Minor in Psychology

Requirements

Students must complete all pre-minor and minor courses with a "C" or better.  In addition, students wishing to declare a Psychology minor must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Required pre-minor courses 3 hours

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PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Required psychology courses* 9 hours

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PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3-4
PSY 270 Psychology and Deaf People 3
PSY 321 Abnormal Psychology 3

Elective psychology courses 9 hours

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  Choose any three psychology courses in consultation with the department.

Courses

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)

An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, providing an overview of the major problems, methods, and contributions of psychology. Content areas include development, language, learning, cognition, physiological psychology, motivation and emotion, perception, psychometrics, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. The course can be taken in one of two formats: traditional lecture or individualized instruction.

Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent

PSY 210 - Lifespan Development (3-4)

In this course, students will examine major models of human development across the lifespan. Biological and psychological approaches will be used to examine physical, cognitive, and social development from conception to death. Specific attention will be paid to cultural and ethnic diversity in development.

Prerequisite: a minimum grade of C in PSY 101.

PSY 270 - Psychology and Deaf People (3)

The course will consider the psychological development and psychosocial issues of Deaf people. Topics covered will include cognitive, linguistic, and personality development, mental health, and interpersonal behavior.

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in PSY 101.

PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology (3)

This course serves as an introduction to psychopathology in adults and children. Students will be introduced to the classification used by psychologists, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, personality disorders and sexual and gender-identity disorders will be covered. Historical background, causes, and some treatment approaches will also be included.

Prerequisite: PSY 101