Illinois Students

Non-University of Illinois students looking to transfer in Psychology should read this page)

Major/Minor Information Meetings

Psychology Advising Office offers weekly "Major/Minor Information Meetings" throughout the semester. During these meetings, an academic advisor will provide an overview of the minor and answer any questions.

Signup for a Major/Minor Informational meeting

Just follow these steps:

(If you are not prepared for the meeting, we will ask you to attend a future meeting)

  1. Familiarize yourself what courses you need to declare the major (below) and your choices for Psychology concentrations.
  2. Generate a Psychology Degree Audit Report (DARS).
  3. Carefully review your DARS – any questions about your audit? Come prepared: highlight, circle, take notes and bring your questions to the meeting.
  4. Bring either your printed DARS or electronic DARS on your laptop to the meeting.


Declaring the Major

To declare the Psychology major, students must:
  1. Complete an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent).
  2. Complete a UIUC biological/cognitive psychology course (PSYC 204 - Brain & Cognition; PSYC 210 - Behavioral Neuroscience; PSYC 220 - Images of Mind; PSYC 224 - Cognitive; PSYC 230 - Perception and Sensory; or PSYC 248 - Learning & Memory).


    See PSYC Class Schedule for detailed descriptions
  3. Complete a social or clinical or developmental psychology course (PSYC 201 - Social; PSYC 207, Prejudice and Discrimination; PSYC 216 - Child; PSYC 238 - Psychopathology & Problems in Living; PSYC 239 - Community; PSYC 245 - Industrial/Organizational; PSYC 250 - Personality). See PSYC Class Schedule for detailed descriptions

Where to Declare:

If you meet the above criteria, you can formally declare psychology as a major visit the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) college office in Room 2002 Lincoln Hall during the first two weeks of each semester or the month preceding registration (October & March).


The Major

Become familiar with the variety of Psychology concentrations. Students can specialize in areas including Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical/Community, Cognitve, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Diversity Science, Intradisciplinary, Organizational, Social, and Personality Psychology. See "The Major" website for more information.

Single Major, Double Major, Dual Degree

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students wishing to have Psychology as your only major or as a second major, you'll be making a curricular change.
  • Non-LAS Illinois students wishing to have Psychology as your only major, you'll be seeking an Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT).
  • Non-LAS Illinois students wishing to keep their current major and have Psychology as well, you'll be seeking a Second Degree.

College Residency Requirement

In order to receive the LAS degree, students must: 1) complete a minimum 60 Illinois hours with 21 Illinois hours at the advanced level [300- or 400-level], 2) complete at least 12 advanced Illinois Psychology hours [13 advanced Illinois Psychology hours for students matriculating Fall 2012 and later] - these hours will contribute to the 21 Illinois hour residency requirement, and 3) complete at least two semesters in residence in LAS. Full details at the LAS website.

Not a current Illinois student?

Transfer Students - If you have never attended Illinois (but have attended a 2-year or 4-year school) and are considering a Psychology major.

High School Students - If you're interested in learning more about our major, feel free to search our website on your own but remember to find more information on the Office of Admissions website.