Declaring Psychology

*Additional requirement beginning Fall 2020. Beginning in Fall 2020, students interested in declaring Psychology as a major must earn a C or higher (a C- does not count) in both PSYC 101 General Psychology AND PSYC 260 Psychological Statistics prior to being accepted in the Psychology major. This change is being implemented because students who struggle in either PSYC 101 or PSYC 260, often struggle in the rest of the Psychology major. This new requirement will help students determine whether Psychology is a good fit major before declaring the major. 

If you would like to change your major to Psychology, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Psychology program requirements and courses.

This will provide you with a general overview of the kinds of courses you will be expected to take and will help give you a general sense of your graduation timeline. Please be advised that it typically takes at least 2 years (4 semesters Spring/Fall) to complete the Psychology portion of your undergraduate program, although our program is designed to be completed as part of a four-year Bachelor’s degree program.

Many students are interested in psychology due to its topics (e.g., interpersonal relationships, health) but are not as interested in the research and science behind these topics. Psychology at USF requires students to develop competence in psychological statistics and biological psychology. Any student considering psychology as a major should also consider alternative majors with similar content areas such as communication studies and sociology as these majors may be a better fit for some students, especially students looking to complete their degree quickly.

Before you submit your request to change your Major, you must complete the following requirements:

1. Attend advising with our Peer Advisers

Please note that advising from your CASA Success Coach or any other adviser will not complete this step. Peer Advisers can answer your inquiries, help plan your schedule, and provide insight into the program. Peer Advising office hours are posted here. Peer Advising is only available during the regular Spring and Fall semesters (i.e., not during finals week or during summer/intersession), so please plan accordingly. 

2. Completion of PSYC 101: General Psychology with a grade of C or better OR

 - Completion of Introductory/General Psychology at another institution with a grade of C or better

 - A minimum AP Psychology Test score of 4

 - A minimum IB Psychology Test score of 5

3. (*Beginning Fall 2020) Completion of PSYC 260: Psychological Statistics with a grade of C or better OR

 - Completion of Psychological Statistics at another institution with a grade of C or better

Once you have met with a Peer Adviser and both grades are reflected in your records, you may then request to change your academic program. Only after your request has been approved will you be eligible to enroll in courses restricted to Psychology majors (e.g., RHET 203: Writing in Psychology).

If you would like to add the Psychology minor, please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Psychology program requirements and courses.

Before you submit your request to add the Minor, you must complete the following requirements:

1. Attend advising with our Peer Advisers

Please note that advising from your CASA Success Coach or any other adviser will not complete this step. Peer Advisers can answer your inquiries, help plan your schedule, and provide insight into the program. Peer Advising office hours are posted here. Peer Advising is only available during the regular Spring and Fall semesters (i.e., not during finals week or during summer/intersession), so please plan accordingly. 

2. Completion of PSYC 101: General Psychology with a grade of C or better OR

 - Completion of Introductory/General Psychology at another institution with a grade of C or better

 - A minimum AP Psychology Test score of 4

 - A minimum IB Psychology Test score of 5

Once you have met with a Peer Adviser and your PSYC 101 grade is reflected in your records, you may then request to change your academic program.