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.

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.