Advance Registration: Winter 2019-20 and Spring 2020

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Advance Registration Q&A

Here is everything you wanted to know about advance registration for psychology students (but were afraid to ask)! Don’t see your question below? Go see your advisor!

How do I register?

Below is a step-by-step guide for advance registration. Please read it carefully! The best way to make sure you get the classes you want/need is to carefully follow these instructions.

  1. Make sure you understand how the registration process works.
    Basic information on the registration process is available from the Records and Registration office.
  2. Retrieve your Progress Report.
    Progress reports are available by logging into
  3. Confirm that you are a declared psychology major or minor.
    Only declared majors and minors can register for psychology classes during advance registration. Information on declaring is available on the department website.
    NOTE: Records and Registration forbids new major or minor declarations between Oct 25 and Nov 15.
  4. Check remaining requirements.
    This information is available in your progress report. Pay special attention to total credits needed to graduate (120), as well as General Education and major/minor requirements.
  5. Look at the Schedule of Classes.
    The Schedule of Classes. is available online.
  6. Use My Schedule Planner to make a draft schedule.
    Make a draft schedule based on what courses you need and what is being offered. My Schedule Planner can be found in to help you generate possible schedules. Here is a video on how to use it:
  7. Identify what time you are scheduled to register.
    This is available in
  8. See your academic advisor.
    Be sure to take your draft schedule and Progress Report with you when you meet with your academic advisor. Your advisor will review your selections and clear you for registration. You will then receive an email that you have been cleared for registration. (You will then be able to register on or after your time assignment.) Please note that some advisors ask that you make an appointment for registration advising, while others ask you to simply stop by during office hours. Check with your specific advisor on what is preferred.
  9. Check for holds on your account.
    Look in your account to find out if any holds have been placed on your account. Resolve the hold by contacting the office that placed it.
  10. Register at your designated time. 
    At your designated time assignment, go onto and register for classes.

What if I don’t know who my advisor is?

Your advisor is listed on your Progress Report. If you want to know how to get in touch with your advisor, check the department directory and click your advisor’s name for email, phone, and office hour information.

If no psychology major or minor advisor is listed on your progress report, please go see see the undergrad psychology advisors during their office hours.

What are the Spring Semester advance registration dates?

  • November 4
    Matriculated Graduate student registration begins
  • November 11
    Matriculated Undergraduate student registration begins
  • November 18
    Non-Matriculated Graduate student registration begins
  • January 14
    Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begins
  • Spring 2020 Academic Calendar
  • Schedule of Classes

When should I go see my advisor?

Don’t procrastinate! See your advisor as soon as possible, ideally well before your advance registration time.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to advance registration is waiting until right before (or even worse, after!) your advance registration time to contact your advisor. Don’t risk having the classes you want fill up by not leaving sufficient time to (1) meet with your advisor, (2) plan a coherent schedule, and (3) get cleared to register.

When does Winter Session registration begin?

Do I need to be cleared by my advisor to register for winter classes?

No, but it is still probably a good idea to consult with your advisor about what classes you plan to take. You can do this at the same time that you meet with your advisor to discuss and get cleared for spring registration.

What are the PSY498 Seminar in Psychology topics?

The capstone requirement for psychology majors is PSY498 Seminar in Psychology. The topic of each seminar is different. The following descriptions can help you decide which one you would like to take.

Section 01
Title: Sex and Gender Differences Research: A Critical Evaluation (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Giordana Grossi 
Mondays, 2:00-4:50 PM

This course is a critical examination of the research on sex/gender differences. We will discuss findings from psychological and neuroscientific studies and some of the theories proposed to explain their origins. The course will provide students with methodological, theoretical, and epistemological tools to critically evaluate sex/gender research and claims of sex/gender differences in terms of size, meaning, and origin. During the course, in addition to reviewing some history of the science of sex differences, we will also discuss topics such as development, essentialism, innateness/hardwiring, and evolution. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: PSY436 or equivalent (e.g., PSY493, Cognition and The Brain).

Section 02
Title:  Attitudes and Persuasion (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Clifford Evans
Thursdays, 3:30-6:20 PM

Addresses key questions concerning attitude formation and attitude change, examining them from a social psychological perspective and applying psychological theory to real world events. Examines classic and contemporary approaches to understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying attitude formation and attitude change, with an especial emphasis on social cognition. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: PSY 306 Social Psychology

Section 03
Title: The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood in Today’s World (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Karla Vermeulen
Wednesdays, 2:00-4:50 PM

The period of emerging adulthood (ages 18 to 30) has always been a time of many transitions as young people begin to take on increasing responsibility and move into adult roles, but this process is arguably more complex and stressful for the current cohort than for previous generations. Today’s emerging adults spent their childhoods in an environment that was shaped by the attacks of 9/11 and a series of major natural disasters, and they have been exposed to increasingly dire news about how climate change may affect them personally. They also have been exposed to reports of a relentless series of mass shootings in schools and other public settings, often committed by – as well as targeting – members of their own generation. In addition, all of these events are depicted and discussed repeatedly in mass and social media, distorting perceptions of their actual frequency and the degree of personal risk of exposure. Finally, this group is now learning to function as adults in a time of extreme political strife and conflict within an increasingly polarized nation. This seminar will examine the developmental impact of these cumulative stressors, as well as the more positive opportunities and advantages this cohort experiences, through an ecological systems perspective

Section 04
Title:  The Science of Happiness (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Carol Vazquez
Wednesdays, 2:00-4:50 PM

Happiness is now big business, with promises of improved physical and mental health, enriched personal relationships and greater professional success. Can we make ourselves happy? Does meditation really do anything? Positive psychology stands in stark contrast to approaches in psychology that have traditionally emphasized the pathological, the deep, dark and negative aspects of the human condition. The positive emphasis on promoting subjective well-being has actually informed a wealth of interdisciplinary research, incorporating perspectives that include counseling, neuroscience, economics, philosophy and religion, all in an attempt to understand what may be fundamental to being human.

Section 05
Title:  Mental Illness and Stigma (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Greta Winograd
Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:50 PM

People with mental health challenges have been stigmatized throughout history. In this seminar, we will discuss theories of stigma dating back to the work of renowned sociologist Erving Goffman. We will become familiar with research investigating the general public’s understanding of mental illness and how stigma operates in the real world. We will also step outside of the research literature and observe for ourselves how people talk about mental illness and how people with psychiatric labels are portrayed in the popular media. Finally, we will explore innovative interventions designed to reduce stigmatizing attitudes/behaviors while offering accurate information about mental illness and mental health services.

How do I register for PSY330 Crisis Intervention?

Students must be approved to register for the crisis intervention class. This involves undergoing a screening.

Call the Psychological Counseling Center at (845) 257-2920 for information about scheduling the screening meeting.

Course description: Basic counseling and crisis intervention skills using a didactic/experiential approach under professional psychological supervision. Theory of intervention in suicide, substance abuse, and developmental crises. Role play practice.

How do I register for PSY497 Internship in Psychology?

Students must be approved to register for the internship class.

Contact Dr. Bobby Bui for interview/registration information: or (845) 257-3421

Course description: Supervised experience working in an applied setting related to psychology. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of 15 credits in practicum, fieldwork and independent study credits.

How do I register for PSY497 Disaster Practicum?

Students must be approved to register for the disaster practicum class.

Contact Ms. Rebecca Rodriguez for interview/registration information: or (845) 257-3477

Course description: Supervised experience working in an applied setting related to psychology. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of 15 credits in practicum, fieldwork and independent study credits. Requirement for Disaster Studies minors, Disaster Studies Minors only, Disaster Psychology must be fulfilled as a prerequisite

Are there any selected topic classes?

Yes! See descriptions below. Selected topic classes count as electives toward the major and minor.

PSY293 Selected Topic: Principles of Game Design (4 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Douglas Maynard
Class: Tuesdays/Fridays, 2:00-3:15 PM
Lab: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:50 PM

An introduction to basic principles and techniques in non-digital game design and analysis, with an emphasis on hands-on projects involving the design, prototyping, testing, and refinement of tabletop games. Consideration will also be given to how an understanding of psychological principles can improve design. (4 Credits)

PSY493 Selected Topic: Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Hirshorn
Class: Tuesdays/Fridays, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Introduction to topics in cognitive neuroscience, including the neural basis of complex vision (e.g., faces and objects), attention, memory, language, emotion, and executive functioning. Other special topics will include the effects of exercise on brain functioning, and the neural basis of reading, math, and creativity. Students will be exposed to research involving humans and animals at a variety of levels (e.g., analysis of behavior, several types of neuroimaging studies, and recordings from single brain cells). Includes lectures and group discussions of scientific papers.

What if I want to do an independent study?

Enrolling in an independent study requires the approval of a faculty member who will serve as the instructor/advisor.

It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty member who will sponsor his/her independent study project. Once a faculty member has agreed to serve as advisor, the faculty member will give the student the appropriate paperwork to complete. Independent study credits count towards elective credits for psychology majors and minors.

Independent studies can be done at the 200-level (PSY295) or 400-level (PSY495), depending on the precise project undertaken.

Faculty member’s scholarly interests can be found on the department’s faculty profiles page.

Do you have all the relevant registration links in one place?

Yes! Here they are:


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