Undergraduate Minor in Counseling

Counseling student sitting with youth patients on couch.

Our counseling minor, open to all UB undergraduate students regardless of your major, is designed to be a pre-professional sequence of courses in the counseling field. This minor will prepare you for entry level positions in social service agencies or prepare you for graduate studies in counseling, psychology, social work or a related helping profession. This program does not lead to licensure to practice counseling.

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Why Minor in Counseling at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • demonstrating an awareness of issues related to counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • developing the basic micro-counseling skills essential to the helping profession
  • identifying the roles, functions and educational requirements of various helping professions
  • learning the major theoretical models of counseling

Program Overview

Academic minor completed Counseling
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 2 to 3 semesters 
Course delivery On campus, online or hybrid
  • counseling psychology
  • counselor education
  • educational psychology
  • mental health counseling
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • school counseling
  • school psychology
When to Apply

We strongly recommended that you apply for this minor one and a half years prior to graduating, as long as you meet the below requirements. This will allow you to complete the required courses in time for graduating. There is a risk of not being able to complete the required coursework if you apply later than this recommended time.

Students in the counseling minor will be given priority to seats in the classes needed for the minor.

Program Coursework

Prerequisite Course (3 credits)

  • PSY 101 General Psychology

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • CEP 200 Introduction to Counseling Professions
  • CEP 401 Introduction to Counseling
  • CEP 412 Diversity and Human Relations

Elective Courses (6 credits) (choose two)

  • CEP 202 Career Planning
  • CEP 400 Educational Psychology
  • CEP 404 Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • CEP 410 Introduction to Grief and Loss
  • CEP 411 Special Topics in Counseling Psychology (School Counseling, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling)
  • CEP 453 Introduction to Rehabilitation

Application Requirements

  • As a UB student, you must have an overall UB GPA of at least 2.5. As a transfer student, your GPA must include at least one semester of UB courses as a full-time, matriculated student.
  • You must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the time of application, with at least 12 credits from UB.
  • All prerequisite courses should be completed or in-progress when you apply for this minor.

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