William and Mary

Minoring in Psychology

Psychology Minors must take at least 21 credits of Psychology, including Introductory (PSYC 201 & 202), four courses from Social and Natural Science, and one or more advanced courses. Minors may take more credits in psychology if they desire but are not required to complete Elementary Statistics (PSYC 301) or Experimental Methods (PSYC 302).

Students may declare a psychology minor in any semester. The Declaration of Minor form must be filled out no later than six weeks prior to graduation.

To Declare a Minor, download the Declaration of Minor Form from the Registrar's website, fill it out, and drop it off at the Psychology Office (ISC Room 1137) to be signed. Pick up the form from the Office a couple of days later and bring it over to the Registrar's Office.

Below is a breakdown of the psychology courses available for minors to choose from, arranged into three sections. Click on the name of a course to see a description. You might also want to consult the list of courses that complement other areas of study.

Note: Requirements for the Psychology Minor are determined by the course catalog that was in effect at the time you formally declared. Here is a summary (pdf).

1. Introductory Package (take both of these):

PSYC 201: Psychology as a Natural Science
PSYC 202: Psychology as Social Science

2. Electives (pick at least 2 from each category):

Social Science Natural Science

PSYC 310 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 312 Personality Theory
PSYC 314 Social Psychology
PSYC 318 Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 311 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 313 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 315 Foundations of Learning and Memory
PSYC 317 Sensation & Perception

3. Advanced Courses (pick one or more courses to make up 3 credits):

PSYC 350 CommunityPsychology and Prevention

PSYC 351 Evolutionary Psychology

PSYC 352 Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 353 History and Systems of Psychology

PSYC 354 Motivation and Emotion

PSYC 355 Cognitive Science

PSYC 356 Health Psychology

PSYC 370 Psycholinguistics

PSYC 402 Exceptional Children

PSYC 404 Practicum in Community Psychology and Prevention 

PSYC 406 Service Learning in Developmental Psychology

PSYC 442 Psychology of Decision Making

PSYC 443 Psychology of Humor

PSYC 445 Psychopharmacology

PSYC 447 Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 450 Psychology of Religion

PSYC 451 Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology

PSYC 452 Close Relationships

PSYC 453 Infancy

PSYC 454 Shame & Self-Respect

PSYC 455 Autobiographical Memory

PSYC 470 Topics in Psychology

PSYC 480 Seminar


3 Credits


3 Credits


12 Credits


3 Credits


21 Credits


New course numbers effective for Fall 2014 are reflected above.
The official description of the Psychology Minor is available in the course catalog.