*This Psychology Department FAQ was developed by Psychology Graduate Assistants. It is NOT an official publication of Kutztown University. For academic curriculum and policy matters, readers should rely on printed publications of the University or on webpages maintained by the KU Administration*
Q: This college thing is new to me...what are some pointers?
A: Stay in school and most importantly, go to class. College can be very overwhelming, but if you keep in touch with the right people, the journey should be a rather smooth one. Always keep in contact with your advisor. Your advisor has many other students to watch over, so by keeping him/her informed, you can both be on the same page. Also, if you're having trouble in class, let your professor know. Most professors are more than willing to sit and talk with you before/after class or during his/her office hours if things come up. If things get out of control and you do poorly, do not get discouraged. If things don't work out as planned, you can always retake courses that you got a "D" or "F" in (but you can't take the same course more than 3 times and 6 is the maximum number of repeats across all courses). In addition, if you do poorly one semester, don't try to overload yourself the next by taking a bigger course load. The added stress levels from extra classes won't help in your degree pursuit. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to take your time and go at your own pace.
Q: I am ill and not able to attend class. What should I do?
A: If you cannot attend class for a prolonged period, email or telephone your professors. Ask them what work can be done while you are not able to attend classes. Do not just skip classes or tell a friend to inform your professors. Also, read the syllabi to learn about the professor's attendance policy and if you are to contact the professor for missed assignments.
Q: How and when can I add or drop a course?
A: During the beginning of the semester, you can make schedule changes online during the Drop/Add period, which is the first week of the semester.
Q: How can I contact the Psychology Department?
A: The Psychology Department is located in 384 Old Main and can be reached at 610-683-4455. The department's website can be viewed by clicking the following link, Kutztown U. Psychology Department.
Q: How do I find out who my departmental academic advisor is?
A: You can find out who your academic advisor is by logging onto MyKU or you can contact the department (384 Old Main; 610-683-4455) to assist you.
Q: What is a grid sheet?
A: This is an outline of the classes you need to take. It will outline the requirements for general education and your psychology track. You can pick it up at the psychology department office. Once you get a grid sheet, fill in all the classes you have taken in pencil, your grade, and how many semester hours each class was worth. Make sure you only count a class once on the grid sheet. Take this to your advisor when you see them.