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Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

top ⇑Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Undergraduates

Q: How do I declare a major in Psychology?

A: See the Office Manager or Administrative Secretary in Psychology's main office in 2007 Percival Stern Hall between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. One of them will assign a faculty member in the department to serve as your major adviser.

Q: What are the requirements for a major in Psychology?

A: Requirements may be found on our undergraduate studies websites.

Q: What are the requirements for a minor in Psychology?

A: A minor in Psychology requires a minimum of 16 credit hours, comprising a 100-level introductory course (100, 101, 102), 309 (univariate statistics),  and 3 additional three credit courses at or above the 300-level.

top ⇑Questions About Courses and Course Credit

Q: Can my Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology course count toward my major or minor?

A: A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology Exam will count as the 1000-level (1000, 1010, 1020) psychology course required for the major or minor. Prospective majors or minors earning scores below 4 should enroll in 1000, 1010, or 1020 as early as possible.

Q: How do I get transfer credit?

A: Policies and procedures for transfer credit in Psychology can be found here: Credit Transfer Policies.

Q: Which MATH courses should I take?

A: The Psychology major is a B.S. degree, so any set of MATH courses that satisfy the B.S. are appropriate. The majority of the PSYC majors satisfy the requirement with MATH1210 then MATH1230 OR with MATH1210 then MATH1220. Students who wish to take MATH1230 (Statistics for Scientists) are advised to take this course prior to PSYC3090 for the most logic ordering of coverage. Note: The major in Psychology & Early Childhood Education is a B.A. degree, and therefore requires less math than the primary psychology major (but also requires a large number of EDUC/EDLA courses and satisfaction of the other B.A. requirements set by the School of Liberal Arts)

Q: Do I need at least a C in each of my psychology courses?

A: No. Although you need to earn an average of "C" in psychology courses (a grade point average of 2.0) for a major or minor, any passing grade will contribute to the major.

Q: My lab meets Wednesday but the first day of class is Thursday. Should I go to lab?

A: Most lab sections do not meet prior to the first class meeting; you may ask at the main office. The first lab meeting typically will be announced by the instructor in class or noted on the syllabus.

Q: How can I get a copy of a syllabus from a course that I took years ago?

A: The department does not retain old syllabi. However, many recent and current syllabi are linked to our course website and to individual faculty websites. Some faculty may have copies of their old syllabi, and may be contacted via their email addresses on their website.

Q: How can I become involved in research?

A: Advice on research involvement may be found here: Research Opportunities.

Q: What courses are being offered next semester?

A: For the spring and fall terms, the registrar posts a draft of the schedule days after it is completed in the department. Psyc1000 and Psyc3090 always are offered. Lab courses and courses from each of the required areas always are offered, but which specific courses are offered varies from term to term. The intended summer schedule usually may be found on the department courses website in November.

top ⇑Questions About Instructors and Contacting Them

Q: How can I contact my instructor or TA?

A: Email and telephone information for faculty and graduate students may be found on the website, and all individuals have mailboxes in Psychology's main office (Percival Stern 2007). Between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm M–F, you also may call the main office at x5331 (from off campus 865-5331). The office can connect you to your instructor or TA, as well as leave a message in his or her mailbox.

Q: How can I get in touch with a former TA or adjunct instructor who is no longer is at Tulane?

A: Please email the main office. If we have contact information for your TA or instructor, we will forward your inquiry and ask him or her to respond to your inquiry. Unless former TAs or adjunct instructors explicitly indicate that we may give out their phone numbers or email addresses, the department protects their privacy by forwarding the message.

Q: What is an adjunct?

A: Adjunct instructors are hired on a course-by-course basis to teach courses for the department. These instructors set their own course requirements and assign grades just like regular full-time faculty members. As a student, you have the same responsibilities and rights in courses taught by adjunct instructors as you do when courses are taught by regular full-time faculty members. Adjunct faculty have a long-term relationship with the department as researchers, instructors, and professional supervisors.

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 • psych@tulane.edu