Announcements

  • UPDATED 5/23/19: To all students considering switching into or adding our MAJOR:
    All students who wish to add or switch into our major must attend a New Majors Meeting. The next round of meetings will take place during the first week of September. In addition, those of you wishing to SWITCH to psychology must make your requests online, through HokieSpa, before June 1, or between July 27 and September 1. In August, we will post dates and times, and instructions on how to sign up for one of our New Majors Meetings. These will take place the first week of September. Note also that this department adheres to the 'senior rule' stating that students may not switch into or add a major in their senior year (after 90 credit hours).

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.

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), to learn about the major and have a faculty adviser assigned to you. More details will be available on this webpage in early August.

If you would like to add psychology as a second major, you need to attend one of the three New Majors Sessions (first week of September), to learn about the major and fill out some brief paperwork. More details will be available on this webpage in early August.

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).  See the brief PDF file under Forms and Documents above for instructions on ordering a DARS for psychology.

Psychology Majors

The complete requirements for psychology majors can be found in the Major's Handbook (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 read 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.