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Psychology, Minor

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 related to human behaviors, such as:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Public health
  • Political science
  • Social work and other fields involving the delivery of human services
  • Sociology and areas of studies associated with social and cultural identities

Program Highlights

  • Courses delivered through SLU's minor in psychology program are taught by recognized experts and researchers in the field.
  • Students pursuing a minor in psychology at SLU 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 their individual interests.
  • To help optimize their experiences, all SLU psychology minors are assigned a faculty mentor.
Required Courses
PSY 1010General Psychology3
Required Breadth Courses
Select a minimum of one course in each of the four areas below:12
Cognitive Neuroscience
Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Cog Neuro Cluster" attribute, such as:
PSY 3100
Brain, Mind, & Society
PSY 3120
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Dev Cluster" attribute, such as:
PSY 3210
Developmental Psych: Child
PSY 3230
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Social & Organizational Psychology
Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Soc Org Cluster" attribute, such as:
PSY 3300
Social Psychology
PSY 3410
Organizational Psychology
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Applied Contexts
Select 3 credit hours with the "PSY Health Applied Cluster" attribute, such as:
PSY 3460
Abnormal Psychology
PSY 3470
Occupational Health Psychology
Psychology Elective Course3
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:
PSY 4340
African American Psychology
PSY 4480
Psychology and Law
Total Credits18

Excluding PSY 4790 Practicum (1-6 cr), PSY 4800 Undergraduate Research (1-6 cr), PSY 4960 Advanced Research Methodology and Statistics (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).

Continuation Standards

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.

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