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Minor in Psychology

A minor consists of a formal aggregate of courses that totals 18 quarter units or more, of which at least 12 units must be upper division and completed in residence at Cal State L.A.

A minimum of C (2.0) grade point average is required in all course work taken to complete a minor program.

A minor may not be taken in the same subject as the major. The minor will be noted on the student's transcript if the student's minor program has been approved by the offering department and the student completes all requirements for the minor before, or concurrently with, requirements for the bachelor's degree.

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Declaring a Minor in Psychology

Students who are interested in pursuing a minor in psychology will need to file a Request for New Undergraduate Major or Minor Form. The form must be submitted to the Psychology Department Office for approval and signature.

After approval has been obtained from the Department Chair, the form is submitted to Enrollment Services in Administration 146 for processing.

 

Requirements for the Minor (39 units)

The Psychology minor, available to students majoring in other fields, requires 39 units of lower and upper division psychology courses.

Lower Division Required Courses (13 units)
*PSY 150 - Introductory Psychology (4)
*PSY 170 - Introductory Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
*PSY 202 - Descriptive Statistics (5)

Upper Division Required Courses (15 units)
PSY 302 - Inferential Statistics in Psychology (5)
PSY 304 - Research Methods in Psychology (6)
PSY 308 - History and Systems of Psychology (4)

Electives (11 units)
Select with adviser assistance. Below is a list of all psychology electives to choose from. Please note: PSY 150 and GE Blocks A and B are prerequisites to all upper division psychology courses.

Group I: Developmental
PSY 362 - Psychological & Psychosocial Dev. Stages in Maturity & Aging (4)
PSY 388 - Sex and Gender (4)
PSY 403 - Psychosocial Dynamics of Child Maltreatment & Family Violence (4)
PSY 412A - Psychology of Human Dev.: Infancy & Childhood (4)
PSY 412B - Psychology of Human Dev.: Adolescence & Young Adulthood (4)
PSY 426 - Family Therapy Dynamics and Perspectives (4)
PSY 433 - Psychology of Cognitive Development (4)
PSY 462 - Psychology of Human Development: Maturity and Aging (4)

Group II: Social/Community
PSY 307 - Physiology & Psych of Violence and Aggression (4)
PSY 322 - Social Psychology (4)
PSY 330 - Psychology of Prejudice & Discrimination (4)
PSY 402 - Media Psychology (4)
PSY 415 - Interpersonal Relationships (4)
PSY 419 - Psychology of Gender (4)
PSY 445 - Community Psychology – Service Learning (4)
PSY 450 - Principles of Health Psychology (4)
PSY 464 - Psychology and the Law (4)

Group III: Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
PSY 323 - Psychology of Emotion & Motivation (4)
PSY 343 - Child Adolescent Cognition (4)
PSY 401 - Physiological Psychology (4)
PSY 421 - Psychology of Learning and Behavior (4)
PSY 424 - Cognitive Psychology (4)
PSY 425 - Sensation and Perception (4)
PSY 428 - Introduction to Analysis of Behavior (4)
PSY 435 - Behavior Analysis & Treatment of Developmental Disabilities (4)
PSY 440 - Behavior Analysis and Autism (4)
PSY 490 - Human Memory (4)

Group IV: Individual/Abnormal
PSY 309 - Human Violence & Individual Change (4)
PSY 310 - Abnormal Psychology I (4)
PSY 318 - Psychology of Personality (4)
PSY 410 - Abnormal Psychology II (4)
PSY 427 - Family Therapy Techniques: Strategies for Change (4)
PSY 436A - Counseling & Psychotherapy: Theories, Methods, & Issues (4)
PSY 436B - Counseling & Psychotherapy: Theories, Methods, & issues (4)
PSY 438 - Introduction to Clinical & Counseling Psychology (4)
PSY 439 - Racial/Ethnic Minority Mental Health (4)

Group V: Methodology
PSY 411 - Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (4)
PSY 414 - Analysis of Variance (4)
PSY 417 - Single Case Research Design (4)
PSY 431 - Statistical Methods in Psychological Assessment (5)
PSY 465 - Multicultural Psychology (4)
PSY 491 - Multivariate Statistics (5)

Applied Psychology/Community Engagement Category
PSY 395 - Field Experience in Psychology (1-4)
PSY 485 - Directed Field Experience in Community Clinical Psych (4)
PSY 499 - Undergraduate Directed Study (1-4)

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*Courses are transferable and may be taken at a community college