Students are encouraged to stop by at least once a year to check in with their advisor to make sure they are on track for graduation and to ask questions about courses, their major, and career planning.
We recommend that Freshmen and Sophomores should take mostly core classes. This conservative approach will help ease the transition if you decide to switch majors or transfer to another university.
Freshmen and Sophomores should take the introductory courses offered in the major, such as Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1101) or Introductory Sociology (SOCI 1101). During the sophomore year, 2000-level courses from Area F should be taken. For Psychology, this would include Human Growth and Development (PSYC 2103). For Sociology, this would include Social Problems (SOCI 1160) and Marriage and Family (SOCI 2293).
Juniors and Seniors should focus on completing the major requirements with an eye toward long-term career development. Psychology majors should note that the statistics course (either PSYC 3301 or SOCI 3331) is required before taking Experimental Psychology (PSYC 4431). Sociology majors should note that the Methods of Social Research course (SOCI 4440) is only offered in the spring semester and the Development of Social Theory (SOCI 4420) is only offered in the fall. The Seminar courses should be taken during the final semester of your coursework.
Good minor or certificate programs for Psychology and Sociology majors include Psychology (for Sociology majors), Sociology (for Psychology majors), the Criminal Justice Certificate, the Caregiving Certificate, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate.
Junior and Seniors should also consider gaining valuable career-enhancing experiences. These might include participation in the Psychology/Sociology Club and internship experiences.
Important Deadlines and Policies
- Early registration is highly recommended. Registering early will increase the likelihood that you will get the courses that you want and the times that you prefer.
- The minimum credits for full time status is 12 hours/semester. We recommend 14 or 15 hours/semester to graduate in four years. Taking more than 18 credits in a semester is an overload. This will only be given to students with good academic records (e.g., GPA of 3.0 or better).
- The first few days of each semester are the Drop/Add period. Courses and course sections may be changed during this time without being recorded on your grade transcript.
- Once the Drop/Add Period is finished, students can withdraw from courses up to midterm. This will result in a grade of "W" on your transcript for the course.
- After midterm, courses can only be dropped if there is a legitimate medical excuse or family emergency.
- Internships must be arranged during the early registration period. Internships cannot be arranged during late registration or the Drop/Add Period.
- Graduating Seniors must submit the Application for Graduation approximately one year before the anticipated graduation date.
- Curriculum Sheets
- Student resources from the American Sociological Association
- Career resources from the American Psychological Association
- Psychologycareercenter.org: Job descriptions, school information, job listing services
- Career possibilities from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
- Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology
- GSW's Career Services Center
- Psychologydegree.com has descriptions of psychology programs throughout the U.S.
Graduate Programs in Central and Southern Georgia
The following universities in our area offer graduate programs in counseling, social work, or clinical psychology.
Albany State University
Columbus State University
Fort Valley State University
Mercer University (Macon and Atlanta)
Valdosta State University
Last update: August, 2014