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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*

CodeTitleCredits
GSR 102Critical Reading and Writing3
OR
GSR 150*Introduction to Integrated Learning4
 
PSY 201Introduction to Psychology3
  • *  Four hours count toward general studies requirement.

Required psychology courses* 9 hours

CodeTitleCredits
PSY 311Development I: Child Psychology3
PSY 321Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 410Psychology and Deaf People3

Elective psychology courses 9 hours

CodeTitleCredits
Choose any three psychology courses in consultation with the department.
 

GSR 102 - Critical Reading and Writing (3)

This course is offered as part of a Learning Cluster which integrates GSR 101 (First Year Seminar), GSR 102 (Critical Reading and Writing), and GSR 103 (American Sign Language and Deaf Studies). This course will focus on specific critical reading and writing skills that students need to succeed in their future coursework. Reading and writing activities and assignments will parallel First Year Seminar learning experiences.

  • Prerequisite: Qualifying performance on the English assessment
  • Course Fee: $0.00

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 Corequisite: GSR 103
  • Course Fee: A fee of no more than $50 may apply to specific sections; check semester course schedule for details.

PSY 201 - 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 311 - Development I: Child Psychology (3)

This course examines the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive development from conception to the end of childhood. It will include discussion of the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in shaping of personality. It will describe language development and social and emotional adjustment of the child.

  • Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSY 201

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 201

PSY 410 - 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.

  • Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in PSY201 and PSY311.
 
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