Interdisciplinary Studies

Counseling Minor

The interdisciplinary counseling minor is a partnership between the Departments of Psychology and Sociology; open to all students at the College, it is designed to provide a broad perspective and background in the field of mental health. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of mental health acknowledges the complementary contribution of these two disciplines that explore individual behavior from differing perspectives. Through this combination of approaches, the minor allows students to develop a rich and complex understanding of the development of distress, and a variety of perspectives on assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention in applied settings. The importance of the application of theory to practice is underscored by the required internship placement for all counseling minors. The minor prepares students for diverse careers where a basic grounding in counseling skills and knowledge are valuable: counseling skills are, for instance, integral to human service, health care, and many business roles and functions.

Requirements for the Minor in Counseling

Core courses

SOCI 10100 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSYC 10300 General Psychology 3
PSYC 21700 Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts or   
SOCI 21700 Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts 3
SOCI 21400 Definitions of Normality 3
PSYC 32100 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOCI 30800 Counseling Theory and Dynamics or  
PSYC 34100 Forms of Therapy 3
SOCI 49800 Internship in Sociology or  
SOCI 49801 Internship in Sociology or  3
PSYC 42000 Professional Seminar in Human Services and 1
PSYC 45000 Internship in Psychology 2
  Total, core courses 21

Select one course from the following:

PSYC 21010 Educational Psychology 3
PSYC 24100 Family Dynamics and Therapy 3
PSYC 26100 Psychology of Women 3
PSYC 32000 Personality 3
PSYC 36600 Psychology of Aging 3
SOCI 30900 Group Counseling 3
SOCI 34000 Essential Issues in Mental Health Treatment 3
SOCI 40400 Crisis Intervention 3
SOCI 40800 Counseling Methods 3
GERO 37000 Counseling the Older Adult 3
  Total, minor in counseling 24

A minimum grade of C is required for courses to count toward the minor.

Psychology and sociology majors may enroll in the minor. Sociology majors may count only two courses in the minor toward the sociology major. Psychology and sociology double majors count two courses from the minor for each major for a maximum of four courses. Psychology majors also may count only two courses in the minor toward the psychology major.