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2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Creative Arts Therapy Minor

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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.

Program Requirements

Cognate Requirement: 0-3 Credits

If Research Methods is selected, STAT 100  or its equivalent is required.

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.


  • If students are interested in further psychology courses, they may take PSYC 376 - Child Psychopathology , PSYC 323 - Adulthood, Middle Age and Aging , and PSYC 390 - Tests and 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.
  • 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.
  • Courses transferred into the minor must be approved by the Psychology Department Chair.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18-19 Plus 0-3 Credits of Cognates

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