Undergraduate 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.

How to Declare a Minor in Counseling

If you are interested in declaring a minor in counseling, please schedule an appointment to meet with the Minor Advisor.

Advisor: Joshua Lee


Hours: ARR

Email: counselingminor@sfsu.edu

Required Courses

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

  • AFRS 401 Pan African Black Psychology: A North American, South American, and Caribbean Comparison (3): Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor. Examination of how the "identity" and "Consciousness" of Afro-Brazilian, African-American, and Haitian people have been complicated and confused by enslavement, westernization, and the imposition of a White Supremacist ideology. Comparison of the similarities and differences between Afro-Brazil, Haitian, and U.S. African American retention.
  • AFRS 525 Black Child Development (3): Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of the instructor. Analysis of both traditional and innovative theoretical approaches to the study of Black children: areas of cognitive development, socialization, education, personality development, and the social context of childhood.
  • FCS 220 Young Children and Families (3): Growth, development, and enculturation of the child within the family setting through age nine; intra-family relationships; parent-child relations. Environmental influences affecting children's cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. [Formerly CFS 320]
  • FCS 321 Adolescents and Families (3): Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Growth and development of children from middle childhood through adolescence. Patterns of maturation and individual differences. Parent-child interactions. The transition from a family-centered toward a peer-centered environment. Problems confronting adolescents in contemporary society.
  • FCS 426 Family Stress, Coping, and Resilience (3): Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Family resilience and ways in which diverse families react to and resolve crises with an emphasis on the nature of crises, impact on family functioning, and methods of prevention, management, and intervention.
  • CJ 550 School Violence and Discipline (3): Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division standing; C J 300; C J 330GW or C J 323GW; or consent of the instructor. Examination of the perceptions and realities of contemporary public school violence; the range of school disciplinary efforts for their effects and consequences.
  • COMM 502 Interpersonal Communication (4): Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division standing; COMM GWAR or equivalent (may be taken concurrently). Enrollment priority for Communication Studies majors and Conflict Resolution Certificate students. Theory, conceptual frameworks, and primary scholarship related to verbal and nonverbal communication processes in varied relationships, including influences, interactions, and outcomes. Application of course concepts to analyze and impact interpersonal communication.
  • COUN 110 Critically Thinking About Career Choice: Self, Community, Society, and the World (3, A3): Introduction to the principles and practice of critical thinking with a focus on career choice and development. Examination of personal, cultural, family, community, and global perspectives on work-life choices. Critique of labor market information and popular media and examination of the role of work locally, societally, and globally attending to social justice and economic issues.
  • H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health (3, C1, GP): Embodied learning to promote physical, mental, spiritual and community health through yoga, dance, drawing, writing, collage, poetry, and photography. Multicultural experience, active, creative participation and intellectual pursuit as tools to improve flexibility and understanding, and to unlearn and heal oppression.
  • PSY 435 Behavior Problems of Children (3, UD-D): Prerequisite: Successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; PSY 330 or equivalent; or consent of the instructor. Children's behavior disorders, child guidance facilities, and clinical methods used in the study and treatment of children with problems.
  • SOC 469 Gender and Society (4, UD-D): Prerequisites: Restricted to students with upper-division standing; successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4; or consent of the instructor. Sex roles in society. Origin, socialization, and demands of conformity. Restrictions and encouragements for breaking with conventional sex roles.
  • SW 350 Services to Children, Youth, and Their Families (3): Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Policies, programs, and practices impacting services to children, youth, and their families. Public child welfare at state, national, and international levels

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 Program Coordinator

Patricia Van Velsor, Ph.D.