Advising

Several members of the psychology department faculty serve as undergraduate advisers and are available to talk with students who are majoring or minoring in psychology, as well as those just thinking about it. Students can talk with advisers about requirements, course selections, career choices, and planning an undergraduate program that will best prepare them for whatever they might do next. Undergraduate advisers are also good resources for learning about research in our department and about graduate school options. In addition, advisers can review and sign your Graduation Petition, which you should complete one year prior to your expected graduation.

While all advisers can help you with major and minor requirements, some advisers have a special focus. 

Advising for first-years. David Smith is a good resource for first-year students considering majoring or minoring in psychology.

Study abroad applications. If you plan to study abroad and need a department signature on your Study Abroad application, you should set up a meeting with Ben Gorvine or Sara Broaders.

Requirement substitutions. Sara Broaders and Ben Gorvine are the only advisers who can:

  • approve the counting of courses taken abroad toward department requirements
  • approve the counting of credits from other US and Canadian schools
  • approve other non-standard ways of completing our requirements

Students with an interest in clinical psychology and related careers. Ben Gorvine is a good resource for students with an interest in clinical psychology.

Graduate study in Psychology. Students considering graduate study in non-clinical areas of psychology should meet with faculty members whose areas of interest are similar to their own.

This website and our major/minor Blackboard site provide additional guidance for undergraduate students.

You can schedule an appointment by contacting the Undergraduate Program Assistant in the Psychology main office at 847-491-5190. You can also set up an appointment by stopping by the office in 102 Swift Hall or by emailing psych-advising@u.northwestern.edu.