Degree Requirements

Psychology Major

The major is 10 courses including:

PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I

PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II

At least one course from the following:

PSY 325 – Social Behavior

PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology

PSY 355 – Biopsychology

At least one course from the following:

PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar

PSY 493 – Seminar: Contemporary Issues

Professional Perspectives:

PSY 400 – Keystone Internship

At least one course from the following:

PSY 201 – Health Psychology

PSY 235 – Psychology and Law

PSY 263 – Sports Psychology

PSY 357 – Behavioral Analysis

PSY 359 – Assessment

PSY 373 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology

PSY 410 – Clinical Neuropsychology

Electives (three courses in psychology)

Majors are encouraged to take more than the minimum 10 required psychology courses.

Note: A minimum of five courses must be from Augsburg. No more than two courses from among PSY 199, 299, 399/396, 400 and 499 may be counted.

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students should consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

All psychology majors must have an advisor in the Psychology department.

Transfer Students

Transfer-course policy for majors and minors: All transfer courses, including ACTC courses, must be approved by the chair. Only those psychology courses successfully completed (2.0 or above) within the last 10 years will be considered. In general, courses that meet the transfer guidelines may only be applied to elective or PSY 105 credit for the major.

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers that may differ slightly in emphasis from the Augsburg major requirements. The state requirements may also be subject to change after publication of this catalog.

Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Department of Education to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Biopsychology Major

The Psychology and Biology Departments jointly offer a program in Biopsychology. See Biopsychology in the departmental pages of this catalog.

Concentration in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology concentration is designed to prepare students for careers and graduate education in mental health care fields. Students will learn about the biological, psychological, and social factors related to defining, understanding, and treating abnormal behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and skills related to both the science and practice of psychology. Experiential learning opportunities include collaborating on faculty-student research projects and completing an internship in a real-world mental health setting. See the department chair for specific requirements.

Concentration in Psychology and Law

The field of psychology and law involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. This field encompasses contributions made in a number of different areas—research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training among them—from a variety of orientations within the field of psychology, such as developmental, social, cognitive, neuropsychology, and clinical. Students in this concentration will participate in at least three experiential learning venues: laboratory research, a community-based internship, and study tours to Hennepin County courts. See the department chair for specific requirements.

Concentration in Social Psychology

Both the Sociology and Psychology Departments offer courses relevant to students with interests in social psychology. The intent of the Social Psychology concentration is to provide students with a solid disciplinary foundation along with specific coursework to strengthen a cross-disciplinary social psychological perspective. Coursework will emphasize research skills, theoretical analysis, and applied work in areas intended to prepare students for careers in law, consulting, research, and social policy, as well as many other areas. In addition, the Social Psychology concentration is ideal for graduate school preparation. See the department chair for specific requirements.

Departmental Honors

GPA of 3.50 in the major and overall, and completion of a high-quality research project. Formal application must be made during the junior year. Consult the department chair for more detailed requirements.


Five courses, including PSY 105, and four electives. A minimum of two courses must be from Augsburg. No more than two courses from among PSY 199, 299, 399/396, 400, and 499 may be counted.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.