REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Gordon College! This page is a resource for first year students entering Gordon who wish to major in psychology. We are delighted that you plan to join us in the fall, and we hope that the following information will be helpful as you choose courses in advance of your arrival. If you have questions that we do not address below, please feel free to contact Dr. Bert Hodges.
Your courses at Gordon will fall into three broad types:
In all, 124 credits (approximately 31 courses) are required to graduate from Gordon. Each of the three broad areas just outlined makes up roughly one-third of these credits. A “normal” course load is 16 credits (4 courses) each semester, which allows you to comfortably complete your degree in four years.
WHAT SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR MY FIRST SEMESTER?
Over the summer before moving to campus, you are given the opportunity to select courses for the fall. Once the Registrar’s office organizes your requests and assigns courses, and once you actually arrive on campus for Orientation in August, you will meet with your academic advisor (one of the Psychology Faculty) to work out any concerns with the schedule. So this first selection process is a rough cut, and you should not be stressed about it. Among the courses you might consider for the fall are these:
At some point during your career at Gordon, you will take all of the courses listed above; some must be completed during your first year (the first three listed), and the others often are completed then as well – they are coded with 100-level numbers to reflect that they are good for first-year students. If you are looking for some other possibilities, you might also consider the 100-level courses listed below, which are options in what is called the “thematic” part of the core. (This will all make sense eventually—for now, just trust us…) All have open seats at the time of this writing:
One final consideration: if you are coming into college with a variety of academic interests, feel free to explore broadly this year. It’s fine to select a 100-level course in any department that you like. The Psychology Department at Gordon is very open – we enjoy having students from other departments take our courses, and we like our majors to study broadly as well. Particularly if you are considering a minor or a second major, look at the introductory courses in that department, and consider putting one of those on your fall schedule.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I ARRIVE ON CAMPUS IN AUGUST?
You will arrive several days before classes begin for Orientation, and you will get a copy of your class schedule at that time. On the Monday before classes, all the new psychology majors and all the psychology faculty will meet together to talk about the major, address questions, and get to know each other. Then you’ll have some time to review your schedule individually with your academic advisor, who is one of the psychology faculty members. We look forward to this day—we met some of you when you visited the campus, but for the rest, it will be good to have faces to put with your names, and to see what sort of a class you will be!
Meanwhile, have a fun summer, contact Dr. Hodges with any questions (e-mail is most efficient), and do not worry. Every year hundreds of students make a successful transition to Gordon. It is a welcoming, supportive place, and we will help to make your path through college as smooth as possible.
Blessings of peace to each of you!