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Oct 28, 2013
(10 Psych Courses = 5.0 units)
(Admission Must be Spring 2012 or Earlier)
The information provided on this website is supplementary to the information provided in the 2012 2013 Undergraduate Calendar (go to the 2013 2014 calendar and see "list of calendars" to navigate to the 2011 2012 calendar)
It is your responsibility to ascertain that all requirements for graduation have been met.
Navigation for this site:
- Psychology Minor - Overview
- Restrictions for Enrolment in the 10 Course Psych Minor
- Admission Requirements for the 10 Course Psych Minor
- Application to Enrol in the 10 Course Psych Minorr
- Requirements for the 10 Course Psych Minor
- Academic Advice Regarding the 10 Course Psych Minor
- Psychology Minor Advisor
Psychology courses are popular elective choices for students enrolled in all Faculities because people want to learn how and why they and others think and behave the way they do, and why they react as they do to situations and to one another. Useful knowledge for everyday life as well as at work.
The Psychology Minor is a good choice for those who want a general overview of the study of mind and behaviour.
RESTRICTIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN THE 10 COURSE PSYCH MINOR
(Admission Effective Spring 2012 or earlier)
Check the restrictions of your home Faculty regarding enrolment in a Minor plan (e.g,. Psych Minor):
Arts Faculty: Those enrolled in any Honours Major or Four-Year General Major academic plan may pursue a Psychology Minor. Those in Liberal Studies plans (Three Year or Four Year) and Three Year General Major plans are precluded from doing the 10 course Psych Minor (listed on this website) and are referred to the 'new' 8 course Psych Minor effective Fall 2012 (other website) for information.
Other Faculties (information reported to the Arts Undergraduate Office March 2012):
- AHS Faculties: Those enrolled in degree studies may pursue a Minor plan.
- Engineering Faculty (including Architecture): Those enrolled in degree studies may pursue a Minor plan.
- Environment Faculty: Those enrolled in any Honours plan may pursue a Minor plan. Others may not pursue a Minor plan.
- Mathematics Faculty: Those enrolled in degree studies other than Three Year General Math may pursue a Minor plan.
- Science Faculty: Those enrolled in Three Year General Science, Optometry, or Pharmacy may not pursue a Minor. Those in other degree plans may pursue a Minor plan.
NOTE: In some cases, those doing 2 or more academic plans (e.g., Major, Minor, Option, Specialization) will require more than the usual minumum number of units required for the degree.
All of the following:
- satisfactory standing Honours or Four-Year General Major
(note Liberal Studies is not a Major).
- successful completion of at least 4.0 units (e.g., i.e., 8 term courses) - meaning year 2 standing or beyond.
- successful completion of PSYCH 101.
- cumulative Psychology average of at least 65%.
We encourage you to apply in year 2 or 3 rather than year 4 because:
- those officially enrolled in the Psych Minor can take advantage of reserved seats for Psych Minors in several Psychology courses;
- those officially enrolled in the Psych Minor also receive priority on waiting lists for enrolment in several Psychology courses.
To apply for admission to the 10 course Psychology Minor (admission must be effective Spring 2012 or earlier), submit a Plan Modification Form to the Psychology Undergraduate Office Drop Box off the 3rd floor elevator in the PAS Building. Please indicate on the form that you want to follow the requirements for the 10 course Psychology Minor effective the 2011/2012 Undergraduate Calendar or earlier.
Example: 1.0 academic units = 2 term courses worth .5 credit weights each)
Psychology Course Requirements:
A minimum of
|101 Introductory Psychology (or Psych 121R)||For those who took PSYCH 120R (no longer offered), see comments below.|
3 of the 5
207 Cognitive Processes
2 Advanced Psychology Courses from
4 PSYCH Electives at any level
Other Requirements for the Psychology Minor (effective Spring 2012 or earlier):
- 65% cumulative Psychology average
Note: The final grades for all Psychology courses taken will count in the cumulative Psychology average even if you take more than the minimum number of Psychology courses required for the Psychology Minor.
Exception to the Psych average calculation: Grades for Psychology courses that are officially "cleared" from the average calculations (e.g., because of a Faculty transfer or a 'Required to Withdraw' academic standing) will be excluded from the Psychology average calculation for the Psych Minor.
Courses 'cross-listed' with Psych courses
a) You must not exceed the amount of allowable transfer credits (including internal and external transfer credits) and you must satisfy the 'residency requirements' for your home Faculty:
Faculty transfer credit information residency requirements for the degree AHS link link ARTS link link ENGINEERING consult with Engineering Advisor consult with Engineering Advisor ENVIRONMENT link link MATH see policy 12 see policy 12 SCIENCE link link
Double Counting Restrictions:
- At least 2.5 of the 5.0 PSYCH units must be taken from UW.
- At least 2.5 of the 5.0 PSYCH units must be taken on a numerical grading basis and these courses must be included in the cumulative Psychology average.
- If you plan to use Psychology courses that were taken for the Psychology Minor to also satisfy Psychology course requirements in another academic plan (e.g., Honours or Minor in Social Development Studies), please review the 'double counting' restrictions in the 2013/2014 Undergraduate Calendar carefully and consult with each of your academic advisors.
Note: Those doing the 10 course Psych Minor have the option of following the old double counting rules which stipulated that 3 of the 10 courses for the Psych Minor could be double counted towards another academic plan.
- 'Triple counting' of individual Psych courses is not allowed (UW Policy). Meaning, a single Psychology course cannot satisfy a Psychology course requirement in more than 2 academic plans. No exceptions allowed.
- Examples of academic plans where students must be cautious regarding "double counting" if they also want to pursue a Psych Minor
The information provided on this website is supplementary to the information provided in the Undergraduate Calendar. It is your responsibility to ascertain that all requirements for graduation have been met. Monitor your progress on a regular basis and think ahead about future Psychology course availability.
Psychology courses offered under the rubric 'PSYCH' (e.g,. PSYCH 101) count towards the Psychology course/average requirements for the Psychology Minor.
The following four courses are 'cross-listed' as Psychology courses and therefore count towards the Psychology course/average requirements for the Psychology Minor regardless of the rubric that the student enrols in:
- GERON/HLTH/ PSYCH 218 (Psych of Death and Dying)
- PHIL/PSYCH 256 (Intro to Cognitive Science)
- PHIL/PSYCH 446 (Cognitive Modelling) - no longer offered
- PHIL/PSYCH 447 (Seminar in Cognitive Science)
Courses that do not count towards the Psychology Minor:
There are numerous courses at UW that have psychology content but are not offered under the PSYCH rubric and are not cross-listed as Psychology courses. Such courses DO NOT COUNT towards the Psychology course/average requirements for the Psychology Minor. See FAQ 8 elsewhere on the Psychology undergraduate website for a list of examples.
Examples of academic plans where students must be cautious regarding "double counting" if they also want to pursue a Psych Minor:
- Applied Language Studies Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Applied Language Studies Minor (new effective Sept 2012)
- Cognitive Science Minor (new effective Sept 2012)
- Cognitive Science Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Human Resources Management Minor
- Human Resources Management Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Honours Kinesiology with the Behavioural Neuroassessment Option
- Honours Kinesiology with the Ergonomics Option
- Honours Mathematics/Business Administration with the Human Resources Management Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2011)
- Peace and Conflict Studies - Major or Minor
- Peace and Conflict Studies Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Sexuality, Marriage, and the Family - Major or Minor
- Sexuality, Marriage, and the Family Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Social Development Studies - Major or Minor
- Speech Communication - Major or Minor
- Speech Communication Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
- Honours Therapeutic Recreation
- Women's Studies - Major or Minor
- Women's Studies Option (plan inactivated effective Sept 2012)
Note regarding academic plans inactivated September 2012: If you are interested in enrolling in an inactivated plan and you think you might be eligible to follow calendar rules prior to September 2012, consult with the academic advisor for the specific academic plan regarding the possibility of enrolment in your preferred plan (e.g., HRM Option).
Please direct questions regarding the Psychology course and average requirements for the Psych Minor to Theresa Bauer.
Please refer questions regarding your faculty level requirements or requirements for your other academic plans (e.g., Major, Minor, Option, Specialization, etc.) to the appropriate advisor(s).