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Arizona State University's Department of Psychology has one of the best psychology advising teams in the country. Our advisors are here for you every step of the way — to answer questions, offer advice and to celebrate your successes. Watch this video to learn more about our promise to you: Psych for Life!
Check out these advising documents:
You can schedule an appointment with an advisor through our online appointment scheduler. Check out the advising calendar above to view our appointment advising hours and open advising hours.
The Psychology Undergraduate Student Center (Advising) is located on the Tempe campus in the Psychology Building, Room 202. Click here for a map.
ASU Tempe Department of Psychology majors: call or email us. For general questions, call 480-965-7258. Psychology Advising is here to assist you!
Open advising sessions are a first come, first served basis. Just check in at the front desk, and you can meet with an advisor to discuss your advising questions.
Scheduled advising appointments are 30 minutes and are encouraged for students who have an academic hold, need career/grad school planning, or have questions about academic success strategies or how to get involved at ASU and the department. Students can also see an advisor to learn how to transfer to ASU’s psychology degree program; inquire about research opportunities, and find out about internships.
Click here for more information about obtaining a minor in Psychology and its program requirements.
Dawn Phelps, MA, Assistant Director of Academic Services
Dawn has been advising at ASU for the past 21 years and in the Psych Department for the last 12. Dawn coordinates the Advising office and Academic Services available to undergraduate Psychology students. She received her BA in Psychology from the U of A and her MA in Counseling from Chapman University. She enjoys watching each student begin their academic career and grow into a confident and engaged member of the ASU and Psychology community.
Kellie Brown, Academic Success Specialist
Kellie is originally from Wisconsin and has lived in Arizona for the past 7 years. She did her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arizona. She has been working in higher education for the past 3 and a half years in roles such as a success and life coach, student services coordinator, and as an academic advisor. Kellie has a passion for working with and helping students achieve their academic goals and is proud to be a part of the ASU community. Kellie has a dog named Bubba, is recently married, and enjoys cooking and exercising.
Jennifer E. Nelson, Academic Success Specialist
Jennifer has been an academic advisor in higher education since 1988. She has worked with deciding students, engineers, science and social behavior students and enjoys helping students build their academic program. Her favorite part of advising is seeing students explore the many academic opportunities that ASU offers. She has been an active member of NACADA-The Global Community for Academic Advising. Jennifer earned both her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and graduate degree in Physical Education from Kansas State University.
Amanda Ryan, Academic Success Specialist
Amanda is an Arizona native and a former Sun Devil. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from ASU and her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Counseling from NAU. She has worked in higher education for the past three years and enjoys helping students reach their goals and discover their passions. Amanda enjoys crocheting, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.
New and prospective Department of Psychology students:
Academic success issues and concerns:
Experiential learning opportunities:
Other issues and concerns:
Who is my advisor?
You can find your advisor’s name, email, phone number, and instructions on scheduling an appointment on your MyASU page under Academic Advising. You are welcome to meet with any Department of Psychology advisor during open advising or at any available appointment time.
How can I reach an advisor with general questions?
Students are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-965-7258 with any general questions or you can email your advisor at their specific email address. Be sure your message includes your name, ASU ID#, phone number and a brief message. An advisor will return your email or phone call within two business days.
Where can I find Psychology Advising?
The Psychology Undergraduate Student Center (Advising) is located on the Tempe campus in the Psychology Building, Room 202. The Department of Psychology advisors are available for those students majoring in psychology at the ASU Tempe campus.
What do I need to bring to an advising session?
What is a DARS?
DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) is an automated report that provides all of your degree requirements and places the classes you take into their relevant areas of study. Once every requirement is filled, you can graduate. Instructions are available to assist you in reading your DARS report.
Undergraduate students should also review their degree audits with their academic advisors. You can view your degree audit from MyASU by selecting Degree Programs under My Programs and then clicking on Degree Audit (DARS). This will directly take you to the DARS Self-Service home page where you can request your audit by selecting Run Default Programs. Bring questions you have concerning the degree audit to your advising session.
Students can also view their critical tracking audits by selecting Degree Programs under My Programs on their MyASU page and then clicking on My Major Map Progress.
Once you have determined to officially declare psychology as a minor, contact an advisor in your major to have the minor added.
How do I declare a psychology major in the Department of Psychology?
Changing your major to psychology in the Department of Psychology is accomplished with one of our academic advisors. Call 480-965-7258 or go online to schedule an appointment. Be sure to have your ASU ID# ready when you call so we can access your information.
How do I add a concurrent degree?
Review the Concurrent Degree Checklist information and then download the Concurrent Degree Notification Form on that page. Next, schedule appointments to meet with (1) a Department of Psychology advisor, and (2) an advisor from the concurrent degree discipline. If you are adding psychology as the concurrent degree, call 480-965-7258 or go online to set up an appointment. For assistance in choosing a concurrent major, see the following resources:
I am a new, first time freshman who will begin at ASU in Spring and need to have the Advising Liberal Arts hold removed before I can register.
Welcome to ASU and the Department of Psychology! All in-coming freshman for the spring semester are strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation. Once you pay your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email about your next steps to completing your spring enrollment.
I am a new, first time freshman who will begin at ASU in Fall and need to have the Advising Liberal Arts hold removed before I can register.
Welcome to ASU and the Department of Psychology! All in-coming freshman for the fall semester must attend Freshman Orientation. During your orientation session, you will meet with a Department of Psychology advisor and register for classes.
I am a new transfer student and need to have the Advising Liberal Arts hold removed before I can register.
You need to meet with an academic advisor to get your hold removed. Call 480-965-7258 or go online to schedule an appointment. You may also email us at email@example.com if you have additional questions that do not get answered during your advising session. Be sure to include your name, ASU ID# and phone number.
How do I register for classes?
You register for classes via My ASU by clicking on the class search link in the My Classes box. This Registration Guide will assist you in registering for classes. Check out the schedule of classes to see what classes are being offered and to add classes to your shopping cart.
The course for which I want to register is reserved (has a green triangle).
Review the reserved seat information by clicking on the class since these types of courses are reserved for a specific student population. If you meet the reserve criteria, then you can add the class to your class schedule. If you do not meet the reserve criteria, then you generally cannot add the class. Please note that some classes have a “reserve until date” which means any remaining seats will be released to the entire student population on the specified date and you may be able to enroll in the class at that time.
The course for which I want to register is closed (red X box).
The red X box means the class is filled. Keep monitoring the class to see if a seat becomes available since class seating may change up until the drop/add deadline. Please note there are no wait lists for classes at ASU and it's recommended you have alternative courses in mind during registration. Be flexible and choose another class if you cannot get the one you want.
How do I request a class override for a psychology course offered by the Department of Psychology?
Section-full class override: you can email the instructor of the course and ask if a class override is possible for a course that is already full. If you receive approval for a Section-full class override, then send the email approval from the instructor to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Prerequisite class override: you can email the instructor of the course and ask for permission to register for a class in which you do not meet listed class prerequisites. If you receive instructor approval for a prerequisite class override, then send the email approval to email@example.com for review.
How do I request a class override for a psychology course offered at other ASU campuses?
Psychology courses are offered by different colleges on other ASU campuses. Click on the course and find "offered by" to determine the college/campus for other psychology classes. If you have further questions about the course or class override procedures for the course, contact the respective college below:
I am still unable to register for a psychology course or I am receiving an error message.
Meet with a psychology advisor for an appointment or open advising or contact us at (480) 965-7258 to assist you further with your class registration issue.
How do I register for more than the allowed credit hours?
Students are permitted to register for up to 18 credit hours without restrictions during the fall and spring semesters. If you would like to register for more than 18 credit hours, review the CLAS course overload guidelines and meet with an advisor to discuss your course overload request.
How do I take a course for the 3rd time?
You will need to petition the college to receive approval to take a class for a third time. Review and complete the Enroll in an ASU Course for a Third Time or More petition. Next, schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to review your completed petition. Make sure to bring a copy of your DARS and ASU unofficial transcript.
My cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 and I need to have the Liberal Arts Advising hold removed.
Students are placed on academic probation when their ASU cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 at the end of the fall or spring semester. Department of Psychology major students on probation must meet with an academic advisor in the Department of Psychology and be cleared by that advisor to register for additional courses. Prior to meeting with an advisor, students should review the CLAS Probation Success Plan (Tempe version). The plan will be completed during the first meeting after being placed on probation and each subsequent semester while on continued probation.
I am Off Track one term and need to have the eAdvisor hold removed.
Log into MyASU, review your Off Track notification in the “My Programs” section. Then schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in Psychology. For additional information, call 480-965-7258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, ASU ID# and phone number.
I am Off Track two terms and must change my major.
You do not need to meet with a Department of Psychology advisor. Review the information on How to Change your Major and then contact an academic advisor in the department or school of your new major. For assistance on choosing a major, see the following resources or meet with a Department of Psychology advisor.
How do I withdraw from a course?
Before withdrawing from a course, review the following information and then schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the Department of Psychology to discuss your situation and options.
Between the add/drop deadline and the 10th week of a fall or spring semester, students can withdraw from any class and receive a grade of "W." Classes with alternate beginning or ending dates (such as session A or B or summer classes) have an adjusted withdrawal deadline.
Students can request a course withdrawal online by signing into MyASU. Consult the Tuition Refund Policy to determine whether withdrawing will or will not generate a tuition refund.
NOTE: If you are receiving financial aid or a scholarship, check with the office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services; withdrawing from a course may affect your aid/scholarship.
How do I withdraw from all of my classes?
Students can request a complete withdrawal from the university until the semester transaction deadline. Consult the Academic Calendar for appropriate deadline dates. Complete withdrawals should be viewed as a last resort since there may be serious academic and financial consequences in processing a complete withdrawal.
Making a complete withdrawal from the university can be a difficult decision and ASU has many resources to help you. Beginning the first day of classes for the fall and spring semesters, undergraduate students are required to meet with an academic advisor in the Department of Psychology to facilitate the withdrawal process or explore potential options. For more information on complete withdrawals, see Complete Session Withdrawal Information - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
I am looking for a research lab to complete PSY 399 or PSY 499.
Review the Research Opportunities webpage. Be sure to click on the title of the lab to view more about the research and who to contact. Contact the lab asking if they have availability and if you can meet with them for more information. Once you have been approved to work in a lab, submit the PSY 399/PSY 499 Application Form to the Psychology Advising Office (PSY 202). An override will be placed so you can register for the course.
I am interested in the PSY 484 internship course.
The Department of Psychology is committed to providing students with an opportunity to complete an internship for course credit. Internships provide students with skills and experiences that will enhance their educational and career prospects. For more information about these opportunities, review the Department of Psychology Internship webpage.
I am interested in a PSY 394 undergraduate teaching assistant opportunity.
Undergraduate teaching assistant opportunities are offered by instructor consent. Review the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Policy and then contact a professor with whom you may be interested in working. If the professor approves your placement, complete the Application for Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship and submit to the Psychology Undergraduate Student Center (PSY 202). We will place the override for you to register for the course.
I have a Junior Check-in hold – what should I do?
This “hold” does not impact your ability to enroll in courses. It is designed to make sure you discuss your graduate school and career goals with an academic advisor. During this discussion we can work with you to make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources and opportunities available to you at ASU. You can schedule an appointment with an advisor online through your MyASU page or the Department of Psychology Advising webpage.
How do I change my major out of psychology?
You do not need to meet with a Department of Psychology advisor. Review the information on How to Change your Major and then contact an academic advisor in the department or school of your new major. If you know the major you want, use the Academic Advising Directory to contact an advisor in that department and schedule an appointment.
I would like information about careers in psychology.
There are several resources available to learn about career fields within the field of psychology. Review the information on our Undergraduate Resources page.
Who do I contact concerning financial aid or scholarships?
Contact a Financial Aid Counselor at: 855-278-5080.