Psychology Minor

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology.  Students will develop an understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology.

Objective 1.1: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology as a social science.

Objective 1.2: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology as a natural science.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking. Students will develop scientific reasoning and problem solving skills. They will be able to understand and apply basic research methodology in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Objective 2.1: Students will be able to understand and apply basic research design strategies.

Objective 2.2: Students will be able to understand and apply basic data analysis strategies.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World.  Students will develop an understanding of ethically and socially responsible behaviors in professional and personal settings in a landscape of increasing diversity.

Objective 3.1: Students will understand and apply ethical psychological principles.

Objective 3.2: Students will be able to understand diversity, appreciate ethical behavior, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of Psychology as a discipline.

Goal 4: Communication. Students will demonstrate competence in written and oral communication skills.

Objective 4.1: Students will demonstrate competence in written communication.

Objective 4.2: Students will demonstrate competence in oral communication.

Completing a Psychology minor requires six courses:

PSY 100Introductory Psychology3
or PSY 101 Intro Psychology Seminar
PSY 120Lifespan Development 13
or PSY 200 Personality Psychology
PSY 201Biological Bases of Behavior 13
Select three additional courses from the following:9
PSY 120-125
PSY 212Multicultural Psychology3
PSY 220-227
230-239

Psychology minors are strongly advised to take the first three courses first, BEFORE taking the three additional 200-level psychology electives. PSY 210 may be substituted for PSY 120, PSY 200, or PSY 201.

The academic advisor for minors is the departmental Advising Coordinator, Dr. Josephine Shih (225 Post Hall, jshih@sju.edu). You can schedule an appointment to declare the psychology minor with her via www.shih.simplybook.me.