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, 151, 159, or 181 (181 can be used only once in the minor)
4. One of the following Individual/Group Basis of Behavior courses: PSYC 162, 170, or 181 (181 can be used only once in the minor)
5. One Psychology Department course at the 200- 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)
162 (Abnormal Psychology)
159 (Human Memory)
Students interested in pursuing a minor in psychology should contact Claire Ingulli (firstname.lastname@example.org), Levin Building, Room 120, 425 South University Ave., 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), Levin Building, Room 120, 425 South University Ave.
When emailing to inquire about the CNPS minor, please indicate your major in your email.
Please email Dr. Ed Royzman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to discuss further the content of the CNPS courses or to discuss which courses best meet your academic and career goals.
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 266 (Positive Psychology)
3.) either PSYC 151 (Language and Thought) or PSYC 159 (Human Memory) or PSYC 207 (Intro to Cog Sci), or PSYC 253 (Judgment and Decisions) or PSYC 265 (Behavioral Economics and Psychology) or PSYC 273 (Neuroeconomics)
4.) Any of the above courses not used, or a seminar in Social Psychology or Decision Making. All seminars are 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.
A special note for Psych majors who are also CNPS minors: only two courses total can double-count towards both the PSYC major and CNPS minor.
WHARTON (a total of 4 courses):
The link to the Wharton webpage is below:
- Required (PSYC)
- PSYC 001: Introduction to Experimental Psychology
- Plus one of the following
- PSYC 170: Social Psychology or
- PYSC 266: Positive Psychology
- Plus one of the following:
- PSYC 151: Language and Thought or
- PSYC 159: Human Memory or
- PSYC 207: Intro to Cognitive Science or
- PSYC 253: Judgments and Decisions or
- PSYC 265: Behavioral Economics and Psychology or
- PSYC 273: Neuroeconomics
- Plus any of the above courses not used, or a 400-level seminar in Social Psychology or Decision Making
Marketing Course Requirements (a total of 4 credit units) - (Marketing Course Descriptions)
- MKTG 101: Introduction to Marketing (1.0 cu)
- MKTG 211: Consumer Behavior (1.0 cu)
MKTG 212: Data and Analysis for Marketing Decisions (1.0 cu)ORMKTG 271 Models for Marketing Strategy 1.0 cuORMKTG 476 Applied Probability Models in Marketing 1.0 cuORMKTG 309 Special Topics: Experiments for Business Decision Making 1.0 cu (with Marketing Department faculty advisor approval)ORMKTG 940 (0.5 cu) and MKTG 941 (0.5 cu) - Measurement and Data Analysis in Marketing (This is a PhD course. Students need instructor permission and a permit from the department to enroll)ORMKTG 942 (0.5 cu) and MKTG 943 (0.5 cu) Research Methods in Marketing (This is a PhD course. Students need instructor permission and a permit from the department to enroll)
Plus Marketing Electives totaling 1 cu (in addition to MKTG101, 211, and the course taken to satisfy requirement 3 above) chosen from the list below:
Half semester courses (0.5 cu):
- MKTG 221: New Product Management (see notes)
- MKTG 224: Advertising Management (see notes)
- MKTG 225: Principles of Retailing
- MKTG 254: Pricing Policy
- MKTG 241: Entrepreneurial Marketing
- MKTG 237: Introduction to Brain Science for Business
- MKTG 234: Idea Generation & the Systemic Approach for Creativity
Full semester courses (1.0 cu):
- MKTG 239: Visual Marketing
- MKTG 262: New Product Development (see notes)
- MKTG 265: Principles of Advertising (see notes)
- MKTG 266: Marketing for Social Impact (see notes)
- MKTG 278: Strategic Brand Management
- MKTG 277: Marketing Strategy
- Special Topics - various MKTG 300 series (requires approval depending upon the topic)
Notes about Marketing electives:
New Products Courses: MKTG 262 (New Product Development) is a one semester, 1 cu course that can be taken as an elective to satisfy the marketing elective requirement. The 0.5 cu mini-course, MKTG 221 (New Product Management), can be taken along with another 0.5 cu MKTG mini-course to satisfy the total 1.0 cu marketing elective requirement. Students may not receive credit for both MKTG 221 and MKTG 262.
Advertising Courses: MKTG 265 (Principles of Advertising) is a one semester, 1 cu course that can be taken as an elective to satisfy the marketing elective requirement. The 0.5 cu mini-course, MKTG 224 (Advertising Management) can be taken along with another 0.5 cu MKTG mini-course to satisfy the total 1.0 cu marketing requirement. Students may not receive credit for both MKTG 224 and MKTG 265.
Social Impact Course: MKTG 233, a 0.5 cu course, was replaced by MKTG 266, a 1.0 cu course, in Fall 2015. Students may not receive credit for both MKTG 233 and MKTG 266.
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 intended for Marketing Majors at Wharton.
Psychology majors may minor in Consumer Psychology.
College Students who wish to minor in Consumer Psychology must count two of the four required psychology courses toward only the Consumer Psychology minor (and toward 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 them. In particular, Seniors in the Minor will be manually issued a permit to let them into the class provided that they notify the department as soon as possible that they were unable to obtain a seat through the Advanced Registration process. (Waiting until classes start may be too late.) The Marketing Department course coordinator will be responsible for interacting with student concerns and providing them with a manual override permission to take the class.
AP Credits for Consumer Psychology - 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 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. 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.