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Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully we can answer your question here! If not, be sure to contact us at 973-655-5201 or our Undergraduate Advisement Coordinator, Dr. Milton Fuentes at 973-655-7967.

Who is my Advisor?
Your advisor is listed in degree works, which can be accessed through NEST. If you don’t have an advisor, please fill out the Advisor Request form, located outside of the Psychology’s Department’s main office (Room 219/Dickson Hall). You need to see your advisor during their office hours, which are posted outside their office doors and some post their hours on their MSU faculty page. Contact information for advisors can be found on the MSU website. If there is an ongoing schedule conflict, please request another advisor, following the procedure above.

How should I select my advisor?
Select an advisor who matches your academic interests (e.g., clinical, developmental, experimental) and your availability (e.g., day, evening).

What should I do if my advisor does not get back to me?
If you email your advisor and don’t hear back from them, feel free to drop by during their office hours, which should be posted outside their door. If difficulties continue, please contact Dr. Fuentes, the Coordinator of Advising or Dr. Arieh, the Department Chairperson.

What do I call my advisor?
Most faculty advisors prefer to be called by their formal title — “Doctor” or “Professor.”

What courses do I need to graduate?
The major requirements can be found at http://www.montclair.edu/chss/psychology/undergraduate-programs/psychology-major/. All your academic requirements are listed in degree works. To learn more about degree works and other academic resources, please visit: https://www.montclair.edu/one-montclair/areas/student-campus/learningresources/degreeworkslearningaidsandvideos/. If there is a discrepancy in your degree works, please alert your advisor.

Do I need to earn a specific grade in my psychology courses for them to count toward my major?
Yes, students have to earn a C- or higher for courses to count toward the major. If a D+, D, or D- is earned, the courses will fulfill free electives, but not major electives. If an F is earned in a course, no credit is granted for the course.

Can I take PSYC 203, PSYC 220 and PSYC 301 at the same time?
No, these courses need to be taken as soon as possible and in this order—203, 220, 301.

Where do I get my PIN to register for classes?
If you require a PIN, you must meet with your advisor to secure your PIN. Only certain students need a PIN to register.

How do I remove a “hold” from my account?
A “hold” is removed by the office that issued the hold (e.g., Health Center, CAST, and Financial Aid).

Do I need to apply for graduation?
Yes, please visit the registrar’s office to learn more the graduation application process (http://www.montclair.edu/registrar/graduation/).

How do I add a minor?
MSU offers several minors and students are encouraged to consider adding a minor, as it’s a nice way to pursue an area of interest and further distinguish yourself from other students. You can search for minors on the MSU website and then go to the Department that offers the minor to complete the appropriate paperwork.

I want to change my major or minor; what do I do?
Complete the Change of Major/Minor form in the Department where the new major or minor is housed. On this form you can drop your current major or minor and add the new major or minor.

How do I take the foreign language placement test?
To learn more about the foreign language placement test, please visit http://flp.montclair.edu/

I want to grieve a grade. What do I do?
The grade grievance procedure can be found here: http://www.montclair.edu/policies/student/grade-grievance-procedure/

How do I secure teaching certification?
All inquiries about the teaching certification programs at MSU can be directed to the Teacher Education Program (http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/centers-and-institutes/cop/teacher/).

What is a CV?
CV stands for Curriculum vitae and is basically a summary of your academic and professional credential and activities. The American Psychological Association has some helpful tips on developing your CV at http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2015/01/curriculum-vitae.aspx.

Where can I find internships in psychology? What is the Co-Op program?
Many students have free electives and are encouraged to consider gaining experiences that will make them more marketable to employers or graduate school programs. To learn more about how to secure a credit-bearing internship, please visit the Center for Career Services at
http://www.montclair.edu/career-services. Other opportunities are posted on the psychology major listserv, so please check your email regularly.

How can I gain experience in a research lab?
Many faculty in the department direct research labs and involve students in their research projects. The labs are all listed on the psychology department webpage (http://www.montclair.edu/chss/psychology/labs/). Consider reaching out to faculty via email and inquiring about research assistantships. Make sure your communication is professional.

How can I learn more about a specific field or topic in psychology?
To learn more about our faculty’s areas of specialty, please see http://www.montclair.edu/chss/psychology/faculty-and-staff/ or visit APA’s website to learn more about their divisions (http://www.apa.org/about/division/).