Applying to the Major

If I'm undeclared or have a non-psychology major, can I  switch my major to psychology?
Students who do not enroll with psychology as their indicated major must apply to become a psychology major. This applies to both full-time and part-time students.The application is made up of three parts: 1) A completed Application to the Psychology Major Form (see link below), 2) a copy of a current Degree Works Audit,and 3) an essay.  The Degree Works Audit must give evidence that the applicant has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and that the applicant has passed a psychology course at FSU with a C- or better.  The essay must address the two questions in the Application Form and be no longer than 500 words.

Application to the Psychology Major Form

Completed applications are to be dropped off to Dori Pedroli, Crocker Hall 101.  Applications are due on or before the last day of September for the fall semester, and on or before the last day of February for the spring semester. Late applications will not be considered.

Who decides whether someone is accepted into the major?
The department chair decides who is admitted to the major based on a minimum GPA of 3.0 and the quality of the application essay.

How will I know if I have been accepted into the major?
You will receive an email from the department chair indicating that your decision letter is ready to be picked up in Crocker 101.  If you are accepted, you must go to the registrar's office to complete paper work. Once that is complete, psychology will be listed as your major in MyFramingham. You will also be assigned to a psychology advisor by the department chair.

What if I don't meet the minimum requirements for becoming a psychology major?
Given the popularity of the psychology major, it is very unlikely that an application showing a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered. Similarly, incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Therefore, students not meeting the minimum requirement for applying or unable to thoroughly complete all materials are discouraged from applying. Students with Ds or Fs on their records might consider retaking these courses to raise their GPAs.

What if I'm not accepted? Can I apply again?
You are welcome to apply again to the major. You may want to make an appointment to discuss with the chair why your applications was rejected. If your materials contained some deficits, the department chair may have some recommendations that will improve your chances of acceptance. Recommendations may include retaking a course, taking a specific course, raising your GPA, and so forth. Sometimes, however, rejection is simply a matter of numbers (too many majors given the number of faculty) and otherwise your application may be fine.

What if I complete most of the courses required of a psychology major and then I apply. Wouldn't I automatically be accepted?
No. In fact, getting into courses indicated as "for majors only" is strongly discouraged and may lead the selection committee to view your application with disfavor. "Back-dooring" your way into a major is generally not viewed favorably by faculty!
Non-psychology majors who enroll in courses indicated in the college catalog as "for majors only" or "status/standing as a psychology major" will be removed from the class enrollment by the registrar.

Non-psychology majors may not receive instructor or department chair permission to enroll in courses indicated in the college catalog as "for majors only" or "status/standing as a psychology major."

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