Psychology (Minor)

Degree Type: Primary or Secondary Minor

The Psychology minor is designed to develop basic understanding of behavioral and mental processes. These skills are helpful in a variety of career fields, including business administration, human resources, health care, counseling, research, education and graduate-level study, among others.

Psychology (Minor) Courses

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology

This course focuses on the development of an individual from conception to death. Psychological/physiological growth is studied in terms of cognitive, psychosocial, moral, psychosexual, and thanotological developmental stage theories. A minimum of one behavioral observation and a journal research report written in APA style will be required. Prerequisite: PSYC 110 • Fall, Spring Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

 A minimum of four other 3- or 4-credit PSYC courses is also required.

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

Ashley Van Cleave

“I had never even considered research as a career option until I started working on a research project and realized how much I enjoyed the challenge that research presents,” she said. “Since I had this experience at Briar Cliff, it was an easier transition into my current job.”

Ashley Van Cleave

Biochemistry Major, Psychology Minor ('17)