The department of Psychology offers students majoring in Psychology and students majoring in other fields with an interest in Psychology a wide variety of options. The minor programs developed by and supported by department faculty demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the department’s curriculum and the commitment of the faculty to diversity.
On this webpage (please scroll down), there is information on the Minor in Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Minors of Child and Youth Studies, Neuroscience, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Gender and Sexualities, and Gerontology:
Psychology is a natural complement to majors in Business, Nursing, pre-professional programs in Law and Medicine, Exercise and Sport Science majors, as well as other majors in the social and physical sciences. The minor is designed to be flexible, allowing each student to follow his or her individual interests after taking General Psychology.
Nursing students pursuing a minor in Psychology are advised (but are not required) to take the following courses after General Psychology (PSYC 101):
PSYC 210 Lifespan Development
PSYC 313 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 322 Health Psychology
PSYC 328 Child Psychopathology
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology provides students with an understanding of the many aspects of the aging process and gives them the knowledge to pursue a career in the growing field of gerontology. The Gerontology minor was developed by the USF Interdisciplinary Committee on Aging which was founded and is chaired by Dr. Lisa Wagner. Dr. Wagner is also the Program Coordinator.
Neuroscience is an exciting and expanding field of study that examines how the actions of the brain and nervous system determine behavior, and how behavior affects who we are. By its nature Neuroscience is interdisciplinary, encompassing elements of diverse fields such as Biology, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Exercise and Sport Science, and Philosophy. Dr. Susan Heidenreich is the Program Coordinator.
In addition to the minors administered directly by the department, the following minors are administered independently by department faculty:
The undergraduate minor in Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study concerned with significant concepts and realities that bear on Asian Pacific American identity and culture. Special attention is focused on the advocacy of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent residing in the United States. Dr. Kevin Chun is the Program Coordinator.
The Ethnic Studies minor provides a comparative and multi-disciplinary approach to the student of human experiences, cultures, scholarship, and intellectual and artistic contributions of racial and ethnic populations in the United States. Particular attention is paid to American Indians, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos/Latinas, and Asian Americans. Dr. Pamela Balls Organista is the Program Coordinator.
Minors Actively Supported by Department Faculty and Curriculum
The interdisciplinary focus of the department of Psychology is further reflected in the development of curriculum and the involvement of faculty in the following programs:
Dr. Pamela Balls Organista serves as a founding and current member of the African American Studies advisory board. She teaches African American Psychology, one of the primary distribution courses that can be applied toward the minor. Dr. Kevin Chun and adjunct faculty member Dr. Jerry Boucher teach elective courses that can be applied toward the minor.
Child and Youth Studies is an interdisciplinary program that will provide the undergraduate student with a scholarly and experiential understanding of childhood and adolescence. The minor, open to all majors, educates students about the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural aspects of human development during the first 18 years of life. Dr. Diana Lattimore is the Program Coordinator.
The department of Psychology regularly offers a course in the Psychology of Gender. Drs. Susan Heidenreich and Saera Khan have both taught and advised in the Gender and Sexualities minor program.