Psychology Summer Minors
There are two Summer Minor programs offered through Psychology:
- The "The Developing Child" minor, offered in partnership with Early Development & Learning Science (ED&LS) at the Institute of Human Development, details here.
- The "Clinical & Counseling Psychology" minor, details below.
The Clinical & Counseling Psychology summer minor allows students to explore the diverse career paths of clinical and counseling psychology. The curriculum focuses on basic psycho-biological and sociocultural mechanisms (e.g., neurobiology, social relationships, culture/race/ethnicity) that underlie common mental health problems across the life span. It also provides an overview of major theories and issues/debates in applied mental health professions across different practice settings (e.g., schools, independent practice, hospitals, and industry).
The minor (or certificate) consists of minimally 5 courses, and a total of 15 upper division units, including two core courses and three electives.
- Recommended: Psych 1: General Psychology (Not required)
- Core 1: Psych 130M – Psychology Across the Lifespan (3 units)
- Core 2: Psych 170 – Clinical & Counseling Professions (3 units)
- At least 3 Electives (choose from the list below)
a. Psych 139 – Clinical Case Studies (3 units)
b. Psych 138 – Global Mental Health (3 units)
c. Psych 137 – Mind-Body Health (3 units)
d. Psych 136 – Human Sexuality (3 units)
e. Psych TBD – Psychological Research on Children of Immigrants (3 units)
Request for Waiver
If you would like to waive out of a requirement because:
1) you have or will be completing Psych 130 and Psych 131 in the fall/spring semesters; OR
2) you have completed a similar course at another university,
you may request to waive the requirement using the Waiver Form.
*Note that you may only waive one requirement and must satisfy the other 4 requirements using courses from the list above.
At this time the minor declaration period has closed. We will open in late Spring 2023. The Minor Declaration form can be found here. Feel free to enroll in courses in February of 2023. (*Note this declaration form is for departmental logistical purposes only. Ensure you are enrolled in your courses by checking 'My Academics' in CalCentral).
What is the difference between Psych 130M and Psych 130?
Psych 130M and Psych 130 are two different courses offered by our department. Although these courses both fall under clinical psychology, they each cover different aspects of the field using their own unique lens:
Psych 130M Psych 130 Psychopathology Across the Life Span Clinical Psychology Summer semester only Fall/Spring semesters
1) Can be used to satisfy tier II and tier III of the psychology major requirements.
2) Is a core requirement for the Clinical & Counseling psychology minor.
Can ONLY be used to satisfy tier II and tier III of the psychology major requirements. Explores psychopathology and research methods used to study mental health throughout the whole lifespan (i.e. from childhood to adulthood). Covers the whole process from diagnosis and diagnostic tools to treatment methods. Focuses more on psychopathology in adulthood. Syllabus Syllabus
Students can contact Jennifer Ochoa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Additionally, students can visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website to learn more.
Please know that in order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must be declared in the minor for us to verify with Summer Sessions.
Students can get an estimate of how much financial aid they might receive by logging into CalCentral and navigating to the Financial Resources under My Finances to select Summer Cost and Aid Estimator.