Declaring a Major or Minor

All students who are certain that they want to major or minor in psychology are encouraged to declare the major or minor as soon as possible.

By officially declaring, the student becomes eligible for membership in Psi Chi and to be considered for the C. Eugene Walker Award (majors only). In addition, the student will also receive notices of special events and opportunities in the Department to work with professors. Most importantly, the student has an experienced academic advisor who will help in planning the student's program and will offer guidance to students who are planning their careers after Westmont.

The spring of the sophomore year is the latest time at which a major can be declared, but students may change their major or minor at any time. Prospective psychology majors or minors should make an appointment to meet with the faculty member of their choice. At this meeting, students should be prepared to describe their psychological interests and tentative vocational plans, and the faculty advisor will acquaint them with departmental policies and major requirements.

A major or minor declaration form should be completed and signed by the student and by the student's advisor. This form should be returned to the Records Office by the student.