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.

  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 400 – Keystone Internship
  • At least two courses 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
  • At least one course from the following:
    • PSY 261 – Personality and Cultural Context
    • PSY 359 – Assessment

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.

  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 235 – Psychology and Law
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY 325 – Social Behavior
  • PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 360 – Psychology Laboratory
  • PSY 400 – Keystone Internship
  • PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar
  • SOC 277 – Introduction to Criminology
  • At least one course from the following:
    • PSY 359 – Assessment
    • PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology
    • PSY 410 – Clinical Neuropsychology
  • At least one course from the following:
    • POL 170 – Law in the United States
    • POL370 – Constitutional Law

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.

  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY 325 – Social Behavior
  • PSY 400 – Keystone Internship
  • SOC 121 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 375 – Social Psychology
  • At least one course from the following:
    • PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar
    • PSY 493 – Seminar: Contemporary Issues
  • At least one course from the following:
    • PSY 201 – Health Psychology
    • PSY 235 – Psychology and Law
    • PSY 263 – Sports Psychology
    • PSY 357 – Behavior Analysis
    • PSY 359 – Assessment
    • PSY 373 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • PSY 385 – Counseling Psychology
    • PSY 410 – Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Electives (three additional courses in psychology)

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.

Minor

Five courses, including:

PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology

Four additional PSY electives

A minimum of two courses must be from Augsburg and no more than two of the following courses can count toward the minor: PSY 199, 299, 396, 399, 400, and 499.


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