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Minor in Psychology


Graduates of the Minor in Psychology are prepared to pursue careers in schools, human resources, entry-level mental health facilities, entry-level research projects, and humanitarian and community agencies.


In line with LAU’s mission and its emphasis on the pursuit of academic excellence, the mission of a Minor in Psychology is to complement students’ major field of study with knowledge and experience that will enhance their understanding of human behavior and interdisciplinary inquiry.

Program Objectives

A Minor in Psychology seeks to:

  1. provide general knowledge of the discipline of psychology, and its sub-specialties, as it applies to a diversity of populations in diverse setting with an emphasis on both theory and research, and
  2. cultivate competence in critical thinking by applying the scientific method.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Minor in Psychology, students will:

  1. demonstrate a general understanding of psychological theories and concepts,
  2. differentiate among the psychological sub-specialties,
  3. critically evaluate psychological research, and
  4. apply psychological concepts and theories to other fields and their daily lives in order to understand behaviors of individuals and groups.


A total of 18 credits are required to graduate with a Minor in Psychology, distributed as follows:

  • Core Courses (6 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)

A senior project is required of all students in addition to successful completion of the course of study.

Core Courses (6 credits)

  • PSY201 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY202 Child Psychology (3 cr.)1

1 or PSY234 Development Across the Life Span (3 cr.)

Electives (12 credits)

Electives may be chosen from one or more of the following areas:

Developmental Psychology

  • PSY202 Child Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY203 Psychology of Youth (3 cr.)
  • PSY234 Development Across the Life Span (3 cr.)
  • PSY311 Exceptional Child (3 cr.)

Mind, Brain, & Learning

  • PSY256 Sensation & Perception (3 cr.)
  • PSY295 Theories of Learning (3 cr.)
  • PSY322 Mind & Behavior (3 cr.)
  • PSY355 Biological Basis of Behavior (3 cr.)

Socio-Cultural & Organizational Psychology

  • PSY204 Social Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY267 Cultural Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY335 Industrial Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

Mental Health & Special Topics

  • NUR441 Mental Health Clinical Intensive (3 cr.)
  • PSY320 Theories of Personality (3 cr.)
  • PSY425 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY466 Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)
  • PSY498 Topics in Psychology (3 cr.)

Extracurricular Activities

The Minor in Psychology encourages students to get involved in a large variety of extracurricular activities, including among others the Psychology Lecture Series i.e. ASOM, Neuroscience Student Movement, Psychology Club, Summer Research Circle, volunteer placement in the community, and SPSS Workshops.