Department of Psychology
Purpose of Academic Advising
The fundamental purpose of academic advising in the Psychology Department is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas.
Familiarize yourself with the purpose of academic advising and the responsibilities of the student and of the advisor in this process.
Seeking Other Sorts of Advising?
Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to Psychology. There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.
Advising in Psychology
In general, each Psychology faculty advisor has about 50-60 assigned advisees so we provide here an overview of advising issues to facilitate the process. In general, you can expect a solid advising session to include some or all of the following:'
- Your faculty advisor will assist you in assessing your progress toward academic and career goals, and help you understand the requirements and policies for your major and degree.
- Your faculty advisor will respond to your questions related to specific courses that meet your academic goals.
- You and your advisor can jointly develop an action plan for reaching your academic goals.
- You and your advisor will discuss your grade point average, and, if appropriate, specific strategies to improve your grade point average.
- If appropriate, your advisor will help you identify student services on campus that may be particularly appropriate for your needs and interests.
- Your advisor will help you pursue opportunities for undergraduate honors, research, and internships, should you be interested.
- Your advisor will listen to and respect the decisions you make regarding your UVM education and career goals but will NOT MAKE THESE DECISIONS FOR YOU OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THESE DECISIONS. THIS RESPONSIBILITY RESTS SQUARELY WITH YOU!
Please consult these three additional references for advising in the Psychology Department:
- Undergraduate Advising in Psychology Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Advising in Psychology (VIDEO)
- In the first semester of your first year, it is best to take PSYC 001 (Introduction to Psychology) as this is the gateway course to the Department as well as a prerequisite for 100 level Psychology courses.
- It is best to take at most two 100 level Psychology courses so you can concentrate on meeting the College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements.
- Arts & Sciences degree requirements are described on the College of Arts & Sciences' website. Special questions regarding these requirements are best answered by an advisor in the Dean's Office. Just call 656-3344 or stop at 438 Main St. (just behind Waterman Bldg.) and ask to speak to an advisor.
- It is important that you take PSYC 109 (Psychology Research Methods I) the Fall of your second year and PSYC 110 (Psychology Research Methods II) the Spring of your second year so you can complete the rest of your major requirements in a timely manner. PSYC 109 is the gateway course to the Psychology major and a prerequisite for almost all 200 level Psychology courses.
- It is also important to take PSYC 109-110 during your sophomore year if you plan to study abroad in your junior or senior year so as to guarantee meeting 200 level course prerequisites.
Getting A Psychology Advisor
You will be assigned a Psychology faculty advisor if you declare Psychology as your major when you first enroll at the University of Vermont. Students who are switching from another major or from "Undecided status" to a Psychology major should declare the Psychology major using the online form. You will then be automatically assigned a Psychology advisor.
Be sure to contact your new advisor by phone or e-mail to introduce yourself and, if needed, set up an advising appointment. You should meet with your advisor prior to the pre-registration period each semester to discuss your progress towards fulfilling your degree requirements.
You may request to change your academic advisor at any time simply by emailing Mary Gauvin at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Psychology Department Main Office. Be sure to indicate if there is a specific faculty member who you wish to serve as your advisor.
Now that you are a Psychology major, the Department strongly advises that you meet in person at least once per semester with your academic advisor. It is the student's responsibility to schedule and attend the meeting at the agreed upon time. It is important to confer with your Psychology faculty advisor at least once per semester over email or in person while following carefully the College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements and the Psychology major requirements
Advice on What Courses to Take
The online CATS AUDIT (Curriculum and Tracking System) operated through the Registrar's Student SIS access, permits a student to analyze exactly what College, Major, and Minor requirements she or he has fulfilled and which remain unfilled at any point in time. Therefore, BEFORE contacting your advisor, run a CATS audit so that you are aware of your current progress in meeting your program requirements. If you believe that the information in your CATS Audit is incorrect, contact the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office (656-3344).
First Year Course Suggestions
Second Year Course Suggestions
Last modified August 21 2013 10:22 AM