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Minor in Psychology

Psychology is a scientific field that studies behavior, social interactions, and the human mind. Psychologists not only seek to understand and explain how people think, act, and feel but they also seek to apply this information to a variety of issues that impact us (e.g. mental and physical health, daily life, performance enhancement, work productivity, self-help, motivation). The psychology minor easily compliments many different majors and is applicable for those who seek future careers in areas such as business, advertising, education, criminal justice, pre-professional programs including healthcare, and law (just to name a few). The field of psychology is broad, and our minor allows you to select courses to compliment your major, thus enhancing your marketability and supporting your future career goals.

Psychology Minor Requirements (21 credit hours)

9 Hours of Core Courses 

PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours) *Also counts for Gen Ed Social Sciences Requirement

PSYC 1143 Applications and Careers in Psychology (3 credit hours)

PHIL 2713 Critical Thinking (3 credit hours)

9 Hours from the Courses Below

PSYC 3313 Cognitive Processes (3 credit hours) 

PSYC 2303 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours) *Also counts for Gen Ed Math

PSYC 2301 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Lab (1 credit hour) 

PSYC 2503 Industrial Psychology (3 credit hours)  PSYC 2813 Psychology of Personality (3 credit hours) 

PSYC 3203 Abnormal Psychology(3 credit hours) 

PSYC 3403 Social Psychology (3 credit hours) 

PSYC 2413 Research Design and Analysis (3 credit hours)

PSYC 2401 Research Design and Analysis Lab (1 credit hour) 

PSYC 4213 Systems and Theories in Psychology (3 credit hours) 

PSYC 4313 Psychological Tests and Assessment (3 credit hours)

3 Additional Hours in Psychology of Your Choice

The 3 additional hours can be chosen from any classes above or additional classes offered in the department such as Lifespan Development, Psychology of Learning, Introduction to Counseling etc.

Minimum Requirements

2.00 GPA and at least 9 semester hours in residence at OCU.

What are some examples of courses that I could take to support my major?

These are some examples of classes that students might elect to take based on their major. THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES.

*If you are interested in business, marketing, or sales you might take: Psychology of Learning, Social Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Cognitive Psychology.

 *If you are interested in working in the mental health profession, you might take: Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Introduction to Counseling, Lifespan Development, Psychological Tests and Assessment.

 *If you are interested in working in medical settings or pursing graduate work related to nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy or related areas you might take: Psychology of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Lifespan Development, Topics In Psychology: Health Psychology, Seminars In Psychology: Neurobiological Psychology.

*If you are interested in working with children in childcare and/or educational settings or pursuing graduate work related to children or adolescents you might take:Lifespan Development, Cognitive Development, Psychology of Learning, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology.

*If you are interested in working in the criminal justice or legal field, you might take: Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, Topics in Psychology: Forensic Psychology.


If you are interested in declaring psychology as your minor, please contact Dr. Melissa Hakman ([email protected]; 405-208-5397).


If you score above a 22 on the ACT/100 SAT with a 3.0 GPA, you qualify for: 

Academic scholarships from $1,700–$8,000 per year

Departmental scholarships from $3,000–$11,000 per year

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