Guidelines for Choosing the Current or Old Requirements
- Students who matriculated to UVA summer 2018 or after will use the current requirements.
- Students who matriculated to UVA before summer 2018, but have not yet declared psychology as their minor have the option to use the current or the old requirements.
- TRANSFER STUDENTS: For transfer students who matriculated to UVA summer 2018 or after, the prerequisites to declare the minor will be evaluated on an individual basis to accommodate prior commitments. Generally, students who have not yet taken calculus will be encouraged to pursue the current psychology curriculum.
If in doubt about which set of requirements is appropriate for you, contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Lisa Ishler.
Prerequisites and Requirements (current)
For students who matriculated to UVA summer 2018 or after.
Prerequisites to Declare the Minor
First, you must have already declared a major in another field. Students must have a minimum 2.000 GPA for all psychology courses taken and have earned at least a C in each of the following three courses (in any order, including concurrently):
- PSYC-2005, Research Methods & Data Analysis I
- Two 2000-level PSYC courses
- These may come any of the four “pillars” specified for the major, even from the same pillar.
- PSYC-1010 (Introductory Psychology), or equivalent (transfer or AP 3 or IB high-level 3, or standard-level 5), can substitute for one of the 2000-level pre-requisites, but does not contribute credits to the minor.
Students must complete 18 credits at the 2000-level or higher, distributed as follows:
- PSYC-2005, Research Methods & Data Analysis I (3)
- Two courses at 2000-level (6)
- One course at 2000-level or higher level (3)
- Two courses at 3000-level or higher (6)
- Do not count toward the minor: PSYC-3590, Research in Psychology, Directed Readings in Psychology, PSYC Internship.
- A grade of C or better is required in all Psychology classes that count toward the minor.
- A 2.000 GPA in all Psychology classes is required to complete the minor.
- Students receiving grades of “C minus” or lower in three psychology courses and who have less than a 2.0 GPA in all psychology classes will not be permitted to continue in the minor.
Prerequisites and Requirements (old)
For students who matriculated before summer 2018.
Prerequisites to Declare the Minor
First, you must have already declared a major in another field. The following may be satisfied through AP and transfer course credit:
- Introductory Psychology (At least a C in PSYC-1010 or comparable transfer course; or a score of at least 3 on AP Psych).
- One 2000-level psych course (At least C).
- GPA of at least 2.00 for all psychology courses taken at UVa.
- Calculus (At least a C- in one of the approved courses below or comparable transfer course; or approved AP credit for Calculus AB or BC). MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1212 or 1190 (Applied Calculus I with Algebra), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II).
A total of 15 psychology credits must be earned at the 2000-level or higher (not including Introductory Psychology and Calculus), all with a grade of at least a C (courses with Credit/No Credit grades cannot count for the minor). Only PSYC classes can count. Additionally, a GPA of at least 2.00 must be maintained in all PSYC courses taken at UVa, including those with grades too low to count toward the 15 credits (if a course is repeated, both grades are counted in the psychology GPA).
Students receiving grades of “C-” or lower in three psychology courses and having less than a 2.00 GPA in all psychology classes will not be permitted to continue in the minor.
Up to 6 transfer credits may be counted toward the minor.
The 15 credits must include the following components:
Research Methods & Data Analysis (3 credits)
PSYC-2005, Research Methods & Data Analysis I, is required of all minors and, since it lays the foundation for understanding scientific analysis and reporting, is best completed as soon as possible. The calculus requirement must be met prior to enrollment in this course
Statistics classes taken in other departments, such as Math, Economics, or Sociology cannot be substituted for PSYC 2005.
Upper-level minimum (3 credits)
At least one course must be 3000-level or higher. The following cannot count toward this requirement: Directed Readings in Psychology, Internship, Advanced Psychobiology Lab, or DMP seminars and thesis.
Electives (9 credits)
These may include any courses at 2000-level or higher.
*Directed Readings and *Research in Psychology 3590 can count for up to 3 credits.
*Grades of “Satisfactory” (S) are acceptable for these electives marked here with an asterisk.
Effective for the Class of 2019 (or for students declaring a minor later than in the spring of 2017), credit from the University Internship Program does not count toward the Psychology minor. For those that are eligible for University Internship credit, the credits must be taken for "ungraded psychology credit" and not as "graded sociology credit" to count toward the minor. Credit cannot be given for paid research or work experience.
Ready to Declare the Minor? Follow these Steps
Join the Collab site and group(s)
- Join the Collab site “Psych Majors/Minors”.
- On the Collab site, add yourself to the appropriate group for your expected graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
- On the Collab site, if you identify with an underrepresented group in academic psychology (for example, historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged background) and would like to receive information about targeted opportunities for such students, add yourself to the “Underrepresented Group” for your graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
- On the Collab site, complete the “Major/Minor Declaration (or deferral) Questions” Collab>Psych Majors/Minors>Tests & Quizzes
Print and complete Minor declaration documents
- Print and complete the psychology minor declaration form for the current -OR- old requirements (please refer to the Guidelines above to determine which form you should use):
- Print 1 copy of your unofficial transcript from SIS
- Start by filling in any courses you have already completed in the appropriate rows.
- Fill in the other courses that you would like* to take to satisfy all minor requirements. *The courses you list are simply your “best guesses” about the courses you will likely take; these guesses are not binding and courses can be rearranged or substituted as necessary or desired in the future.
- Leave blank the section at the bottom for Approval, Advisor and signatures
Meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator for approval
- Bring your completed/unsigned major declaration form and one copy of your unofficial transcript to the Undergraduate Coordinator, Lisa Ishler, during drop-in hours or by appointment.
As a Psychology Minor, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring all requirements for the minor have been satisfied. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is the advisor for all Psychology minors.