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What is it about people that causes them to act the way they do? Understanding the human mind can show you how to best encourage people through difficult times, help businesses get the most from their workers, allow advertisers to make informed choices about what will appeal to a particular market, and increase the chances of diffusing dangerous situations peacefully. As a psychology major, you’ll learn about behavior and mental processes – both the normal and the aberrant – as you seek to understand why people are the way they are and the human possibilities for change.

The courses in the psychology minor provides an introduction to the field and help develop skills that are useful in careers that value an understanding of people, behavior, and interpersonal relationships, including many positions in business and the service industry.

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Courses of study

Minor in Psychology: 21 credit hours

PSYC 100 General Psychology

2 courses from:

PSYC 201 Child Development
PSYC 203 Social Psychology
PSYC 220 Behavior Modification
PSYC 230 Sleep and Dreams
PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 265 Health Psychology
PSYC 281 Introduction to Biological Psychology
PSYC 291 Learning and Memory

2 courses from:

PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 333 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 369 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 389 Introduction to Counseling
PSYC 415 Sensation and Perception
PSYC 429 Stereotypes and Prejudice
PSYC 440 Cognition
PSYC 480 Advanced Research


Psychology electives (to reach 21 credit hours in psychology)
Note: Students at BVU Graduate & Professional Studies locations that do not offer the 200 level courses listed in first

Minor in Psychology with teaching Licensure (5-12):

Option 1:

24 credit hours in psychology (same as the 21 credit hour minor plus 3 credit hours elective credit)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2:

30 credit hours in the social sciences with 15 hours in psychology, which must include PSYC 100 (General Psychology) and PSYC 291 (Learning and Memory)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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Storm Lake, IA 50588

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