UMass Boston

Psychology Minor

Understand the Complexities of Human Behaviors.

Are you interested in the intricacies of the human mind? Are you intrigued by the cognitive processes that control our thoughts and behaviors? Consider pursuing a Psychology Minor at UMass Boston. The program is available to students from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences and Mathematics, and College of Management.

Through the Psychology Minor, you’ll gain insights into factors that affect human actions, decisions, and emotions. You can choose to take courses on specific topics — like personality, neuroscience, or perception — to tailor your minor to your interests.

After completing this minor, you’ll have a strong foundation in psychology, enhancing your resume and opening the door to a wide range of career opportunities.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Courses (6 to 7 Credits)

Take two courses from the list below.

  • PSYCH 100 - Introductory Psychology 3 Credit(s)  OR
  • PSYCH 101 - Introductory Psychology 4 Credit(s)


  • PSYCH 201 - Introduction to Behavioral Research 3 Credit(s)  OR
  • PSYCH 370 - Statistics 3 Credit(s)

Intermediate Courses (6 Credits)

Take two courses from the list below.

  • PSYCH 210 - Personality 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 215 - Mental Health and Psychological Distress 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 230 - Social Psychology 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 241 - Infancy and Childhood Development 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 242 - Adolescence 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 250 - Learning and Memory 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 255 - Perception 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 360 - Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Credit(s)

Advanced Courses (6 Credits)

Take two additional psychology courses at 300-level or higher except for the following: PSYCH 300, 315, 330, 341, 342, 350, 355, 360, 488, 489, 496 to 499.

Completion Requirements

Complete at least 18 credits from six courses, including two introductory courses, two intermediate courses, and two advanced courses.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least three courses above PSYCH 101 must be completed at UMass Boston.


Michelle Browning, Psychology Department Manager & Advising Coordinator
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