Procedure for Enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars

(1) If you are a 3rd or 4th-year student and are trying to enroll in your first such course, start here:

The initial enrollment caps on these courses are set between 15 and 18, but they can rise, typically to a max of 20. If they reach the preliminary cap of 15-18 students, a Permission List will be added on which you can express interest.  If you are not able to enroll in one of the original slots and still wish to take a seminar in a particular semester, put your name on the Permission List, copy the bolded information below, and paste with your answers in the Justification Section:

  • Your expected graduation term (e.g., Spring 20xx):
  • Your major(s):
  • Have you already taken a 4000- or 5000-level seminar (Y or N):
  • Why are you interested in taking the course this semester:
  • *Top 3 seminar choices (e.g. PSYC 4115, PSYC 4200, PSYC 4250):
    • 1)
    • 2)
    • 3)

 *Please only place your name on the Permission list for the seminar you are most interested in taking, and include your backup options in the Justification section as mentioned above. Criteria for admission from the Permission List will hinge on graduation needs and your qualifications, not the order of sign-up on the list. We cannot guarantee your top choices, but will do our best to ensure that you get into a seminar in order to fulfill your major/minor graduation requirements.

If you had the course in your shopping cart prior to the creation of the Permission List, you may have to remove and re-add the course to your cart in order to access the list.

Please put your name on a permission list with the information above no later than the Friday after enrollment opens up if you wish to enroll in a 4000-level or 5000-level seminar for that semester.

If you are having trouble finding 5000-level PSYC courses on SIS, when you are in the Class Search menu in order to add courses to your shopping cart, there is a field that should say “Course Career”. If you click the drop down menu for that field, there should be a “Graduate” option and this is where you should be able to access the 5000-level courses.  You will not be able to access the 5000-level courses if you use the  “Browse Course Catalog” search option in SIS.

 (2) If you have already taken a seminar, or are not a 3rd or 4th-year:

In order to ensure that all 4th-year Psychology majors can get into at least one 4000-level seminar, SIS does not initially allow students to enroll in more than one per semester.  However, for courses that don’t fill up,  there are opportunities for students to take more than one or take one  prior to 4th-year. 

Watch the course(s) of interest to you on SIS.  Permission Lists will be added for courses that reach the preliminary cap between 15 and 18 and for those with lower enrollments by the end of registration week.  These lists will allow you to explain your interest and qualifications in the course. In the past, the courses where we have been able to admit non-4th years and students who have already taken a seminar have had lower enrollment totals, and it is unlikely that we will have additional room in courses that quickly reach their preliminary caps. Please make other arrangements with your schedule in the event that we do not have the space to enroll you in a seminar.

 If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Lisa Ishler at