PSYC 250 – Introduction to Developmental Psychology

  • Provides a general introduction to major theories, perspectives, research developments and methods in developmental psychology.
  • Topics covered in this course include theory and research related to prenatal, cognitive, emotional, social, language and moral development, as well as the influence of culture on development.

PSYC 250 Syllabus-2021-01-08

PSYC 352 – Culture and Cognition

  • The course will provide you with a general introduction to major theories, perspectives, research developments and methods in the relatively young sub-field of cross-cultural developmental psychology.
  • Specifically we will approach this topic from a social‐cognitive perspective, examining the impact of differences in parenting and the early social ecology of infants on development.

Course Syllabus

PSYC 450/425/426 – Community Engaged Research for Social Science in Vanuatu

  • Four week field school focusing on learning methods and skills for conducting community-engaged social science research
  • Students will spend the the first week in Vanuatu living in Port Vila, practicing Bislama, learning about Tanna culture, and developing their research project with community members
  • Two weeks will be spent on Tanna Island, conducting and revising project according to local goals, feedback, and general input
  • Final week will be spent in Port Vila, conducting analyses and summarizing findings to present back to community members in an appropriate and community-led manner
  • Recommended Courses: PSYC 250, PSYC 352
  • Pending Summer 2025
Application Instructions

PSYC 106 – Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society: Psychology of Climate Change

  • Explores the important role of psychology in the mitigation of, and adaptation to our changing climate
  • Provides a brief introduction to the climate change basics, including its mechanisms and impacts, and how scientists measure and model climate
  • Addresses how psychological science can help answer questions including:
    • What is the best way to communicate about climate change, and how does one spot climate misinformation?
    • How does the functioning of the human brain influence our understanding of, and decisions to take action on, the issue of climate change?
    • What roles do culture and inequity play in the adaptation to climate change?
    • How does empathy for nature develop?
    • How does climate change influence kids, and how can kids influence climate change?
    • How does climate change influence human mental health and wellbeing?

Course Outline

Directed Studies

  • Work with a Psychology department faculty member on a reading or a research project of mutual interest
Eligibility Requirements and Application