Announcements

UPDATED 8/26/19: To all students who have applied to switch into our major:
All students who wish to change their major to psychology must attend a New Majors Meeting. The next round of meetings will take place next week at the days and times below. In addition, if you haven't already, you must make your requests online, through HokieSpa, before September 1. 

To sign up for a New Majors Meeting, please fill out this survey at least 24 hours before the meeting begins: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7TFzAOGUdpWQw97. Also, be sure to order and bring a 'What-if DARS' to the meeting; please see more information in the Switching Into or Adding the Major section on the webpage below.

The New Majors Meetings will be at the following times and locations:

  • Tueday, September 3, 8-9:15am, 220 Williams
  • Wednesday, September 4, 11:30am-1230pm, 134 Williams
  • Thursday, September 5, 5-7pm, 320 Williams Hall (note: this session is likely to go the longest as it will be the most heavily attended)

Have a question?  Contact an Advisor

If you have questions about:

  • Psychology course registration/drop
  • Psychology major/minor requirements
  • Adding or removing a psychology minor

Then please email psycadvising@vt.edu, or stop by Williams Hall and see Courtney Glass or  Kurt Hoffman.

The Student Advising Resources page has a wealth of information that addresses many common advising questions and concerns among students.

Switching Into or Adding the Major

Please note that the Department of Psychology adheres to the 'senior rule,' which is stated in the Undergraduate Catalog as:

"Undergraduate students must be enrolled in their major(s) [and minor(s)] of choice prior to the beginning of their senior year, or by the time they have 30 semester hours to complete before their graduation." 

This means that if you have already earned 90 credits in a major that requires 120, you may not add or switch into our major.

If you would like to ADD psychology as a second major, simply contact one of the advisors listed above to set up a one-on-one appointment.

Major CHANGES are now processed through HokieSpa, three times per year (see here for dates and times). Even though the major changes are approved online, you must still attend one of three New Majors Sessions (first week of September, and first week of February), to learn about the major and have a faculty adviser assigned to you.

Ordering and printing out a Degree Audit (DARS) through Hokie Spa. Please make sure your DARS printout has ALL SECTIONS OPEN so we can see all of your courses (click on the words Open All Sections, in blue font, at the top-left of your DARS).  For instructions on ordering a DARS, see the file entitled "Printing a Degree Audit for Psychology" under the Forms and Documents above.

Psychology Majors

The complete requirements for psychology majors can be found in the Major's Handbook, or the Major Checksheet for your graduation year (see Forms and Documents above). In addition to meeting the psychology department's requirements, each major must fulfill the University's general education requirements.

In some instances students may apply for a waiver of a specific requirement or may substitute one course for another to fulfill a requirement. If you wish to apply for a waiver or course substitution, go to the department's advising office to get the necessary forms and additional information.

Psychology Minors

The requirements for the minor vary according to graduation year.

For students graduating in 2019, the requirements are:

  1. Successfully complete 18 semester hours in psychology, including
  2. Successfully complete these specific courses:
    1. PSYC 1004 (Introductory Psychology)
    2. PSYC 1094 (Principles of Psychological Research) and
  3. Successfully complete one (three hour) psychology course at the 4000-level. (PSYC 4964 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)

For students graduating in 2020, the requirements are:

  1. Successfully complete 18 semester hours in psychology, including
  2. Successfully complete these specific courses:
    1. PSYC 1004 (Introductory Psychology)
    2. PSYC 1094 (Principles of Psychological Research) and
  3. Successfully complete two (three hour) psychology courses at the 3000-level or above. (PSYC 4964 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)

The 2021 requirements are almost the same as 2020, although students must also take one of the following courses: PSYC 2034, 2044, 2064, or 2084.