Minor in Psychology

The minor in Psychology should be tailored to each student's individual needs. The Psychology Minor is suitable for students who intend to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including business, medicine, law, political science, and education. Students should work with their major advisor to determine the Psychology courses that best fit their interests and career goals.

Questions about a Psychology Minor? E-mail: psych-advising@illinois.edu

Major/Minor Information Meetings

The Psychology Advising Office offers weekly "Major/Minor Information Meetings" throughout the semester. During these meetings, an academic advisor will provide an overview of the minor and answer any questions.

Sign up for a Major/Minor information meeting.

Declaring the Minor

Minors may be declared at any time during the semester. No registration priority is given to declared minors for restricted courses.

Just follow these three steps:

  1. Obtain the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor form [also available in printed form in Room 12 Psychology]
  2. Obtain departmental approval by visiting the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office, Room 12 Psychology Building - Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri (9:00 - 5:00); Wed (1:00 - 5:00) or by attending a "Major/Minor Information Meeting".
  3. Take completed form to your college office - the minor will appear on your DARS shortly thereafter

Course Requirements

(minimum 18 hrs of "PSYC" credit)

Introductory Psychology Course (3-4 hrs) 

*see note 1 below [AP or dual credit accepted]

Introductory Statistics Course (3 hrs) 

*see note 2 below

  • PSYC 235    Intro to Statistics (or equivalent)

Biological/Cognitive Psychology Course (3 hrs)

Select one from the following:

Clinical/Community/Developmental/Social/Personality Course (3 hrs)

Select one from the following:

Advanced Level (300- or 400-level) Psychology Courses (6 hrs)

Select two 300- or 400- level Psychology courses

Total hours: 18-19

The Psychology Minor requires 18 hours of Psychology courses.


Excluded Courses: PSYC 290PSYC 340PSYC 341PSYC 398PSYC 492PSYC 494PSYC 495,  PSYC 498, and PSYC 499 credit hours cannot be counted toward the minor requirement.

Advanced Hours: All minors require six (6) hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) level courses that are not used in any other major or minor. Be aware of minors that share PSYC courses:

Adult Development; African-American Studies; Global Markets and Society; Informatics; Integrative Biology; Molecular and Cellular Biology; and Sociology.


  1. If using transfer credit for Introductory Psychology, some schools grant only 3 credits for PSYC 100.
  2. Current equivalent courses include: STAT 100ECON 202EPSY 480PSYC 301, and SOC 485. Contact the Psychology Advising Office to consult on other equivalents. Students who do not take PSYC 235 or PSYC 301 to satisfy their statistics requirement will need to take an additional Psychology course to meet the minimum of 18 hours of Psychology courses.