Department of Psychology

Advising Information

Greetings!Niall Hartnett

Welcome to Psychology Advising. My name is Niall Hartnett and I am the Psychology Advisor at WIU. I was born in Ireland but I came to the United States after receiving a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and later earned an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University. I have been advising university students for about 15 years, almost 10 of those at WIU! When you get settled on campus I hope you take the time to come by and get to know me or when advice is needed!

You have chosen Psychology as your major. Although a fantastic field for many, you and I will continue to evaluate this choice as a good fit for you. Ultimately, decisions involving classes, majors and minors are yours to make. However, I will actively advise you about the requirements which are needed to satisfy completion of a B.S. in Psychology. Please study these requirements so we both know which areas you could concentrate on and which electives are good options for you. I will point out alternatives and we will discuss the likely consequences of each path. 

We will need to meet each semester to discuss the next semester's classes and to remove the "Advisor Encumbrance" or advisor hold so you can register on your assigned date and time. It is crucial we begin pre-registration advising well in advance of the actual registration dates.


Sometimes you may drop in with a question when I am in the middle of another task or talking with someone. If I ask you to come back later, please don't think that talking to you is less important. It's just that I have to take one thing at a time and try to finish it before moving on to the next task. In that spirit, I will make sure that when I am meeting with you, I don't allow any interruptions including the phone.

Advising Appointments

For our pre-registration time, it will be your responsibility to schedule a time for us to meet by following the instructions for "How to Make an Appointment to Meet with your Advisor using the University Calendaring System" using Google Calendar. 

I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you towards your future goal of graduation!

Niall Hartnett
Advising office: Waggoner 154
Phone 309/298-1593     Email:

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