An academic minor can serve two purposes: it can support a major or provide a level of competency in an area of interest.
A minor enhances the range of knowledge relevant to students' major and career goals. For example, an Elementary Education major might want a Minor in Psychology that would demonstrate knowledge of academic work related to understanding and managing children. A Business Administration major might want a Minor in Psychology that would strengthen the student's competitive edge for a job in human resources. A student majoring in Chemistry and planning a future in laboratory research, however, might want a Psychology minor based on their personal interests.
Why Study Psychology?
Psychology is a science that seeks to understand behavior and mental processes and a profession that applies empirical knowledge to improve the lives of people. It is a broad discipline. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. Because it is a scientific discipline, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis.