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 Curriculum

For the degree of “Minor in Psychology,” a student must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of Psychology courses as listed below. All students in the Psychology Minor must first take Psychology 1000.

Minimum requirements

(i) PYC 1000- Introductory Psychology 3cr

(ii) Three (3) courses, such that there is one course each from 3 of
the four (4) course distribution areas in the Minor curriculum. At least
one of these 3courses should be a junior or senior
(i.e. 3000+) level course. 9cr

(iii) Two junior or senior (i.e. 3000+) level courses from any
course distribution area in the Minor curriculum. 6cr

Total number of Credits 18cr

Psychology Minor Courses

(i) Core Course-

PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology 3 cr

(ii) Course Distribution areas-

1. Basic Processes
  • PYC 2010 Research Methods I 3 cr
    (Co-requisite: STA 2250,or MTH2140 for
    Engineering & Science students)
  • PYC 2020 Research Methods I I 3 cr
    (Pre-requisite: PYC 2010)
  • PYC 4070 Psychobiology (formerly Physiological Psych) 3 cr
    (Pre-requisite: PYC 2010)
  • PYC 4090 Perceptual & Cognitive processes 3 cr
    (Pre-requisite: PYC 2010)
  • PYC 4140 Learning & Memory 3 cr
    (Pre-requisite: PYC 2010)
2. Developmental Psychology/Family Life

  • PYC 2500 Lifespan Development 3 cr
  • PYC 2330 Parent/child relationships 3 cr
  • PYC 2340 Infancy/Early Childhood Development 3 cr
  • PYC 2360 Middle Childhood/Adolescent Development 3 cr
  • PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging 3 cr
  • PYC 2750 Human Sexuality 3 cr
  • PYC 3510 Family Development 3 cr
  • PYC 4510 Death and Dying 3 cr
3. Clinical Processes
  • PYC 3410 Personality Psychology 3 cr
  • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
  • PYC 3430 Health Psychology 3 cr
4. Social issues/Group Dynamics
  • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (formerly PYC360 + PYC361) 3 cr
  • PYC 3500 Religion & Psychology 3 cr
  • PYC 3540 Sex Differences/Sex Roles 3 cr
  • PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership 3 cr
  • PYC 4400 Cross Cultural Socialization 3 cr
  • PYC 3700 I/O Psychology 3 cr
  • PYC 4890 Group Dynamics 3 cr