Announcements

  • Drop/add opens December 5 and will be open until January 21st.
    • If you didn’t get a 1000-3000 level PSYC course, please know that all seats are on the timetable. We cannot force add into these courses. Watch the timetable for a seat and check out course pickle and coursicle.
      • Please know that we have lifted the major and minor restrictions on all PSYC 1000-3000 level courses.
    • Are you a senior graduating this Spring (Spring 2021) who didn’t get a 4000 level course? There are seats in some of the 4000 level courses, 4000 level labs, and senior seminars at this time. If you are unable to get a seat in one of these by December 9th, please email psycadvising@vt.edu
  • Change of major on Hokie Spa will open December 14 and will remain open through most of January. Please see https://www.registrar.vt.edu/dates-deadlines/Change_of_Major_Dates.html for more information and instructions. 
  • Good luck with end of semester assignments and final exams!! Check out the awesome Making it Through the Final Stretch session the Student Sucess Center offers. 

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 contact your assigned advisor, Courtney Glass, Christina Minford, 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, please set up the appropriate explore appiontment following the directions here.

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 participate in a PSYC New Majors Canvas Site (first week of September and first week of February), to learn about the major and have an academic advisor assigned to you.

 

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 inquire about a waiver or course substitution, please email psycadvising@vt.edu if you have any questions.

Psychology Minors

The requirements for the minor vary somewhat according to graduation year. To add the PSYC minor, please set up an Explore Psychology Minor appiontment following the directions here

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.)

For students graduating in 2021 or later, 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) 
  3. Successfully complete one of the following courses: PSYC 2034, 2044, 2064, or 2084, and
  4. Successfully complete two (three-hour) psychology courses at the 3000-level or above. (PSYC 4964 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)