Undergraduate Programs

Academic Advising

Where and How to Sign Up?

If you need academic advising regarding psychology classes, major requirements, or degree progression, please stop by the Advising Appointment Bulletin Board across from the Psychology Department's main office in PM400 to schedule an appointment with one of our faculty undergraduate advisors. 

Online advising is also available via email, although the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook (PDF) and online transfer advising presentation (PPT) contain the answers to many common questions.

In addition to signing up in person, commuting or prospective students can call the department office at 815-753-0372 to make an advising appointment. 

General Advising

Any questions regarding general education requirements and other issues not specifically related to either a major or minor in psychology should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is housed in Zulauf Hall 201 and can also be reached by calling 815-753-0114.

Please see here for the Department's Four-Year Degree Path handout, which is an advising supplement used to show students the general pacing and sequence of major and general elective requirements, as well as giving an overall idea as to how long the degree will take to complete under normal circumstances. 

Online Advising Resources

Advising worksheets are also available for both the B.A. and B.S. in psychology and are useful for spot-checking progress within the major.  However, we want our undergraduate experience to be as streamlined and rewarding as possible, so we encourage all current psychology students to meet each semester with an advisor for a more individualized and complete assessment of their progression within the program. 

Although MyNIU Self Service functions should never be used in place of actual in-person advising, the "View Unofficial Transcript," "View Degree Progress Report," and "Quick What-If" functions are excellent tools for self-assessing degree progression and evaluating the viability of switching or adding majors and minors prior to meeting with an advisor.  A printout of your current degree progress report is also very useful for official advising, so consider bringing one with you to any such meeting.