- How do I register?
- What are the Fall 2019 advance registration dates?
- When should I go see my advisor?
- When does Summer 2019 registration begin?
- Do I need to be cleared by my advisor to register for summer classes?
- What are the PSY498 Seminar in Psychology topics?
- How do I register for PSY330 Crisis Intervention?
- How do I register for PSY497 Internship in Psychology?
- How do I register for PSY497 Disaster Practicum?
- What if I want to do an independent study?
How do I register?
Welcome! Below is information you need for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 advance registration.
What do I need to do before registering?
- Make sure 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 April 1 and April 26.
- Review your Progress Report in my.newpaltz.edu. Check what remaining General Education and major/minor requirements you have to complete.
- Look at the relevant Schedule of Classes.
- Make a draft schedule based on what courses you need and what is being offered. You are encouraged to use My Schedule Planner to assist you. It is a new tool in my.newpaltz.edu to help you generate possible schedules.
- See your academic advisor. Take your draft schedule and Progress Report with you when you meet with your 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.) Note: Some advisors ask that you make an appointment for registration advising, while others want you to just stop by during office hours. Check with your specific advisor on which is preferred.
- Check for holds on your account. Look in your my.newpaltz.edu account to find out if any holds have been placed on your account. Resolve the hold by contacting the office that placed it.
Are there other tips for registering?
Yes! Students are encouraged to take advantage of the following registration resources:
- Advance Registration Overview (including video tutorial)
- Tips for an Easy Registration Process
- My Schedule Planner (new tool in my.newpaltz.edu to help students generate possible schedules)
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 Fall 2019 advance registration dates?
- April 15 – Matriculated Graduate student registration begins
- April 22 – Matriculated Undergraduate student registration begins
- April 29 – Non-Matriculated Graduate student registration begins (REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATE COURSES ONLY)
- August 19– Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begins
- Schedule of classes
- Fall 2019 Academic Calendar
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 Summer 2019 registration begin?
Do I need to be cleared by my advisor to register for summer classes?
No, but it is still probably a good idea to consult with your advisor about what summer 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 fall classes.
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.
Fall 2019, Section 01
Title: Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
Wednesdays, 5:00-7:50 PM
This seminar familiarizes students with a continuum of drug use and abuse related concepts. We will look at the effects of various substances on the brain, both short and long term. Topics covered include the physical properties of drugs, the exploration of the components of addiction, analyzing contemporary models of addiction, prevention/treatment concepts, as well as the forces influencing perceptions of the use of drugs in history. Finally, we will look at the use of psychoactive drugs as treatment for various psychological disorders.
Fall 2019, Section 02
Title: Cultural Contexts of Development: International Perspectives
Instructor: Dr. Tabitha Holmes
Tuesdays, 5:00-7:50 PM
This course will consider the ways in which culture influences human development (and how culture is in turn influenced by developing members of a particular culture). To do this, we will use ecological theories and theories of cultural and cross-cultural psychology to understand how social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development unfolds within a particular cultural context. Specifically, we will explore how informal and formal settings and practices influence how individuals perceive and interact in the world and how they experience various developmental challenges and changes within particular cultures. Given that cultural psychology is a result of the interaction and intersection of scholarly work from a variety of sciences and social sciences, this course will draw from scholarship in psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, and related fields.
Fall 2019, Section 03
Title: Mental Illness and Stigma
Instructor: Dr. Greta Winograd
Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:50 PM
People with mental illness 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.
Fall 2019, Section 04
Title: Theory of Mind
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Wice
Tuesdays, 3:30-6:20 PM
Many of the most interesting and complex characteristics of human behavior, such as the use of language and the development of self-awareness, have been linked to one overarching human ability: having a “theory of mind” (ToM). ToM is generally defined as the ability to infer others’ mental states, such as their intentions and beliefs. In this course we will examine the development of ToM across different age periods including in infancy, childhood and adulthood. We will review and evaluate evidence from psychological research, including (1) ToM as an adaptive human and non-human capacity; (2) studies addressing the developmental precursors to theory of mind; (3) the socialization of theory of mind in everyday parent-child interaction; (4) the neurological correlates of theory of mind; (5) the link between autism and theory of mind; and (6) cultural variation in ToM.
Summer 2019, Section 01
Title: Positive Evolutionary Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Glenn Geher
Evolutionary psychology is essentially the application of Darwin’s powerful ideas to issues of human behavior. Positive psychology is an approach to human behavioral processes focusing on cultivating the positive aspects of life, such as happiness and community. This course represents (to my mind) the world’s first-ever course that focuses on the integration of these two cutting-edge areas of psychology: Positive Evolutionary Psychology. As a scholar who is passionate about advancing the work of evolutionary psychology – and using insights from this area to help advance the condition of humankind, I am simply thrilled to be offering this class and I thoroughly look forward to sharing insights from this new synergistic area of inquiry with bright and inspired minds.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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
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.