Psychoanalytic Studies, Minor

Psychoanalytic ideas provide a coherent basis for understanding how people feel and think, and how they function as individuals and in groups.  These ideas, centered on unconscious emotional processes and human relationships, continue to evolve and develop.  They form a bridge across many disciplines throughout the humanities, social sciences, and some of the natural sciences.  Penn is now one of very few schools in the country (and the world) to offer the exciting opportunity of a minor in Psychoanalytic Studies.

As it provides a unifying body of ideas, Psychoanalytic Studies comprises courses in many departments. The minor is designed in partnership with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and students who sign up for the minor also have the opportunity to meet monthly with a practicing psychoanalyst to learn about contemporary psychoanalytic theories and therapies.  Students who complete six courses that count toward the minor as well as a series of meetings with a psychoanalytic mentor will receive both the minor on their transcript and a Certificate of Accomplishment from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

Minor Requirements
Select 6 course units of courses approved by student's adviser6
Total Course Units6

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.