Contact Information:

Chief Major Advisor:
Stephanie Osterthun
235 Burnett Hall
(402) 472-3121
sosterthun2@unl.edu
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Lisa Crockett
319 Burnett Hall
(402) 472-0584
ecrockett2@unl.edu


Advising questions should be directed to the Chief Major Advisor first.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Chief Major Advisor, please email psychadvising@unl.edu.

Be sure to include your first and last name, NU ID, reason for your appointment, and several days and times that work for you.


Chief Major Advisor Schedule
(Academic Year) 

Mondays 8:30am-Noon By Appointment 1-5pm By Appointment
Tuesdays 8:30am-Noon By Appointment 1-5pm Walk-in Hours
Wednesdays 8:30am-Noon By Appointment 1-5pm By Appointment
Thursdays 8:30am-Noon By Appointment 1-5pm By Appointment
Fridays 8:30am-Noon By Appointment 1-5pm By Appointment

The Chief Major Advisor is available throughout the summer by appointment only. No walk-in hours are offered during the summer.

 

How To Use Your Advisor

Most advisors depend on the student to take the initiative in making an appointment. Don't wait! Experience has shown that what students don't know can hamper their educational success.

The policies, regulations, and requirements at UNL make up a mountain of information, and much of that information gets changed from time to time. Students must keep this in mind when asking a question or needing assistance. Often the advisor finds it necessary to call someone else or send the student somewhere else for an answer, solution, or help.

The most constructive outcome of advising is the fact that students do their own scheduling, choosing, and planning. When an advisor asks, "What do you think?" or "Which do you prefer?" or something similar, be prepare to answer the question and have a conversion, not be told what to do.

Students are encouraged to keep records of their academic progress in order to help themselves and their advisors during advising sessions. Students may wish to create an advising folder and bring it to advising meetings, as it is extremely useful to have all necessary records in one place.

Students should know how to access their Undergraduate Bulletin and refer to it often. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill the requirements stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Students should prepare for advising sessions in the following ways:

  • Make a list of questions beforehand to ensure all questions get answered.
  • Introduce yourself and explain why you are there. Advisors need to know each student’s educational-vocational plans.
  • Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something. Your advisor will be more than happy to go over something again.
  • Schedule an appointment. Your advisor will be more prepared for your meeting if you schedule an appointment instead of walking in.
  • Be honest! Whether it’s your grades, your career goals, something going on in your personal life, or whatever… your advisor can’t help you unless you’re open and honest.
  • Show up for your appointment, or let your advisor know in advance if you can’t make it.
  • Turn off your cell phone!

 

 

Common Student 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 you know you want to change your major. They will give you some paperwork. Take that paperwork to your new college’s advising center.

The following website lists the contact information for each 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.

The following website lists the contact information for each college’s Advising Center

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 Grade to Pass/No Pass. Click Proceed to finish the process. Print a copy of your computer screen to record the change.

 

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

 A. Psychology majors can take up to 24 total credits of Pass/No Pass. Only 6 of those credits can be in your psychology major. If the course in question is for your minor, you must contact your minor department for their Pass/No Pass restrictions.

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

 

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 125/130 Total Hours***, you will see your total hours added (this means complete), total hours in progress, 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 with your advisor 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, and more often if necessary.

 

Q. What types of information can my advisor provide me?

  • Course selection
  • Creating a graduation plan
  • Discussing career options
  • Questions about graduate school
  • University policies and regulations (e.g. academic probation, course restrictions, academic bankruptcy)
  • Identifying campus resources
  • Gaining experience
  • Research opportunities
  • Printing and understanding your degree audit
  • Selecting a minor
  • Campus events
  • Dates and deadlines
  • Many other things!

Your advisor is your liaison. If you have a question and don’t know who to ask, ask your advisor. If your advisor does not know the answer, more than likely he/she will know where to refer you.

 

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 following website for instructions and deadlines: General Graduation Information

 

Q. How many electives do I need to graduate?

A. The number of electives needed for graduation is different for each student. Psychology majors need 125 or 130 total credit hours to graduate. 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 with your advisor to calculate how many electives you need to graduate.

 

Q. What is my Bulletin Year?

A. Degree requirements 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.

20081 --- 2007-2008

20091 --- 2008-2009

20101 --- 2009-2010

20111 --- 2010-2011

20121 --- 2011-2012

If you are unsure what your Bulletin Year is, contact your advisor.


Q. Where do I find my degree requirements?

A. Degree requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin. For students whose Bulletin Year is 2010-2011 or after, your Undergraduate Bulletin is an online publication. It can be viewed at the Undergraduate Bulletin.

For students whose Bulletin Year is 2009-2010 or before, your Undergraduate Bulletin is a paper publication. You received a copy of your Undergraduate Bulletin at your New Student Enrollment (NSE) day. If you do not have a copy, you can purchase one at the University Bookstore, or view your bulletin as a pdf online on the Online Bulletin. Be sure to select the correct Bulletin Year from the drop-down menu at the top.

 

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), a “W” will appear on your transcript to signify that you withdrew from the course. You should avoid having more a couple W’s on your transcript. If you drop a course before the drop/add deadline, 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 they 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 with your advisor right away.

 

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

 A. Students can order transcript through MyRed. Click on “Order Official Transcript” from the main menu.

Students may also order transcripts in person through the Office of Registration and Records. View the Registration Information.

 

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.

For general dates, view the Registration Information.

 

Q. Do I need a minor?

A. Psychology majors who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree need a minor. 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.

Psychology majors who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree do not need a minor, although they can declare a minor if they would like to.

 

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. Each minor is different.

 

Q. What should I minor in?

 A. There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” minor. Your minor should be another subject area (besides psychology) that interests you. It can be related to your career plans or unrelated. The important part is that you enjoy the course work and excel academically in the subject. You can search for and view minor requirements using the Undergraduate Bulletin. Schedule an appointment with your advisor if you need help figuring what to minor in.

 

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 for your time. If your supervisor thinks you could earn credit, you must figure out the answers to the following questions:

  1. Do I need elective credit? Research credit only counts as elective credit. If you do not need elective credit to graduate, you would just be paying for credit you do not need to graduate. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to calculate if and how many electives you need.
  2. Should I register for PSYC 299 or 499? PSYC 299 is used mostly for freshmen and sophomores, and for basic, entry-level research tasks. PSYC 499 is used mostly for juniors and seniors, and for more in-depth research tasks. Ask your supervisor which course number would be best. If he/she is unsure, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  3. How many credits should I register for? Research credit (PSYC 299 and 499) are variable credit courses, meaning students can earn between 1-6 credits each semester. You must figure out how many credits to take the class for based on how many hours you will be working in the research lab. One credit equals 50 hours of research. That averages to about 3 hours per week for the semester. So, if you are working 9 hours per week in the research lab, you would register for 3 credits (for a total of 150 hours).
  4. Should I take the course for a grade or pass/no pass? Students need to discuss with their research supervisor whether to take the course for a grade or pass/no pass. I would encourage students to take the course for a grade. If you select pass/no pass, you must manually change the course to pass/no pass via MyRed.
  5. How do I register for the course? Once you know the answers to the questions above, stop by the main Psychology office (238 Burnett) and pick up a “green sheet.” Complete the green sheet and have your research supervisor sign it. Return the sheet to the main Psychology office. You will receive a permission code. You must use this permission code to register for the course on MyRed.

In order to add the course, log on to MyRed and search for the appropriate course (PSYC 299 or 499). Select the course and enroll it in it like you would anyother course. During the enrollment process, you will be asked to enter the permission code and the number of credits you are taking it for. (Remember, if you select pass/no pass, you must manually change the course to pass/no pass via MyRed under the Edit function.)

 

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

A. Once you have a place set up to volunteer or intern, schedule an appointment with your advisor. There is internship paperwork that you must complete in order to receive academic credit. (We will refer to both volunteer and internship positions as internships for brevity.) Before you register for credit, you must know the answers to the following questions:

  1. Do I need elective credit? You do not have to register for credit for internship positions. Internship credit only counts as elective credit. If you do not need elective credit to graduate, you would just be paying for credit you do not need to graduate. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to calculate if and how many electives you need.
  2. Who would be my faculty supervisor? Students must have a faculty member or graduate student serve as their faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor oversees the student during the internship and assigns the final grade. You must identify and ask someone to be your faculty supervisor.
  3. Should I register for PSYC 297 or 497? PSYC 297 is used mostly for freshmen and sophomores, and for basic, entry-level internship positions. PSYC 497 is used mostly for juniors and seniors, and for more in-depth internship positions. Ask your faculty supervisor which course number would be best. If he/she is unsure, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  4. How many credits should I register for? Internship credit (PSYC 297 and 497) are variable credit courses, meaning students can earn between 1-6 credits each semester. You must figure out how many credits to take the class for based on how many hours you will be interning. One credit equals 50 hours of work. That averages to about 3 hours per week for the semester. So, if you are interning 9 hours per week, you would register for 3 credits (for a total of 150 hours).
  5. Should I take the course for a grade or pass/no pass? Students need to discuss with their faculty supervisor whether to take the course for a grade or pass/no pass. If you take the course for a grade, there is usually a larger assignment involved at the end.
  6. How do I register for the course? Once you know the answers to the questions above, schedule an appointment with your advisor. You will receive the internship packet that includes a form to complete your internship site, a form to complete with your faculty supervisor, a “green sheet,” and evaluation forms. Complete the first two forms and the green sheet, and return them to your advisor. Once you return the forms, you will receive a permission code. You must use this permission code to register for the course on MyRed.

In order to add the course, log on to MyRed and search for the appropriate course (PSYC 297 or 497). Select the course and enroll it in it like you would any other course. During the enrollment process, you will be asked to enter the permission code and the number of credits you are taking it for. (Remember, if you select pass/no pass, you must manually change the course to pass/no pass via MyRed under the Edit function.)