Declaring the Major

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Current UIUC student thinking about Psychology as a major? (non-UIUC students click here)

Step One: Participate in a Prospective Student Meeting.

The Prospective Student meetings are offered by a Psychology academic advisor and held frequently throughout the fall/spring semesters. You will learn more about How To Declare the major; The Degree Requirements; How to Understand your Degree Audit Report; How to Get Involved with the many opportunities in the Psychology major. All questions will be answered at this meeting.

Undeclared UIUC Psychology students wishing to utilize the Undergraduate Psychology Advising services are required to attend an informational Prospective Student meeting

Even if you're eligible to declare the major, the Prospective Student Meeting provides you invaluable information, please participate in one of the meetings.

Step Two: Prepare for the meeting

(If you are not prepared for the meeting, we will ask you to attend a future meeting)

  1. Familiarize yourself what courses you need To Declare the major and what you need to Complete the major. Psychology Advising Workheet
  2. Generate a Psychology Degree Audit Report (DARS).
  3. Carefully review your DARS – any questions about your audit? Come prepared: highlight, circle, take notes and bring your questions to the meeting.
  4. Bring either your printed DARS or electronic DARS on your laptop to the meeting.

Spring 2017 Prospective Student Meetings - Room 13 Psychology Bldg

January Thu; 19th; 4pm Fri; 27th; 10am      
February Wed; 1st; 10am Tue; 7th; 5pm Wed; 15th; 4pm Tue; 21st; 2pm Mon; 27th; 2pm
March Mon; 6th; 1pm Thu; 16th; 11am Wed; 29th; 5pm    
April Tue; 4th; 10am Fri; 14th; 1pm Tue; 18th; 4pm Thu; 27th; 3pm  
May Mon; 1st; 3pm        

Sign up for a Prospective Student Meeting here

To declare the Psychology major, students must:
  1. Complete an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent).
  2. 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
  3. Complete a social or clinical or developmental psychology course (PSYC 201 - Social, PSYC 216 - Child, PSYC 238 - Abnormal, 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).

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.

Not a current UIUC student?

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.

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