Department of Psychology
Pryale Hall, Room 111
654 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(map)
(248) 370-2300
Fax: (248) 370-4612
Mary B. Eberly Lewis
Chief Academic Adviser
eberly@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2300

Keith Williams
Director of Undergraduate Studies
william9@oakland.edu
(248) 370-2308

Departmental Advising

Advising for Psychology Majors and Minors

Undergraduate Advising for The Department of Psychology is open to all majors, minors, or non-majors seeking information about becoming a major, courses within the major, and guidance regarding other questions about becoming involved and planning for the future as a major in psychology.

We highly recommend that students meet with a psychology undergraduate faculty adviser at least once per year.  To set up an advising appointment, you may call the main office (248-370-2300) or click the link below.

Psychology Advising Calendar

NOTEYou must have an active Oakland University email address to use the “Psychology Advising Calendar”.  If you do not have an active OU email address, please contact the Chief Academic Adviser or the main office.

For shorter questions, please contact Psychology Undergraduate Advising: psyundergradadv@oakland.edu

The Psychology Department made changes to its curriculum for the 2016/2017 Academic Year.  Please use the following documents to help in scheduling classes starting Fall, 2017. The tables are organized by the psychology curriculum requirements presented in the student handbook for the year of enrollment.

Please be sure to use the appropriate forms based on the academic year that you enrolled.

Enrolled 2011/2012 - 2015/2016 or transferred to OU in 2016/2017:

Course Number Conversion Table (2015/2016 & earlier, Fall 2016 transfer)

Psychology Department Advising Form (2015/2016 & earlier, Fall 2016 transfer)

Enrolled 2016/2017 or 2017/2018:

Course Number Conversion Table (2016/2017 or later)

Psychology Department Advising Form (2016/2017)

Psychology Department Advising Form (2017/2018 and new transfer students, Fall 2017)

General Advising

We also strongly recommend that students meet with a College of Arts and Sciences adviser. A complete staff of professional advisers for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) can assist you with questions regarding general education requirements and College of Arts and Science Exploratory Requirements (Exploratory).

We encourage students to meet with a CAS advisor prior to meeting with a Psychology adviser. You can schedule an appointment by calling (248) 370-4567 or through the website below.

Link to College of Arts and Sciences Advising

Faculty Advisers
All full-time psychology faculty members can advise you with issues pertaining directly to your major in psychology. They can help with selecting courses including capstone courses (See below for approved General Education Capstone courses in Psychology), independent projects, career paths and advising, graduate school application processes, and prerequisites for Psychology courses.

Faculty Advisers, Winter 2017

Mary B. Lewis, Chief Undergraduate Academic Adviser
208 Pryale Hall
Advising Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (30 minute appts)

Scott Franz, Graduate Student (under the guidance of Mary Lewis) (30 minute appts)
207 Pryale Hall
Advising Hours:  Mondays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (30 minute appts.)

Lakshmi Raman, Faculty
122 Pryale Hall
Advising Hour:  Wednesdays, 11 am - 11:40 am (20 minutes appts.)

Melissa McDonald, Faculty
204 Pryald Hall
Advising Hour: Thursdays, 10 am - 11 am. (20 minute appts.)

Scott Pickett, Faculty
209 Pryale Hall
Advising Hour:  Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (30 minute appts.)

Please bring with you:
  1. Advising form
  2. Unofficial transcript (or the ability to access it)
  3. List of questions
Should you need to cancel your appointment, please contact the faculty adviser directly.

Helpful resources

Note that Psychology advisers only review Psychology courses. If you have questions about courses offered in other departments, you must contact those departments directly.
Basic
Advising FAQs
The following set of Expandable Boxes offer information about questions often asked by students.  Should you have additional questions, please contact the department [Main Office:  248-370-2300] or Email: psyundergradadv@oakland.edu.

See the online catalog for a full description of requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Please also note the additional requirements to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences.

General Education and the Psychology Major
All Oakland University Students will need to complete the General Education Requirements and College Exploratory Requirements. Please see the links below for more information.

For Psychology Major, please be aware that 
  • PSY 225 will NOT satisfy the Knowledge Application GE requirement if you are a psychology major. The KA must be a course taken OUTSIDE of your major. 
  • Approved Psychology Capstone courses: PSY 399, PSY 401, PSY 415, PSY 425, PSY 435, PSY 445, PSY 450, PSY 452, PSY 453, PSY 454, PSY 483-485, PSY 494
  • Courses at the 300-level or higher ALSO satisfy the General Education 32-credit requirement
  • Most  Psychology Courses at the-300 level or higher have been approved as Writing Intensive course (please note the few exceptions via the course catalog), thus Writing Intensive in the Major and Writing Intensive in General Education will be satisfied by two (2) WI psychology courses.
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Transferring to OU in Psychology
Transferring from Community Colleges and/or 4-year Universities:

Oakland University accepts many courses and credits from community colleges and 4-year universities.  Please see the Transfer Equivalency Guide to determine how your courses might transfer to OU.  If you do not find your current institution in the list of Colleges and Universities on the Transfer Equivalency guide, please make an appointment with the Chief Academic Adviser to evaluate your psychology courses.  Please bring a copy of the syllabus for the purposes of equivalency assessment.

Be aware that many community college psychology courses are considered “electives in the major” even if they have the same or similar course title to our 300-level courses. You’ll receive credit for the 200-level requirements toward the major and/or minor, but the courses do NOT come in as equivalents to OU’s upper division courses (that is, courses at the 300/400 level). Courses from community colleges that are considered equivalent to OU courses are at the 100-level and 200-level ONLY.  The Transfer Equivalency Guides provides information regarding course equivalency.

Keep in mind that your last 8 credits (2 classes) must be taken at OU, and you must have completed 16 credits (4 classes) from OU’s Department of Psychology.

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International Transfer Equivalency - Psychology

Students with international credentials must have an official, course-by-course evaluation sent by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluator. Once you have your courses evaluated, please bring your transcripts and any syllabi (translated into English) to the Chief Academic Adviser in Psychology for further evaluation of equivalency. 

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Graduating with a Major in Psychology
The requirements for graduating will depend on the year you enrolled at OU. Please be aware of the year you began at OU to determine the credits required for the Psychology Major.  Please refer to the Student Handbook in the year that you became a Golden Grizzly.
  • 40 credit major for those Enrolled 2010/2011 or earlier
  • 44 credit major for those enrolled between 2011/2012 - 2015/2016
  • 48 credit major for those enrolled starting Fall, 2017/2018
Note:  Keep in mind, that the department will approve graduation for students with a ONE credit shortage (43/44) due to transferred course(s).  A two or more credit shortage will not be approved.
Participating before finishing degree requirements
Students who are completing their coursework in the semester following the ceremony must contact the College of Arts and Sciences Advising office. Click on the document link below to obtain a request to participate in commencement.

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Getting
Involved
Undergraduate Student Organization: Psi Chi

Purpose Statement:

The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.

Getting Involved:

This community includes all students majoring in Psychology at Oakland University and any individual having an interest in psychology and the study of psychology, including Oakland University students not majoring in psychology, faculty, administrators, staff, and any member of the surrounding communities. In short, Psi Chi activities are open to all.


Link to Psi Chi Website

Independent Study Opportunities
An independent study project is a project that you do independently with a faculty member.  It can be writing a thorough literature review (PSY483 - PSY485), designing and implementing a research project (PSY487 - 489 or PSY494 - PSY495), being an undergraduate teaching assistant (PSY 470) or doing a field experience (PSY399).  Although an independent study is not required for graduation, it is a beneficial asset when you apply for jobs or graduate school.

If you wish to enroll in any of these independent projects courses you need to first find a faculty member who is willing to supervise your work. You and that faculty member will determine how often and when you will meet, and what type of product you will complete to satisfy the course requirements. You also will complete a form to declare what you and the professor supervising your work have agreed upon as your independent study. This form should be submitted to the Department as soon as possible, and certainly within the first 2 weeks of the semester when you are engaged in the independent study.

To enroll, please follow these steps:
  1. Identify a Sponsoring Faculty Member
  2. Complete and sign the appropriate independent study form
  3. Submit the signed form to Sandy Gabert (Room 111)
  4. Register for the class in SAIL once you have received permission to do so
Research Associate & Honors Thesis -- PSY 487-489; PSY 494-495:  To get involved in research, simply requesting an appointment and asking the faculty member whether you can apply to work in his/her lab is your best approach.  Do NOT simply email.  It is best to talk to the faculty members directly during his/her office hours. Some faculty members have an application process, and many, if not most, faculty would like at least a one year (i.e. two semesters) commitment from you.  Psi Chi often will post announcements for faculty who are looking to find research associates in their labs, and you can look on faculty’s websites to see whether they are taking on new undergraduate research associates.

Field Experience -- PSY 399 At present, the Department of Psychology does not have a formal structure in place to provide students with internship placements, with the exception of an internship through the Autism Clinic at OU.  Rather, students find their own placements.  Resources for identifying potential sites include:  psychology faculty, the career services website, the Psi Chi website, volunteer websites, and your own personal contacts.   Be creative, if you are really interested in a particular place, inquire, contact them and ask if you could volunteer.

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Honors in Psychology
Students starting at OU Prior to Fall 2015:  The Honors Thesis requires two semesters.  During the first semester, the student may enroll in Psy 483, 484 or 485 or Psy 487 or 488.  The student will establish a committee that includes the thesis advisor and two other faculty members; prepare and present a research proposal; and complete the IRB process.  During the second semester, the student will enroll in Psy 494, complete data collection, prepare and defend the thesis to the thesis committee.   Even though there is flexibility in the timeline, students are urged to be prepared for data collection by the second semester.

Departmental honors may be awarded to graduates who have taken a 400-level research methods course (or equivalent), or who have done honors-level work resulting in a tangible product in PSY 494 or in PSY 483, PSY 484, PSY 485, PSY 487, PSY 488, PSY 489 and achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or above in psychology courses. The student must have completed at least six psychology courses at Oakland University. It is also the student’s responsibility to file an “Application for Departmental Honors in Psychology” form.

Students starting at OU Fall 2015:

Departmental honors in psychology are based on the following criteria:
  • Grade point average of 3.2 or above overall and 3.5 or above for psychology courses
  • Complete PSY 250, PSY 251, and at least two 300-level courses with grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • Complete PSY 461 (Advanced Statistics in Psychology) with grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • Complete Honors Thesis for 8 credits (PSY 494 and PSY 495)
  • File the appropriate “Application for Departmental Honors in Psychology” form with Sandy Gabert

Further information is available on the departmental website or from the Department Chair, Chief Advisor, or Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Helpful Links:

  • Application for Psychology Departmental Honors