Psychology Minor


The Psychology minor 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 that 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, English, Engineering and Religious Studies.

Beginning with PYC 1000 Introduction to 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 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.
  5. At most, three credit hours may be counted towards two separate minors.

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    Requirements for the Psychology Minor (18 credits)

     Minimum Requirements

    1. PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

    2. Three 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 additional 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) + PYC 1101 Psychological Research Project (2 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods I (3 credits)
      • Note: Prerequisite: PYC 1000; See catalog descriptions or your advisor for additional prerequisites or corequisites.
    • PYC 2020 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 3070 Biopsychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
    • PYC 3140 Learning and Behavior (3 credits)

    2. Developmental Psychology/Family Life

    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2550 Child Development: Infancy through Adolescence (3 credits)
    • PYC 2560 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits)
    • PYC 2750 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3400 Family Development and Parenting (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)
    • PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and Measurement

    4. Social Issues/Group Dynamics

    • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2620 Introduction to Leadership: Exploring 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
Department of Psychology
Reno Hall, Room 202
McNichols Campus

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

Linda Slowik, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Department Chair
Department of Psychology
Reno Hall, Room 244
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1623
Fax: 313-578-0507