Psychology Minor

Psychology Minor

Psychology Minor

Description. The Psychology minor provides students with the opportunity to think and write critically about the mind and human behavior. Students are introduced to basic psychological theory and research as well as several core areas in the discipline of psychology. The minor prepares students to become informed, life–long consumers of psychology. It also provides some background in psychology that can help build a foundation for many fields of graduate or professional study and careers.

Rationale. Gaining exposure to the science of human behavior through the Psychology minor can be of substantial benefit for students in many disciplines. The minor provides opportunities to hone critical thinking, research and writing skills, which are crucial in any field. Students also can explore topics and issues that might help direct their career choices. Any major pairs well with a Psychology minor.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Students will demonstrate psychological literacy by using its terminology and format in writing assignments, exercises, and oral presentations.
  • Students will have a basic understanding of theoretical perspectives in different psychological domains.
  • Students will be able to analyze and critically evaluate research studies in psychology.


Minor coordinator. Professor Angela Crossman, Department of Psychology (212.237.8653,

Prerequisite. PSY 101. This course can fulfill the College’s general education requirement in the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area.

Requirements. Any student who is not majoring in Forensic Psychology can earn a minor in Psychology. To complete the minor, students must complete 18 credits in Psychology and have at least a 2.0 GPA (C average) in courses used towards the minor. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

Additional information. Students who selected this minor in September 2014 or thereafter must complete the minor in the form presented here. Students who declared the minor prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version presented in the 2013-14 Undergraduate Bulletin.

PART ONE. REQUIRED COURSES.                         Subtotal: 12 credits


PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 221 Social Psychology
PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology

PART TWO. ELECTIVE COURSES.                          Subtotal: 6-7 credits

Select two. The courses with asterisks (**) below are strongly recommended. STA 250 is the prerequisite for many of the 300-level courses below.

STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics**
PSY 311 Research Methods in Psychology**
PSY 320 Brain and Behavior
PSY 324 Perception
PSY 327 Learning and Memory
PSY 329 History of Psychology
PSY 332 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 333 Psychology of Gender
PSY 336 Group Dynamics
PSY 339 Key Concepts in Psychotherapy
PSY 342/CSL 342 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
PSY 345/ANT 345 Culture, Psychopathology and Healing
PSY 347/AFR 347 Psychology of Oppression
PSY 352 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 353 Theories of Personality
PSY 355 Tests and Measures
PSY 370/LAW 370 Psychology and the Law 
PSY 372 Psychology of Criminal Behavior
PSY 373 Correctional Psychology
PSY 375 Family Conflict and the Family Court

STA 250, PSY 311: Strongly recommended.

Total : 18 credits
Last Updated: 9/28/16