Psychology Minor

The Psychology Minor program is a minimum 18 credit hour (6 course) program designed to give students broad exposure to psychology as a scientific and professional discipline. This program is relevant to students pursuing academic majors which involve working with people, ideas, and/or social and communications systems including (but not limited to) Nursing, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, Counseling, Education, English, Engineering, and Religious Studies.

Beginning with introductory psychology, students in the Minor program are required to take courses from at least three of four content areas- Basic Processes, Development/Family Processes, Clinical Processes, and Social Issues/Group Dynamics.

At the end the completion of the Minor Program in psychology, students are expected to be able to: discuss the role of psychology in interdisciplinary collaborations; demonstrate appropriate breadth of knowledge in selected psychology content areas; apply their broad knowledge of psychology to formulating career choices, and; appreciate the importance of lifelong learning for professional and personal development.

Minimum Academic Standards

  1. A student must declare a Major before declaring a Psychology Minor, and students should declare the minor by the first semester of their junior year.
  2. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in Psychology Minor courses in order to successfully complete the program.
  3. At most, six (6) credit hours within the Psychology Minor program may be counted toward degree requirements for a student's Major.
  4. Independent study courses and Capstone courses from the Psychology Major
    curriculum will not count towards the Minor degree.

Psychology Minor Course Distribution

1. Basic Processes

PYC 2010 Research Methods I (Co-req STA 2250, or
MTH 2140 for Engineering and Science students)
3 credits
PYC 2020 Research Methods II (Prereq. PYC 2010) 3 credits
PYC 4070 Biopsychology (Prereq. PYC 2010) 3 credits
PYC 4090 Perceptual & Cognitive Processes (Prereq. PYC 2010) 3 credits
PYC 4140 Learning and Memory (Prereq. PYC 2010) 3 credits

2. Developmental Psychology/Family Life

PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology
3 credits
PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Parenting
3 credits
PYC 2340 Child Development: Infancy and Early Childhood
3 credits
PYC 2360 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development 3 credits
PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging 3 credits
PYC 2750 Human Sexuality 3 credits
PYC 3510 Family Development 3 credits
PYC 4510 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 credits

3. Clinical Processes

PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
3 credits
PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PYC 3430 Health Psychology 3 credits

4. Social Issues/Group Dynamics

PYC 2600 Social Psychology
3 credits
PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership
PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership: Yourself,
Your Profession and Your Community
3 credits
PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion
3 credits
PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles 3 credits
PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization 3 credits
PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PYC 4890 Group Dynamics 3 credits

Program Contact Information

Program Advisor: Harold Greene, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 202
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0456
Fax: 313-578-0507