Minor inPsychology

Minoring in Psychology involves the study of the way humans and animals act, feel, think and learn.

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Psychology Curriculum Overview

Minoring in Psychology involves the study of the way humans and animals act, feel, think and learn. How are personality and social development influenced? What is the relationship between mind and body? How are statistical principles used to analyze social science data? You’ll develop lifelong skills in scientific thinking and in understanding human thought, behavior and interaction as you take 24 credit hours toward a psychology minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Prerequisites From General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3

This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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Required: 12 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
PSY - 101 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSY - 330 Introduction to Counseling 4

This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

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Basic theory, principles, and techniques of counseling and its application to counseling settings are explored. In addition, students develop counseling skills in the following three theoretical areas: person-centered therapy, behavioral contracting, and reality therapy. The student becomes both teacher and subject in experiential laboratory sessions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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Choose 4 Credits From The Following
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
PSY - 230 Lifespan Developmental Psy 4

A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course is a scientific study of development from prenatal life through late adulthood, with emphasis on the interplay of psychological processes, heredity and environment. This chronological review addresses physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes across the lifespan. Students observe children in the campus Early Childhood Center or in a similar setting off campus. (Prerequisites: PSY 101)

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Chose 12 Credits From The Following
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
FAS - 400 Family Systems 4
KHS - 435 Sport Psychology 4
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 220 Adolescent Psychology 4
PSY - 300 Cognition, Learn & Memory 4
PSY - 310 Physiological Psychology 4
PSY - 320 Sensation and Perception 4
PSY - 331 Group Counseling & Therapy 4
PSY - 332 Intro to Alcohol/Drug Studies 3
PSY - 333 Cult Competency/Chem Depend 4
PSY - 340 Intro to Industrial/Org. Psych 4
PSY - 360 Abnormal Psychology 4
PSY - 370 Intro to Personality Theories 4
PSY - 380 Research Meth/Stats Appl 4
PSY - 381 Psychology Research Seminar 2
PSY - 488 Psychology Independent Study 0
PSY - 490 Seminar on Psychological Topic 4
SOC - 451 Social Psychology 4

This course is an analysis of the family. It investigates the family as a system of relationships which interacts across the family life cycle. It includes a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life. Also included is a focus on marriage and family therapy from a systems framework.

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Psychology of sport and its applications for performance enhancement are examined. Special attention is given to theory and techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance performance and personal growth. Content examines personality traits, anxiety, aggression vs. assertion, motivation, and other individual and group variables. (Suggested prerequisite: PSY101)

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A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth's needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course introduces students to important insights and theoretical principles of modern cognitive science. Students study human cognition, perception and attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, reasoning, problem solving, cognitive development, creativity, learning, and individual differences in cognition. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of brain and nervous system physiology. The focus will be on how the nervous system governs behavioral and cognitive processes. Functional and dysfunctional physiology and what this tells us about maladaptive behaviors will also be discussed. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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Sensing and perceiving the world involves an interaction between our bodies and minds. This course explores the neuroscience and psychological principles underlying human perceptual abilities. Students will encounter different theoretical approaches to the study of this question, as well as a variety of methodological techniques. Topics to be covered include the biological basis of vision, the perception of pattern, color, depth, and spatial layout. The senses of hearing, touch, smell, and taste will be similarly addressed. The course will conclude with an exploration of the relationship between perception to knowledge. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course is designed to provide students preparing to enter a helping profession with an understanding of group theory, and understanding of the types of groups used in group counseling or group therapy, and the experience of being a member and co-leader in a counseling group. Emphasis is placed on methods, problems, and leadership skills in working with a group. In addition to group processes this course also focuses on professional and ethical responsibilities, assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, and referral.

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This course is an overview of the trans disciplinary foundations of alcohol and drug counseling, including theories of chemical dependency, the continuum of care, and the process of change. Topics that will be covered include: the pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction, medication-assisted therapy, screening, intake, orientation, case management, client education reports and record keeping, and consultation with other professionals regarding client treatment and services. Outside of class hours students will be expected to observe group intervention.

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This course offers in-depth analysis of cultural issues within the field of chemical dependency. It will explore themes of specific subgroups which Minnesota guidelines have identified as critical for chemical dependency treatment professionals: Native American Issues, Asian American Issues, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Issues, Chicano/Latino Issues, Disability Issues, African-American Issues. There will be an overview of alcohol and drug counseling focusing on the trans disciplinary foundations of alcohol and drug counseling and providing an understanding of theories of chemical dependency, the continuum of care, and the process of change. The course will address the pharmacology of substance abuse disorders and the dynamics of addiction. This will include issues among the subgroups as it relates to chemical dependency, including attitudes toward medication, response to medication, and other themes.

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Applications of psychology to business and industry: employee selection, performance appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, work environment, job design, safety, and work stress. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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An introduction to the study of abnormal psychology. The course covers a wide range of behaviors that are distressing to a person or society or which are otherwise identified as abnormal. A comprehensive review of the etiologies of psychological disorders, discussion of available treatments and a focus on the effects that mental illness has on the individual, the family system, and society are included. Current controversies in the field are identified. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course introduces the student to a variety of personality theories including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and trait and type theories. Issues in personality measurement and assessment techniques are also presented and discussed. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course covers a variety of research strategies for studying psychological phenomena. Students will conduct studies using different research methodologies and will gain experience in analyzing data and writing research reports. Descriptive Statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation, multiple regression, inferential statistics, chi-square, t-tests, analysis of variance, hypothesis testing with application to research methodologies will be taught. (Prerequisites: PSY101, MAT110)

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This course is designed for advanced psychology students who have designed and implemented research projects as part of PSY380, Research Methods with Statistical Applications. Through individual faculty mentoring, students will complete projects and prepare them for presentation and/or publication. (Prerequisite: PSY380)

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With the help of an instructor, students design their own learning activities, which may include readings, independent research, projects, and papers. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course offers in-depth analysis of a selected topic in psychology such as intelligence, creativity, brain chemistry, cross-cultural psychology, group counseling and processes, advanced counseling, history and systems of psychology, psychology of religion, psychology of gender, forensic psychology, psychological testing, behavior modification, cognitive psychology and biofeedback in a seminar setting. Content determined by the needs of students and interest of psychology faculty. (Prerequisite: 25 credits of psychology or consent of instructor)

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Students examine how the individual's personality, behavior and attitudes are shaped through interaction with others. The course deals with such issues as conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and attraction. Individual behavior is understood in light of symbolic communication and the social construction of the self. (Prerequisite: SOC152 or PSY101)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Career Potential

  • Business
  • Community Education
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Residential Treatment
  • Social Services
  • Youth Education

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