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Psychology Department: Information and Advising. Where do you find information? What do you ask your advisor?. The Psychology Homepage. Begin your search for information with the psychology homepage: http://www.d.umn.edu/psychology/

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Psychology Department: Information and Advising

Where do you find information?

What do you ask your advisor?


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The Psychology Homepage

  • Begin your search for information with the psychology homepage: http://www.d.umn.edu/psychology/

  • The links on the sidebar will provide course information such as:

  • Mission (About Us)

  • Faculty and Staff

  • What courses you need for a psychology major or minor (The Major)


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The Major

  • Within the link to The Major there will be course descriptions of classes needed for a major or minor. Caution: In the required foundation core, Psy 3020, Psy 3021, and Psy 3022 is a 3 course sequence you need to begin as a second semester sophomore.

  • UMD course search – use to search for a course

  • UMD class schedule – use to check course availability

  • Register for courses

  • The Registration queue begins April 10: http://www.d.umn.edu/Register/queue.html


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Declaring a Psychology Major or Minor

  • You can find forms to complete online at http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/studentaffairs/forms/major_minor.html or you can obtain forms to complete in Student Affairs located in Bohannon 113


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Things you should be thinking about and preparing for now:Sophomores

  • A 2.0 GPA is required

  • In the required foundation core, Psy 3020, Psy 3021, and Psy 3022 is a 3 course research sequence you need to begin as a second semester sophomore.

  • Consider doing an internship.

  • PSY 2010 Human Service Seminar: Issues and Ethics in the Field is required if you want to do an internship.

  • You are expected to complete a faculty-supervised independent research project during the design and methodology courses of the core curriculum. Students apply their methodology training to a topic of their choice; start thinking about a topic to research.

  • Be involved with Psychology Club.

  • If you choose to study abroad, start planning now.


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Things you should be thinking about and preparing for now:Juniors

  • Psy 3021 and Psy 3022 You are expected to complete a faculty-supervised independent research project during the design and methodology courses of the core curriculum. Students apply their methodology training to a topic of their choice.

  • Consider doing an internship.

  • Many or the courses have the option of online/distance learning education for students who prefer an independent study format.

  • Consider Senior year. Senior psychology majors with a GPA of at least 3.25 in psychology and 3.00 overall are eligible for departmental honors. Honors work may be completes as an individual honors project (Psy 3998), as an individual honors application project under the direction of an advisor selected by the student (Psy 3997), by completing an honors seminar (Psy 3985), by completing a successful UROP project, or by receiving a GPA of 3.8 or better in all psychological courses.

  • Consider doing a UROP

  • Go to the Career Fair: Thursday April 20th 5-8pm


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Things you should be thinking about and preparing for now:Seniors

  • Senior psychology majors with a GPA of at least 3.25 in psychology and 3.00 overall are eligible for departmental honors. Honors work may be completes as an individual honors project (Psy 3998), as an individual honors application project under the direction of an advisor selected by the student (Psy 3997), by completing an honors seminar (Psy 3985), by completing a successful UROP project, or by receiving a GPA of 3.8 or better in all psychological courses.

  • You will need to complete a credit check.

  • Ask your advisor about Graduate school information

  • Participate in the Psychology Department Career night.

  • Check Career Services at http://careers.d.umn.edu/events/ frequently for information.


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Questions frequently asked Advisors

  • What careers are available for psychology majors?

  • When and how do I pursue departmental honors work?

  • Should I go to graduate school?

  • How do I prepare for graduate school?

  • How do I choose a graduate school?

  • Am I taking the right classes to meet my goals?


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Online Courses

  • The psychology homepage also contains a link to Online Courses.

  • Included are course descriptions, textbook information, contact information, and basic information on how the courses work.

  • The WebCt student orientation and handbook are contained here.

  • Students need to become familiar with WebCt before taking online courses.


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Peer Advising

  • Students helping students

  • No appointment needed

  • Located in Bohannon 322

  • Services include guidance for scheduling classes and referrals to resources or advisors as needed.

  • Information is found on the psychology homepage under Advising.


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Where to Ask Questions or Fix Errors

  • Examples of possible errors noticed

    • transfer credits missing

    • incorrect major

    • electives not in correct category

    • Something is confusing to you. It is better to check on it and ask questions than to ignore it.

  • Actions to take:

    Visit Student Affairs Office- Bohannon 113: Pat Sundin

    • Contact your advisor

    • Talk with your department head


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Additional Resources

The Student Affairs link on the CEHSP homepage provides access to Program Worksheets, Advising, Licensure, Program Clearance, and Forms.

For UMD courses corresponding to transfer courses go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/registrar/transfer_Sem/index.htm

UMD Career Services: Career Events at UMD provides information on events such as “Graduate School and Professional Day” an event popular among psychology students.


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Role of the Advisor

  • Mentoring

  • Internship Information

  • Career advice

  • Research advice Caution: Research methods is a 3 course sequence. The sequence needs to be started the second semester of the sophomore year.

  • Graduate school information

  • Connecting students to other faculty with specific interests

    Get to know your advisor. After talking with your advisor, if you find your educational goals or schedules are incompatible, you can change advisors. The mentoring your advisor can provide is important. Make it a valuable relationship for both of you.


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What Do I Need To Know To Access My APAS?

  • Internet ID: ex. abcde123

    • Same as UMD Email Address

  • Password

  • Access through the “Register for Classes” page - just click on "View your APAS report:”

    • http://www.d.umn.edu/Register/

  • Through the “Current Student” page, under “Records” choose "APAS Report:”

    • http://www.d.umn.edu/students

  • Through your Portfolio Account:

    • https://portfolio.umn.edu/portfolio/index.jsp


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Before registering for classes you will need to understand the APAS

  • The APAS report is a computerized summary of the progress you are making on your degree program.

  • The report lets you know how you are doing at fulfilling the Liberal Education and Composition requirements as well as the major and minor requirements.


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Why is the APAS important? the APAS

  • The APAS is the official graduation document.

  • Explains what classes are needed to fulfill requirements in order to obtain a degree.

  • Is an advising tool required for academic advising.

  • Used as part of the application process for admission to the teacher education program.

  • Used to check transfer credits


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What does the APAS show? the APAS

  • States courses needed to fulfill:

    • Liberal education requirements

    • Major/Minor requirements

    • Upper Division Composition

    • International perspective

    • Cultural Diversity

  • GPA

    • Major GPA

    • Minor GPA

    • Cumulative GPA

  • Credits

    • Credits Competed at UMD

    • Credits Transferred to UMD

    • Credit Completion Ratio


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APAS Format the APAS

  • Major & College

  • Advisor

  • Percentage completed and Cum GPA

  • Cultural Diversity (*) & International Perspective (**)

  • Liberal Education Categories

  • Advanced Composition

  • Major Requirements

  • Minor Requirements

  • Electives


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Understanding Your APAS the APAS

  • Although the APAS is meant to be self-explanatory, it may be confusing at first glance. Please do not hesitate to ask for help in reading your APAS.

  • Examples of abbreviations you will see.

  • NO=Requirement Not Complete

  • OK=Requirement Complete

  • IP=Requirement fulfilled once in-progress courses are completed

  • R=Mandatory Requirements

  • D=Duplicate course-only one counts

    Ex. Repeated a Course

  • RW=Requirement Waived


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Your Advisor the APAS

  • Office Location

  • Office Hours

  • Courses Taught

  • Background

  • Interests


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Main Links and References the APAS

  • http://www.d.umn.edu/psychology/

  • http://www.d.umn.edu/cehsp/studentaffairs/index.html

  • http://www.d.umn.edu/Register/

  • http://www.d.umn.edu/fareg/forms.htm

  • https://portfolio.umn.edu/portfolio/index.jsp

  • APAS: Mapping Your College Career! Presented By: Maribeth Overland, Lisa Rigoni Reeves & Lisa Maniak and Developed by Mike Sullivan