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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Major
What do I have to do to become a Psychology major?
I am not sure if I want to major in Psychology. Who do I talk to?
Can lower freshmen be Psychology majors?
What do I have to do to complete the major?
How many Psychology majors are there at QC?
Who signs my Elementary Education Department form to declare Psychology as my co-major?
What do I have to do to be a Psychology minor?


Who do I talk to about the Psychology interdisciplinary major?

Taking Classes
When are Psychology courses offered?
I want to P/NC a psychology course; how do I go about doing that?
Can I withdraw from a Psychology course without being evaluated?
What do I do about an incomplete (INC) in a Psychology class?
If I take a 3-credit course and retake the same course with a different topic, will I get 3 credits for the repeated class?
How many Psychology courses can I repeat?
Can I overtally into a Psychology class?
How many courses can I take each semester?

Transferring Credit
I took General Psychology in High School. Can I get credit for it?
I am a transfer student. What about psychology courses taken at other schools?
How do I take Psychology courses at another institution and get course credit at QC?

More about Psychology
Where do I find out more about Psychology?
How can I find out about degrees and careers in Psychology?
I want to be a Clinical Psychologist. Where do I start?
How do I found out more about School Psychology, Art Therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Counseling Psychology?

Resolving Disputes
How do I contact the Departmental Ombudsman?


What do I have to do to become a Psychology major?

Complete the Declaration of Major form and bring it to the Psychology Office (SB E318) to be signed. Then, take the form to the Registrar as quickly as possible. A major can be full-time or part-time, day, evening, or weekend.

I am not sure if I want to major in Psychology. Who do I talk to?

In general, it is to your advantage to declare a major. Arrange a meeting by e-mail with the chairman, Dr. Robert Lanson, or Dr. Nancy Hemmes. Indicate 3 to 5 different appointment days, dates and times in priority order and you will be notified which are mutually convenient. You may also find it helpful to speak to a Psychology Peer Couselor in the departmental office.

Can lower freshmen be Psychology majors?

Yes.

What do I have to do to complete the major?

There are 4 required courses: Psychology 101 (General Psychology), Psychology 107 (Statistics), Psychology 213W (Experimental Psychology) and an Advanced Laboratory course from the Psychology 311 to 320 sequence. Psychology 107, 213W, and 311-321 have the preceding course as prerequisites and so take three semesters to complete. If you became a major between September 2000 and August 2005, the required total number of credits in Psychology is 35. If you declared a Psychology major after September 2005, the required minimum total of Psychology credits is 36. You need a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all Psychology courses, and no P/NC grades in any Psychology class.

How many Psychology majors are there at QC?

As of 2008, there were 1,310 majors in the day, evening, and weekend sessions.

Who signs my Elementary Education Department form to declare Psychology as my co-major?

You must contact the Psychology department chair and ask him to sign the Education Department form.

What do I have to do to be a Psychology minor?

You have to fill out this form , bring it to the Psychology Office (SB E-318) for signature and take the completed form to the Registrar. A minor consists of any 18 psychology credits, at least 9 of which must be taken at Queens College. You need a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all Psychology courses, and no P/NC grades in any Psychology class.

Who do I talk to about the Psychology interdisciplinary major?

Dr. Fienup is the Psychology Interdisciplinary Major Advisor.

When are Psychology courses offered?

Psychology classes are given during the day and evening as well as in the Weekend College. Classes are available during the Fall, Spring, and both Summer sessions, except Psych 107 which is not offered during the summer.

I want to P/NC a psychology course; how do I go about doing that?

Students cannot P/NC a course in their major.

Can I withdraw from a Psychology course without being evaluated?

Students may withdraw from courses between the 4th and 8th weeks of classes without being evaluated by the USSC.

What do I do about an incomplete (INC) in a Psychology class?

An INC on a transcript that is not resolved by the end of the following semester becomes a FIN and is calculated as an F in the GPA. Therefore, students must speak to the Professor to resolve an INC as soon as possible.

If I take a 3-credit course and retake the same course with a different topic, will I get 3 credits for the repeated class?

No, and if a student repeats a course in order to earn a better grade, the most recent grade will be counted towards the student's GPA.

How many Psychology courses can I repeat?

Under the repeat grade policy, students can repeat a maximum of 16 credits.

Can I overtally into a Psychology class?

The Psychology Department does not do overtallies but the student can contact the department chair to find out if more seat will be added to the class in question.

How many courses can I take each semester?

If you are in good standing, you can register for up to 18 credits.

I took General Psychology in High School. Can I get credit for it?

There is no one answer to this question. If you scored 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Psychology, you will get credit for Psychology 101, subject to regular transfer evaluation procedures. If the course was offered in conjunction with a college Psychology department, credit may be allowed, subject to the regular evaluation procedures.

I am a transfer student. What about Psychology courses taken at other schools?

The courses need to be evaluated. There is a requirement that at least half (18) of the credits toward the major (including the Advanced Experimental course) must be taken at Queens College. Psychology 213W is a writing intensive course. Students are strongly advised to take that course at Queens, because otherwise it will not transfer as an equivalent of Psych 213W.

How do I take Psychology courses at another institution and get course credit at QC?

Talk to the department chair to make sure that the courses will be approved by the Psychology Department. Once these courses are approved, you can file for e-permit online or through the Registrar.

Where do I find out more about Psychology?

Take Psychology 101. It is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses and a required course for the major and minor. You can also get more information from the American Psychological Association website.

Where do I find out more about Psychology?

Many people do not realize how broad a field Psychology really is. There are at least 50 different divisions in the American Psychological Association. You can find out more about careers in psychology here. Also, join the Psychology Honor Society Psi Chi, or attend their informative meeetings. See Psychology Peer Advisors in the departmental office for additional materials. Students who graduate with a BA in Psychology have been among the most successful in the job market.

Where do I find out more about Psychology?

Start with Psychology 101. Clinical Psychology is a very popular field. Getting into a Clinical Psychology graduate program requires excellent credentials. Clinical graduate programs look for students who sample broadly from different fields of psychology at the undergraduate level. They do not want you to be a specialist as an undergraduate. Be alert to talks regularly given by Psychology faculty on the "helping professions." Further information on Clinical Psychology may also be found here.

How do I found out more about School Psychology, Art Therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Counseling Psychology?

While we do not have specific courses in these areas, our undergraduate curriculum prepares you for graduate work in these as well as other areas of psychology. If you want further information on these areas, consult specific graduate programs. Note that School and Counseling Psychology courses at Queens College are offered through the Education Department.

How do I contact the Departmental Ombudsman?

The Ombudsman resolves disputes from a neutral, independent viewpoint. If you have a problem with a Psychology professor or instructor, you may discuss the problem confidentially with the Psychology Department Ombusdman, Professor Storbeck. His job is to investigate and try to resolve problems. Please contact Dr. Pytte at 718-997-4528 or email her at carolyn.pytte@qc.cuny.edu.

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