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


Dr. Durvasula India1

A Message from the Chair of the Department:


Dear Students,

        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.


Spring 2021:

  1. Deadlines and dates for spring 2021:




Spring Semester Begins


January 21

First Day of Classes; Spring Instruction begins


January 25

Spring Break


Mar 29 - April 4

Holiday - Cesar Chavez Day; University Closed


March 31

Spring Classes End


May 15

Final Exams


May 17-22

University Commencement


May 24-28

Spring Grades Due


May 26

Spring Semester Ends


May 29


The information can also be found here:

  1. Here’s information about financial aid.
  2. If you plan to graduate in spring, make sure you have met with an advisor and have completed your gradcheck forms in time.

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 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, 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