Explore your interests in psychology at Lawrence.

Academic advising at Lawrence seeks to empower each student to craft and pursue a transformative liberal arts experience that prepares them for impactful and personally fulfilling lives. Faculty advisors support students in planning and achieving their educational goals, facilitate connections to campus resources and communities, and guide students to make informed decisions as they pursue their academic interests and aspirations. 

Course Planning for New and Exploring Students

PSYC 100: Principles of Psychology is our introductory course (and should be your first psychology class unless you have earned equivalent AP credit). The other course that potential psychology majors may want to take during their first year is STAT 107: Principles of Statistics (unless you have earned equivalent credit). Many of the other psychology courses beyond PSYC 100 will be full, so the first year is a great time to focus on world language, distribution requirements, and other electives that interest you. However, if there is room in a 200- or 300-level psychology course, and you have met the pre-requisite(s), you may register as a first-year student.  

AP Credit 

Students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology exam will receive equivalent credit for PSYC 100: Principles of Psychology.  Students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam will also receive equivalent credit for STAT 107 (Note: this equivalent credit will also satisfy the Quantitative Competency (Q) General Education Requirement for graduation).

Declare a Major/Minor

All students are expected to declare a major before the end of sophomore year. Ideally, sophomore students will declare a major (and switch to an advisor in the major) before advance registration advising begins in spring term.

Major Advising

All students will transition to a major advisor upon declaration. The major advisor will help students plan their coursework to satisfy requirements for the major, select courses in other areas to complement the major or satisfy personal interests, and prepare for their Senior Experience. Prospective psychology majors can consult with any of the following psychology faculty about serving as a major advisor:

Add a Major Advisor

Need help identifying an advisor in the major? Students can contact advising@lawrence.edu for assistance with advisor matching.

Minor Advising

Students do not need an official advisor for the psychology minor. Instead, psychology minors are encouraged to consult with the department chair or other psychology faculty for advice on course selection and satisfying minor requirements.

Additional Student Resources

If you still have questions about advising support related to the psychology program, we invite you to contact the department chair.