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The B.S. Psychology and Social Action curriculum teaches students about psychology, the science of human behavior, how individuals affect others, factors leading to social problems, and techniques for bringing about positive individual and social change.

The course schedule is organized to maximize student learning and enable all students to graduate on time. Registration in classes is always guaranteed. There are no waiting lists, and students are never frozen out of a class. Students know their course schedule a year in advance so they can plan their work and family responsibilities around their class schedule.

Cohort Model and Small Class Size

The B.S. Psychology and Social Action program is taught using a cohort model, in which 20 to 30 students complete all courses together. Faculty are more accessible, and students benefit from the ongoing support of classmates in study groups and social interactions. Often, after two years of sharing experiences and debating ideas, students develop life-long friendships and professional relationships.

Courses

Understanding human behavior and social issues requires a grasp of psychology along with an understanding of individual behaviors in a social, cultural, ethnic, political, and economic contexts. Students explore these perspectives in their B.S. Psychology and Social Action classes.

Psychology and Research Methods Courses:

  • Psychological Writing and
    Communication Skills
  • Biological Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning and Memory
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Psychology of Lifespan Development
  • Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Research Design and Methods

Social Action Courses:

  • Sociology: Social Problems
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Sociology: Globalization
  • Ethics Identity and Social Stratification
  • Fundamentals of Social Action
  • International Political Economy

Internship

In their senior year, all students in the B.S. Psychology and Social Action program complete a nine-month internship at a community agency or nonprofit organization. Students already employed in these types of settings may be able to do their internship at their place of employment. The internship provides valuable professional experiences that help students enter a professional field or gain admission to a graduate program. Click here to obtain more information about the senior internship.

Senior Capstone Seminar

Another major component of the senior year in the Psychology and Social Action program is the Senior Capstone course. Taught by faculty who are experts in their field, the Senior Capstone course provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in their courses to current psychological and social issues.

The theme of the Senior Capstone course changes every year, to reflect current trends or research. Past topics have been: the Psychology of Good and Evil, Veteran Mental Health and Social Issues, Critical Issues in Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Community Mental Health, the psychological impact of climate change and psychology and technology.

Sample Course Plans (PDFs)

The complete curriculum and course descriptions can be found in the PAU catalog.

 
 
 

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