Minor Overview

Psychology is a fascinating and complex discipline with a rich history and a range of subfields that intersect in some capacity with nearly every other field of academic study. This minor presents psychology not only as a clinical practice, but from the perspective of the natural, social and applied sciences. You’ll examine modern therapy methods, as well as the approaches of classical and contemporary psychology in studying human behavior, cognitive growth and emotional development. You’ll understand the many variables that affect how individuals learn, interact and function from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

The minor allows you to select topics that most complement your academic and career goals. Electives in social psychology expose you to how the environmental factors and societal norms at work each day influence the development of personality, identity and sexuality. Other courses focus on the application of statistical analysis, while industrial and organizational psychology connects concepts and principles to issues in the workplace, such as worker motivation and performance appraisal.

Curriculum and Requirements

Psychology Minor Curriculum

Students wishing to minor in psychology take 18 credits in psychology. No more than two courses (6 credits) may be at the 100-level. Course selection should be based on the student’s interest and goals.

Possible courses include:
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 200Special Topics in Psychology3
PS 210Human Sexuality (WS 210)3
PS 232The Concept of Personality and Its Development3
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 234Adult Development Psychology (GT 234)3
PS 236Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology3
PS 242School Psychology3
PS 244Psychology of Prejudice3
PS 250Parenting Science3
PS 251Introduction to Conditioning and Learning3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
PS 254Psychology of Close Relationships3
PS 261Social Psychology3
PS 262Psychology of Women (WS 262)3
PS 265Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PS 272Abnormal Psychology3
PS 283Introduction to Forensic Psychology3
PS 310History of Madness3
PS 311Tests and Measurements in Psychology3
PS 325Health Psychology3
PS 333Advanced Cognition3
PS 336Cognitive Development3
PS 353Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience3
PS 354Sensation and Perception3
PS 355Advanced Psychology of Learning4
PS 355LPsychology of Learning Lab
PS 356Psychology of Language3
PS 357Drugs, Brain and Behavior3
PS 358School Age Development3
PS 366Advanced Personnel Psychology3
PS 367Advanced Organizational Psychology3
PS 368Occupational Health Psychology3
PS 370Intimate Partner Violence Seminar (WS 370)3
PS 371Clinical Psychology3
PS 372Child Psychopathology3
PS 373Positive Psychology3
PS 382Advanced Social Psychology3
PS 383Psychology and the Law3
PS 384Gay and Lesbian Identities and Communities in the 20th Century (SO 384)3
PS 391Applied Clinical Science Seminar (SL: Service Learning)3

The following courses are reserved for majors only:

PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology3
PS 307Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology4
PS 308Advanced Research Methods in Psychology4
PS 309History of Psychology3
Internship courses
PS 401Senior Seminar in Psychology3

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