The Minor in Psychology consists of six courses. It is intended to give the student a broad base in Psychology without the commitment to the full course load of the major. The requirements are therefore comparable to those of the major in type but reduced in number. At least three of the six required course units must be taken at Penn. In addition, students minoring in psychology must have a minimum of 3 PSYC courses that they count only towards the minor and not towards any other major or minor. In order to receive a minor in Psychology, at time of graduation, students must have a minimum Psychology minor GPA of 2.0.
Each Minor in Psychology must complete the following:
1. Psychology 001 (If you use the AP waiver for Psyc 001, you need to take a replacement course for PSYC 001; you must take a PSYC course)
2. One of the following Biological Basis of Behavior courses: PSYC 109, 127, or 149
3. One of the following Cognitive Basis of Behavior courses: PSYC 111, 121, or 151
4. One of the following Individual/Group Basis of Behavior courses: PSYC 160, 162, or 170
5. One Psychology Department course at the 200, 300, or 400 level
6. One term of Statistics, e.g.: STAT 111, SOC 120, ANTH 454, ECON 103, NURS 230, BIOL 446, STAT 101. Students who have taken the Statistics AP test will not receive credit for the statistics requirement in the psych minor.
Biological Basis of Behavior
Individual/Group Basis of Behavior
Cognitive Basis of Behavior
109 (Intro to Brain and Behavior)
127 (Physiology of Motivated Behavior)
Students interested in pursuing a minor in psychology should go to Room B24 of the Solomon Lab Building, 3720 Walnut St. and meet with Ms. Claire Ingulli, the Undergraduate Coordinator, who will officially declare the minor in the Student Records System.
CONSUMER PSYCHOLOGY MINOR (9 cu total)
To fulfill the Minor in Consumer Psychology, students must complete four courses from the Psychology Department in the College and four courses from the Marketing Department in Wharton, and the stats requirement. Both College and Wharton requirements will consist of core courses along with a set of elective courses. College students who wish to minor in Consumer Psychology must count two of the four required psychology courses towards only the Consumer Psychology minor (and towards no other major or minor).
The Psychology Dept. contact is Claire Ingulli (email@example.com).
When emailing to inquire about the Minor, please indicate your Major in your email.
Statistics Requirement. The student must have completed one of the following statistics courses:
STAT 101 - Intro. to Business Stat
STAT 111 - Intro. Stat
STAT 430 - Probability
or Any statistics course that satisfies the statistics requirement for Psychology majors. Students who have taken the Statistics AP test will not receive credit for the statistics requirement in the psych minor.
Note: If (and only if) you are enrolled in the Minor in Consumer Psychology, then any of the Statistics courses that satisfies the Statistics Requirement for the Minor can be used to satisfy the statistics prerequisite for MKTG 212.
The statistics requirement may be fulfilled by a different course with written permission of the Minor in Consumer Psychology Wharton Chair.
Psychology Dept. (a total of 4 courses) -
1.) PSYC 001 (Intro. to Experimental Psych) Please note: Students who have taken the Psychology AP test and received a grade of 5 can receive a waiver for Psyc 001 (but they will NOT receive credit for PSYC 001). The AP waiver does NOT count toward the courses required for the CNPS minor. Students who use the AP waiver for PSYC 001 must therefore take one additional Psychology Department course from the list below of CNPS courses. This policy applies to all undergraduate students.
2.) either PSYC 170 (Social Psychology) or PSYC 272 (Evolutionary Psychology) or PSYC 266 (Positive Psychology)
3.) either PSYC 151 (Language and Thought/ formerly Cognitive Psychology) or PSYC 253 (Judgment and Decisions) or PSYC 265 (Behavioral Economics and Psychology)
4.) Any of the above courses not used, or a seminar in Social Psychology or Decision Making. All seminars are now at the 400-level (e.g. PSYC 470, Seminar in Social Psychology).
NOTE: Two of the four PSYC courses must count ONLY towards the CNPS minor, not towards any other major or minor.
It is up to you to decide which two PSYC courses will count toward the CNPS minor. Pay attention to red crosses, they mean that the course is being used twice.
It's OK to use a PSYC course for the sector or foundational requirements, but you must have two PSYC courses that count only towards the CNPS minor, not towards any other major or minor.
*New course numbers effective Spring 2011*: PSYC 272 (Evolutionary Psychology), PSYC 266 (Positive Psychology), PSYC 253 (Judgment and Decisions), PSYC 265 (Behavioral Economics and Psychology)
A special note for Psych majors who are also CNPS minors: only two courses total can double-count towards both PSYC major and CNPS minor.
WHARTON (a total of 4 courses):
The link to the Wharton webpage is below:
Wharton - Required (total of 3 c.u.)
MKTG 101 - Introduction to Marketing
MKT G 211 - Consumer Behavior
MKTG 212 - Marketing Research
Electives (total of 1 c.u.)
MKTG 221 New Product Management 1/2 CU
MKTG 222 Pricing Policy 1/2 CU
MKTG 223 Channel Management 1/2 CU
MKTG 224 Advertising Management 1/2 CU
MKTG 225 Principles of Retailing 1/2 CU
MKTG 226 Sales Force Management 1/2 CU
MKTG 228 1CU
MKTG 232 1CU
MKTG 233 1CU
MKTG 235 Principles of Advertising 1CU
MKTG 278 1CU
MKTG 281 Entrepreneurial Marketing 1/2 CU
MKTG 282 Multinational Marketing 1/2 CU
MKTG 391: Special Topic: (requires approval) - 1 CU
MKTG 292 1 CU
Admission to the Minor - Students must apply for the minor through their respective schools, either Wharton or the College (for the College, please contact Ms. Claire Ingulli in the Psychology Department). Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing the statistics requirement. The respective Chair of the Minor will review and approve these applications. The Minor is not allowed for Marketing Majors at Wharton.
Psychology majors (class of 2012 and later) may minor in Consumer Psychology.
College students who wish to minor in Consumer Psychology must count two of the four required psychology courses towards only the Consumer Psychology minor (and towards no other major or minor).
Governance - The minor will be administered by the Chairs of the Interschool Minor in Consumer Psychology in SAS and Wharton. They will be responsible for all decisions associated with the Minor.
Admission to Classes Outside a Student's Home School - In the rare case in which a student has a problem getting into a section of a Wharton class, Wharton will give priority to students in this Minor. In particular, seniors in the Minor will be manually issued a permit to let them into the class. The Marketing Department Business Manager will be responsible for interacting with student concerns and providing them with a manual override permission to take the class.
Waivers or credits for courses based on AP exams may allow students to enroll in advanced courses in the department but do NOT take the place of courses that are required for the major. Students who have taken the Psychology AP test and received a grade of 5 can receive a waiver for Psyc 001 (but they will NOT receive credit for PSYC 001), and they are allowed to enroll directly into any lecture course without taking Psyc 001. The AP waiver does NOT count toward the courses required for the CNPS minor, the Psych minor, or major. Students who use the AP waiver for PSYC 001 must therefore take one additional Psychology Department course. For the CNPS minor the one additional Psychology Department course must be from the list of CNPS Psychology courses (see above). This policy applies to all undergraduate students. Likewise, AP waivers or credits issued by other departments (e.g., AP credit for STAT 111) do NOT satisfy requirements for the Psych major or minor.
Students with AP in statistics must take another statistics course.