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 Psychology 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 completion of the Psychology minor program, 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.
  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 toward the minor completion.

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    Requirements for the Minor

    Psychology Minor Curriculum

    For the 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 program must first take PYC 1000, Introduction to Psychology.

    Minimum Requirements

    1. PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
    2. Three (3) courses, such that there is one course each from three of the four course distribution areas in the minor curriculum. At least one of these three courses should be a junior or senior (3000+) level course. (9 credits)
    3. Two (2) junior or senior (i.e. 3000+) level courses from any course distribution area in the minor curriculum. (6 credits)
    4. Total number of credits: 18

    Psychology Minor Course Distribution

    1. The Science of Psychology

    • PYC 1100 Psychological Research Seminar (1 credit) AND PYC 1101 Psychological Research Project (2 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods I (3 credits)
    • PYC 2020 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 4070 Biopsychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
    • PYC 4140 Learning and Memory (3 credits)

    2. Developmental Psychology/Family Life

    • PYC 2340 Child Development: Infancy and Early Childhood (3 credits)
    • PYC 2360 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits)
    • PYC 2750 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Parenting (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: 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 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization (3 credits)
    • PYC 4890 Group Dynamics (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Harold Greene, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Reno Hall, Room 202
McNichols Campus

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