As a psychology minor, you will learn about the findings of psychological research and how psychologists do scientific research.

Psychology is a popular minor at Ithaca College, with approximately 150 students in the minor at any given time.

Please note: before you can be accepted into the minor, you first need to meet with the coordinator of the psychology minor (Professor Leigh Ann Vaughn) to set up a tentative plan for accomplishing the minor in a timely way. Professor Vaughn and the Department Chair of Psychology will assess the number of students the department can accept at any given time. This number is limited.

Students requesting the minor should have taken or currently be taking at least one 100-level PSYC course.

Basic Information about the Psychology Minor

  • Requirements for the psychology minor
    • PSYC 10300: General Psychology  (3 credits)         
    • Six additional semester-long psychology electives, with at least two courses at level 3 or 4 and no more than three at level 1  (17-18 credits)
    • Total, minor in psychology: 20-21 credits
    • According to the Undergraduate Catalog statement of academic policies, "In order to fulfill the requirements of a minor in the school, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the courses required by the minor and no more than one grade below C- in those courses."
  • PSY 113 is no longer offered, and it is no longer a requirement for the minor. If Homer indicates that you need to take PSY 113, you and Professor Vaughn will need to complete a course substitution request. Send Professor Vaughn an e-mail with your student ID number and the name of the course you would like to substitute. If you have already taken Psychology of Adjustment (PSY 100) or Psychology of Development (PSY 104), either of these could be a good choice of a course to substitute for PSY 113. You need to have already taken a course to have it substitute for PSY 113.
  • The earlier in your academic career you declare the minor, the more likely it is that you will be able to take courses that both satisfy the requirements for the minor and suit your interests.
  • The psychology minor is distinct from the counseling minor and the neuroscience minor.
    • For information about the counseling minor, click here.
    • For information about the neuroscience minor, click here.

How to Declare a Minor in Psychology

To declare the minor, you first will meet with Professor Vaughn to develop a program of psychology courses that is tailored to your interests. (Professor Vaughn also teaches Social Psychology, Personality, Social Judgment Research Team, and Senior Seminar in Social Cognition.)

Your meeting with Professor Vaughn will take about 15 minutes. Please bring a list of all the psychology courses in which you are currently enrolled, or for which you have already received credit at Ithaca College - including credits that have already successfully transferred in as psychology courses. You’ll also chat briefly about what brings you to psychology and how you see psychology fitting into your overall educational experience. All of this will help craft a program of study that both satisfies the requirements of the minor and suits your interests.

To sign up for an advising time, please visit Professor Vaughn’s office early—if possible, on the Thursday or Friday before the week you wish to meet. Her office is at 115a Williams Hall.