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Psychology Academic Advising Center

Welcome to the Psychology Academic Advising Center! We are an academic advising center located in Edwards Hall and Sirrinne Hall designed specifically for psychology majors. Our commitment is to help psychology undergraduate students meet their academic goals and explore various career and educational opportunities while here at Clemson.

To better enable us to assist you during advising, there are a few things we suggest that you:

  • Become knowledgeable about Clemson’s academic policies, procedures and requirements. Review the Student Responsibility statement under the “General Information” heading in your Undergraduate Announcements on student responsibility toward degree completion.
  • Regularly visit the departmental website to keep up-to-date on announcements and changes.
  • Make an appointment with your advisor during preregistration advising or whenever you are needing assistance. Your advisor is the only one who can clear you for registration!
  • Come prepared for your advising appointments by having the resources and materials needed and follow through on the actions discussed during those meetings.
  • Pay attention to the approaching deadlines on the academic calendar such as drop/add and withdraw dates.
  • Are aware of your academic standing and if you start to struggle, you seek help and utilize campus resources when needed. 

Your Advisors

The center is staffed with five professional advisors. The five advisors will directly advise all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The advising center will serve as a resource center for all psychology students providing information on services available on campus, graduate programs and career opportunities. We recommend that you make your advising appointments as soon as the advising schedule opens. Walk-ins are welcome, and we will do our best to accommodate you, but please keep in mind that students with scheduled appointments will have priority.

Stacey Marcus

STACEY MARCUS

Advises: Psychology
Office: Edwards 432
Phone: 864-656-8628
Email:  staceym@clemson.edu

Schedule An Appointment

For assistance using CU Navigate please use the following resources for  Scheduling or Cancelling an Appointment and  Viewing Your Appointment Summary.

Find Your Primary Academic Advisor: CU Navigate > DegreeWorks > Academic Advisor 

Mary Emma Dayhuff

MARY EMMA DAYHUFF

Advises: Psychology
Office: 245 Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864-656-8610
Email:  mdayhuf@clemson.edu

Schedule An Appointment

For assistance using CU Navigate please use the following resources for  Scheduling or Cancelling an Appointment and  Viewing Your Appointment Summary.

Find Your Primary Academic Advisor: CU Navigate > DegreeWorks > Academic Advisor 

Julianne Hendricks

Julianne Hendricks

Advises: Psychology
Office: 247 Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864-656-2570
Email:  jjh3@clemson.edu

Schedule An Appointment

For assistance using CU Navigate please use the following resources for  Scheduling or Cancelling an Appointment and  Viewing Your Appointment Summary.

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Sydney Porter

SYDNEY PORTER

Advises: Psychology
Office: Edwards 422
Phone: 864-656-2571
Email:  sporte4@clemson.edu

Schedule An Appointment

For assistance using CU Navigate please use the following resources for  Scheduling or Cancelling an Appointment and  Viewing Your Appointment Summary.

Find Your Primary Academic Advisor: CU Navigate > DegreeWorks > Academic Advisor 

Tiffany McRae

Tiffany McRae

Advises: Psychology
Office: 427 Edwards
Phone: 864-656-8609
Email: tmcrae@clemson.edu

Schedule An Appointment

For assistance using CU Navigate please use the following resources for Scheduling or Cancelling an Appointment and Viewing Your Appointment Summary.

Find Your Primary Academic Advisor:CU Navigate > DegreeWorks > Academic Advisor 

Faculty Career Advisors

The following faculty members are available to meet with any psychology major seeking career advice, including exploration of career options and advice on applications for graduate and professional schools. Please feel free to reach out to these individuals via email to set up an appointment. 

Dr. Jo Jorgensen - Willing to talk about anything with any student (emphasis on providing advice on alternative routes to becoming a therapist)

Dr. Rich Pak - Most comfortable discussing issues related to graduate school (specifically within the domains of human factors and engineering psychology)

Dr. June Pilcher - Willing to discuss any of a variety of career options

Dr. Dawn Sarno - Willing to discuss both graduate school and other career paths, most comfortable discussing Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology 

Dr. Bob Sinclair - Willing to discuss graduate school and other career paths, most comfortable discussing non-clinical topics 

Additional suggestions relating to professional development for Psychology undergraduates:

  • consider joining a creative inquiry team in the Psychology Department to gain research experience and to develop a meaningful relationship with a faculty advisor
  • go to our departmental website at clemson.edu/psych to review the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook, which provides information about psychology faculty, the psychology curriculum, available opportunities, and post graduate work.
  • go to the website for the American Psychological Association at apa.org, which provides information on careers in psychology.
  • for more applied career paths, make an appointment with a career counselor at the Michelin Career Center (located in the Hendrix Student Center).
  • if interested in Health Professional Graduate Programs, make an appointment with Harolynn Williams (harolyw@clemson.edu) who is the University advisor for students interested in that domain.

Psychology Change of Major

Clemson students who wish to change to a Psychology major will need to successfully complete the following courses prior to being accepted into the major:

  • Psychology 2010 (Introductory Psychology)
  • Psychology 2030 (Fundamentals of Psychological Science)
  • Psychology 3090 (Introductory Experimental Psychology)
  • Psychology 3100 (Advanced Experimental Psychology)

Note that PSYC 2030, 3090, and 3100 need to be taken sequentially - that is, the courses higher on this list need to be completed prior to taking the courses lower on this list (also note that there are a variety of other psychology courses that non-majors can take while working through this sequence). Also note that non-majors will need to request an override before they can get into PSYC 2030, 3090, and 3100. Here is a link that you can use to request an override

Starting in the 2023 spring semester, Psychology 2030 will be available to all Clemson students - non majors will just need to request an override. However, due to capacity limitations, only current Psychology majors will be able to enroll in Psychology 3090 and Psychology 3100 during the initial registration period in both the Fall and Spring semesters. After the current majors have had an opportunity to enroll, there may be a small number of additional seats available to non-majors (although likely not many, given our large number of continuing majors). 

A second possibility to complete these two courses would be to take them over the summer. We will be greatly increasing the number of available seats for these two courses in the summer of 2023, and registration for these summer classes will be open to both majors and non-majors at the same time.

If these two options are insufficient, a third possibility to complete these courses would be to take comparable courses at another institution. Note that if not already on the approved list of courses within TCEL, such transfer credits will need to be evaluated and approved prior to taking the class at the other institution.

Additional notes:

Students need to complete Psychology 3100 before they will be able to officially change into the Psychology major (and be able to sign up for 4000-level Psychology classes). Students who are currently taking Psychology 3100 will not have the same access to Psychology classes as do Psychology majors until after they have completed Psychology 3100.

Change of major students will need to develop a multi-semester plan to complete the sequence of major-specific courses (which also includes the required 4000-level credits). We will not make exceptions to the course sequence for students who have already completed numerous other credits (including Psychology classes) and want to complete the psychology degree in a couple of semesters.

Psychology does not currently have capacity constraints on our minor. Thus, students who start down the path towards a change of major to Psychology, but do not complete it (for whatever reason) should still be able to complete a psychology minor.

Requirements

Note that becoming a psychology major may impact the fees that you pay. Please refer to Clemson tuition and fee calculator as well as additional major course fees

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.

Missed Deadline or Do Not 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 (e.g., 3090/3091, 3100/3101, 3340, 4150, 4220, and 4930/4931) are reserved for majors only and 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.

Meeting Registration

EMAIL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION to Sydney Porter at sporte4@clemson.edu. After verifying that you meet the eligibility requirements to attend a meeting listed above, your counselor will send a link that you will use to sign up for the meeting that you would like to attend.

  1. Your Clemson ID number, beginning with a capital "C" (e.g., "C123456789" - this makes it easy to copy and paste your ID for accuracy)
  2. 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 Fall registration.

Please check back for updated meeting times and requirements.

Contact

Sydney Porter (sporte4@clemson.edu).

Your email should include:

  • Your student ID number (the one that starts with a "C")
  • Your name
  • A statement that you are thinking about majoring in psychology and would like to take Fundamentals of Psychological Science next semester.
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