Department of Psychology

Martin Luther King Hall, C-Wing, Room 3104
Phone (323) 343-2250 | Fax (323) 343 -2281 |

Office Hours: MON - THU, 8:00am to 6:00pm and FRI, 8:00am to 5:00pm


A Message from the Chair of the Department:

Spring 2020 and COVID-19

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MAYA ANGELOU                  




Dear Students,


        I hope that you are all settling in to the ‘new not-normal’ and that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy and safe.


        This must be a very difficult time for you. I want you to know that your instructors, the department staff, and I are doing all we can to support you during this crisis. Although we are not physically present in our offices, we are working remotely to help you during our normal business hours.


         Despite all the bad news, some celebrations are in order. Congratulations to all those who are graduating in the spring with a BA in Psychology! You worked really hard to get to this place, and although we cannot celebrate you with our physical presence at graduation in May, we will do so whenever we are back on campus. Congratulations also to our graduate students who are graduating with their MA/MS degrees! Many of you are going on to doctoral programs, where you will begin your adventure into becoming independent researchers and add value to your programs. I hope our department has prepared you well for the journey!


        I also wanted to let you know that one of our lecturers who is a licensed clinical psychologist is generously providing her time to lead us in meditations and reflections, every Friday from now until May 9th, from 12 – 1 p.m. If you would like more information about these “Zoomeditations” click on that link. Meeting ID: 820 120 4955. A password is required, and will be made available to you by any of your psychology instructors (I am not providing it here to avoid being Zoom-bombed), or email


        Remember to check CSULA’s Health Watch page daily for updates about housing, grants, and coursework-related issues. Also, here’s information about financial aid.


Important information for spring 2020:

  1. Here’s information about electing grading options. You may also speak to someone from the NSS advising office if you are unclear about your options – email or click on the NSS Advising page to make an appointment. Remember that you can only elect your grading option one time – you may not change that selection once you have made it.
  2. I have also sent a helpful set of slides to your instructors, created by a staff member in Dean Emily Allen’s office. Those slides should be available to you from your instructors via the Canvas course for your course.
  3. To withdraw from all courses, please use this form. Please make sure to read and follow all instructions before sending it to the department.

Fall 2020:

  1. Registration for fall 2020 courses is occurring now, and will continue until courses are full. For permits to enroll in restricted courses for fall 2020, please email Please note that it will take approximately 2 – 3 days for you to receive your permit, as we have to check your eligibility for them.
  2. Make sure that your financial aid or tuition fee payment is in order, because sometimes you will not be able to register and you may receive an error message if you have outstanding fees.
  3. Remember to register during the time that you can. Some classes fill quickly. One new course that’s being offered this fall is PSY 4540, “Social Psychology & Law”. This course can fulfill a Group II elective through a course substitution. It is an upper-level course providing an overview of social psychology in legal contexts, with a specific focus on the issue of wrongful convictions.  

The psychology department’s faculty, office staff, and I want to help you to succeed, especially during these difficult times. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at (remember to give us 2 – 3 days to get back to you).


We’ll keep the lamp burning for you.




Dr. Gaithri Fernando, Department Chair and Professor of Psychology


Psychology alumni pose for a photograph following their graduation ceremony.


The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees. A minor is also available for students who are majoring in other fields in which a knowledge of psychology would be beneficial.

Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of both humans and animals. Some psychologists are primarily concerned with learning more about human behavior through scientific methods; others are concerned with the application of psychological principles, as in psychotherapy, applied behavior analysis, and industrial psychology.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Major Specific Admission Requirements

The Psychology major has 'Major Specific Admission Requirements.'  Effective Fall 2018, supplementary admission criteria will be used for incoming freshman, transfer students, and current students interested in changing majors to psychology.  Please see below.

» If you are interested in applying to Cal State LA as an incoming freshmen or transfer student, please review the information regarding Major Specific Admission Requirements for the psychology major. If you have questions about these requirements, you can contact the Office of Admissions at (323) 343-3901, send an email to, or visit the Student Information Center located in Student Affairs, Room 101.

» Current Cal State LA students interested in changing majors to psychology: please review the requirements and application.


Message from the Chair

Thank you for deciding to pursue your education in the Department of Psychology. We hope that your academic career at Cal State L.A. will offer you many new intellectual challenges and rewards in the pursuit of your personal goals.

In addition to a variety of formal academic experiences available in psychology classes, Psi Chi, our chapter of the national psychology organization, and the Psychology Colloquium provide students with a number of activities that should be of interest to you.

The careful planning of your academic program is an important first step toward ensuring your success at Cal State L.A. Be sure to meet with an academic advisor or your mentor to help plan your academic program.


Gaithri Fernando, Department Chair