MWF 2:10-3, Zoom, CRN 41293)
Dr. Merz will once again be teaching his popular 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. Enrollment required permission of instructor. Contact Dr. Merz for more information.

PSYC 399A ST:Introduction to Forensic Psychology (W 5-7:40, FTF, CRN 41100)
This course will again be taught by doctoral candidate in forensic psychology, Prof. Stephanie Purdy. This is an introductory course providing students with an overview forensic psychology, including basic beliefs, practices, and procedures. Students will explore subspecialties of forensic psychology; roles and responsibilities; and related legal, ethical, and diversity issues. This course will cover a broad spectrum of the various areas that involve law and psychology. Students will briefly learn behaviors and obtain a greater insight of theories and concepts as they relate to forensic psychology.

Psychology Practica (PSYC 211, 312, 313)
Practicum (internship) experiences in psychology offered by the Psychology Program include helping faculty with their ongoing research and interning with local mental health service providers. Visit the Psychology Practicum page for more information.

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.