Advising and Registration Guide: Summer and Fall 2021

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What is the purpose of this guide?

This online guide summarizes everything psychology students need to know about advising and registration (but may have been afraid to ask)! Don’t see your question below? Contact your advisor!

It is each student’s responsibility to read this guide in full and follow the instructions for advising and registration.

Is it true the curriculum has been updated? What does that mean for me?

Yes, the curriculum (i.e., all courses for psychology majors and minors) is new as of Summer 2021. While the course names and/or numbers for most courses are different, the new curriculum will not interfere with your ability to complete your existing psychology major, minor, or concentration. The new versions of courses will count as equivalent to the old versions.

See the New-to-Old Psychology Courses crosswalk document to determine new/old course equivalencies.

For everything you need to know about the new curriculum, see the Frequently Asked Questions page, which includes the new major and minor plans for existing majors/minors who choose to opt into them starting Fall 2021.

Is registration advising 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. Here’s information on how to read themPlease 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 the “Save as PDF” button doesn’t work, you can also click the blue “Print” button at the top of the page showing your progress report and then save to PDF. If all else fails, 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.
    With some notable exceptions, most psychology classes are restricted to declared majors and minors. See course descriptions for which courses are and aren’t restricted. Information on declaring a major or minor in psychology is available on the department website.
  4. Check remaining degree requirements.
    This information is available in your progress report. Pay special attention to college-wide degree requirements–including total credits needed to graduate (120), as well as General Education, liberal arts, upper division, and major/minor requirements. By the way, requirements have a check next to them if completed, an exclamation point next to them if in progress, and an empty box next to them if neither completed or in progress.
  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 with your academic advisor (by email, phone, video conference).
    Be sure to share (a) your draft schedule and (b) the PDF of your progress report with 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. Please be aware that psychology classes fill up quickly, so you should take care of advising in advance so you can register without a problem at your assigned registration time.

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

Your academic 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 advisor is listed on your progress report, please contact the undergrad psychology advisors by email. Note that psychology minors are not assigned psychology advisors, so they should consult with their non-psychology academic advisors; if further guidance is needed, psychology minors may contact the chair or assistant chairs of psychology for further assistance.

What are the Fall Semester advance registration dates?

  • April 12 – Matriculated Graduate student registration begins
  • April 19 – Matriculated Undergraduate student registration begins
  • April 26 – Non-Matriculated Graduate student registration begins (REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATE COURSES ONLY)
  • August 16– Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begins
  • Schedule of Classes
  • Summer 2021 Academic Calendar
  • Fall 2021 Academic Calendar
  • March 29-May 2: 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 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.

Can I take Psych Stats this summer and Research Methods this fall?

Yes! You must register for PSY201 Psychological Statistics first, and afterwards you should be able to register for PSY301 Research Methods. We recommend that you register for PSY201 Psychological Statistics as soon as summer registration begins, then register for PSY301 Research Methods during your fall registration time.

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.

Summer 2021

Section 01
Title: Positive Evolutionary Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Glenn Geher

Focuses on the emerging field of Positive Evolutionary Psychology, which seeks to address issues connected with the positive psychology movement (such us understanding the function and nature of happiness) using methods and principles derived from evolutionary psychology. Each student will write, in stages, a research proposal that outlines a prediction from this field.

Fall 2021

Section 01
Title: Mental Illness and Stigma (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Greta Winograd

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 02
Title: The Psychology of Morality (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Wice

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 03
Title: The Storm and Stress of Adolescence: Resilience, Risk, and Crisis (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Jennifer Stellavato

Explores adolescence, the journey through it, and the ways in which we can persevere and struggle while growing up. Uses stories, case studies, research, and theories to understand the adolescent experience and the nature of crisis in teens today. Topics include but are not limited to identify/self development, depression and anxiety, suicidality, emotions, love and relationships, gender identity, academic achievement/underachievement, and moving on/moving away.

Section 04
Title: Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Treatment (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Jonathan Rust

Examines mental health and illness from various cultural perspectives, the historical and theoretical underpinnings of psychotherapy and its applications for culturally diverse populations, and culturally specific models and methods of psychological service provision.

Section 05
Title: Psychology in Film (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Maurey Levitz

Explores the intersection of film and psychology; provides an exposure to different ways of interpreting film, primarily Freudian and Auteur Theory. Explores 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.

How do I register for PSY394 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 PSY392 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.

Fall 2021

PSY493 Selected Topic: Advanced Research in Evolutionary Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Glenn Geher

Basic readings on the emerging field of positive evolutionary psychology, which seeks to apply concepts and findings from evolutionary psychology to issues connected with positive psychology. Design and implementation of team-based research projects that follow from discussions of the content. Research will be conducted with an eye toward possible presentation and publication. 

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 as advanced 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.

What do psychobiology students do about labs not being offered for Genetics and Gen Bio due to the pandemic?

Review guidance from the biology department about General Biology and Genetics Labs. Please consult carefully with your psychobiology advisor about this guidance in determining courses you should take next semester.

Is there an online tool I can use to help me plan my schedule?

Yes! My Schedule Planner can be very helpful as you plan your schedule. Instructions for it are here: My Schedule Planner instructions.

My Schedule Planner tool itself is available in my.newpaltz.edu.

 

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