An academic minor can serve two purposes: it can support a major or provide a level of competency in an area of interest.

A minor enhances the range of knowledge relevant to students' major and career goals. For example, an Elementary Education major might want a Minor in Psychology that would demonstrate knowledge of academic work related to understanding and managing children. A Business Administration major might want a Minor in Psychology that would strengthen the student's competitive edge for a job in human resources. A student majoring in Chemistry and planning a future in laboratory research, however, might want a Psychology minor based on their personal interests.

Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is a science that seeks to understand behavior and mental processes and a profession that applies empirical knowledge to improve the lives of people. It is a broad discipline. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. Because it is a scientific discipline, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Application Period

Applications for the Minor in Psychology are accepted and processed only during September, February, and May through July.

If you are interested in a Psychology minor, contact the Department Office at (309) 438-8651.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Molly Knapp  DeGarmo Hall 421  mjknapp1@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5293