This page contains advising information for the psychological sciences major. Students pursuing the minor should see the Psychological Sciences Minor page for information about advising and the minor.
Who Is My Advisor?
We use two different types of advisors: academic advisors and faculty advisors. Academic advisors are professional advisors dedicated to academic advising on a full-time basis. Faculty advisors are professors in psychological sciences with research and teaching duties occupying the majority of their job responsibilities.
Students new to the psychological sciences major (freshman, transfer students, and newly declared majors) are automatically assigned to an academic advisor based on their degree (BA or BS). Students will remain with this advisor during their entire undergraduate education.
Students are also eligible for a faculty advisor assignment in addition to their assignment to their psychological sciences academic advisor. Faculty advisors are experts in their discipline of psychological sciences and can offer a different perspective than your academic advisor.
The Role of Your Advisor
Your Advisor’s Responsibility
Because of the different roles and responsibilities of academic advisors and faculty advisors, the advising you seek from each advisor will be different in nature.
- Questions about general education and major requirements, policies, degree progress, etc.
- Mentoring for academic and career goals.
- Starting point for exploration of minors and other majors.
- Familiarity with services and resources around campus. Even if your advisor doesn’t know every detail about every program or service, s/he will be able to point you in the right direction.
- Questions about graduate school, career paths, and research opportunities related to psychological sciences.
- Experience and perspective in their discipline of psychological sciences.
- Potential source for letters of recommendation for scholarships, graduate school applications, and/or jobs.
Lastly, either advisor can provide the following:
- Course recommendations
- Approval of non-preapproved related courses required on the final plan of study
- Signatures for necessary paperwork
A specific set of questions is not always necessary to meet with your advisor. For example, you might want to learn more about graduate school but not know what questions to ask. Meeting with your advisor can provide you with the initial information necessary to develop further questions. Part of your advisor’s role is helping you find and navigate the path that’s right for you; utilize this resource!
Your advisor is not responsible, however, for seeking you out and reminding you to take care of your responsibilities. You are responsible for the following:
- Meeting all of your graduation requirements
- Arranging to meet with your advisor at least once a semester
- Filing all necessary paperwork on time
Obtaining a Faculty Advisor
Email the Undergraduate Program Office to request a faculty advisor (initial requests or changes). You will receive a link to a questionnaire. Once completed, your responses will be reviewed, and you will be assigned a suitable faculty advisor based on your interests and goals in psychological sciences.
Students should arrange to meet with their faculty advisor during his/her posted office hours. You may also be able to email your faculty advisor to schedule an appointment. (Some advisors use AdvApp but most do not.) Contact information and office hours for faculty advisors are available on the Faculty contact page.