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Undergraduate Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, CLPS courses in Psychology count towards the Major and Minor just like their regular College counterparts.
Use PennInTouch to register. Permits for CLPS courses are issued only by CLPS, never by the Psychology Department.
CLPS courses are offered under the auspices of CLPS, not the Psychology Department, and priority is given to CLPS students, limiting the number of regular College students who can register.
CLPS usually opens enrollment in undersubscribed courses to SAS students the day of the second class meeting; check with CLPS to find the exact date and time enrollment will be opened. The best course of action in any case is to go to the first meeting of the course, and ask the instructor for permission to enroll.
This is a decision that was made by the Statistics Department, based on their experience with the course. This is not a matter over which the Psychology Department has any control. The DUS has discussed the matter with them, and agreed that their call is a rational one.
That said, the matter is not negotiable.
The Undergraduate Office does not keep waiting lists for classes.
You are free to show up at the first meeting of the class and make your case for admission--this is a strategy that sometimes meets with success.
Begin by reading the description of Independent Study in the Undergraduate Handbook.
Independent Study is something you must arrange on your own. It is helpful if --
The online application link for Indendent Study can be found on the Department website.
The application link is online and must be completed before the end of the "Add" Period for each semester of enrollment.
There are no formal restrictions on days and hours for Independent Study, but it is customary to release students from work during Reading Days, Exams, and Vacations.
Because Independent Study is very loosely structured to allow for the requirements of different projects, the operative rule about arrangements is "truth in advertising." Any exceptions to the ordinary expectation (release during Reading Days, Exams, and Vacations) should appear in writing under "Student Responsibilities" on the enrollment form. Then there can be no question about legitimate expectations by any party to the Independent Study agreement.
The DUS will assume no work is expected during Reading, Exam, or Vacation days unless an explicit statement to the contrary appears on the agreement form.
To declare a Psychology Major you must meet with Dr. Robert Kurzban, Director of Undergraduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your Psychology Major Worksheet must be completed prior to your advising meeting and brought with you to the meeting.
Submit the syllabus (not just the course description) online at xcat. Within a few days the DUS will review the materials. If you are planning to study abroad it is best to get courses approved before you leave.
Yes, but for Psyc Majors ONLY.
There is an excellent video stream on the web page of the Undergraduate Psychology Society, at http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~upsych/links.html. This records a panel discussion of psychology faculty and graduate students and focuses particularly on applying to graduate school in clinical psychology.
Admission to 400-level seminars and 300-level research courses is by lottery and occurs the week before Advanced Registration for the next term. The necessary information will be sent to all majors by email several weeks in advance. Please note that 300-level research courses are rarely offered (however, PSYC 399 Independent Study opportunities are available every semester).