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Change of Major

Change of Major Requirements

Note that becoming a psychology major may impact the fees that you pay: please see https://www.clemson.edu/cbshs/departments/psychology/undergraduate/fees.html for details.

To add or change into a Psychology major, you must attend one mandatory Change of Major meeting. At the time of the meeting, you must have a 2.4 GPA based on 12 credits or more taken at Clemson or in the Bridge Program. No other transfer credits will count for this process. GPA hours may be affected by Academic Forgiveness and other factors. Check the line reading Total Institution at the end of your transcript in iROAR. The column labeled GPA Hours must be 12.0 or higher, and the column labeled GPA must be 2.40 or higher.  

If you do not yet meet these requirements, see the next-to-final section on this page. If this is your first semester at Clemson, check back on this page for additional meeting times after grades for the current semester have been posted. You may NOT register for a meeting until you have had grades posted for 12 or more credits taken at Clemson or in the Bridge program. Transfer, AP, and other credits not from Clemson or Bridge are not considered for eligibility to change into the Psychology major.

You must register by email to attend a meeting - walk-ins are not allowed.

Meeting Registration

To register for a meeting time email the following information to Jeff Moore at jtmoore@clemson.edu

  1. The session day and time that you will attend (see below)
  2. Your Clemson ID number, beginning with a capital "C" (e.g., "C123456789" - this makes it easy to copy and paste your ID for accuracy)
  3. A statement that you have read the Fee Cost section of the CBSHS Course and Major Fee page HERE and agree to its terms

The following meeting times are currently available.  Note that attending one will allow you to change into the major in time for the Spring 2019 registration.

  • Wednesday, January 9th at 3:30PM
  • Thursday, January 10th at 2:00PM
  • Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30AM

Required Documents for Meeting

All students will need to bring a printed What If Degree Works report for the psychology major you are interested in (BA or BS; or both if you are not sure), along with a minor if you know it. Use the most recent curriculum year available. Instructions for generating What If Degree Works audits are available here. Also, be sure to bring your laptop with you.

Missed Deadline or Don't Qualify to Change Yet?

If you missed the deadline to submit your form or you do not meet the requirements to change majors at the moment, you will need to review all of the available material on our website to choose your schedule. You will not be assigned an advisor in the department nor will you be entered into iROAR as a PSYC major until the beginning of the next semester. Thus you will not have access to courses restricted to PSYC majors.

However, you may still take some courses as if you were a psychology major. If this is the case, create a What If Degree Works for your desired major/minor combination (see above). Please note that some PSYC classes (2020, 3090/3091, 3100/3101, 3340, 4150, 4220, 4920, and 4930/4931) are reserved for majors only and, unless it would delay you from graduation, you will need to wait until you are a major to register for these particular courses. You will need to contact your current academic advisor to be cleared for registration.

One course we DO recommend for everyone seriously considering a psychology major - and will give you an override for - while you wait to change into the major is Fundamentals of Psychological Science, taught this upcoming semester as PSYC 2890 Section 1. This course is designed as an introduction to the major, and will fill the requirements for PSYC 2020, 4920, and one general elective credit. 

Contact

Please email Ms. Caroline Oncken if your last name starts A - K (concken@clemson.edu) or Mr. Jeff Moore if your last name starts with L - Z (jtmoore@clemson.edu). Your email should include your student ID number (the one that starts with a "C"), your name, and a statement that you are thinking about majoring in psychology and would like to take Fundamentals of Psychological Science next semester.

Finally, a complete Undergraduate Handbook is available on the Psychology Undergraduate page. Look for the link on the left for Handbook and Other Resources. There you will find the answers to many questions about majoring in psychology.