Program Planning Tips

If you are a major or concentrator please use these tips to help you plan your program.

1. Review Major Requirements

The requirements for your program are described on the Degree Requirements page

2. Use Major Requirement Checklists

Fill out the appropriate checklist for your program to see what courses you still need to take. Always bring a completed Checklist with you when you visit an advisor. You must submit a checklist to the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant in 406 Schermerhorn, prior to your final semester.

3. Study Psychology Course Offerings

The Week-at-a-Glance schedules for Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 will help you find courses that fit your schedule. The Year-at-a-Glance table provides an overview of courses being offered in 2016-17. The Course Index page will direct you to the course descriptions and syllabi for all lectures, seminars, laboratory, statistics and graduate courses.

4. Use the Online Directory of Classes 

The Psychology Course Listings are updated daily and provide links to faculty web pages, course descriptions, syllabi, and textbook requirements.

5. Note Prerequisites and Permissions

Read course descriptions carefully, noting the required prerequisites and permissions. With the exception of PSYC UN1450, psychology research methods courses require a statistics course as a prerequisite. Most psychology seminars require instructor permission. You may join the wait list of any seminar, but you are advised to write to the instructor for permission PRIOR to doing so. Faculty contact information and office hours are found on the Faculty page.

CAUTION: the fact that you are allowed to register for a Barnard class does not mean you have been admitted to the class; class rosters must often be reduced after the first class meeting. 

6. Specific Recommendations:

  • STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Complete statistics (PSYC 1610) and research methods (PSYC 14xx) requirements, in that order, by Fall of junior year.
  • Consult online syllabi before selecting your courses.
  • Register at your first opportunity; some courses will close out early.
  • Participate in research as early and as often as you can.
  • Apply for Honors Program in Spring of sophomore year. Deadline will be in May.
  • Take seminar prerequisites and request instructor permission early, PRIOR to joining seminar waitlists.


7. Consult a Faculty or Peer Advisor 

Your Faculty Advisor will serve as an important contact for psychology-related questions, including class choices, research opportunities, fields of study, and post-graduation plans. Your Peer Advisors are also available to help with class choices and schedule planning. They have good ideas about things like getting involved in a research lab. You may set up an appointment with one of them by email, or meet them at our various Open Houses and Majors Forums. For more information about your advisors, please 

8. Consult a Program Advisor (DUS) 

For approval of transfer credit and for definitive answers to questions about major requirements or other administrative aspects of the degree see your Program Advisor (aka DUS), or the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant in 406. If you completed a psychology course at another institution but have not yet received SIGNED departmental approval for transfer credit toward the major, you should apply for it at your earliest convenience. Follow the transfer credit instructions on the web, show your collected materials to the Undergraduate Curriculum Assistant in 406, and then meet with your Program Advisor.

9) Don't miss our Special Events! 

Dates will be posted and email announcements will be sent to all majors. Our special events include, but are not limited to:

  • Lab Preview - beginning of Fall term Sept. 7, 2016, 5 - 7 PM Sch 200B
  • Fall Majors Forum - mid-term Nov. 1, 2016. 7:30 PM Sch 200B
  • Open House for Prospective Majors - March 1, 2016. 7:30 PM Sch 200B
  • Spring Majors Forum - April 12, 2016. 7:30 PM Sch 200B
  • Pre-Clinical Advising Sessions - once per term Nov. 12, 2015. 7:30 PM Sch 200C
  • Honors Presentations - last Colloquium of Spring term May 6, 2015. 4:10 PM Sch 614