Psychology as a Hub Science


Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

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Over recent decades, the basic and applied research related to human behavior and cognition has continued to accelerate in terms of quantity and impact, influencing people’s everyday lives as well as myriad fields—economics, political strategy and policy, the world of business, and the legal system. Development of a solid foundation in this far-reaching discipline seems critical to success across life domains (love, work, and leisure) as well as the realms that relate to human endeavor: education, social service, medicine, government, finance, and criminal justice among them. In this program we will explore the essential universalities and diversities of human experience, the intra-personal and interpersonal correlates to suffering and flourishing, and the uses of social power and influence—all of which can enhance both the knowledge and skill base of the individual and bring about change in any setting.

Over the course of winter and spring quarters, students will critically examine empirical research in psychology and move toward a working model or theoretical orientation for application in the real world. To assist in this process, they will also draw on personal experience, literature, history, drama and film, and other resources to enliven and enrich their papers, presentations, and projects.

We will also Skype each quarter with some of the most prominent scientists in the field after reading their books on topics such as social cognition, influence, attraction, aggression, and group dynamics.  Our studies will explore the recent science regarding self-control (which follows decades of failure promoting unsupported notions regarding self-esteem), the therapeutic benefits (both physiological, psychological, and social) of self-disclosure through talking and writing, and the new movement toward a strengths-based model of mental health (positive psychology, well-being theory, and quality of life research).

Spring quarter builds on previous material, so the intention is for students to continue through from winter, culminating in a final spring project related to their future studies or professional goals.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

psychology, education, health care, criminal justice, political science,  management

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: 6-9:30p Fri, 9a-4p Sat/Sun (winter: Jan. 10-12, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Feb. 21-23, Mar. 7-9; spring: Apr. 4-6; Apr. 25-27; May 16-18; May 30-Jun. 1)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$15 fee covers admission to museums for the field trip


Date Revision
November 8th, 2013 Faculty signature requirement added for winter quarter. Spring quarter already had faculty signature requirement.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Winter); 8 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Faculty signature required.

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (8 credits): 20265

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Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Faculty signature required.

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (8 credits): 30225

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