Minor Programmes at SYU

To enrich the learning experience and employability of our students, the University started offering undergraduate minor programmes in the academic year of 2016/17. Students have the option to study another subject, broaden their level of expertise, and enhance their prospects of future career development.

For students of Year 1 entry can express their interest in pursuing a minor during the second semester of their first year of studies. For students of Year 2/3 Entry can express their interest in pursuing a minor upon admissions in late August. Students must at least achieve 15 credits to pass a minor programme. Please refer to the Guidance Notes on Minor Programmes for more details.

Note: Due to the intensive curricula of particular departments or requirements by professional bodies or registration boards, students of the following major programmes are not allowed to join the minor programme scheme: BA (Hons) in Media Design & Immersive Technology, BCom (Hons) in Law & Business and BSW (Hons).  


Department of Counselling and Psychology 
Minor Programme Offered: Minor in Psychology

1) Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits with 1 compulsory course and choosing 4 courses out of the 6 courses offered:

Course List
Course Code Course Title Credits Pre-requisite
PSY100 Introductory Psychology# 3 NIL
Choose 4 courses out of 7      
PSY209 Positive Psychology 3 NIL
PSY303 Health Psychology 3 NIL
PSY306 Business Psychology 3 PSY100
PSY309 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 PSY100
PSY320 Motivation and Learning 3 PSY100
PSY390 Psychopathology 3 PSY100

* The course list is subject to change without prior notice.
# Should complete before the end of Year 2 First Semester



PSY 100 Introductory Psychology
1 Term; 3 Credits
This course aims to provide a panoramic view on the versatility and diversity in psychology. Students will be introduced to the major findings, theories and controversies in this field.


At the completion of the course, it is anticipated that students will be able to:
a) recognize and identify major schools and perspectives in psychology;
b) clearly differentiate between various research methods in psychology;
c) name major theories in various fields of psychology;
d) apply the skills of critical analysis;
e) work effectively as part of a team; and
f) correctly use in-text citations, quotation marks and create a References page conforming to APA style criteria.
PSY 209 Positive Psychology
1 Term; 3 Credits

Traditionally, the foundation for Clinical and Counselling Psychology has been based on the psychopathological perspective. Positive Psychology is the recent movement in psychology led by Martin Seligman, and represents a more positive way of viewing the human mind, personality, emotions and behaviour. This course will provide an introduction to the study of topics (e.g. positive emotions, subjective well-being, strengths and virtues, mindfulness, gratitude, hope, spirituality, resiliency) related to the positive aspects of human experience. The course will first provide an overview of the history, definition, and significance of positive psychology. Then, the course will be dedicated to unpacking the complex concepts of happiness and flourishing, and examining the mechanisms/factors that cause and maintain these two key components of positive psychology. Topics will be connected to their implications for increasing well-being throughout the course. The relevance and importance of applying positive psychology will also be discussed.

PSY 303 Health Psychology
1 Term; 3 Credits

Health Psychology stands as one of the newer sub-disciplines within the field of Psychology. It reflects the increasing recognition of the far-reaching influence of psychological factors on what have traditionally been considered as biomedical outcomes. This course aims to guide students to a coherent understanding and informed appreciation of the influential paradigms, historical context, theoretical frameworks, general topics of inquiry, and investigative methods of relevance in this developing field. Students will be shown how current scientific trends have led to a reframing of body-mind process as unified, processual, and socially-embedded. Special attention will be given to the cultural aspects of health psychology and well-being.

PSY 306 Business Psychology
1 Term; 3 Credits
Business Psychology is a practical discipline in which knowledge of business and knowledge of psychology are welded together to challenge and help organizations and their people. Organizations come into being in response to market needs, and grow when they are indeed responsive to market needs. This course focuses on utilizing systems and skills in psychology to gauge and create market needs, and gearing organizations towards becoming market-sensitive and market-driven.
PSY 309 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
1 Term; 3 Credits
The course concentrates on how psychological knowledge and methods can be applied in industrial and organizational settings. It focuses on the application of psychological principles to management and leadership training, executive training, the psychology of success, the commercial world and coping with different people at work. Particular topics on such matters as work description and performance appraisal, recruitment and selection techniques, group behaviour, staff development, motivation, leadership, research methods and future directions of I/O psychology are covered.

PSY 320 Motivation and Learning
1 Term; 3 Credits
The course aims at introducing students theories and empirical studies in human learning and motivation. Concerning motivation-related themes, this course covers various topics in drives, instincts, goals, self-control, self-regulation, emotion and motivation, and etc. In addition, the course is aimed at developing students’ abilities to explore people’s conceptual or behavioural changes from the perspective of their motivation. In lectures and tutorials, students are encouraged to apply motivational theories to the local context and their daily lives.

PSY 390 Psychopathology
1 Term; 3 Credits
This course aims to expose the students to the diversity of the field highlighting the interactions among neurophysiological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and sociocultural factors in the study of psychopathology.

Other departments which offer minor programmes:
Department Minor Programme Offered(1) Minor Programme Offered(2) Minor Programme Offered(3)
Accounting Minor in Accounting#
(On or before 2018/19 AY)
(2019/20 AY onwards)
- -
Business Administration Minor in Business Administration
(On or before 2017/18 AY)
(2018/19 AY onwards)
Minor in Entrepreneurship -
Economics and Finance Minor in Economics Minor in Finance Minor in FinTech
(2022/23 AY onwards)
Sociology Minor in Sociology
(On or before 2020/21 AY)
(2020/21 AY onwards)
- -
Social Work Minor in Social Work# - -
Chinese Language and Literature Minor in Chinese Language and Literature
(On or before 2019/20 AY)
(2020/21 AY onwards)
- -
English Language and Literature Minor in Literacy and Cultural Studies Minor in Linguistics and Translation -
History Minor in History
(On or before 2020/21AY)
(2021/22 AY onwards)
- -
Journalism and Communication Minor in Journalism and Mass Communication
(On or before 2020/21 AY)
(2021/22 AY onwards)
- -

# These Undergraduate Minor Programmes will not lead to the same professional recognition as students who complete the programmes as a major.