Psychology  (Minor)

Why do we act the way we do? What is the connection between your brain and your behavior? How can we manage stress and emotion? Explore these and other fascinating questions in a minor that enhances any degree program with knowledge you can apply to everyday life.

Program Description

The minor program in psychology focuses on appreciating and understanding the human condition from a scientific, psychological point of view.

Students who complete the minor in psychology possess a breadth of knowledge across may areas of psychology. They are able to use basic research and quantitative methods to gather and synthesize psychological findings. Ultimately, they come to understand the relevance and applicability of psychological principles, approaches and findings to individual, group and social issues. In doing so, they are prepared to pursue productive careers and engage on a daily basis with the increasingly complex, information-rich world.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in psychology (including all concentrations)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor in psychology consists of completing the 22 credit hours of course work in the foundations of psychology and the breadth within psychology categories described below. Six credit hours of upper-division (300 to 499 level) psychology course work must be completed through courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology.

Required Foundation Courses:

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology, SB (3)
PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, CS (3)
PSY 290 Research Methods, L or SG (4)

Take one course each from four of the following five clusters:

PSY 325 Physiological Psychology (3)

Personality/Mental Health
PSY 315 Personality Theory and Research, SB (3)
PSY 366 Abnormal Psychology, SB (3)

PSY 320 Learning and Motivation (3)
PSY 323 Sensation and Perception (3)
PSY 324 Memory and Cognition (3)

PSY 341 Developmental Psychology, SB (3)

PSY 350 Social Psychology, SB (3)
PSY 351 Honors Social Psychology, L or SB (3)

Note: If a nonpsychology statistics course is approved by the psychology department to substitute for PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics, an additional psychology course must be taken to complete the 22 credit hours of required psychology course work. Internship credit and teaching assistant credit may not be used to satisfy this requirement. For more information, please contact a psychology advisor.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

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