Undergraduate Advising Guide

The Psychology Department is committed to assisting all psychology majors and minors with their advising needs.

Freshman receive advising through the First Year Advising Center. Once a student completes 30 hours, they are released to their major department. At that point our Advisors assist psychology Sophomores in their transition to the department and offer suggestions on where to start in registering for upper level psychology coursework.

Keep in mind that advising is available throughout the semester, not just at registration. While you will have to see one of the APCs or our Coordinator before you can register for classes, you should feel free to contact them at any time during the semester.  In fact, making an appointment before registration begins allows you to plan your courses in advance and get the classes that you want before they become closed.

To make an Advising Appointment sign in to your MyUWF, find the SSC Campus tool and follow these instructions.

How do you know who to see about a specific question or advising need?

Advising within the department is divided into three main functions: advising for course selection/registration/hold removal; complex advising situations; and advising for long-term and career planning.

If you are a B.A. Psychology student with a last name starting with a letter between A and G, your advisor is Sarah Gauche.  She can be contacted via email (sgauche@uwf.edu) or phone (850) 474-2354.

If you are a B.A. Psychology student with a last name starting with a letter between H and Z, a B.S. Psychology student, or Psychology graduate student, your advisor is Susan Drahos. She can be reached via email (sdrahos@uwf.edu) or phone (850) 473-7757.

Our Advisors can answer many of the questions that students face as they work to achieve their major or minor in Psychology. Topics frequently covered include:

  • Understanding your degree audit
  • Developing a class schedule
  • Hold Removal
  • Registering online
  • Selecting classes based on a student's interests
  • Understanding course descriptions
  • Understanding course requirements
  • Psychology major requirements
  • Psychology minor requirements
  • Important dates and deadlines
  • Academic Probation or Suspension
  • Veteran’s Affairs Course Authorizations
  • Military Degree Plans
  • Course Substitutions
  • Dual or Double Majors
  • Course Waiting Lists
  • Graduation Applications

Our Faculty can answer many of the questions concerning research and service related-applied learning, graduate school and career opportunities.  Topics frequently covered include:

  • How to find out about research opportunities and what is involved in registering for directed study
  • What is required in completing a service learning or field study
  • How to get the most out of your academic major
  • How to prepare for graduate school
  • How to find the best career opportunity

It is especially important for Sophomore and Transfer students to make a connection with either the APCs or our Coordinator in the first semester on campus so that we can get to know you and help you make the most of your academic program as a Psychology major or minor.

How do I get the most out of Academic Advising?

Our primary goal is to help undergraduate students with matters pertaining to academic progress and future career goals. Each student is responsible for understanding University, College and Department requirements. It is a good idea to visit with an advisor at least once a semester to ensure you are on track and taking appropriate coursework to obtain your academic goals. Time is always limited for both the student and the advisor, so below are some recommendations to prepare for an advising meeting. Before going to your meeting you might also check our Advising FAQs to see if your questions are listed there.

  1. Review the major degree requirements.  Review your degree audit prior to your appointment and bring a copy with you to discuss any questions or concerns.  Highlight areas that need clarification.
  2. Have your questions ready.  We can best help you when you know why you need to meet with us.
  3. Bring any forms or additional paperwork with you.  We cannot fill out forms or sign if you do not have them, nor can we make recommendations without background information.
  4. Evaluate your academic and career goals.  Knowing what you want in the future can help the advisor lead you to the correct theory or applied course work.  Your advisor can also assess the courses you are taking or recommend options for you to consider.
  5. Take responsibility.  It is up to you to follow through on the information and resources provided to you, including scheduling courses, meeting with other departments like Career Services, the Writing Lab, the John C. Pace library and others.