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Minor in Psychology

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 6-7 hours*

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
  • *  Four hours count toward general studies requirement.

Required psychology courses 9-10 hours

PSY 210Lifespan Development3-4
PSY 270Psychology and Deaf People3
PSY 321Abnormal Psychology3

Elective psychology courses 9 hours

Choose any three psychology courses in consultation with the department.

GSR 150 - Introduction to Integrated Learning (4)

This course is intended to help students transition from the basic skills courses of the first semester to the more challenging 200-level Integrated Learning Courses. This course will be taught by one or more faculty and will focus on a central topic that draws on content from more than one discipline; topics will vary from section to section and semester to semester. Whatever the topic, the goal will be to start building competency with regard to all five Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.

  • Prerequisites: GSR 101, 102
    Prerequisites or Co-requisite: GSR 103
  • Course Fee: A fee of no more than $50 may apply to specific sections; check semester course schedule for details.

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
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