The psychology minor provides an opportunity for students to explore various psychological processes and their impact on human behavior. Although the psychology minor is open to students in any Alfred State baccalaureate program, it may particularly interest students in the forensic science, nursing, business administration, interdisciplinary studies, human services management, sports management and/or architecture programs. The psychology minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours in psychology and includes an introductory course, two upper-level psychology courses, and two psychology electives. At least three credits must be completed at Alfred State.

The minor is comprised of existing courses. The minor will be housed in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and departmental faculty will coordinate the program and advise students in the minor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the main terms, theories, and processes involved in the field of psychology.
  2. Apply psychological theories to various sub-categories within the field, for example adolescent psychology, health psychology, industrial psychology, and organizational psychology.

Apply psychological theories to the student’s major field of study.


Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3

Minor Electives*

Two of the following electives:

  • PSYC 1023: Human Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 1033: Human Relations (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 1063: Basic Helping Skills (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2033: Adolescent Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2093: Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)

Two of the following upper-level electives:

  • PSYC 5013: Counseling Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 5093: Health Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 5053: Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 5103: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 5203: Personality Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 6103: Family & Intimate Relationship Violence (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 7003: Working with Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 7103: The Psychology of Killers (3 credit hours)

Total number of credit hours required for the minor: 15

*Other PSYC courses may be counted towards the minor, at the Department's discretion.