Please email email@example.com if you have a question, or join the Psychology Online Student Advising Organization on Blackboard.
Advisors will be available to help you via Blackboard, zoom, email, or phone.
The psychology department has four advisors here to help you as you work your way through your degree. All of them are at different stages in their graduate career and from across different concentrations. Check out the frequently asked questions page, and to reach our advisors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once a semester. It is extremely important to meet with an advisor the semester before you register to graduate. When scheduling your appointment, please be aware of deadlines to drop and add courses. Also be aware of registration times, as advising tends to be busier during this time and it will be harder to get an appointment.
You can find information regarding important university dates available on the registrar's website.
How to make an appointment through SSC.
If you have questions about this, email us at email@example.com, or call us at 703-993-1384. We will be more than happy to assist with this if you need us.
When to schedule an appointment
We always recommend that you double-check your Degree Evaluation before making any changes to your degree. However, if you have done this and you just need a signature, you may not need an appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to review it.
Further advising may be required after review. But if you want to add a major, add a minor, or change your concentration and you've already reviewed your Degree Works, this may be your best option.
This email address is also good if you just have a quick question about dates, schedule changes, or upcoming events.
Important forms are available on our website, under Department Resources and Forms.
Privacy and Advising
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA ) was put in place to protect your privacy, and the psychology department takes this very seriously. We can only respond to official GMU addresses, and we can only provide advice directly to you. If you would like a third party present, they will need to fill out the online consent form, available through the registrar's website.
Advising is a very collaborative process. It is important that both the student and the advisor work together in order to have a successful advising session. Below is a type of syllabus that can help guide you to how academic advisors can help you, and how you can best prepare for your advising session.
What to Expect from Your Advisors
What Advisors Expect from Students
Which one best suits you?
The difference between the two is only if you are a current psychology major or not. Psychology majors who want to add a focus on psychology to their degree will select a concentration.
Non-majors of psychology will select a minor.
Is there a difference in credits?
Only by about 6 credits. Minors have to have the basic concepts of psychology and the minors require an introduction course. Whereas, concentrations will not often have those because the Psychology major will have, most likely, taken those courses already.