Procedure for Declaring a Major

 

The Department of Psychology made significant changes to the Undergraduate major that took effect in Summer 2018.  If you enrolled at UVA after this time, the instructions for you are immediately below.  If you were already enrolled at UVA prior to that time (or are a new transfer student), the old major requirements may still apply for you.  They are listed further below on this page.  If in doubt about which set of requirements is appropriate for you, stop in and discuss your situation with Undergraduate Coordinator, Kimbo Smith, or Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fred Smyth, in Gilmer 140.

Download the NEW MAJOR DECLARATION FORM

AND one copy of your unofficial transcript from SIS

Follow the instructions below.  The form cannot be faxed or sent via email. You must declare in person.

1)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Pillar” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form).

2)    Fill in the other courses that you would *like* to take to satisfy all major requirements.

*The courses you list are simply your "best guesses" about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

3)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures

4)    Bring your completed NEW MAJOR DECLARATION FORM and one copy of your unofficial transcript to Undergraduate Coordinator, Kimbo Smith, during drop-in hours or by appointment in Gilmer 140c. (Drop-in hours: M-Th: 9:00-12:00; 2-3:30. F: 9:00-12:00)

5) BEFORE COMING IN TO MEET the Undergraduate Coordinator, do the following:

  • Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors” at

https://collab.its.virginia.edu/portal/site/626dbd5c-d2e0-4ec4-8eb1-7486....

  • On the Collab site, add yourself to the appropriate group for your expected graduation year

https://uvacollab.screenstepslive.com/s/help/m/students/l/684868-how-do-...

  • On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questionnaire” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

Your psychology major and advisor are usually not official in SIS until about one to two weeks after your declaration meeting.

Your Psych Advisor: At a minimum, you’ll need to meet with your advisor each semester to get guidance and to have your “hold” released prior to registering for the next semester’s courses.  Your advisor does not create your course schedule, but will offer suggestions..

Ideally, your advisor will be much more than the person who simply releases your hold. Your advisor can offer you valuable advice about the program, other academic matters, and careers.  Seek to get together with your advisor to discuss your long-range plans when there isn't a deadline.

Your psychology advisor is should be a key resource for you as you work to successfully complete your degree.  If, after good faith efforts on your part, you find that you are unable to work with your advisor, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to find an advisor who is a better match. If your advisor becomes unavailable (e.g., goes on sabbatical or leaves the University), the Undergraduate Coordinator will assign you a temporary advisor.

 

For students following the old Major Declaration Requirements. (Students matriculated into UVA before Fall 2018, or, in some cases, transfer students)

Download the OLD MAJOR DECLARATION FORM AND one copy of your unoffcial transcipt from SIS.

Follow the instructions below. The form cannot be faxed or sent via email. You must declare in person.

1)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Course Group” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form).

2)    Fill in the other courses that you would *like* to take to satisfy all major requirements.

*The courses you list are simply your "best guesses" about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

3)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures.

4)    Bring your completed OLD MAJOR DECLARATION FORM and one copy of your unofficial transcript  to Undergraduate Coordinator, Kimbo Smith, during drop-in hours or by appointment. (Drop-in hours: M-Th: 9:00-12:00; 2-3:30. F: 9:00-12:00)

5) BEFORE COMING IN TO MEET the Undergraduate Coordinator, do the following:

  • Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors” at

https://collab.its.virginia.edu/portal/site/626dbd5c-d2e0-4ec4-8eb1-7486....

  • On the Collab site, add yourself to the appropriate group for your expected graduation year

https://uvacollab.screenstepslive.com/s/help/m/students/l/684868-how-do-...

  • On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questionnaire” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes

As a Psychology Major, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the major have been satisfied. Modifications should be discussed with your major advisor.

Your psychology major and advisor are usually not official in SIS until about one to two weeks after your declaration meeting.

Your Psych Advisor: At a minimum, you’ll need to meet with your advisor each semester to get guidance and to have your “hold” released prior to registering for the next semester’s courses.  Your advisor does not create your course schedule, but will offer suggestions..

Ideally, your advisor will be much more than the person who simply releases your hold. Your advisor can offer you valuable advice about the program, other academic matters, and careers.  Seek to get together with your advisor to discuss your long-range plans when there isn't a deadline.

Your psychology advisor is should be a key resource for you as you work to successfully complete your degree.  If, after good faith efforts on your part, you find that you are unable to work with your advisor, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator to find an advisor who is a better match. If your advisor becomes unavailable (e.g., goes on sabbatical or leaves the University), the Undergraduate Coordinator will assign you a temporary advisor.