Procedure for Declaring a Major

Procedure for Declaring a Major (“New” or “Old” procedure depends on when you enrolled at UVA)

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.  The instructions for the old requirements 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, Lisa Ishler, or Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fred Smyth, in Gilmer 140.  You may also visit the Major Requirements page for more details. 

To declare the NEW major, follow the instructions below.

(The first four steps are done on Collab)

STEP 1) Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors” at:

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

STEP 2) 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-...

STEP 3) On the Collab site, if you identify with an underrepresented group in academic psychology (for example, historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged background) and would like to receive information about targeted opportunities for such students, add yourself to the “Underrepresented Group info” group.

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

STEP 4) On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questions” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes

STEP 5) Download the NEW MAJOR DECLARATION FORM

AND one copy of your unofficial transcript from SIS

Note that the form cannot be sent via email. You must declare in person.

STEP 6)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Pillar” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form).

STEP 7)    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.

STEP 8)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures

STEP 9)    Bring your completed NEW MAJOR DECLARATION FORM and one copy of your unofficial transcript to Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fred Smyth, during drop-in hours or by appointment in Gilmer 140B. (Drop-in hours: M-F: 1:30-3:00)

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.

To declare the OLD major, follow the instructions below.

(The first four steps are done on Collab)

STEP 1) Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors” at:

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

STEP 2) 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-...

STEP 3) On the Collab site, if you identify with an underrepresented group in academic psychology (for example, historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged background) and would like to receive information about targeted opportunities for such students, add yourself to the “Underrepresented Group info” group.

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

STEP 4) On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questions” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes

STEP 5) Download the OLD MAJOR DECLARATION FORM

AND one copy of your unofficial transcript from SIS

Note that the form cannot be sent via email. You must declare in person.

STEP 6)    Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate “Course Group” space (Intro Psych does not belong on this form).

STEP 7)    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.

STEP 8)    Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures

STEP 9)    Bring your completed OLD MAJOR DECLARATION FORM and one copy of your unofficial transcript to Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fred Smyth, during drop-in hours or by appointment in Gilmer 140B. (Drop-in hours: M-F: 1:30-3:00)

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.