Frequently Asked Questions
For a complete list of FAQ, see the
Registration & Add/Drop Forms
Add/Drop forms can be obtained at Student Services
Contact your professor early to avoid last minute
problems. If your advisor/professor is unavailable, another full-time faculty member in the
department can clear you IF you have notified your advisor by e-mail before
your registration date or add/drop deadline and at least 24 hours prior to
seeking any other full-time faculty member for their approval.
When meeting with that faculty member, bring a copy of the e-mail
to verify that your professor has been notified.
Selecting or Switching your Advisor &
Declaring your Major
You may select any full-time faculty member
to serve as your advisor. Some students ask a
professor who has previously taught them; some students select a
professor with research interests compatible with their own. However,
you are not required to choose an advisor who has taught you before or
with whom you share particular interests.
Psychology is an extremely popular
major. It is possible that the first faculty members you ask to advise
you will be unable to take on additional
students. Do not take this personally! You may need to contact
more than one (or two!) faculty members before successfully finding an
advisor. It is a good idea to start this process as early as you
can (or as soon as you decide you want to major in Psychology). E-mailing a
potential advisor is a good place to start, but consider making use of the posted list of
faculty office hours
(PDF) to follow up your request in person.
When you have found an advisor, have your new advisor sign the advising form available in
Dowling Hall or in the psychology department lobby.
You should email your past advisor about the change and then
submit the completed form to Dowling Hall.
Statistics - What counts?
Double majors in Psychology and Mathematics
can take Math 162 (Statistics) instead of
The Psychology Department does not
accept the Statistics AP as a substitute for Psychology 31. Students
who are double majoring in Psychology and Economics
can use Econ 13 (Economics Statistics) as a
substitute for PSY 31; these students should bear in mind that their
stats course likely did not cover analysis of variance (ANOVA), a
technique with which they will need to familiarize themselves before
taking PSY 32. Biopsychology majors may use PSY 31 or BIO 132 or
CH/CEE 6 to fulfill their statistics requirement.
Only statistics courses taken in a psychology department and which include
at least one week of coverage of ANOVA can be transferred as PSY 31. A
one-semester course that is a mixture of methods and stats does not cover
either topic thoroughly enough to receive transfer of credit for either PSY
31 or 32. A two-semester combination course may be able to transfer as PSY
31 credit only, pending review of the syllabus. If you have questions about
whether your statistics course credit can be transferred, consult your advisor.
Transfer of Credit
Courses taken for a
grade in a non-Tufts program or university, whether domestic or
abroad, can be counted towards the major with approval from the
Transfer of Credit committee. Visit the
Transfer of Credit page for more information.
Degree Advisement Form, Major Concentration Form, & Senior Exit Survey
Seniors who are graduating in May or August must complete the
multi-step degree sheet process starting in early
November once spring courses are published on SIS (February
graduates must complete this process in September):
- Apply for a graduation date on SIS.
- Print a degree advisement report (degree audit) from
- Complete a major concentration form (available in the
Forms & Resources section of
the Department website or in hard copy in the Department
- Set up a meeting in early November with your advisor who will review the
degree advisement and sign the major concentration form;
this is also an ideal time to get approved for spring
registration on SIS.
- Submit these signed forms to the staff assistant,
Cynthia Goddard, Room 101, who will then obtain the
signature of the Chair of the Department. Your signed degree
paperwork will be ready to be picked up from Room 101
approximately one week later.
- While you wait for that form to be ready, complete the
on-line Senior Exit Survey via the link sent to you by email
by your advisor.
- After you have registered for Spring classes, print
a new, updated version of your advisement report. Then
take that updated advisement report and your signed degree
paperwork to Student Services in Dowling Hall by the early
Please note that CBS majors with an advisor from a department other
than Psychology should follow that department's policies for
completing the senior degree sheet paperwork. The second signature
on that degree sheet will come from a representative of that
department, not from Psychology.
Get Involved with Research
Professors doing research want students to work
with them! Inspect
the list of
faculty research areas in the student handbook or on this website.
These will give you an idea of who is doing what. Several
faculty members are affiliated with research laboratories and
centers. An interest in a professor's area of
specialization and some prior reading
are useful but not always necessary. In some areas, special knowledge is
required (e.g., statistics or experimental design). In most areas,
professors are able to provide on-the-job training. After a course in the
area of expertise of a professor, a student is in a good position to help on
research, especially if the student has done well in the course. Sometimes
a professor's research group is full, so if your request gets a "no thanks", ask someone else in the department or ask
again at a
later time. For further information, visit our section on
Students interested in doing independent study (including
Senior Honors Thesis) must find a supervising full-time faculty
member in the Psychology Department and get their approval
before registering for the course. When registering for the
course on SIS, please make sure to select the appropriate
faculty supervisor from the drop-down list of names provided.
For more information on independent study, visit the
undergraduate Honors page.
Senior Honors Thesis
Students interested in doing a Senior Honors Thesis must find
a supervising faculty member and register for PSY 199 on SIS,
making sure to select the appropriate faculty supervisor from
the drop-down list of names provided. Thesis students must also
fill out a 'Thesis Honors Candidate' form, which can be
picked up in Dowling Hall, and must be submitted to Dowling by
early October. For more information on the Senior Honors Thesis,
visit the Undergraduate Thesis page.
Apply for Membership in Psi Chi
To be considered for membership in Psi
Chi, please complete the Application Form, which can be found
in the Psychology Department, 490 Boston Ave, or downloaded here.
Return the completed form and
any required supporting materials to the mailbox of
Professor Alex Queen in the Psychology Department by
for Fall semester induction, and February 1 for Spring semester
induction. For further information on eligibility criteria,