Upon entry to the Psychology Department, students are assigned to an academic advisor. Academic advisors are full-time Psychology faculty members. They serve as academic resources and advise students about career opportunities, internship possibilities, and graduate and professional school prospects and applications. They help students gain maximum benefit from their years at The College and to prepare for life after graduation.
Upon declaration of a specialization in sophomore year, students are reassigned to an academic advisor associated with their chosen focus.
Students can access the name and contact information of their advisor on PAWS. Students retain the right to request reassignment to another academic advisor; however, we recommend reassignment to an advisor associated with the chosen focus. Students are also welcome to seek informal advising from faculty other than their assigned advisor; however, this should not be in lieu of establishing an ongoing advising relationship with the assigned advisor.
Students are expected to meet with their assigned academic advisor at least once each semester. While advisor input seems most relevant at registration time, students are also encouraged to meet with their advisor at other points in the semester for ongoing discussion about academic and career interests and plans.
It is the student’s responsibility to schedule advising appointments with their academic advisor. Faculty office hours are posted on their office doors. During registration period, advisors will post advising appointments on their office door. If you are unavailable during the listed times, email or call the advisor to arrange an alternate time.
Student responsibilities in the advising relationship include:
- Seek information in a timely fashion.
- Be prepared with necessary documents for advisement (e.g. Academic Planner). Inform advisor of any deviations from approved course requirements.
- Seek career information
- Be responsible for knowing how your major fits into your career/future goals.
- Accept ownership of academic career: take responsibility for meeting all major and degree requirements.
- Think planfully with your advisor about Liberal Learning course choices and other non-major course choices.