Contact Information:

Chief Major Advisors:
Stephanie Osterthun
Joanna Seley
235 Burnett Hall
(402) 472-3121
psychadvising@unl.edu
Faculty Advisor: Photo of Dr. Lisa Crockett
Dr. Lisa Crockett
319 Burnett Hall
(402) 472-0584
ecrockett2@unl.edu


Advising questions should be directed to the Chief Major Advisor first. When contacting a Chief Advisor, please include your first and last name and NUID on all e-mail correspondence.

Psychology Advising Services

The Psychology Advisors are available to help you with a variety of needs including:

Office Hours
During the academic year:

By appointment 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as 8:30 - noon on Tuesday mornings.  Walk-ins are available on Tuesday afternoons from 1 - 4 p.m.  Additional walk-in hours will be available during peak times such as the first week of classes and will be announced to psychology majors via e-mail.

During the summer:

The Psychology Advisors are available during the summer months by appointment only. No walk-in hours are offered. There is limited, if any, advisor availability during the month of June due to New Student Enrollment.

To schedule an appointment:

MyPLAN allows you to view advisor schedules and request an appointment (scheduling an appointment with MyPLAN). Be sure to include a short description of the topics you would like to discuss during your appointment.

 

Making the Most of the Advising Relationship

Advisors can serve as a mentor to and advocate for students. As with all relationships, both parties must work together and do their part to get the most benefit from the relationship. Here are some tips on fulfilling your responsibility as a student to take ownership for and get the most out of the advising experience:

  • It is your responsibility to take the initiative to schedule advising appointments. Show up for the appointments you make!
  • Make an appointment with an advisor at least once per academic year (preferably once per semester) to discuss your course selections and make sure you are on track to graduate.
  • Print a copy of your degree audit and bring it with you to your advising appointment. Make a list of questions beforehand to ensure all of your questions get answered. Ask for clarification if you don't understand something. We are very happy to explain things again if needed.
  • Be open and honest with your advisor. The answers to your questions can change based on individual circumstances. We can't provide you with the most accurate information if we don't know the full story. Advising appointments are confidential, so please help us do our best to help you by being open about your grades, career goals, personal issues you are facing, etc.
  • Do not answer phone calls, check your phone or text during appointments!
  • Keep records of any communication you receive from your advisor. Keep a paper advising folder and/or an e-mail advising folder in which to keep all documents and correspondence.
  • Remember that this is your education! Advisors are just that – we give advice based on the information you provide us, but do not choose courses or make decisions for you.

Advising Forms and Checksheets

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I declare or change my major?

A. If you are declaring or changing to a major that is in the same college as you currently are, go to your current advising center and complete a Change- Degree-Major-Advisor (CDMA) form.

If you are declaring or changing to a major that is in a different college, go to your current advising center and let them know you want to change your major. They will give you some paperwork. Take that paperwork to your new college’s advising center.

Students can look up which college a major or minor is in by using the Undergraduate Bulletin.

 

Q. How do I declare or change my minor?

A. To declare or change your minor, go to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center (107 Oldfather). Complete a Change-Degree-Major-Advisor (CDMA) form.

Students can research potential minors by using the Undergraduate Bulletin.

 

Q. How do I change a course to Pass/No Pass?

A. Log on to MyRed. Bring up your current class schedule. Select Edit on the menu bar at the top. Select the course you would like to change to Pass/No Pass. Click Proceed. Beside the heading Grading, there is a drop-down menu. Change Graded to Pass/No Pass. Click Next to finish the process. Print a copy of your computer screen to record the change.
Screenshot of changing course to Pass/No Pass

Q. How do I know if I can take a course Pass/No Pass?

A. Your college, as well as your major and minor, all have restrictions on the number of credit hours you can take as Pass/No Pass. Please refer to both the college and major/minor sections of the Undergraduate Bulletin for clarification.

For advice on whether or not to change a course to Pass/No Pass, schedule an appointment via MyPlan (instructions) with your advisor.

 

Q. When is the deadline to change a course to Pass/No Pass?

A. For all deadlines, refer to the UNL Academic Calendar.

 

Q. When is the deadline to withdraw from a course?

A. For all deadlines, refer to the UNL Academic Calendar.

 

Q. How do I drop/withdraw from a class?

A. Log on to MyRed. Bring up your current class schedule. Click Drop on the top menu bar. Select the course you want to drop and click Proceed. Follow the instructions to finish dropping the course. Print a copy of your computer screen for your records.

If you drop a course after the drop/add deadline (the sixth day of class for the fall and spring semesters), a "W" will appear on your transcript to signify that you withdrew from the course. You should avoid having more than a couple W's on your transcript. If you drop a course before the sixth day of class (for the fall and spring semesters), the course will not appear at all on your transcript.


 

Q. I’m doing poorly in one of my classes. What should I do?

A. Schedule an appointment with your instructor as soon as possible. Instructors are many times willing to work with students as long as you come in as soon as problems arise. Be ready to explain exactly what you are struggling with in the course. Is it the content, the lecture format, the testing style, etc...? Or, perhaps you are having personal circumstances that are interfering with the course. Whatever it is, be prepared to discuss specific examples of what you are struggling with. It is also helpful to have some ideas in mind of what would help you do better. If you are still struggling after meeting with the instructor, schedule an appointment via MyPlan (instructions) with your advisor right away.

Q. How do I know if I’m a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior?

Freshman 0-26 credits

Sophomore 27-52 credits

Junior 53-88 credits

Senior 89+ credits

Class standing is determined by the number of credits completed. For example, if you have 24 credits done and are currently taking 12 more credits, you are still considered a freshman.

You can see how many credits you have complete by referring to your degree audit. Under the heading ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***, you will see your total hours added (complete), total hours in progress (current semester as well as anything that you are pre-enrolled in for the upcoming semester(s), and how many total hours you still need to graduate.


 

Q. Should I pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology?

A. Most psychology majors pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree. For most careers in psychology, such as mental health, law, business, human services, social work, or related fields, the Bachelor of Arts degree is probably the best match. If you are pursuing a career in medicine, neuropsychology, biopsychology, or other related field, you may want to consider a Bachelor of Science degree. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment via MyPlan (instructions) to discuss which degree is best for you.

 

Q. How often should I meet with my advisor?

A. Students should meet with their advisor at least once per year, preferably once per semester to discuss your course selections and make sure you are on track to graduate.

 

Q. When do I need to apply for graduation?

A. Students need to submit an application for graduation at the beginning of their final semester. Refer to the Graduation Services website for instructions and deadlines.

 

Q. How many electives do I need to graduate?

A. The number of electives needed for graduation is different for each student depending upon factors such as how much foreign language took prior to being admitted, if you are pursuing a minor, etc. A total of 120 hours are required to graduate and include ACE requirements, College of Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements, psychology major requirements and second major and/or minor requirements. Electives are courses that only count toward total credit hours for graduation, but they do not fulfill any other specific degree requirement. Schedule an appointment via MyPlan (instructions) with your advisor to calculate how many electives you need to graduate.

Q. What is my Bulletin Year?

A. Degree requirements may change slightly from year to year. Each student's graduation requirements are based on his/her bulletin year, so it is very important that you know what your bulletin year is. Generally, your bulletin year is the year that you started school at UNL, or the year you started in the College of Arts and Sciences (if you changed your major). You can find your bulletin year on your degree audit. At the top, by your name and NU ID, you will find the heading Catalog Year. Beside this heading is a number (e.g. 20091, 20101, etc...). Refer to the following table to determine your Bulletin Year.


20101 2009-2010

20111 2010-2011

20121 2011-2012

20131 – 2012-2013

20141 – 2013-2014


Q. Where do I find my degree requirements?

A. Degree requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Be sure to select the correct bulletin year from the drop-down menu at towards the top, under the "Your Undergraduate Bulletin" heading.


Q. How do I order a copy of my transcript?


A. Students can order transcript through MyRed (instructions). Students may also order transcripts in person through the Registrar's Office.

 

Q. When can I register for next semester?

A. Priority Registration occurs in October for the Spring semester, and again in March for the Summer and Fall terms. Students are broken down into groups based on class status (seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen), so everyone is not registering at the same time (and overloading the advisors and computer systems). Log on to MyRed and click on “Enrollment Dates” to view the specific day and time you can begin registering. It is very important to register for your classes during Priority Registration.

Refer to the academic calendar for priority registration dates.


 

Q. Do I need a minor?

A. No, but it is a good use of elective hours. A minor allows you to supplement your psychology major by gaining knowledge in additional areas. A minor can be in any department on campus that offers a minor. You can search for and view minor requirements using the Undergraduate Bulletin. You are also encouraged to schedule an appointment via MyPlan (instructions) with your advisor to discuss which minor(s) might be a good choice based on your career goals.

 

Q. What is the difference between a Plan A and a Plan B minor?

 A. Plan A minors are for students who only have one minor. Plan A minors are typically 18 credits, but that number varies by department. Plan B minors are for students who have more than one minor. The Plan B minor is typically smaller (i.e. 12 credits). The idea behind the Plan B minor is to require fewer hours for students who want to complete multiple minors. You must use the Undergraduate Bulletin to find the requirements for a minor.

Q. How do I get credit for research?


A.
Once you have a research position lined up, talk to your faculty or graduate student supervisor about earning academic credit. Refer to the Undergraduate Research section of our website for details.


 

Q. How do I get credit for volunteering or internship?

A. You can earn academic credit for volunteer work and internships. Both types of experiences follow the same process and use the same paperwork. We provide information on where to look for internships and our internship packet.