Registration Guide: Winter 2020-21 and Spring 2021

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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? Contact 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.Some students have reported being unable to save PDF progress reports. If so, copy and paste your progress report into an email to your advisor. Please don’t send screen shots.
  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.
  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. Ideally, you should encrypt this email by clicking the encrypt icon in your email browser before sending it. 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?

  • Nov. 9 
    Matriculated Graduate Student registration begins
  • Nov. 16
    Matriculated Undergraduate Student registration begins
  • Nov. 23
    Non-matriculated Graduate Student registration begins (REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATE COURSES ONLY)
  • Jan 12
    Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begins
  • Schedule of Classes
  • Winter 2020-21 Academic Calendar
  • Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
  • Oct 26-Nov 20: Declaration moratorium for Major/Minor (Students cannot declare a major or minor during this time)

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 Winter Session registration begin?

  • Winter registration begins the same time as Spring registration.
  • Nov. 9 
    Matriculated Graduate Student registration begins
  • Nov. 16
    Matriculated Undergraduate Student registration begins

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 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.

Winter 2020-21

Section 01
Title:  “Hot Topics” in Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Jonathan D. Raskin
Online Asynchronous

Examination of research addressing “hot topics” in abnormal psychology. Hot topics discussed: Are antidepressants more effective than placebo pills? To what extent is schizophrenia genetic? Do vaccines cause autism? Is suicide a mental disorder?

Spring 2021

Section 01
Title: Attitudes and Persuasion (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Clifford Evans
Online Synchronous, Mondays 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. We will examine classic and contemporary approaches to understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying attitude formation and attitude change, with special emphasis on social cognition.

Section 02
Title: Mental Illness and Stigma (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Greta Winograd
Online Asynchronous

Examines research investigating the general public’s understanding of mental illness and the impact of stigma on people’s lives. Explores innovative interventions designed to reduce stigmatizing attitudes and behaviors while offering accurate information about mental illness and mental health services.

Section 03
Title: The Psychology of Emerging Adulthood in Today’s World (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Karla Vermeulen
Online Asynchronous

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. Given the impacts of disasters, climate change, social media, and now the pandemic, this process is arguably more complex and stressful today than it was for previous generations. We will examine the developmental impact of these cumulative stressors, as well as the more positive opportunities and advantages this cohort experiences.

Section 04
Title: The Psychology of Culture and Difference  (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Tabitha Holmes
Online Synchronous 50%: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM; Asynchronous 50%

Focuses on how cultural contexts and “social locations” influence human development, thinking, and behavior in ways that are often misunderstood and stigmatized by those with different cultural backgrounds.

Sections 05 
Title: Applying Psychology to the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Nikoleta Despodova
Online Synchronous 100%: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:50PM

Examines how researchers use theories from social psychology to better understand pressing issues within our criminal justice system. Original empirical articles are used to critically evaluate the quality of the research by focusing on the internal validity of the studies. Topics include implicit bias in police and jury behavior, the effects of conformity on false confessions and false witness accusations, expectancy effects in lineups, interrogations, jury selection, and more.

How do I register for PSY330 Crisis Intervention?

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

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.

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

How do I register for PSY497 Internship in Psychology?

Students must be approved to register for the internship class.

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.

Contact Dr. Bobby Bui for interview/registration information: buih@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-3421. Check out the video below to learn more about the internship class, as well as how to apply for permission to register for it.

How do I register for DIS492 Practicum in Disaster Response?

PSY497 Disaster Practicum is now DIS492 Practicum in Disaster Response.

Starting in Spring 2021, what was previously PSY497 Disaster Practicum has been renamed DIS492 Practicum in Disaster Response. Those who took it as PSY497 can still count it towards the psychology major or disaster minor, as can those who take it going forward as DIS492.

Students must be approved to register for practicum in disaster response class.

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

Contact Ms. Rebecca Rodriguez for interview/registration information at rrodriguez70@newpaltz.edu.

Are there any selected topic classes?

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

Spring 2021

PSY493 Selected Topic: The Psychology of Narratives (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Tabitha Holmes
Synchronous 50% (Wed. 3:30 – 4:45), Asynchronous 50%

The study of how personal and cultural narratives shape human experience and development. Will also focus on how narratives can be used to better understand the self and human condition.

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.

I’m a psychobiology concentration student and I see that labs aren’t being offered for Genetics and Gen Bio I due to the pandemic. What do I do?

For students taking Genetics this semester who need to graduate in Spring 2021:

You should take one of the Genetics Labs (1 credit) AND one of the Genetics Lab Co-Req (Bio 393, 2 credits) [This 1+2 combination is what is tentatively called Biology Inquiry] to fulfill the genetics lab requirement. So, here are your options:

  • BIO 321-01 plus BIO 393-01, or
  • BIO 321-02 plus BIO 393-02, or
  • BIO 321-03 plus BIO 393-03, or
  • BIO 321-04 plus BIO 393-04

The 2 credits associated with BIO393 will count towards the Psychobiology concentration Electives category.

For students taking Genetics this semester who won’t graduate in Spring 2021:

If you have completed Genetics (BIO 320), you can choose to enroll in one of the above courses to complete your genetics lab requirement or you can wait until next year to complete this requirement.

For students taking Gen Bio I this semester and Gen Bio II next semester:

You will take the lab courses as Biology Inquiry in AY 2021-22 (at which point it may have a different course number but it will fulfill these lab and the Gen lab requirements). The Biology department plans to offer the course both semesters.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can also schedule a meeting with Dr. Waldo (chair of Biology), or email her, for more information.

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

Yes! Here they are:

 

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