The psychology minor is designed for students who want to add a specialization in psychology to their major field emphasis.
Despite the brevity of the minor program, it is designed to provide students with an in-depth experience in psychology. At USciences, the study of psychology begins with PS 101 - Introduction to Psychology. This course provides a broad survey of the contents and methodologies that constitute psychology. To be eligible for the psychology minor program, students must have earned a minimum grade of “C” in PS 101.
The psychology minor consists of 20 credits in the foundational and substantive areas of psychology. Students choose four courses (12 credit hours) in foundational topics, such as human development, cognition, biological psychology, neuropsychology, learning theory, tests and measures, personality theory, and abnormal psychology. Students choose these courses to meet their interest and career goals with the advice of their minor advisor. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
The capstone experience of the psychology minor program is the SS 221/222 sequence in psychology as a quantitative and empirical science for eight credit hours of work. This is a yearlong capstone experience where students pursuing a psychology minor learn the nucleus of work skills involved in psychology. The experience consists of lecture, group work, and laboratory practice. The central focus of the capstone experience is experiential. Students participate in research groups to conduct an original research project. To graduate from the psychology minor program, students must earn a minimum of a “C” average in the capstone sequence.
Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.
For more information on applying for and completing a minor, please see Minors in the Academics section of this catalog.