Psychology Summer Courses


    Introduction to Psychology

  • PSYC 1

    Session 1

    Introduces prospective majors to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and also provides an overview for non-majors. Emphasizes social, cognitive, developmental, and personality psychology and their interrelations. (General Education Code(s): PE-H, IS.)


  • Introduction to Psychological Statistics

  • PSYC 2

    Session 2

    An introduction to elementary statistical principles and techniques relevant to psychological research. Topics covered include basic parametric and nonparametric statistics, analysis of variance, and simple factorial designs. This course is prerequisite to course 181. Prerequisite(s): course 1 or 20, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 or 6 or Mathematics 3 or 4 or 11A or satisfactory placement score on math placement exam or CEEB Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam. (General Education Code(s): SR, Q.) 

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  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology

  • PSYC 10

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Addresses psychological development from conception to adolescence. Provides an overview of developmental psychology. Prerequisite(s): course 1; Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 or 6, or Math 3 or higher Mathematics courses; and course 2 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 5 or 7/7L. 

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  • Cognition: Fundamental Theories

  • PSYC 20A

    Session 1

    Introduces basic concepts in cognitive psychology with a focus on theoretical explanations of cognitive functioning. Topics include perception, attention, memory, concepts, language, visual cognition, executive functions, and reasoning processes. (Formerly course 20, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.)


  • Research Methods in Psychology (7 credits)

  • PSYC 100

    Session 2 

    An introduction to research methods used to investigate human psychology. Course emphasizes critical thinking, designing and conducting research, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing a professional research report. (Formerly course 3.) Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; Applied Mathematics and Statistics 2 or 3 or 6, or Mathematics 3 or higher level Mathematics course; and course 2 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 5 or 7/7L.

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  • Social & Emotional Development

  • PSYC 106

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An examination of contemporary theory and research on social and emotional development from infancy through childhood. Prerequisite(s): courses 3 or 100 and 10.


  • Emotional Development

  • PSYC 119K

    Session 2

    Covers classic and contemporary work on the nature and development of human emotions. Both theoretical perspectives and empirical research are discussed. Major topics include: emotion-cognition interplay, the measurement of emotion, universality and cultural variability, and emotional communication. Prerequisite(s): courses 10 and 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 

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  • Visual and Spatial Cognition

  • PSYC 120

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Focuses on high-level perception and visual, spatial, and other sensorimotor representations as elements of human cognition. Topics include imagery, visual attention, mental models, spatial language, the body schema, near-body space, and brain organization for representing space. Prerequisite(s): course 1 or 20 or 20A, and course 100. 


  • Feelings and Emotions

  • PSYC 135

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Focuses on contemporary research in the psychology of human emotions. Special attention given to work in cognitive science, including psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and anthropology, on how emotions are central to understanding human action and mental life. Prerequisite(s): course 100 and psychology and cognitive science majors and minors; or linguistics, philosophy, or anthropology majors.

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  • Forgetting

  • PSYC 139J

    Session 1

    Explores forgetting as an essential and adaptive process in human memory. Topics include: intentional and unintentional forms of forgetting; the (re)constructive nature of memory; and cases of extreme remembering. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and course 3 or 100. 


  • African American Psychology

  • PSYC 140B

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Incorporates historical and conceptual foundations; issues of social psychology; individual and developmental processes; and adjustment and clinical issues. Readings expose students to attributes of African American culture that have an impact on the psychology of African Americans as well as methodological issues relevant to key psychological topics. Prerequisite(s): course 100.(General Education Code(s): E.) 


  • The Social Context

  • PSYC 146

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    A systematic analysis of the social and contextual determinants of human behavior, with special attention given to concepts of situational control, social comparison, role and attribution theories, as well as the macrodeterminants of behavior: cultural, historical, and sociopolitical context.

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  • Abnormal Psychology

  • PSYC 170

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Survey of theory, research, and intervention in human psychopathology. Covers psychological, biological, developmental, and socio-cultural approaches. Prerequisite(s): course 100; course 60 highly recommended as preparation. 


  • History and Systems of Psychology

  • PSYC 183

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An overview of the history of psychology. Examines issues of paradigm and philosophy of science. Reviews central paradigms in the history of the discipline. Assumes a critical-historical approach, linking scientific knowledge produced to prevailing societal beliefs about mind and behavior. (Formerly course 180) Prerequisite(s): course 3 or 100.