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 prepare for your arrival. If you have questions that we do not address below, please feel free to contact Dr. Kaye Cook.
Your courses at Gordon will fall into three broad types:
In all, 120 credits (approximately 30 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 WILL MY FIRST SEMESTER LOOK LIKE?
Over the summer before moving to campus, you will work with your summer advisor to select courses for the fall. 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 plus a philosophy course; 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 any 100-level course in any department you like. These courses count for general electives and may help you choose a major or minor. You will be given lots of information over the summer before you arrive. Take a look at the Core Curriculum page to learn more.
One final consideration: 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. 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 Academic Advising 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 and peace to each of you!