Enhance Your Bachelor’s Degree with Liberty University’s Online Minor in Psychology
Are you fascinated with the complexity of the mind? Do you want to learn more about human thought, behavior, and development? Are you interested in understanding psychology but want to major in a different subject? If so, Liberty has just what you need!
Our online Minor in Psychology analyzes why people behave the way they do. By gaining greater insight into the human mind, you can strengthen your interpersonal skills and better understand those around you.
This minor will pair well with many of our bachelor’s degrees, allowing you to explore your passion and complement your skills in another area. If you are interested in a more in-depth study of psychology, our B.S. in Psychology is a great stepping stone to an M.A. in Applied Psychology or an M.A. in Human Services Counseling.
What can I do with a minor in psychology?
Understanding the complexity of human thought and behavior can help you succeed in a variety of careers, including:
- Law Enforcement – Police officers and detectives often need to interact with witnesses, criminals, suspects, and loved ones. With a minor in psychology, you can more effectively understand criminal thought and behavior. Additionally, you’ll be able to compassionately serve victims of crime.
- Education – At its core, education is all about interacting with other people. Whether you’re teaching young children, serving as a school administrator, or teaching at a university, you’ll need to understand how people learn and grow. A psychology minor can equip you to handle behavioral problems and learning impairments as a teacher, as well as understand your students’ unique needs.
- Marketing – If you want to lead marketing and advertising campaigns, you’ll need to understand your target audience. That way, you can craft messages that resonate with their wants, needs, and values. By earning a minor in psychology, you can gain insight into how people think and behave, allowing you to develop effective communication strategies.
- Nursing – In addition to medical skills, nurses need to be well-versed in demonstrating empathy. By studying psychology, you can provide compassionate care to your patients and help meet both their physical and mental needs. Additionally, you’ll be able to communicate sensitively with anxious or grieving loved ones.
- Social Work – As a social worker, you may serve or counsel individuals, families, or entire communities. To do so, you’ll need to understand how people form identities and relate to society as a whole — which are key concepts in psychology.
Which bachelor’s degree should I pair with a psychology minor?
How will a minor in psychology affect my course load?
Many of our bachelor’s degrees have built-in free elective hours. You’ll want to check the requirements for your specific program — but, in general, you can take some courses outside of your major without slowing down your degree progress.
What does this mean for you? Our Minor in Psychology is only 15 credit hours — and all of these credits can count toward your free elective hours! At Liberty, you have the flexibility to explore additional areas of study while staying on track to graduate in a timely manner.
How long does it take to get a minor in psychology?
To complete this minor, you’ll need to take 5 courses (15 credit hours total). That equals approximately 1 semester of classes.
Why Choose a Psychology Minor at Liberty University?
Whether your goal is to work in business, education, or human services, our Minor in Psychology can help you succeed! Human interaction plays a vital role in almost every career field — and by minoring in psychology, you can more effectively relate to those around you. Additionally, you can strengthen your professional performance, prepare for a master’s program, and boost your marketability.
Liberty’s psychology courses are especially helpful if you frequently meet with clients, collaborate with coworkers, or manage teams of professionals. All of these job tasks — and many others — require the ability to interact with others in a caring and meaningful way. By completing this minor, you can better understand other people and foster more positive relationships — both personally and professionally.
At Liberty, you’ll study under psychology professors with years of real-world experience. Like all of our classes, our psychology courses are taught from a biblical perspective — so you’ll be equipped to live out ethical principles in your chosen career. The best part? Our Minor in Psychology is offered 100% online, which means you can stay invested in your family and job while completing your courses!
What Will You Learn in Our Minor in Psychology Courses?
As you complete our online psychology minor, you’ll have the option to mix and match various electives. That way, you can personalize your program and explore subjects that match your interests and career goals!
Some of the topics you could study include substance abuse, crisis intervention, personality, behavior modification, sexual addiction, criminal behavior, or abnormal psychology. You can also dive into various research methods and best practices for counseling. If you’re interested in human growth and development, you can study childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or gerontology psychology.
With the knowledge you will gain in this program, you can more deeply connect with the people around you and understand where they are coming from. And you can develop strong research, communication, and interpersonal skills that will help boost your marketability and career effectiveness.
Required Courses for Our Minor in Psychology (15 Credit Hours)
- PSYC 101 – General Psychology or PSYC 210 – Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 255 – Introduction to Research
- 1 PSYC elective (200-400 level)
- 2 PSYC electives (300-400 level)