Academic Catalog

Counseling Minor

Hugh Stephenson, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Coordinator

The interdisciplinary counseling minor is a partnership between the Departments of Psychology and Sociology; open to all students at the College, it is designed to provide a broad perspective and background in the field of mental health. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of mental health acknowledges the complementary contribution of these two disciplines that explore individual behavior from differing perspectives. Through this combination of approaches, the minor allows students to develop a rich and complex understanding of the development of distress, and a variety of perspectives on assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention in applied settings. The importance of the application of theory to practice is underscored by the required internship placement for all counseling minors. The minor prepares students for diverse careers where a basic grounding in counseling skills and knowledge are valuable: counseling skills are, for instance, integral to human service, health care, and many business roles and functions.

​Students need at least three semesters to complete the Counseling minor. To insure this, students must declare the Counseling Minor prior to earning 75 credits or before the end of the fifth semester at Ithaca College.  Students intending to declare the minor will be invited to attend a minor advising meeting prior to being approved.


Psychology and sociology majors may enroll in the minor. Sociology majors may count only two courses in the minor toward the sociology major. Psychology and sociology double majors may count two courses from the minor for each major for a maximum of four courses. Psychology majors also may count only two courses in the minor toward the psychology major.

Core Courses
SOCI 1xxxxAny 100-level sociology course3
PSYC 10300General Psychology3
PSYC/SOCI 21700Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts3
SOCI 21400Definitions of Normality3
PSYC 32100Abnormal Psychology3
SOCI 30800Counseling Theory and Dynamics3
or PSYC 34100 Forms of Therapy
Select one of the following:3
Educational Psychology
Psychology of Women
Forensic Psychology
Family Therapy
Adulthood and Aging
Race and Ethnicity
Group Counseling
Essential Issues in Mental Health Treatment
Crisis Intervention
Counseling Methods
Counseling the Older Adult
Internship Experience3
Students must meet the required professional dispositions before beginning the internship. See the Counseling Minor website for details.
SOCI 498xx
Internship in Sociology
Professional Seminar in Human Services
and Internship in Psychology
Total Credits24