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  Nov 21, 2017
 
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology Minor


A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the psychology minor. A minimum 2.7 GPA is required in the minor for students seeking teaching certification at the secondary level.

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology


Psychology minors are required to take a minimum of six courses in psychology totaling at least 20 semester hours of credit. PSY 101 is required, as is a methods course chosen from PSY 300 or, if the student is a social work major, SW 430.

Psychology minors must take one course from three of the six following categories:

I.  Biological:

  • PSY 375 - Comparative Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 430 - Physiological Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 431 - Introduction to Neuropsychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 432 - Psychopharmacology Credits: 3

II. Developmental:

  • PSY 301 - Child Development Credits: 1-3
  • PSY 305 - Infant and Early Childhood Development Credits: 3
  • PSY 331 - Adolescent Development Credits: 3
  • PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

III. Personality/Clinical:

  • PSY 303 - Psychopathology Credits: 3
  • PSY 324 - Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3
  • PSY 420 - Theories of Personality Credits: 3
  • PSY 452 - Counseling: Theories and Applications Credits: 3

IV. Social Context:

  • PSY 355 - Psychology and Culture Credits: 3
  • PSY 360 - Social Psychology: Psychology’s View Credits: 3
  • PSY 381 - Group Dynamics Credits: 3
  • PSY 445 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

V. Cognitive:

  • PSY 357 - Psychology of Language Credits: 3
  • PSY 361 - Perception Credits: 3
  • PSY 365 - Cognition Credits: 3

VI. General:

  • PSY 311 - Controversial Issues in Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 362 - Environmental Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 405 - History and Systems Credits: 3
  • PSY 410 - Tests and Measurements Credits: 3

Electives - Students choose two additional psychology courses, totaling six credit hours, as electives.

Course Restrictions in the minor

For students who choose to take PSY 399 and/or 499, no more than three credit hours in these courses may be counted toward the minor. Psychology minors must take at least one-third of the credits constituting their minor from the psychology department.

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