Registration Guide: Summer 2020 and Fall 2020

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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!

Is registration advising entirely online due to the coronavirus situation?

Yes. All advising and release of registration clearance will be done remotely. Advisors will be conducting all advising by email, phone, or video conference. Students should contact their academic advisors via email to initiate the process; individual advisors will let you know if they plan to handle advising primarily by email, phone, or video conferencing.

How do I register?

Below is a step-by-step guide for 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 my.newpaltz.edu. Please download a PDF of your progress report (photos, screenshots, and zipped files of multiple images are not acceptable given that we have to process everything electronically at the moment). To download a PDF progress report, click the “Save as PDF” button on the menu above your progress report and then export or save the document to PDF on your computer, phone, or tablet. See screenshot below, which shows the gray “Save as PDF” button in the row of buttons on top.
    Screenshot of how to save progress report to PDF.
  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 Mar 30 and Apr 6.
  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 my.newpaltz.edu to help you generate possible schedules. Make sure to have back up courses selected in case one or more of your first choice classes are full by the time you register. Here is a video on how to use My Schedule Planner:
  7. Identify what time you are scheduled to register.
    This is available in my.newpaltz.edu.
  8. Consult remotely (by email, phone, or video conference) with your academic advisor.
    Be sure to email (a) your draft schedule and (b) the PDF of your progress report to your academic advisor. Your advisor will review your course selections, communicate with you about them by email, phone, or video conference, and then clear you for registration upon approving your schedule. Once this process is complete, you will receive an email that you have been cleared for registration (after which you will be able to register on or after your time assignment.)
  9. 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 any holds by contacting the office(s) that placed them.
  10. Register at your designated time. 
    At your designated time assignment, go onto my.newpaltz.edu 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 contact the undergrad psychology advisors by email.

What are the Fall Semester 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
  • Fall 2020 Academic Calendar
  • Schedule of Classes

When should I contact my advisor?

Don’t procrastinate! Contact 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) email your advisor, (2) plan a coherent schedule, and (3) get cleared to register.

When does Summer Session 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 classes you plan to take. You can do this at the same time that you communicate by with your advisor by email or phone about fall 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.

FALL 2020

Section 01
Title: Political Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Corwin Senko
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:20 PM

This seminar’s main goals are to learn advanced social psychology concepts through their application to politics, and to strengthen students’ understanding of current political issues. Accordingly, each week we will read and discuss scholarly articles and news reports, using them to analyze events of the 2020 US elections. We will examine five broad issues. First, liberal vs. conservative ideologies: how do people come to favor one ideology over the other, and how do these ideologies influence people’s views on leadership effectiveness, morality, and so forth? Second, political party membership: how does party membership affect voters’ personal identity, their policy attitudes, and outgroup treatment? Third, diversity: how do race and ethnicity affect policies, what is the best way to create diversity, and does affirmative action work well? Fourth, political campaigning: what qualities do voters prize in potential leaders, and what types of political advertisements work best? Fifth, the media’s role: how does it shape voter opinion, how do people process conflicting news from different media sources, and how do poll results influence public opinion?

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: Social Psychology (PSY306).

Section 02
Title: Story in Psychology: Narrative Perspectives on Human Development (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Tabitha Holmes
Tuesdays, 3:30-6:20 PM

This seminar explores how stories and story construction can be used to understand human development. We examine the historical and conceptual foundations of narrative psychology and compare this approach with more traditional models of human psychology. Topics include examination of how dominant cultural narratives influence individuals’ perceptions and experiences, autobiographical memory, narrative identity development, and narrative approaches to health and illness. We also consider recent advances in narrative research methodologies, particularly those that use qualitative techniques which focus upon interviews and other autobiographical sources of data.

Section 03
Title: Moral Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Wice
Mondays, 3:30-6:20 PM

Long the domain of philosophers, the study of morality has seen increasing interest from psychologists in recent years. This seminar provides an overview of the major theories, concepts, and debates within moral psychology, with an emphasis on thinking critically about these theories as well as their practical implications. Topics covered include moral development, cooperation, punishment, and the role of emotion in moral judgment.

Section 04
Title: TBA (3 credits)
Instructor:  TBA
Wednesdays, 2:00-4:50 PM

Description coming soon.

Section 05
Title:  TBA (3 credits)
Instructor:  Maurey Levitz
Times Tuesdays/Fridays, 9:30-10:45 AM

Psychology is the scientific study of human thought, behavior, and emotion, whereas film is an
example of a perceptual phenomena. Students explore the intersection of film and psychology;
this seminar will provide an exposure to different ways of interpreting film, primarily Freudian and
Auteur Theory. Students will identify concepts from psychology as represented and
misrepresented in film, including concepts of the therapist, client, and mental illness; as well as
different schools of psychology such as psychoanalytic, behaviorism, humanism, and social
learning, and multiple topics from social psychology.

SUMMER 2020

Section 01
Title:  Cultural Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Tabitha Holmes
Online, Summer Session 2

Considers the ways in which culture influences human development (and how culture is influenced by developing members of a particular culture). Uses 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, explores 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 seminar draws from scholarship in psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, and related fields.

How do I register for PSY330 Crisis Intervention?

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

Email the instructor, Ms. Jessica Purcell, at purcellj@newpaltz.edu for information about scheduling the screening meeting, which will be conducted remotely.

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: buih@newpaltz.edu 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 at rrodriguez70@newpaltz.edu.

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 below. Selected topic classes count as electives toward the major and minor.

FALL 2020

PSY493 Selected Topic: Creativity and Mental Illness (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Carol Vazquez
Class: Mondays/Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM

Is there a link between creativity and mental illness? Does the brain of a brilliant scientist function differently? We will discuss the roots of artistic and scientific creativity by exploring the music, art, writing, and ideas of individuals who are often classified as demonstrating genius in their fields, and we will evaluate what researchers and biographers tell us about creative people. Restrictions: Must be Psychology Major or Psychology Minor. Not open to freshmen.

SUMMER 2020

PSY493 Selected Topic: Positive Evolutionary Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Glenn Geher
Class: Online, Summer 1

An intensive introduction to the emerging field of Positive Evolutionary Psychology, along with discussions and explorations of research in this field. Positive Evolutionary Psychology seeks to use the work of evolutionary psychology to help shed light on questions of positive psychology, such as how to increase meaning in life, happiness, and positive outcomes at the community level. Students in this class will complete at creative product related to the content as their culminating assignment. Students who have taken all prerequisites for PSY498 (Seminar in Psychology) prior to Summer 2020 may opt to write an APA-style research proposal (in stages, with revisions) for their creative product and, pending chair approval, receive PSY 498 credit for this course.

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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