Declaring the Major
Current UIUC student thinking about Psychology as a major? (non-UIUC students click here)
Major/Minor Information Meetings
Psychology Advising Office offers weekly "Major/Minor Information Meetings" throughout the semester. During these meetings, an academic advisor will provide an overview of the minor and answer any questions.
Just follow these steps:
(If you are not prepared for the meeting, we will ask you to attend a future meeting)
- Familiarize yourself what courses you need to declare the major (below) and your choices for Psychology concentrations.
- Generate a Psychology Degree Audit Report (DARS).
- Carefully review your DARS – any questions about your audit? Come prepared: highlight, circle, take notes and bring your questions to the meeting.
- Bring either your printed DARS or electronic DARS on your laptop to the meeting.
Declaring the Major
- Complete an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent).
- Complete a UIUC biological/cognitive psychology course (PSYC 204 - Brain & Cognition; PSYC 210 - Behavioral Neuroscience; PSYC 220 - Images of Mind; PSYC 224 - Cognitive; PSYC 230 - Perception and Sensory; or PSYC 248 - Learning & Memory). See PSYC Class Schedule for detailed descriptions
- Complete a social or clinical or developmental psychology course (PSYC 201 - Social; PSYC 207, Prejudice and Discrimination; PSYC 216 - Child; PSYC 238 - Psychopathology & Problems in Living; PSYC 239 - Community; PSYC 245 - Industrial/Organizational; PSYC 250 - Personality). See PSYC Class Schedule for detailed descriptions
Where to Declare:
If you meet the above criteria, you can formally declare psychology as a major visit the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) college office in Room 2002 Lincoln Hall during the first two weeks of each semester or the month preceding registration (October & March).
Become familiar with the variety of Psychology concentrations. Students can specialize in areas including Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical/Community, Cognitve, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Diversity Science, Intradisciplinary, Organizational, and Social/Personality Psychology. See "The Major" website for more information.
Single Major, Double Major, Dual Degree
- Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students wishing to have Psychology as your only major or as a second major, you'll be making a curricular change.
- Non-LAS UIUC students wishing to have Psychology as your only major, you'll be seeking an Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT).
- Non-LAS UIUC students wishing to keep their current major and have Psychology as well, you'll be seeking a Second Degree.
College Residency Requirement
In order to receive the LAS degree, students must: 1) complete a minimum 60 UIUC hours with 21 UIUC hours at the advanced level [300- or 400-level], 2) complete at least 12 advanced UIUC Psychology hours [13 advanced UIUC Psychology hours for students matriculating Fall 2012 and later] - these hours will contribute to the 21 UIUC hour residency requirement, and 3) complete at least two semesters in residence in LAS. Full details at the LAS website.
Transfer Students - If you have never attended UIUC (but have attended a 2-year or 4-year school) and are considering a Psychology major.
High School Students - If you're interested in learning more about our major, feel free to search our website on your own but remember to find more information on the Office of Admissions website.