Minor in Psychology

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.


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.

Program Requirements

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The minor in psychology consists of completing 18-19 credit hours of coursework in psychology. Twelve credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level, of which at least six credit hours must be completed in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology. All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.

Required Course -- 3 credit hours
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (SB) (3)

Minor Electives -- 15 credit hours

PSY 290: Research Methods (L or SG) (4)
PSY 302: The Psychology of Positive Leadership (3)
PSY 315: Personality Theory and Research (SB) (3)
PSY 320: Learning and Motivation (3)
PSY 323: Sensation and Perception (3)
PSY 324: Memory and Cognition (3)
PSY 325: Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY 330: Statistical Methods (CS) (3)
PSY 335: Positive Psychology (3)
PSY 341: Developmental Psychology (SB) (3)
PSY 350: Social Psychology (SB) (3)
PSY 366: Psychological Disorders (SB) (3)
PSY 370: Interpersonal Relationships (SB) (3)
PSY 390: Experimental Psychology (L) (3)
PSY 394: Consumer Psychology (3)
PSY 394: Dog Behavior (3)
PSY 394: Foundations of Human Sexual Behavior (3)
PSY 394: Sleep and Dreaming (3)

Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment 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.

Career Opportunities

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

Graduates with a minor in psychology are knowledgeable in the complexities of human behavior and interpersonal skills, of benefit as they pursue careers in human resources, management or marketing.

Contact Information

Department of Psychology | PSY 202