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 understanding of this specific field within psychology.

Psychology minor pre counceling imagePre-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 University, 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