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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Major/Minor

Changing Majors
Changing Minors
Credit / No Credit in My Major
Declaring My Major
Distribution Requirements and Psychology Courses
Education Majors or Minors
GPA in Major
Graduation Credits
Honors in Psychology
Minor Requirements
Credits That Must Be Taken At Hunter

 

Registration

Closed Courses
Foreign Credits
Permits
Registration
Repeating a Course
Statistics in Another Department or At Another School
Withdrawing From a Course or From All Your Courses

 

Transfer Students

Statistics in Another Department or At Another School
Transferred Courses
Credits That Must be Taken at Hunter

 

Advising

Active Involvement in the Department
Advising Appointments
Faculty
Grades
Library Resource Center: Psychology Advising

 

Graduation and Career

Career Opportunities for BA's and MA's
Graduate School Information

 


 

Major/Minor


 

Changing Majors

Q: What if I declared another major before, but now I want to be a Psychology Major?

A: If you previously declared a major in another department, and you now want to become a Psychology major instead, an advisor from your former major department must sign the new Declaration of Major Form before it is signed by the Psychology Department. Read more about Prerequisites for and Declaration of Psychology Major.


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Changing Minors

Q: What if I declared one minor before, but now I want to change to a different minor?

A: Just come to the Psychology Advising Office with a new Declaration of Major/Minor form. You do not have to go to your former minor department.


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Credit / No Credit in My Major 

Q: I'm a Psychology Major. May I take a Credit/No Credit grade in any of my major courses?

A: No, courses graded on credit may not be applied towards the major (for those who are following the new curriculum, and for ALL Psychology majors, as of Jan 1998). You may only take a CR in a psychology course if you are not going to use the course toward fulfilling major requirements.


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Declaring My Major

Q: How do I declare my major?

A: Read the Declaring the Major section of this site, or come to the department office with your transcripts in hand.


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Distribution Requirements and Psychology Courses

Q: If I count my 6 credits in introductory-level courses (PSYCH 100 and one other 100-level course) as part of my Social Science Distribution Requirement, can I also count them toward the major?

A: No. As part of the new curriculum, students may apply PSYCH 100 and one additional 100-level course toward their distribution requirements; these two courses are required for, but not counted toward the major.


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Education Majors or Minors

Q: I'm an Elementary Education major and my friend is an Elementary Education minor. Can we take PSYCH 210 (Child Psychology)? What about PSYCH 150 (Human Development)?

A: You CAN take PSYCH 150 for credit, but you CANNOT take PSYCH 210 for credit. You will not get credit for PSYCH 210 because a similar course is required by the Education Department.


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GPA in Major

Q: Do I have to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) in psychology to graduate?

A: Yes. The minimum GPA is 2.0. Under the new requirements, it is computed on the basis of your grades in the required psychology major courses, ABOVE the 100 level, including Statistics (PSYCH 248), Experimental (PSYCH 249 or 250), at least one course in each of the following areas: Applications of Psychology, Biopsychology, Cognitive Processes, and Developmental/Social Psychology (with at least 6 of these credits at or above the 300-level, according to the new numbering system), and 6 additional elective credits (at least at the 200-level) which total 26 credits. Although a course may meet the requirements for more than one area, the same course may not be applied to more than one area. If you have additional psychology electives, the GPA will be computed using the courses with the highest grades that satisfy the requirements. Courses to be used for the major may NOT be taken on a CR/NCR basis or on permit.


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Graduation Credits

Q: How many credits do I need to graduate?

A: 120. You will receive a BA with a major in Psychology.


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Honors in Psychology

Q: How do I graduate with Departmental Honors?

A: See the Honors Program section of this website.


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Minor Requirements

Q: Must I have a minor?

A: Pllease read the Minor Requirements section of this website

Q: May I take a split minor, that is, a minor consisting of courses from more than one department?

A: No. All courses must be from one department only.

Q: I transferred to Hunter. Must I take all of my minor courses here at Hunter?

A: No, but you must take half of your minor (and your major) courses at Hunter.

Q: Does what I minor in really matter?

A: Please read the Minor Requirements section of this website.


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Credits that must be taken at Hunter

Q: I took a lot of Psychology courses at my previous school. Do I have to take more Psychology courses at Hunter to graduate with a Psychology Major?

A: One-half of your major courses (and one-half of your minor courses) must be taken at Hunter, regardless of the number of transferred Psychology credits.


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Registration


 

Closed Courses

Q: All the Psychology courses I need or want to take are closed. Isn't there some way I can get into a closed course?

A: The "good news" is that sometimes courses are added to the schedule after the schedule has been printed, so you may actually have more choices than you think. Check the Registrar's website, the psych-l mailing list, and with the department.

Even if a course is closed, keep trying to register online. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, someone will have dropped the course and there might be a spot open. This is especially true during the drop/add/change-of-schedule period, but try throughout the entire registration period.

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts having very concrete and negative repercussions, many courses have been cut and not all courses can be offered each semester.

At the present time, we regret that no one can be added to a closed course. There are no overtallies.

To maximize your chances of getting the courses and sections you want, be sure to register as early as possible for your group. However, some courses and sections close early, so have some back-up choices ready.

Q: Can't the Professor who is teaching the course write me a note, permitting me to enroll in the course?

A: No, instructors are not authorized to permit you to enroll in a closed course. Such permission will not be honored by the department.


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Foreign Credits

Q: I want to transfer credits from a foreign school to Hunter? What do I do?

A: Everything under Transfer Students, below, applies to you. In addition, have your original transcript and course descriptions sent directly from your school to the advisors in the Psychology Department. You may leave the materials in the "In Box" in the Psychology Office.


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Permits

Q: How do I get a permit to take a course at another school?

A: Although it may be possible to take a course "On Permit" at another school, such courses may not be used to fulfill major requirements. Psychology courses taken on permit may ONLY be used as general elective credits, not as psychology credits. Bring the permit form (available in the Registrar's office), your transcript, and a description and schedule (starting and ending dates, days and times) for the course from the school where it's being offered to the advisors. You must have your transcript, the course description and the schedule in order for your permit form to be signed if the course at the other school is approved. Remember, half of your major and minor must be taken at Hunter; do keep in mind that courses taken on permit are considered transfer credits.

You must have your permit signed before enrolling in the course for possible credit. Many times, students enroll in a class on permit at another school only to find that the course is not equivalent to what they think it is at Hunter. They have unnecessarily wasted money and time by not having their permit approved before taking the course.

Q: Some colleges give classes during intersession, and during two or three sessions during the summer. Should I look into these classes on permit?

A: No permits will be issued for any classes lasting less than six weeks.

Q: Can any psychology course be taken on permit at another school?

A: You may not take Psychological Statistics or Experimental Psychology on permit, nor any other course you want to use to fulfill major requirements.

If you have failed a course at Hunter, you may not take that course again on permit; permits are issued very sparingly. For example, no class with a Hunter number above Psych 248 may be taken on permit at a 2-year college. Because of prerequisite conflicts, most often, a permit will be permitted only for courses numbered below Hunter's Psych 248. Remember, these courses may NOT be used to fulfill major requirements.

Permits are sometimes approved for upper level courses that are not offered at Hunter. See the advisors about any questions pertaining to permits.


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Registration

Please read the Registration section of this site. Most of your questions will have already been answered there in detail.

Q: Do I have to come to the Psychology Department to register?

A: Most majors register online directly using eSIMS and the CUNY Portal, and should not come to the Department Office during registration. However, for some Psychology courses, you must get approval from a sponsor on a Departmental Form and the Department before you can register.

Q: Which courses require approval?

A: Only students taking the following courses must first obtain approval:

  • PSYCH 201 -- Independent Study in Psychology *
  • PSYCH 295.61 -- Special Topics: Peer Advising **
  • PSYCH 306 and 307 -- Seminar in Psychological Services **
  • PSYCH 395 -- Independent Research in Psychology *
  • PSYCH 396 and 398 -- Honors in Psychology *
  • Or any other course that specifies "Permission of the Instructor Required"

* Written permission from a faculty sponsor is required for department approval
** Written permission from the instructor is required for department approval


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Repeating a Course

Q: How will repeating a course affect my grade point average (GPA)? What courses may I repeat?

A: Any course in which you received a grade of D, F, WU or NC may be repeated. If you repeat a course in which you received an F and get a C or better, only the C will be used to compute your GPA. If you repeat a course in which you received a D, both the D and the new grade will be used to compute your GPA. And remember, with the new curriculum, no classes to be applied to the major may be taken on a CR/NCR basis.

In all cases, both grades will remain on your transcript.

If you received a CR or a C or better in a course, you may NOT repeat that course.


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Statistics in Another Department or At Another School

Q: If I've taken a statistics course in another department or at another school, do I still have to take PSYCH 248, Statistical Methods in Psychological Research?

A: Probably. The statistics courses offered by many math departments are NOT equivalent to PSYCH 248. If you have questions about other statistics courses you have taken, ask the Undergraduate Advisor in Room 611HN. PSYCH 248 may not be taken on permit.


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Withdrawing From A Course or From All Your Courses

Q: I'm having a rough semester so I decided to stop attending all or some of my classes. I'll wait until next semester when life will be better. Do I have to withdraw officially?

A: Yes, you must withdraw officially. If you don't, you will receive F's in those courses and create a major problem for yourself. Before the first day of the 10th week of classes, get a withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office. After that, go to Student Services. Don't just disappear.


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Transfer Students


 

Statistics in Another Department or At Another School

Q: If I've taken a statistics course in another department or at another school, do I still have to take PSYCH 248, Statistical Methods in Psychological Research?

A: Probably. The statistics courses offered by many math departments are NOT equivalent to PSYCH 248. If you have questions about other statistics courses you have taken, ask the Undergraduate Advisor in Room 611HN. PSYCH 248 may not be taken on permit.


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Transferred Courses

Q: How do I know if the Psychology courses I took at another college before I came to Hunter will count toward my Psychology Major at Hunter?

A: Transferred courses which were given a Hunter College equivalence number starting with the prefix PSYCH (or 56, according to the older system) can be counted toward the major (although they will not be included in your GPA). Psychology courses for which there is no equivalence number cannot be used for the major. If you want to check whether your courses can receive an equivalence number, please see an advisor. Be sure to bring all of your transcripts with you, and a copy of the course description from your previous college's catalog.


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Credits that must be taken at Hunter

Q: I took a lot of Psychology courses at my previous school. Do I have to take more Psychology courses at Hunter to graduate with a Psychology Major?

A: One-half of your major courses (and one-half of your minor courses) must be taken at Hunter, regardless of the number of transferred Psychology credits.


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Advising


 

Active Involvement in the Department

Q: The Psychology Department is large. Classes are so big, but I'd like to get to know the professors. Is there any way I can become involved and be more than a number?

A: Absolutely! Come to the meetings presented by the Advising Office. Subscribe to the psych-l mailing list. Join the Psychology Club and Psi Chi. Take courses such as Independent Study (PSYCH 201), Independent Research (PSYCH 395), Honors (PSYCH 396/398), and the Seminar in Psychological Services (PSYCH 306/307). Talk to your professors about your interests and their research. These possibilities are all discussed in other sections of this site.


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Advising Appointments

Q: Do I have to make an appointment to see an Undergraduate Advisor?

A: No. In fact, the advisors only have open hours. See the bulletin board outside Room 611HN or next to the Advising Office door for the hours the advisors are available, or check the psych-l mailing list.


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Faculty

Q: How do I contact an individual faculty member?

A: The Faculty Page contains the office locations, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of all full-time Psychology faculty. It is also posted, along with the phone and office numbers of part-time faculty, on the bulletin boards in and right outside of the Department Office, Room 611HN. These bulletin boards also list the office hours of each faculty member. To contact a faculty member, try calling or stopping by during the professor's office hours; alternatively, you can leave a message in his/her mailbox in Room 611HN.

Q: How do I contact an instructor who is no longer teaching at Hunter?

A: We cannot give you an instructor's address, but you may write the professor a note. Include your name and social security number, and the course name, number, section and semester you're inquiring about. Write a clear statement of whatever it is you are contacting them about. Make sure you've included enough information so that the instructor can understand the issue. Tell the instructor how s/he can contact you (you might include your address, phone number and when you can be reached), or ask the professor to leave a message for you in the Department Office. Place the note in a stamped envelope and bring it to the Department Office. We will address it and mail it for you. If you don't hear anything in about two weeks, notify the Department Office.


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Grades

Q: How do I find out what grade I got in a Psychology course?

A: You may do the following:

  1. Ask your professor if s/he will mail you the grade. If so, give the professor a self-addressed, stamped postcard at the final exam, with your name, course number, and a space for the grade.
  2. To obtain information regarding grades from previous semesters that are no longer posted on the bulletin boards, you must give the office receptionist the following essential information:
    • Your name
    • Instructor
    • Semester / Year of Course
    • Social Security Number
    • Course Name, Number and Section

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Library Resource Center: Psychology Advising

Q: What is this and where is it located?

A: Materials are on reserve in Hunter's Library (2nd floor) dealing with the different fields of Psychology and related fields such as Social Work and Counseling, careers in these fields, and applying to graduate school. Look on the reserve computer under "PSYCH ADV" for call numbers. Also, see the Advising Office of this site. A number of video tapes, that you may view in the library, are also on reserve. A copy of some of the materials on reserve in the library may also be found in the Career Counseling Library, 8th floor Hunter East.


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Graduation and Career


 

Career Opportunities for BA's and MA's

Q: What can I do with a BA or an MA in Psychology?

A: Career opportunities exist in a number of fields. Attend the meeting on careers presented by the Department Undergraduate Advising Office. Come in to the Advising Office for information. Look at the materials the Advising Office has placed on reserve in the Psychology Advising Resource Library, in Hunter’s Library (2nd floor, under "PSYCH ADV") dealing with various careers. Visit the Hunter College Career Counseling Office and Library (8th floor, HE).


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Graduate School Information

Q: Where can I get information about graduate schools, and what should I do if I want to attend graduate school in Psychology or a related field, such as Counseling or Social Work?

A: Each semester, the Department Undergraduate Advising Office presents a two-part series dealing with graduate schools. You should attend both parts. Also, look in Hunter's Library at the materials on reserve under "PSYCH ADV." Come browse through our graduate school catalogs in Room 611HN. Visit websites on the world wide web; many schools have applications posted there along with information about their programs.


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