Undergraduate Catalog 2013–2014

Counseling Minor

The interdisciplinary counseling minor is a partnership between the Departments of Psychology and Sociology; open to all students at the College, it is designed to provide a broad perspective and background in the field of mental health. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of mental health acknowledges the complementary contribution of these two disciplines that explore individual behavior from differing perspectives. Through this combination of approaches, the minor allows students to develop a rich and complex understanding of the development of distress, and a variety of perspectives on assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention in applied settings. The importance of the application of theory to practice is underscored by the required internship placement for all counseling minors. The minor prepares students for diverse careers where a basic grounding in counseling skills and knowledge are valuable: counseling skills are, for instance, integral to human service, health care, and many business roles and functions.

Core courses

SOCI 10100Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 10300General Psychology

3

PSYC 21700Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts

3

or

SOCI 21700Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts

3

SOCI 21400Definitions of Normality

3

PSYC 32100Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI 30800Counseling Theory and Dynamics

3

or

PSYC 34100Forms of Therapy

3

SOCI 49800Internship in Sociology

1 to 12

or

SOCI 49801Internship in Sociology

2 to 6

or

PSYC 42000Professional Seminar in Human Services

1

and

PSYC 45000Internship in Psychology

1 to 12

Total Credit Hours:21

Select one course from the following:

PSYC 24100Family Dynamics and Therapy

3

PSYC 26100Psychology of Women

3

PSYC 32000Personality

3

PSYC 36600Psychology of Aging

3

SOCI 30900Group Counseling

3

SOCI 34000Essential Issues in Mental Health Treatment

3

SOCI 40400Crisis Intervention

3

SOCI 40800Counseling Methods

3

GERO 37000Counseling the Older Adult

3

Total, minor in counseling

24

Note: Psychology and sociology majors may enroll in the minor. Sociology majors may count only two courses in the minor toward the sociology major. Psychology and sociology double majors count two courses from the minor for each major for a maximum of four courses. Psychology majors also may count only two courses in the minor toward the psychology major.

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