Frequently Asked Questions

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Students with transfer work from another college or university should be aware that some transfer courses may not satisfy the psychology major requirements. Specifically, transfer courses in Research Methods (PSY 0035), Learning & Motivation (PSY 0405), and Cognitive Psychology Lab course (PSY 0423) may not have included the requisite writing and laboratory components. Students with transfer work they would like to have evaluated should complete a petition form and return it to their advisor. If you are not a declared psychology major you can return your petition to the Advising Office during walk-in hours.

Students who did not complete the research participation requirement for Introductory Psychology, and thus received an incomplete grade (G) in that course, should visit this page for instructions on how to handle their problem. Doing otherwise may cause long delays in getting the (G) grade changed.

Twelve credits in any other School of Arts and Sciences department is acceptable for a related area. We recommend that you take your career goals into consideration when making a decision about your related area.

See the registration information on our Services page.

You will need to meet with an advisor for a pre-registration appointment. It is best to do this early in the semester in order to be prepared for your enrollment appointment. Advisors are available throughout the year to discuss course planning, internships, directed research opportunities, the honors program, career options, and graduate training. Just make an appointment.

The undergraduate advising office is located at 3113 Sennott Square. It is open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – noon.

Call us at 412-624-4540 or stop in during drop-in time.

We offer drop-in services Drop-in Advising Hours as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.     -     available in 3113 Sennott Square
Friday: 9 a.m. – noon     -    available in 3113 Sennott Square ONLY for the first two weeks of each term;     beginning week 3 of each term drop-in on Friday will be held at a table in the lobby of the Cathedral of Learning. Walk-in advising is designed to schedule appointments, answer quick questions, and drop off paperwork. Walk-in appointments are generally 5 minutes; this is to ensure quick service to all students with drop-in type needs.

Yes, in fact we encourage it.  For more information, please see the Study Abroad Office.

PSY majors are required to take ALL courses used to fulfill the major requirements for a letter grade; the S/NC grade option may not be used for PSY major courses (with the exception of PSY 1900 & 1903, which are only graded on an S/NC basis).

Below are the steps for resolving a undergraduate grade dispute that is not a dispute about academic integrity.

  • Students who disagree with an instructor over a grade should speak to the instructor.
  • If a student comes to the Dean's office without having discussed the issue with the instructor, that student will be sent back to the appropriate department to do so.
  • If the discussion between the student and the instructor does not resolve the issue, the student should next meet with the Department Chair.
  • If the grade issue still remains unresolved, the student should meet with the Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Studies who is responsible for grade disputes.
  • The Assistant Dean will investigate the concerns with the student, the instructor, and the Department Chair, and make a decision regarding the grade dispute. This decision is final.

If a grade dispute involves a possible Academic Integrity Violation, please see the Academic Integrity Code check with Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies Andrew Lotz.