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Minor in Psychology
Many majors at CSUB require an accompanying minor in a different discipline. Psychology can be that minor.
A minor allows students to explore an area of study beyond the exposure they receive within the university's general education requirements. Some students choose a minor that complements their major (e.g., a Criminal Justice major who minors in Psychology to understand the science behind criminal profiling). A second common use of a minor is for personal development or passion for a discipline that is not your major (e.g., an Accounting major who minors in Psychology to better understand the psychological disorders that affect members of his family).
The minor in Psychology consists of four courses (20 quarter units) that include:
- PSYC 100 Explorations in Psychology (or Intro Psychology from another institution)
- One course from:
- PSYC 203 Biological Psychology (a lower division course from another institution may count)
- PSYC 210 Child Psychology (a lower division course from another institution may count)
- PSYC 301 Principles of Learning
- PSYC 302 Sensation and Perception
- PSYC 304 Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 312 Social Psychology
- PSYC 315 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 316 Personality
- Two upper division, graded, 5-unit Psychology electives
The minor must be approved by the department chair.
Note: All prerequisite, major, and minor courses must be completed within the 10 years prior to graduation. Courses that are more than 10 years old must be recertified. See our recertification policy for ways in which old courses can be recertified.
Declaring Your Minor
When you are ready to declare a Psychology minor, you should make an appointment with the chair of Psychology to discuss the classes you would like to include in your minor. The department office (Dorothy Donahoe Hall, room D107, 654-2363) has the forms students need to declare a minor and staff can help you set up an appointment.
Students need to declare a minor by the beginning of their junior year at CSUB.