The Psychology minor can be a wonderful addition to many majors as it allows you to learn about and understand human behavior. Whether you are in education andinterested in developmental psychology or in biology looking at neuropsychology, you can find courses to provide breadth and depth to complement your primary major while providing insight into the understanding of psychology.
The PSY minor is available to students at any Penn State campus that offers the required courses. Some PSYCH courses are available to resident students through World Campus during the summer, but World Campus PSYCH courses are not available to resident students during fall and spring semesters. (See World Campus PSYCH enrollment policy for details).
To satisfy the requirements for the Psychology Minor, a student must complete a minimum of 18 PSYCH credits. These credits must include PSYCH 100, PSYCH 301W, and 6 credits at the 400 level.
- Courses without a PSYCH designation do NOT count toward the minor, even if they contain substantial psychology content.
- A letter grade of "C" or better must be earned in ALL courses counted toward the minor.
- Research experience (294/494), internship (295/495), and independent study (296/496) courses do NOT count toward the minor.
- Nine of the 18 credits of PSYCH (including 3 credits at the 400 level) must be completed at Penn State.
- Due to high demand and the need to prioritize Psychology majors, PSYCH 301W is a controlled course at University Park. Minors must follow the procedure described here to be placed on the waiting list for 301W. Note that declaring a minor does not guarantee availability of courses (http://www.psu.edu/dept/oue/aappm/L-6.html)
In some cases, students who complete an appropriate methods course in their major may choose an additional Psychology course in lieu of PSYCH 301W. The following methods courses are approved for this purpose: BBH 310W, BBH 411W, COMM 404, COMM 420, HDFS 310M, HDFS 312W, and LIR 312. Students who take an alternative research methods course must still complete 18 credits of courses with a PSYCH designation, but those 18 credits do not need to include PSYCH 301W.
Declaring and pursuing a minor in Psychology
You may declare your minor through eLion. It is important to note the following:
- Declaring a minor does NOT guarantee that you will be able to take specific courses, even those required for the minor. Due to demand, Psychology majors have priority for many courses.
- You must complete the prerequisites for PSYCH courses applied to the minor. These prerequisites do not always count toward the minor; for example, there is a statitistics prerequisite (STAT 200) for PSYCH 301W.
Dropping a PSY minor
Students who wish to drop the PSY minor should send their requests by email to Rachel Ryen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students in the PSY minor are not assigned a specific advisor in psychology, but UP students are welcome to visit the Psychology Advising Center in 125 Moore Building for assistance concerning the minor.