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Minor in Pre-Creative Arts Therapy

Contact Person:
Arlene M. Stillwell, Chair156 Flagg, (315) 267-4808,

18-19 credit hours required. Plus 0-3 credits of cognates. Closed to Psychology majors and minors.

The courses for this minor were selected from those prerequisite skills necessary to apply for graduate programs that will enable licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist in New York State as well as courses providing a background in fundamental skills in psychology (i.e., an understanding of cause and effect, reliability and validity). Creative Arts Therapy includes art, dance, theatre, poetry or writing therapy.

Although this minor is not intended to fully train students in Creative Arts Therapy, it will prepare students for further study in this area. Students interested in music therapy should seek a concentration in Special Music Education.

This minor is for individuals who are majors in Studio Art, the BFA in Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, English Creative Writing and English Literature. Psychology majors and minors may not take this minor, but may select the courses below to achieve a track in this area.

Students should consult their adviser to ensure that the courses they select will fulfill the requirements for entry into a graduate program in Creative Arts Therapy.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 18-19)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 220 Child Development OR
PSYC 321 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 300 Research Methods in Psychology (4 credits) OR
PSYC 322 Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
PSYC 364 Counseling Theory and Methods
PSYC 370 Theories of Personality
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology

Cognate Requirement (Credits 0-3)
If Research Methods is selected, STAT 100 or its equivalent is required.

Note: If students are interested in further psychology courses, they may take Child Psychopathology, Adulthood and Aging, and Tests & Measurements. Interested students should consult their adviser for more specific recommendations. Students may opt to take courses as S/U based on the stated College policy.

Special Notes

  1. Grade requirement: all above courses must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.0 to count toward the minor. Students considering opting to S/U a psychology course should consult their advisers.
  2. Courses transferred into the minor must be approved by the Psychology Department Chair.

Recommended Coursework Outside the Minor
Students are urged to consult with the coordinator for this minor program, as well as the Chair and Departmental adviser of their major to ensure that educational and professional objectives are met.