Majors & Minors

Psychology Major & Minor

The psychology major or minor studies a variety of areas within the broader discipline in preparation for graduate school or post-baccalaureate employment. This major is also a popular choice for teacher licensure students, especially those in the K-6 program. Students begin with basic content courses that introduce the areas within the discipline and basic skills courses that introduce research methodology and data analysis. A series of upper-level elective courses permit students to tailor their major programs to their personal and professional goals. Students may earn up to 6 hours of credit for research or fieldwork. Students are encouraged to plan their curricula in consultation with psychology faculty who can advise them regarding options, prerequisites and realistic career objectives.

Neuroscience Minor

The neuroscience minor helps students understand brain science from different disciplinary perspectives. Students must complete at least 21 hours for the minor distributed as follows: BIOL 116; CHEM 111, 132; NEUR (PSYC) 216; 1 hour from NEUR 480; and 9 hours selected from the list of elective courses below. (Note: prerequisites for some of these courses may increase the total number of hours.) Six of the elective hours must be at the 300-400 level and must be outside the student's major department. Appropriate courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of the neuroscience minor. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville. All minors require that a minimum of 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses be completed at UNC Asheville.

Learn more about the neuroscience minor on the Interdisciplinary Studies website.

Declaration of Major or Minor

Psychology Major

A major in psychology may be formally declared after a student has:

  • completed LANG 120 and the Liberal Arts Core requirement in Mathematics with a GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses
  • completed PSYC 100, PSYC 201, and a 200-level PSYC elective and earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in these courses

Psychology majors who are interested in teacher licensure should contact the Education Department for additional licensure requirements.

Psychology Minor

Students seeking a minor in psychology must obtain a signed Declaration of Minor form from the chair of the Psychology Department.

Course Descriptions & Major/Minor Requirements

Psychology Major Course Requirements (at least 38 hours)

Review UNC Asheville's course catalog for official major requirements and course descriptions.

Required core courses

  • PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology 
  • PSYC 201 Research Methods I 
  • PSYC 202 Research Methods II 
  • PSYC 412 Senior Seminar 

Choose three 200-level courses

  • PSYC 200 Social Psychology 
  • PSYC 208 Abnormal Psychology 
  • PSYC 214 Developmental Psychology 
  • PSYC 216/NEUR 216 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 
  • PSYC 290 Psychology: Past and Present 

Choose three 300-level courses (one from subfields, one from topical areas, one from either category)

      Psychology Subfields

  • PSYC 307 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 319 Educational Psychology
  • PSYC 322 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 328 The Psychology of Language
  • PSYC 329 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 343 Psychology and Law
  • PSYC 347 Psychological Testing
  • PSYC 362 Advanced Neuroscience (NEUR 362)
  • PSYC 367 Human Sexuality

     Psychology Topical Areas

  • PSYC 310 Psychology of Adolescence 
  • PSYC 311 Psychology of Prejudice 
  • PSYC 312 Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • PSYC 324 Theories of Personality 
  • PSYC 334 Psychology of Women 
  • PSYC 345 Child Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 355 Psychology of Family Violence
  • PSYC 366 Psychology of Close Relationships

Psychology Minor Course Requirements (at least 18 hours)

Required core courses

  • PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology 
  • PSYC 201 Research Methods I 

Choose one 200-level course

Choose one 300-level Subfields course

Choose one 300-level Topical Areas course