Phone (323) 343-2250 | Fax (323) 343 -2281 | [email protected]
Office Hours: MON - THU, 8:00am to 6:00pm and FRI, 8:00am to 5:00pm
A Message from the Chair of the Department:
It’s spring, and a time to look for new beginnings. The faculty and staff at the department of psychology welcome you to the Spring 2021 semester.
As you know by now, we will remain remote for spring 2021. We plan to remain present with you as your instructors and mentors. Do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty if you have questions or need help. Do remember that it is better to reach out earlier than later, as you have fewer choices with each passing week of the semester.
Remember to check CSULA’s Health Watch page daily for updates about health information (including vaccine administration), housing, grants, and coursework-related issues. With regard to vaccines, the Provost’s office sent out this information:
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Center at Cal State LA, opened today.
The site will operate seven days a week, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Drive-thru and walk-up appointments are offered. Those seeking a vaccination may make an appointment through the state’s MyTurn scheduling system or by calling (833) 422-4255. Appointments are required. The center will have the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 people each day and will follow the tiered priority distribution system mandated by the state of California.
The information can also be found here: https://www.calstatela.edu/academicresources/academic-calendar
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 [email protected] (remember to give us 2 – 3 days to get back to you).
We wish you a productive and safe semester, and hope you can find some time to appreciate life, as difficult as that might be sometimes.
The Psychology Department Team:
Dr. Gaithri Fernando, Department Chair and Professor of Psychology
Andrea Hernandez, Yoliet Vela-Garcia
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 [email protected], 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