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Psychology Minor Requirements

Faculty advisor: Professor Alan Lockwood, 256A Teacher Education, 263-6262, lockwood@education.wisc.edu

The Psychology minor may be completed by students in Secondary Education Social Studies or Elementary Education licensing programs. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all Psychology minor course work taken on the UW–Madison campus. The graduation grade point average may be modified by the last 60 credits rule.

Secondary Education students may select this minor only if admitted into the Social Studies program fall  2013 or before. It is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. IMPORTANT: The School of Education is no longer accepting applications to this Secondary undergraduate program. The UW–Madison Secondary programs in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies have been restructured and are changing from undergraduate programs to the graduate level. This change means that students at UW–Madison will only become certified to teach these subjects through graduate-level course work in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. See this FAQ document for more details about these changes. Advising staff in the School of Education's Academic Services Office, 139 Education Building, 608-262-1651, can answer questions and confer with students about this change and possible academic alternatives. 

Complete a minimum of 26 credits. Students wishing to complete a double major in Psychology through the College of Letters and Science must complete supporting course work in introductory biology (e.g., Biology 101 and 102). Students may also wish to consult with an undergraduate advisor in the Psychology department. Courses are Psychology (Psych) listings unless otherwise indicated.

  • 201 OR 202 Introduction to Psychology, 3-4
  • 210 Basic Statistics for Psychology, 3
  • 225 Experimental Psychology, 5
  • 507 Psychology of Personality, 3, OR 522 Psychology of Women, 3
  • 509 Abnormal Psychology, 3
  • 530 Introductory Social Psychology, 3-4
  • Select one from:
    • 408 Psychology of Human Emotions, 3
    • 409 Psychology of Motivation, 3
    • 414 Cognitive Psychology, 3
    • 419 Human Information Processing, 3
    • 430 History of Psychology, 3
  • Select one from:
    • 449 Animal Behavior, 3
    • 450 Animal Behavior: The Primates, 3
    • 454 Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, and 455 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience, 1
  • Additional course work, if necessary, to total 26 credits.