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Undergraduate Counseling Minor

This counseling minor offers a unique focus on developing helping relationships and counseling skills. The ability to understand the perspective of others and the challenges they face is valuable in professional and personal settings.

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Is a Counseling Career in your Future?

Through coursework in this 18-credit minor, you will improve your interpersonal communication skills, recognize and appreciate strengths in others, and learn to assist others in planning appropriate solutions.

The counseling minor is appropriate for undergraduate students who may be interested in a wide range of careers, including professional psychology - counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology, as well as school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, or related fields such as social work, nursing, or counselor education. It is open to all majors.

It is expected that students completing this minor will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of issues related to counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate basic micro-counseling skills essential to the helping profession
  • Describe the major theoretical models of counseling
  • Identify the roles, functions, and educational requirements of various helping professions
  • Understand the core ethical principles essential to counseling

This counseling minor (18 credit hours) is designed to be a pre-professional sequence of courses that will prepare students for entry level positions in social service agencies or prepare them for graduate studies in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related helping profession. This minor does not directly lead to licensure to practice counseling.

NOTE: PSY101: General Psychology is a prerequisite and must be completed before beginning the minor.

This program can be completed online, on campus, or as a combination of both.

Program Requirements

The counseling minor consists of 18 credits hours: one prerequisite course, three required courses and two electives. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5 for this program.

Prerequisite course

  • PSY 101: General Psychology

Required Courses
Counseling Foundation (nine credit hours):

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

At least two courses (six credit hours) chosen from the following four electives:

  • CEP 400: Educational Psychology
  • CEP 404: Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse & Addiction
  • CEP 410: Introduction to Grief and Loss
  • CEP 453: Introduction to Rehabilitation

Recommended Course Sequence

Freshman or Sophmore Year

  • PSY 101

Sophomore or Junior Year

  • CEP 200, 401

Junior and Senior Years

  • CEP 412
  • Two elective courses

The second course in the counseling minor, CEP 200, is an introductory course that provides a foundation for the other counseling course work. It helps students identify roles, functions, and educational requirements for various helping professions. The remaining courses will help students build micro-counseling skills, describe major theoretical models of counseling, and understand the core ethical principles essential to counseling. Students will also demonstrate awareness of issues related to counseling from diverse backgrounds.

Graduate Counseling Program Preparation

If you intend to apply to a graduate-level program in counseling, be sure to plan your undergraduate course work to meet admissions requirements as related to the undergraduate minor. Plan to meet with your advisor in the Counseling, School and Educational Psychology Department regarding your applications.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Counseling Minor Application, contact:

Arryonna Singleton
Counseling, School, & Educational Psychology
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
409 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Phone: 716-645-1113
Fax: 716-645-6616

For questions related to Counseling Fields, contact:

Luis Antonio Tosado II, PhD, NCC, NCSC, Clinical Assistant Professor
Counseling, School & Educational Psychology
Graduate School of Education


Dr. Jeremy Finn, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair
Counseling, School & Educational Psychology
Graduate School of Education

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.