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: Shirley Tsang

Hours: Wednesday (summer session)

Email: counselingminor@sfsu.edu

Schedule appointment here


SFSU Bulletin Link

Required Courses

Course Title Units
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
PSY 431* Developmental Psychology 3
SW 410 Human Development and the Social Services 3
COUN 690 Field of Counseling I (Fall Only) 3
COUN 691 Multicultural Human Relations (Spring Only) 3
Elective 1 Chosen from courses related to special interest in counseling in consultation with the department's undergraduate coordinator 3
Elective 2 Chosen from courses related to special interest in counseling in consultation with the department's undergraduate coordinator  
  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

  • CAD 260 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 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.
  • CFS 428 Children and Families with Violence, Abuse, and Neglect (3): Prerequisite: Restricted to upper-division Family and Consumer Sciences and Child and Adolescent Development majors; GPA of 3.0 or higher; or consent of the 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, and intergenerational patterns of victimization. Intervention issues and services. 
  • 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.
  • PSY 330 (3)- Option
  • PSY 430 Adolescent Psychology (3):  Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development majors; PSY 200 or equivalent, PSY 330 or PSY 431; or consent of instructor. The physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development during adolescence.
  • PSY 431 (3)-Option
  • 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.
  • PSY 441 Psychology of the Family (3): Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Psychology majors and students enrolled in the Conflict Resolution Certificate Program; PSY 200, PSY 371, or equivalent. 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 Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division psychology majors and students enrolled in the Conflict Resolution Certificate Program; PSY 200, PSY 371, or equivalent. Practicum involving observation of interaction within the class and in outside groups, aimed at the investigation of the psychology of groups. 
  • 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
  • SW 352 Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare (3):  Prerequisite: Restricted to upper division social work majors. Sex role stereotyping in the policies, practices, and organization of social welfare institutions; practice of social workers.
  • SW 410 (3)- Option

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.