Department of Psychology


PSY 347 US Latino/a Psychology: Through reading, discussion, writing assignments, and presentations students will gain an increased awareness of how Latino/a peoples in the US have been viewed historically in the discipline of psychology. Students will also be able to identify the major difficulties encountered in the application of US/Western psychology to Latino/a peoples (e.g., language difficulties, test validity, culturally relevant diagnostics and treatment). Finally, students will have a basic understanding of cultural factors of importance to consider in applying psychological constructs to US Latino/a peoples.


PSY 460 US Abnormal Psychology: This survey course is designed to provide descriptive, conceptual and research information pertinent to the major, more clinically common, forms of abnormal behavior. In addition, students will be introduced to factors that can contribute to the development and maintenance of abnormal behavior. Typical disorders within the following major classes of abnormal behavior will be covered: depressive & bipolar; anxiety and stress-related; schizophrenia; personality; eating; and, substance-related..


PSY 633 US Teaching of Psychology: In this course, you will learn about basic concepts and skills associated with professional teaching in higher education, within the discipline of psychology. A single, one-semester course cannot cover all the information and skills you will need to become a fully knowledgeable instructor of students in the collegiate classroom. Becoming an effective and scholarly classroom instructor is an on-going, career-long endeavor. Instead, the chief objective of this course is to introduce you to the various elements involved in teaching and to begin building your skills in basic pedagogical domains (e.g., structuring a course, building positive relationships with students, relaying content in a way that fosters effective learning, evaluating student learning). A second objective is to foster your awareness that teaching is a theory-driven science as well as a form of professional practice in psychology, with its own a body of ethics, scholarship and research. A final, more minor objective of the course is to give you a basic idea of the elements associated with acquiring and working within a professional academic position..