Once you declared Psychology as your major, you will need to meet with an advisor. (To officially declare your major, complete a "Declaration of Major" form, available in the Academic Services Building). You can find out who your advisor is by visiting room 312 on the 3rd floor of the Math/Psyc Building.
Every officially declared psychology major is assigned a faculty advisor alphabetically, based on the first letter of their last name. The alphabetical listing with corresponding advisors is posted in various locations on the third floor of the MP building, or you can check with the departmental staff in MP 310 or 312 to find out who your advisor will be. Your faculty advisor is familiar with UMBC and departmental policies, and wants to help you. Advisors will have office hours posted outside their offices; you can also get in touch with your advisor by leaving a message in his or her mailbox. (Please note that the office staff does not make appointments for advisors).
All students must meet with an advisor at least once per semester in order to obtain authorization to register. Advising appointments can be made by signing up outside the advisor's office. Please be there on time, with a current copy of your transcript and any other relevant paperwork.
All new freshman, transfer and recently declared majors should meet with the department's Academic Advisor, Ms. Debra Wolff Sanford (410-455-2366, MP 302) their first semester of registration. Ms. Sanford will also assist students with a psychology minor and those students who may be considering psychology as a major. Additionally she is available to answer questions about University requirements (such as academic policies, registration concerns and General Foundations Requirements), academic supports, transfer concerns, research opportunities and career options.
Registration time is particularly busy; there is no reason why you should not visit your advisor with questions at other times during the academic year. Meeting with your advisor during slack times is particularly important if you want time for a more leisurely discussion of career plans or other topics of interests.