Declaring the Psychology Major or Minor

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Declaring the Major

You must come to the Psychology Advising Center in Tobin 501 during specific hours designated to sign in to the major; please see the hours posted below. Please bring the following items with you:

  • Transcript. Please bring a copy of your transcript and your academic requirements report (ARR) and highlight all psychology courses on your transcript.
  • When you meet with an advisor, you will complete the declaration of major form.

Please do not wait until your registration period for an upcoming semester to declare your major; classes fill quickly and you will not be allowed to register until your major is officially changed.

Non-Majors

  • If you want to talk to an advisor about adding a minor or secondary major but are undecided, please use Drop-in advising, the link and hours are listed below.
  • When you are ready to Declare the Major, please follow instructions below to make an appointment through Navigate  
  • When you are ready to Declare the Minor, please follow the directions on the Declaring the Minor page.

Drop-In Advising:  Drop-in Advising will resume on Feb 1st.

  • You can join us for same day advising; just click the link below to join drop-in advising.
    Please keep in mind add/drop and pre-registration periods can get very busy and we will admit you as quickly as possible.  
    https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/my/pbspeers 
    Monday:  1:00-4:00
    Tuesday:  9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
    Wednesday: 1:00-4:00
    Thursday: 9:30-12:30
    Friday: 10:00-1:00

SPRING 2021 DECLARATION

How can I declare the major remotely? 

  • Declaration appointments will begin on Feb 1st. 
  • Make an appointment through Navigate  
  • Hours TBA

If you would like to join the Neuroscience track, in addition to declaring the BS in Psych as your major, you must sign in with one of the Neuroscience advisors (and you must have a 3.0 GPA). You can find their hours here.

Declaring the Minor

Prior to graduation submit an online Declaration of Minor form.  
The Psychology minor can be declared after all your psychology course grades are finalized or when you are enrolled in your last semester.  
The minor will not appear on your SPIRE transcript until all courses have been successfully completed and graded.  Once you’re graded for your final course, you can find your minor posted on your unofficial transcript or under student services center on SPIRE. The minor must be declared prior to graduation.  Questions regarding the online form can be directed to Laurie Dove in Tobin 509.

Psychology minor requirements

  • Students who wish to pursue a minor in psychology need to complete 5 courses (a minimum of 3-credits per course) totaling at least 15 graded credits in psychology. 
  • The psychology minor does not have specific course requirements, but prerequisites will not be waived for minors
  • Psych 100 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses
  • AP Psych credit cannot replace one of the 5 courses required for the minor
    • AP credit for Psych 100 satisfies the prerequisite but it will not count toward the minor, students with Psych 100 AP credit can enroll in 5 classes above Psych 100 to complete the minor
  • Check SPIRE for course restrictions; restrictions will not be lifted for minors
  • All courses counted toward the minor must have a grade of C or better. 
    • In Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 courses elected as pass/fail will be accepted toward the minor
  • Practicum courses (Psych 398) will not count towards the minor  
  • At least 9 of the 15 credits for the minor must be taken at UMass Amherst or UMass Amherst Continuing and Professional Education.
  • No requirements for the minor may be taken pass/fail.
  • Courses used towards the psychology minor may be used for other graduation requirements, such as gen eds.
  • Seniors completing courses for the minor during their last semester will see the minor posted on their final UMass transcript. 
  • Minors do not appear on your UMass diploma

NEW POLICY: APPLICATION OF COURSES TOWARDS MULTIPLE CREDENTIALS No more than two courses used to fulfill the requirements of any one credential may be applied towards the fulfillment of another credential, wherein “credential” is defined as an academic degree program (major), minor, or certificate. One course may only be applied to two credentials.
Link:  https://www.umass.edu/registrar/sites/default/files/UsingCoursesMultipleCredentials.pdf

NOTE:  DECLARATION OF MINOR FORMS ARE COMPLETED ONLINE AND NO LONGER GO TO THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE.