The program in psychology emphasizes the contribution that psychology can make to a liberal arts education through stimulating intellectual development, personal growth, respect for others and social responsibility. The psychology curriculum is designed to familiarize students with current methods and theories in the many specialized areas of investigation in the discipline, such as biopsychology, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, personality, social processes, clinical and development.
Students electing a minor in psychology will identify a particular focus in the field, and, with the assistance of an advisor, select courses to fit that interest. Throughout the minor, they will be encouraged to appreciate different approaches and perspectives; to learn to observe psychological phenomena; and to recognize the role of multiple causation in the determination of human behavior.
The minor in psychology is not available to psychology majors.
Psychology minor requirements
The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
||General Psychology - 4 credits
||Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
||Introduction to Personality - 4 credits
|Two PSY courses at the 300-level or above, except PSY 303 - 8 credits
|One PSY course at any level, except PSY 303 - 4 credits
Total credit hours required for psychology minor – 16 credits
In addition to completing the four courses approved by an advisor, students are required to write a three- to five-page statement about these four courses and submit it to the department chair; this statement should indicate the coherence of the particular courses taken, including some discussion of both the breadth of the material studied and the depth of the student’s special interests. The statement is to be signed by the psychology departmental advisor, who, in turn, submits it to the chair of the Department of Psychology. If the department chair thinks revisions are necessary, she or he will ask for them.