Advising and Registration Guide: Summer & Fall ’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 Please download or print a PDF of your progress report to share with your advisor. To do so, click the “Print” icon on the top right of your progress report, then click “Open PDF.” You will be given the option to save the progress report as a PDF or print it. 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.
    Contact your academic advisor. When you communicate with your advisor, be sure to share (a) your draft schedule and (b) the PDF of your progress report. 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. Do not email your advisor or the department chair and ask to be cleared without having received advising from one of them.

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

Your academic advisor is listed on your Progress Report.

How do I get in touch with my academic advisor?

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.

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.

What are the important dates for registration?

  • April 11 – Matriculated Graduate student registration begins
  • April 18 – Matriculated Undergraduate student registration begins
  • April 25 – Non-Matriculated Graduate student registration begins (REGISTRATION FOR GRADUATE COURSES ONLY)
  • August 22 – Non-matriculated, Cross-Registered, and Visiting Undergraduate registration begin
  • Schedule of Classes

When does Summer Session registration begin?

  • April 11.

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 when you communicate with your advisor 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.

Summer 2022

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

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.

Fall 2022

Section 01
Title: The Science and Practice of Happiness (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Carol Vazquez

What is happiness? Can we make ourselves happy? The scientific study of positive affect stands in stark contrast to traditional approaches in psychology emphasizing the pathological, the deep, dark and negative aspects of the human condition. We will explore a sampling from the wealth of interdisciplinary and cross cultural research that incorporates perspectives from counseling, neuroscience, economics, philosophy, and religion, and we will participate in some techniques reported to boost happiness.

Section 02
Title: Psychology of Human Emotions (3 credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Maryalice Citera

Examines and evaluates the scientific literature on the psychology of human emotion. Looks at the cognitive, social, biological, and cultural aspects of human emotions. Addresses such questions as: What are emotions? What causes them? Are emotions inherently adaptive or maladaptive? How can we regulate our emotions? Why are emotions difficult to control? Are some people more emotionally intelligent than others? In what ways are emotions influenced by culture? What is known about specific emotional states, such as shame, guilt, anger, pride and fear?

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: Adolescence: A Time of Change, Risk, and Resilience (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. Looks at the concept of self and narrative identity and explore the w ays in w hich adolescence itself may put our narrative thread at risk. Through stories, case studies, research, and theories of adolescents in crisis, as well as those that reflect resilience, we will come to know and understand the adolescent experience and the nature of crisis in teens today.

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. Jonathan Rust for interview/registration information: or (845) 257-2373. 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?

Students must be approved to register for the 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.

Fall 2022

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

Explores the interface of positive and evolutionary psychology using a hands-on, research-based approach. As a class, we will develop hypotheses related to positive evolutionary psychology and we will develop research projects designed to test these hypotheses. Students in this class will get a full research-team experience and will develop skills related to research methods in the behavioral sciences that can be highly transferable.

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. Once completed, the student submits the paperwork to the faculty member, who forwards it to the department chair for approval. 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 psychology undergraduate advising assistants 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?

The Biology Department is returning to the Pre-COVID schedule for the General Biology and Genetic labs. From now on:

  • General Biology 1 and lab will be offered in the fall.
  • General Biology 2 and lab will be offered in the spring.
  • Genetics and lab will be offered in the fall.

Here are some scenarios:

  • If you have taken Gen Bio 1 and still need the lab, you can sign up for Gen Bio Lab 1 in Fall 2022.
  • If you have taken or are completing Gen Bio 2 and still need the lab, you can sign up for Gen Bio 2 lab in Spring 2023.
  • You can sign up for Genetics and the lab in Fall 2022.

The curriculum was updated last 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.


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