Minor in Counseling

We do not offer a Bachelor's degree Major in Counseling. Please refer to the SFSU Bulletin for an extensive list of undergraduate academic programs.

Minor in Counseling

The minor offers four areas of study for all students.

The Field of Counseling. Students are introduced to the counseling profession through an overview of role and functions in career, college, marriage, family and child, mental health, and rehabilitation settings; historical perspective; professional identification; ethical considerations; and self-awareness.

Psychological Understandings. Students receive a general introduction to the field of counseling and psychological dynamics.

Decision Making. Students examine how individuals make choices and how decisions are made through self-assessment and evaluation by others. The study includes ethnic and cultural differences in the decision-making process.

Skills Training. The development of basic skills which include attending, responding, interpretation, and decision making. The training includes practicum experience in interviewing skills.

Course Title Units
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
*PSY 431 or *SW 410 Developmental Psychology or
SW 410 Human Development and the Social Services
COUN 605 Peer Counseling Skills Seminar (taken concurrently with COUN 606) 3
COUN 606 Introduction to Peer Counseling Skills (taken concurrently with COUN 605) 3
COUN 690 Field of Counseling I (Fall Only) 3
COUN 691 Multicultural Human Relations (Spring Only) 3
Electives Chosen from courses related to special interest in counseling in consultation with the department's undergraduate coordinator 6
  Minimum Total 24

*Psychology and Social Work majors are currently being given priority enrollment in their respective departments. For courses that are temporarily being accepted for this requirement, check with the minor advisor.

Recommended Electives for Minor in Counseling

  • COUN 450 AIDS and People of Color in the U.S. (3, GE): Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. The political, psychological, social, and economical impact of AIDS/HIV infection on diverse cultural backgrounds. Prevention and educational strategies.
  • COUN 608 Advanced Peer Education Internship (3): Prerequisites:
  • CAD 360 Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective (3). Prerequisite: Completion of ENG 214. Understanding children, families, and community from an ecological perspective. Emphasis on contribution of basic and applied research to development in relation to family and community.
  • CFS 423 Administration of Programs for Young Children (3): Prerequisite: CFS 320 or consent of instructor: Organization, administration, development, and evaluation of programs serving young children in group settings
  • CFS 426 Family Crises (3, GE): Crisis and crisis intervention theories; common disruptions in family experience; new directions in solutions that re-establish family functioning.
  • CFS 428 Children and Families with Violence, Abuse, and Neglect: Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Child and family violence, abuse, and neglect throughout the life cycle with a cross cultural focus; family patterns of victimization; profiles of victims and perpetrators; family and child relationship perspectives; intergenerational patterns of victimization. Intervention issues and services.
  • PSY 430 Adolescent Psychology (3, GE): Prerequisite: PSY 200 or equivalent. PSY 330 or PSY 431 or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to upper division psychology majors. The physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development during adolescence.
  • PSY 435 Behavior Problems in Children (3): Prerequisite: PSY 330 or PSY 431 or consent of instructor. Priority enrollment given to upper division psychology majors. Children's behavior disorders, child guidance facilities, and clinical methods used in the study and treatment of children with problems.
  • PSY 441 The Psychology of the Family (3): Prerequisite: PSY 200 or equivalent. Priority enrollment given to upper division psychology majors. The family as a psychological group; the husband-wife relationship with special attention to the dynamics of pairs; the impact of the family on personality and mental health.
  • PSY 645 Group Processes (3): Prerequisite: PSY 200 or equivalent. Priority enrollment given to upper division psychology majors. Practicum involving observation of interaction within the class and in outside groups, aimed at the investigation of the psychology of groups. CR/NC grading only.
  • SW 350 Child Welfare (3, GE): Prerequisite: Upper division standing: Child welfare as a specialized field of social welfare. Service delivery systems; the child welfare worker's job.
  • SW 352 Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare (3): Prerequisite: Upper division standing: Sex role stereotyping in the policies, practices, and organization of social welfare institutions; practice of social workers.

Other courses that have a focus related to college or career counseling; multicultural counseling; rehabilitation counseling; school counseling, or mental health issues of children, adolescents, or families may be approved by the minor advisor for the electives.

For more information about how to apply, please visit the Department of Counseling at Burk Hall 524


Minor Advisor:

Patricia Van Velsor, Ph.D. 

Office: Burk Hall 524

Phone: 1.415.338.7642

Email: pvanvels@sfsu.edu


Advising Hours (appointment only):

Advisor: TBA

Hours: TBA

Email: TBA