Mental Health Counseling Requirements

Psychology Major: Mental Health Counseling Concentration
Degree Requirements

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. The Mental Health Counseling concentration is designed to prepare students planning to seek careers in the mental health system or to apply to graduate programs in counseling or clinical psychology. The Mental Health Counseling curriculum emphasizes the rigorous application of psychological science to clinical and counseling practice with diverse populations. Students will learn about evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and intervention in mental health, as well as practices that promote adaptation and well-being. Students in this concentration are advised that a grade point average of 3.0 or higher is likely necessary to go on to graduate study in this field.

The minimum 46 hours of course work in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100) completed by students following the Mental Health Counseling Concentration must satisfy the course requirements listed below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Recommended courses to meet LAC
BIO202/203Human Biology (Lecture/Lab, T1NS)
MAT216Statistical Data Analysis
Courses Required of All Psychology Majors
Students should follow this course sequence
PSY101Introduction to the Major (1 credit)
PSY227Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY247Research Methods I (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY327Research Methods II (4 credits, C or better required)
PSY419History and Systems
PSY402 or 409Current Research in Child Psychology or Current Research in Psychology
Learning and Cognition
Students must complete both courses from the following list
PSY205Principles of Learning
PSY306Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Courses
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY206Psychology of Childhood
PSY208Psychology of Adolescence
PSY210Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
PSY212Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY301Abnormal Psychology
PSY302Child Psychopathology
Biological Bases of Behavior
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY418Physiological Psychology
PSY430Human Neuropsychology
Clinical and Counseling
Students must complete all courses from the following list
PSY450 OR 455Clinical and Counseling OR Child Clinical and Counseling
PSY410Psychological Tests and Measurements
PSY496 OR 497Psychology Internship: Group OR Psychology Internship: Individual
Specialized Courses
Students must complete one course from the following list
PSY230Family Psychology
PSY309Social Psychology of Attraction & Relationships
PSY315Psychology of Gender
PSY316Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY319Human Sexuality
PSY421Culture and Psychology
PSY325Health Psychology
PSY330Evolutionary Psychology
PSY435Controversies in Child Psychology
PSY460Special Topic Seminar
PSY480/490/491/498Independent Study or
Teaching Assistantship or
Research Assistantship or
Research Field Experience