Psychology, Sociology to separate

By Brent Spivey

Semester conversion will see Psychology and Sociology become separate departments within the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (C.L.A.S.S.).

Dr. David Horner, currently department chair of Psychology and Sociology, said the change will be communicated to students and facilitated through campus help departments. He recommends that students be engaged in learning about the change and take advantage of resources available to help them manage their course of study.

The Psychology and Sociology department is working with the Semester Conversion Office, Student Success Center and advisors to communicate effectively with students.

With conversion, psychology will no longer be an impacted major, and courses will be open to students regardless of major. Other changes include alignment of courses in quantitative and qualitative methods.

Students will be able to declare Criminology as an area of study within Sociology. Sociology students will see methods and intro courses combined, enriching semester content from the quarter system.

Dr. Horner would like to see the curriculum roadmaps, currently under production, available online early in November to allow students to become with the changes.

In Fall 2018, Psychology will be led by Dr. Horner, while Sociology awaits a new department chair.

The sociology department is envisioned being located on the second floor of Building 5.

“The preparation messages are clear,” said fourth year psychology student, Edwin Velasquez. He said he had received substantial information from the department through email, and called the outreach “unparalleled and way ahead of the game.”

With semester conversion nearing, Edwin encouraged all students to check their campus email to stay on top of important information.

Here’s a tip: Students should listen to clubs, Greek organizations and mentors to stay up with semester conversion. Follow the word.

The Student Success Center operates from Building 5, room 2015.

The center is a hub for students to map out their individual academic plan (IAP) and coordinate it with the online Student Center. Check out MyPlanner (PeopleSoft Planner) to check-list courses required to graduate.

Transfer students are urged to seek out one-on-one guidance to ensure graduation prerequisites are being met and to see whether petitions are needed to file for course credit.

C.L.A.S.S. Student Success Center advisors do not accept appointments, so students must walk-in for availability.

Students are encouraged to follow the semester conversion workshops issued throughout the year. For more information, visit

Many colleges are on the semester system and Cal Poly Pomona students should not feel intimidated by the transition, whether today or if they are looking out toward graduate school.

Graduation and academic resources are accessible both on campus and on the school website at

For an outside perspective, there is Arizona State University in Phoenix, one of many schools on the semester system.

Shania Alba, an ASU journalism student, thinks there is “no major difference between semester and quarter system.”

What brings her comfort with the semester system is that “some classes offered are an hour long versus two hours long.”

But she adds, “But really, what comfort? I always have so much to finish.”

The semester system extends five weeks longer than the quarter system, so it’s best not procrastinate or risk falling behind in studies. Short or long, the term will end ” so make it a good one.

Psychology and Sociology will become separate departments following semester conversion

Brent Spivey / The Poly Post

Psychology and Sociology will become separate departments following semester conversion

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