Major Advising

Drop-in Advising (No Appointment Necessary):


Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
Office: 3305 Tolman Hall


The Department of Psychology's advising program offers students a variety of services and students are encouraged to make full use of them.


Student Services Office

Undergraduate major advisors in the Student Services Office are available to handle problems relating to rules and regulations of the Department of Psychology and the College of Letters and Science. If you have questions regarding major program scheduling, requirements for the B.A. degree, information on career opportunities in psychology, study abroad, being a research assistant, or graduate school information, please visit the Student Services Office (3305 Tolman Hall).


Remember that the beginning of the semester is always the busiest. To ensure a shorter waiting period, consider stopping by after the first few weeks of the semester.


To make an appointment with Arlene, click here.

To make an appointment with Christine, click here.


Student Responsibility

Although departmental advisors may assist students in selecting their programs of study, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to understand and be in compliance with the requirements for the degree. Student assume responsibility for their own academic program and progress while advisors assume responsibility for providing guidance and resources.


Peer Advising

Peer Advisors are junior and senior Psychology majors who complement the SSO advising services by sharing their knowledge of and experience with lower division requirements and upper division classes, experience with student groups on campus, preparation for life beyond the bachelor's degree, and use of various campus resources.

Peer Advisors are available Monday-Friday 9am to noon and 1pm-4pm, starting on the first day of each semester and ending on the last day of classes.

The Peer Advisors can also be contacted via email at


Faculty Advising

Another level of advising is provided by the permanent faculty of the Department. We encourage you to speak with faculty advisor to discuss questions about your academic pursuits in the fields of psychology. All faculty of the Department serve as advisors. A list of the faculty and their research interests may be found on the Psychology website. They are available to students during regularly scheduled office hours, which are posted each semester on the bulletin board outside of the SSO.


College of Letters & Science Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA)

Located in 206 Evans Hall, the College has advisors to assist you with planning your academic program, fulfilling college breadth requirements, and the general university degree requirements such as American Cultures, History and Institutions, etc. They are also familiar with the prerequisite courses for all departments under the College and will direct you to the appropriate advisor in the various departments for major information. For information regarding College of Letters and Science requirements and general assistance, please call (510) 642-1483 or e-mail or check their website at You should also refer to the College of Letters and Science publication, Earning Your Degree: A Guide for Students in the College of Letters and Science, updated annually and available on the web.


Bulletin Boards

There are four Undergraduate Bulletin Boards outside the Student Services Office. Information on research assistant positions, jobs, volunteering, graduate school, and special courses will be posted throughout the semester. Students should plan to check the Bulletin Boards periodically.