Saint Louis University's minor in psychology enriches students' academic experiences with the science behind human behavior. Coursework highlights how our behaviors depend on biological factors, developmental status, cognitive processes and social conditions. Exposure to psychological science in the minor enhances students’ abilities to critically evaluate behavioral science and understand human behaviors and interactions encountered in their professional and personal lives.
A minor in psychology complements all major programs due to the relevance of understanding human behavior in all fields. Its application is most apparent within fields where human behaviors are more focal, such as those related to health care, law, social work and other fields involving the delivery of human services, communication, business, education, public health, political science, sociology, and areas of studies associated with social and cultural identities. Courses delivered through the program at SLU include those taught by recognized experts and researchers in the field.
Students pursuing a minor in psychology at SLU will experience a flexible curriculum. Aside from the general psychology requirement, students are free to choose from a menu of courses under four areas of breadth, as well as an additional advanced elective option, allowing for a curriculum tailored to meet students’ individual interests. To help optimize their experiences, all SLU psychology minors are assigned a faculty mentor.
|PSY 1010||General Psychology||3|
|Required Breadth Courses|
|Select a minimum of one course in each of the four areas below:||12|
|Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Cog Neuro Cluster" attribute, such as:|
|Brain, Mind, & Society|
|Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Dev Cluster" attribute, such as:|
|Developmental Psych: Child|
|Developmental Psychology: Adolescence|
|Social & Organizational Psychology|
|Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Soc Org Cluster" attribute, such as:|
|Mental Health and Wellbeing in Applied Contexts|
|Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Health Applied Cluster" attribute, such as:|
|Occupational Health Psychology|
|Psychology Elective Course||3|
|Select 3 credits of advanced elective courses in Psychology 1|
|Psychology Advanced Elective|
|Select 3 credits with the "Psychology Minor Advanced Elective" attribute,such as:|
|African American Psychology|
|Teams in Organizations|
Excluding PSY 4790 Practicum (1-6 cr), PSY 4800 Undergraduate Research (1-6 cr), PSY 4960 Advanced Research Methodology and Statistics (0,4 cr), PSY 4965 Capstone Practicum Project (3 cr), PSY 4967 Capstone Research Project (3 cr), or PSY 4969 Critical Thinking About Psychology (3 cr).
To continue as a psychology minor, students must earn a C or better in PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 cr) and maintain a SLU psychology GPA of 2.00.
Minors are not required to meet with a psychology faculty mentor but are welcome to do so. The formal mentoring period typically begins after fall break and spring break.
Students can complete all or part of the psychology minor at SLU’s campus in Madrid.