Advising and Registration Guide: Winter ’21-22 & Spring ’22

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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.

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.eduPlease download a PDF of your progress report that you can share with your advisor. To download a PDF progress report, click the “Print” button on the menu above your progress report and then save the document as a PDF on your computer, phone, or tablet. If all else fails, copy and paste your progress report into an email to your advisor. Please don’t send screen shots, photos, or zipped files of multiple images.
  3. Confirm that you are a declared psychology major or minor.
    Many psychology classes are restricted to declared majors and minors. See course descriptions for which courses are or 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 (GE), Diversity (DIVR), liberal arts, upper division, and major/minor requirements. By the way, on your progress report, requirements have a green check next to them if completed, a blue half moon next to them if in progress, and an empty red circle 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 using My Schedule Planner, which can be found in 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
  8. Consult with your academic advisor.
    Be sure to share (a) your draft schedule and (b) the PDF of your progress report with your academic advisor. If sending this information by email, ideally you should encrypt the 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, video conference, or in person (check with them for their preferences), and then clear you for registration upon approving your schedule. Once you have been cleared for registration, you will be able to register at or after your time assignment.
  9. Check for holds on your account.
    Look in your 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 and register for classes using My Schedule Planner. 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 chair for further assistance.

What are the Fall Semester advance registration dates?

  • Nov. 8:  Matriculated Graduate Student registration begins
  • Nov. 15: Matriculated Undergraduate Student registration begins
  • Nov. 22: Non-matriculated Graduate Student registration begins
  • Jan 17: Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begins
  • October 25 – November 19: Declaration moratorium for Major/Minor
    (Students cannot declare a major or minor during this time)
  • 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 registration is waiting until right before (or even worse, after!) your 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 Session 2021-22 registration begins Nov. 8.

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 2021-22

Section 01
Title: Hot Topics in Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Jonathan Raskin

Examination of research addressing “hot topics” in abnormal psychology. Questions examined include: Are antidepressants more effective than placebo pills? To what extent is schizophrenia genetic? Should there be warning labels on unrealistic images in fashion magazines? Do vaccines cause autism? Is suicide a mental disorder?

Fall 2021

Section 01
Title: Story in Psychology: Narrative Perspectives on Human Development (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Tabitha Holmes

Explores how stories and story construction can be used to understand human development. Examines the historical and conceptual foundations of narrative psychology and compares 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. Also considers recent advances in narrative research methodologies, particularly those that use qualitative techniques which focus upon interviews and other autobiographical sources of data.

Section 02
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 03
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 04
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.

Section 05
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.

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 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. Nikoleta Despodova for interview/registration information: or (845) 257-3468. Students must provide a resume and successfully complete an interview to gain permission to take the course.

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 Mr. Andrew O’Meara for interview/registration information at

Are there any selected topic classes?

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

Spring 2022

PSY493 Selected Topic: Applied Social Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Corwin Senko

Examines applying social psychology principles to help solve current local problems. Emphasizes topics that have clear application potential — for example, principles of persuasion, conformity, and motivation. For the first half of the semester, focus will be on various articles from empirical journals and popular psychology books. For the second half, students will develop interventions that use course topics to solve specific problems on campus or within the broader community — such as, perhaps, how to reduce water waste, increase students’ well-being, raise feelings of belonging on campus, etc. Those projects will include collecting data and evaluating the intervention’s effectiveness, followed by a presentation of the results.

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 about the Research Experience requirement for majors?

On your progress report, the Research Experience requirement is listed under major requirements for psychology majors. This requirement is not a class, but rather 6 hours of approved experiences with research that all majors must complete. Students must establish a SONA account to complete the Research Experience. Details on both SONA and the Research Experience are available here. Students are advised to complete it prior to their last semester at New Paltz whenever possible. Ask your advisor or the psych undergrad advisors if you have questions about the Research Experience.

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.

The curriculum was updated in the fall. What does that mean for me?

Yes, the curriculum (i.e., all courses for psychology majors and minors) was updated for Fall 2021. If you declared prior to Fall 2021, you are under the old requirements. If you declared (or redeclared) in Fall 2021 or later, you are under the new requirements.

While the course names and/or numbers for most courses are different, the new curriculum does not interfere with your ability to complete whatever version of the psychology major, minor, or concentration in which you are enrolled. New versions of courses count as equivalent to old versions, and vice versa.

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. Majors/minors under the old plan may elect to opt into the new requirements by redeclaring.

I am not yet a declared major or minor. What classes can I take?

Non-majors and non-minors are eligible to register for PSY101, 221, 231, 241, 351, and 361 (the two 300-level classes require being at least a sophomore). These classes all count toward the major and minor. Non-majors and non-minors are also eligible to take PSY130, which does not count toward the major or minor (unless you are in the old curriculum, declared pre-Fall 2021) but does count for the Diversity (DIVR) graduation requirement.

Is registration advising online due to the coronavirus situation?

Check with your advisor to see how they are conducting advising. Individual advisors will let you know if they plan to handle advising primarily by email, phone, video conferencing, or in person.


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