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2017-2018 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2023

Psychology Minor


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Affiliation: School of Social and Cultural Studies

There are three overall objectives of the Psychology program: to provide a broad-based education in the discipline, to instruct students in the scientific method, and to prepare students for success in graduate school and in the workplace.

Provide a broad-based education in the discipline:
Psychology has long been recognized as a liberal arts and sciences discipline. This recognition is a consequence of Psychology’s study of human behavior (alone, in groups, interacting with the environment) and conscious experience (attitudes, emotions, and thoughts). The psychology curriculum at Truman State University reflects the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science’s recognition of the subject matter of the discipline.

Instruct students in the scientific method:
In trying to understand the domains addressed by the discipline, Psychology employs the scientific method and statistical inference and analysis to gather and assess data. Upon graduation from Truman State University, students should understand and appreciate the rationale and methodology of scientific inquiry.

Prepare students for success in graduate school and in the workplace: Major courses are geared toward preparation for graduate school. The content areas in psychology reflect those sampled by the Graduate Record Exam Advanced Test in Psychology. Students are encouraged to become involved in psychological research and internship opportunities that are available. In addition, the variety of courses offered provides students with a broad perspective on human behavior and thought that may be applied across multiple workplace settings.

The psychology curriculum includes physiological bases of behavior such as the brain and nervous system, sensory mechanisms, and perception; learning, memory, concept formation, thinking, language, and problem-solving; development, personality and abnormal behavior; psychological testing; and the influence of social contexts on the individual.

Program Requirements:


The Psychology Minor requires the successful completion of 15 credits of the following courses:

Choose two courses from the following


Choose any two courses from the list below as long as the courses are not in the same grouping: 6 Credits

DEVELOPMENTAL/SOCIAL (Group 1): 3 Credits


COGNITIVE/BEHAVIORAL (Group 3): 3 Credits


Unrestricted Elective in Psychology


  • any course with a PSYC designation: 3 Credits

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