Minors: Psychology, Neuroscience

Requirements for the Minor in Psychology

Five psychology courses are required for the minor in Psychology. These courses must include:

1. Introductory Psychology. Completion of PSY 101. Students who receive a score of 5 on the AP psychology test or a 7 on the IB psychology test will receive credit for PSY 101 and may not take it for credit at Duke. Students who receive a 4 on the AP or a 6 on the IB may choose to receive credit for PSY 101 or retake the course for credit at Duke in which case their AP/IB credit will be lost. Please note that students who receive AP/IB credit for Psychology 101 will need to complete a total of eleven courses in the major beyond Psychology 101. Thus, AP/IB credit allows you to place out of Psychology 101, but does not reduce the total number of courses you must take. Students who do not have credit for PSY 101 should take this class as their first psychology class at Duke.

2. Distribution Requirement. At least two Introductory/Survey courses. You must complete:

(a) At least one of the following:

Biological (PSY 106), or Cognitive (PSY 102)


(b) At least one of the following:

Abnormal (PSY 105), Developmental (PSY 103), or Social (PSY 104).

No more than three of these courses will count towards the minor.

3. Upper Level Elective Course. You must complete at least one elective course numbered higher than PSY 106. (Note: Psychological Methodology (PSY 301) and Alcohol: Brain, Individual, Society (PSY 206) may also count toward this requirement. 

Requirements for the Minor in Neuroscience