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Academic Advising

Our advising team can help you understand degree requirements and select courses that fit your interests and career goals.

Advisors also help students get involved in co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities, access campus career services, and plan for graduate school.

Location: Psychology Room 229
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am - noon & 1 - 5 pm
Office Phone: (812) 855-2151

Got a quick question? Email us if your question is quick and you can't find the answer in the FAQs below. Otherwise, make an appointment.

Are you making an appointment to prepare for registration or to adjust your class schedule? If you already know the classes you need to take next semester, then you do not need to schedule a meeting with your advisor before you register online.

If you would like to meet with an advisor before you register online, see Register for Classes to review your degree requirements and find classes. Bring a list of the classes you're thinking about and questions for your advisor to your appointment.

Schedule a 30-minute appointment:

  1. Log in to Starnet with your IU username and passphrase.
  2. Search for a PSY advisor by typing in their last name:
    • Ostrander (Serena)
    • Gibson (Sara)
    • Blank (Carolyn)
    • Brown (Chrissy)
  3. Click on View Calendar and then select the (available) day and time you wish to meet.
  4. Fill in the requested data to schedule the appointment. You will need to include your ID #.

  • You must schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance. During registration it's best to schedule 7-10 days before the date you want to meet with an advisor!
  • Record your appointment date & time in your personal calendar. An e-mail reminder of the scheduled appointment will be sent to your IU e-mail the day before the appointment.
  • If necessary, you can return to Starnet to check the appointment you've scheduled or to cancel or to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are not physically on this campus, we can advise by phone. Please schedule an appointment by calling 812-855-2151 and our administrative assistant will schedule your appointment. Alternatively, you can indicate schedule via Starnet by noting that this is a phone appointment in the purpose section and by leaving your phone number for an advisor.

Academic advising for registration in starts 2-4 weeks before Early Enrollment:

  • If you already know the classes you need to take next semester, then you do not need to schedule a meeting with your advisor before you register online.
  • If you have questions, and want to meet with a PBS Academic Advisor before registering, consult our Register for Classes page to review your degree requirements and find classes. Bring a list of the classes you're thinking about and questions for your advisor to your appointment.
  • During the registration period, advisors see students by seniority - you'll receive an email from the PBS Advisors as to when they want to see seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first year students. Appointments fill up quickly - schedule your appointment 7-10 days in advance.

Registration on Student Central

Grades on Student Central

Psychology and neuroscience majors are welcome to drop by the PBS Academic Advising Office (PY229) and browse through our books anytime the office is open.

Books in our library are available for one-week checkout to our majors - click on any of the six headers below to view:

  • Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals. Strategies to become a successful undergraduate in psychology - manage your time wisely and earn good grades.
  • The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success. Tips on how to do well in all classes, find research ideas, and write papers in general APA format.
  • What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing: An Informal Guide to Research Experience and Professional Skills. By getting out of the classroom and actively participating in the real world of psychology, students can build skills that will prepare them for the competitive realms of graduate school and the workforce.
  • You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. Indispensable for twenty-somethings, this guide replaces obsolete thinking that "major = career". Using positive psychology and mapping exercises you will reframe your skills, reflect on your experiences, discover overlooked opportunities, and be on the way to finding a true calling.
  • Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World. How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? A guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need before starting your first major job search. Action oriented tips range from simple to expert and include how to educate yourself on the job market, start your career search, and network with professionals.
  • Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career. The collective wisdom of a diverse and inspiring cast of success stories — twenty-three liberal arts graduates who have gone on to all manner of fascinating and satisfying professions. Smart Moves provides essential career advice while being fun to read.
  • Finding Jobs with a Psychology Bachelor's Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career. If graduate school is not in your immediate plans, this book is for you. Twenty-eight professionals describe their work and how their bachelor's degree helped get them there. Salary and benefits for a variety of jobs and advice and questions to help you reflect on classes, internships, experiences, and attitudes that will make you a success in your career of choice.
  • The Insider's Guide to the Psychology Major: Everything You Need to Know About the Degree and Profession. An overview of the psychology major, disciplines within the field, career opportunities, internships, and resources for students. Whether the ultimate goal is to enter the workforce or graduate school, following this insider guidance will increase undergraduates' chances of success.
  • Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals. Key steps to prepare for a job or graduate study and biographies of national figures in their respective subfields. Also - guidance to ensure your personality traits and abilities match the skills that potential career paths demand.
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors. You've worked hard for that psychology degree. Now what? This book provides profiles of careers of interest to many psychology majors.
  • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World. Brief info about careers available for those who possess an undergraduate degree in psychology. Detailed descriptions of careers available for those who go on to graduate school - clinical and counseling, neuropsychology, school, forensic, health, sports, industrial/organizational, and consumer psychology.
  • What Can You Do with a Major in Psychology? Real People. Real Jobs. Real Rewards. Advice on college and curriculum choices, internships and more. Profiles of real graduates, their jobs, and how they got them: Art therapist, sports psychologist, forensic psychologist, school psychologist, corporate psychologist, and community psychologist.
  • Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers. Explore cutting-edge research careers and non-traditional career opportunities in which psychological science is being used to promote human welfare. Contributors describe a range of careers related to ecological sustainability, interpersonal relationships, bridging cultures, promoting health, and improving work life.
  • Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree can Take You. A must-have resource for students contemplating a career in psychology. Authors selected for their distinction in their chosen careers offer their professional-and personal-perspectives on 19 different graduate-level careers in psychology in academia, clinical & counseling psychology, hospitals, public service, businesses, and schools.
  • Life as a Psychologist: Career Choices and Insights. "Oster offers a book that came about when he began to transition his career.... Seeking motivation, he solicited stories from his colleagues on how their careers in psychology evolved.... The stories and advice in this book should motivate students to think bigger about what they can do after graduation." Editorial Review by Choice
  • Your Career in Psychology: Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Introduces students to the variety of forms that clinical or counseling psychology careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • Finding Your Counseling Career: Stories, Procedures, and Resources for Career Seekers. Describes counseling positions in different settings - educational, private/independent practice, coaching and consulting, governmental settings, and more. Explains different types of licenses, certificates, and other professional counseling credentials. The journeys of fourteen counseling professionals are presented.
  • The Emerging Professional Counselor: Student Dreams to Professional Realities. Information and insight on development as a professional counselor. Areas include choosing a graduate program, how to get the most from a program, critical early decisions about specialization and gaining experience, supplementing one's formal education, strategies for finding a job, and the transition from student to employed professional.
  • Careers In Counseling And Human Services. Examples of counseling and human services careers in seven different work settings, all written by professionals in that particular area: schools, higher education, business and industry, private practice, federal and state agencies, health care facilities, residential treatment, and community-based support programs. Information is provided about licensure, certification, program accreditation, and steps for career decision-making.
  • A Guidebook to Human Service Professions: Helping College Students Explore Opportunities in the Human Services Field. Are you interested in a career helping people, but unsure about your career options? This book provides excellent cutting edge information about a large variety of human service professions and occupations.
  • 101 Careers in Social Work. A catalog of social work career descriptions and the challenges, skills, and educational requirements needed to succeed. Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of social work, and includes unconventional, cutting-edge career options such as forensic social work, entrepreneurship, working in political systems, international careers, community planning, and more.
  • Opportunities in Social Work Careers. Helpful descriptions of the major areas of practice within the social work field, as well as the specific jobs in and related to the profession; information on how to get the education and licensure/certification you need to qualify; advice on setting your goals and finding the right job for you; salary statistics and resources for further exploration.
  • Careers in Human Resources. If you have a high emotional intelligence quotient, keep your cool when others lose theirs, and understand the link between human capital and business strategy, HR may be the field for you. Turn to this WetFeet Insider Guide to explore the various roles available.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A brief introduction to the variety of forms that industrial, organizational, and human factors careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • The I/O Consultant: Advice and Insights for Building a Successful Career. This innovative volume offers basic guidance on the fundamentals of consulting. In chapters that combine a strong grounding in contemporary I/O research with personal accounts of their career journeys and day-to-day activities, the contributors bring the basic principles conveyed by the authors to life.
  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. Discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole - including lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, predicting the risk of re-offending, the role of mental disorder in crime, providing guidance to all those involved in court proceedings, and expert testimony that can be provided by a psychologist at trial. Finally, how forensic psychology is used to help in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Psychology and the Law. This book provides a broad overview of modern forensic psychology inclduing the work involved, salaries, and training available for various careers in forensic psychology. It contains profiles of practicing psychologists to give students a clear sense of what each career involves, including Karen Franklin on expert testimony; Scyatta Wallace, a congressional fellow; and Lawrence Wrightsman for forensic psychology.
  • Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology: 101 Questions & Answers. Important, commonly asked questions and concise, to-the-point answers that bring students up to speed on the process of applying for graduate study. Provides additional practical tools in the appendices such as a timetable, a worksheet for comparing graduate programs, and ranking information on graduate programs in psychology.
  • Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology. Useful timelines, tips, and tools break tasks into manageable steps and help readers define their goals, select programs, and navigate the application process. Learn what criteria admissions committees use to evaluate applicants, how to improve your qualifications, and showcase your talents in your application. Addresses the costs of a graduate education and financial aid.
  • Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Advice From Successful Students and Prominent Psychologists. This in-depth book provides prospective graduate students with the insider knowledge needed to bolster their confidence and gain a competitive edge. Personal accounts from both peers and experts, practical advice, and encouragement. Renowned psychologists share their academic and career development stories and provide meaningful insight into the rewards and challenges of the field.
  • Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. Is graduate school right for you? Should you get a master's or a Ph.D.? How can you choose the best possible school? Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, it's packed with real-life experiences. Includes instructions on applying to school and for financial aid and all the advice you'll need to thrive in graduate school.
  • Barron's New GRE. Offers intensive practice and review for all question types plus a diagnostic test and two full-length model GREs with answer keys and explanations for all questions answered. The authors also present a test overview and valuable chapters on test-taking tactics.
  • Cracking the GRE Psychology Subject Test. Use our strategies and techniques to boost your accuracy, increase your pacing and familiarize yourself with the test format, understand the topics that will most likely appear on the test, and put your best foot forward on your grad school application.
  • Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice. 50 sample essays - selected from thousands of candidates-showcase the best of the best, while the Essay Hall of Shame identifies common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Graduate Study in Psychology 2014. A great source of information for graduate programs in all specialties of psychology - clinical, cognitive, developmental, social, neuroscience.... It includes:
    • orientation and emphasis of departments and programs
    • number of applications received and individuals accepted by each program
    • dates for applications and admission
    • types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, resumes etc.)
    • tuition costs and availability of internships and scholarships
    • employment information of graduates
  • Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2014/2015 Edition. The premiere source of information about graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology. It provides step-by-step advice to help undergraduate students prepare for graduate school by completing prerequisite coursework, accumulating clinical experience, and preparing strong application materials. The volume provides current data on 308 clinical and counseling psychology programs including:
    • program specializations or tracks
    • theoretical orientations of faculty members
    • a rating for each program on a continuum of practice-oriented (1) to research-oriented (7)
    • clinical opportunities and research areas
    • admission requirements (GRE, GPA) and acceptance rates
    • advice on financial assistance and loans
    • information required for an application (sample forms, personal statements, etc.)
  • Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. This classic guide helps graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.
  • Surviving Graduate School in Psychology: A Pocket Mentor. What happens after you've been accepted into a psychology graduate program? How can you best prepare for the challenges ahead and make the most of your graduate school career? Pragmatic, step-by-step advice for new graduate students on such essential topics as managing your money, adapting to unspoken rules, navigating departmental politics, understanding how and where learning takes place, maintaining personal and professional relationships, thriving in practicum and internships, and developing an identity as a psychologist.
  • The Portable Mentor: Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology. Written for students and early career psychologists, this book is a professional development handbook with practical guidelines and suggestions for mastering virtually every professional task encountered during the first decade of a career in psychology.

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