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Department of Psychology

Pre-Counseling and Therapy Minor


Our minor in Pre-Counseling and Therapy is ideal for those students wishing to pursue a career and/or further education in marriage and family therapy or counseling. Classes within the minor, consisting of 21 credits, help to provide a basic understanduing of this specific branch/field within psychology.


Pre-Counseling and Therapy Minor

21 credits


(credit hours shown in parentheses)


One of the following:

Foundations of Marriage and Family (3)

Introduction to Psychology* (3)


Each of the following:

Dynamics of Family interaction (3)

Abnormal Psychology** (3)

Counseling Theories (3)

Counseling Techniques (3)


Two of the following:

Death, Grief, and Caring (3)

Parenting (3)

Human Sexuality (3)

Marital Relationships (3)

Marriage and Family therapy (3)

Family Service Practicum (3)

Lifespan Development (3)

Group Dynamics (3)

Personality (3)

Drug and Alcohol Addiction (3)

Play and Development (3)

Psychology Practicum (1-3)



*Also meets general education requirements

**Courses may require prerequisite(s), which may increase the total credits required for the minor

For a printable version of the curriculum requirements, check out our online Course Catalog.




How to Apply
To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.



Contact Dr. John Bechtold;Department Chair

(717) 796-1800, ext. 7023


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