The Nature and Evolution of Human Psychology


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Taught by

development/learning, abnormal psychology, multicultural psychology

The human mind is perhaps the most fascinating, and least understood, product of Darwinian evolution. In this program we will endeavor to understand how the mind functions and why it has come to work in the way that it has. We will study human psychology as modern empirical science has come to understand it, and we will combine that hybrid model with a consideration of the evolutionary path humans have traversed, as well as a deep investigation of those portions of evolutionary theory most relevant to hominid cognition, perception and behavior. Our program will seek to unify important conclusions from multiple schools of thought within psychology as we consider humans from a broadly cross-cultural perspective. We will range from the Jungian to the Cognitive, and from the modern !Kung people of the Kalahari to the ancient Maya of Central America. Our objective is to generate an integrative model of the human mind that can accommodate humans as individuals and as interdependent social beings.

Winter materials will build on content covered in the fall. There will be educational value and intellectual reward for staying in the program both quarters.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

biology, psychology, health related studies, human and social services.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Required Fees

$200 per quarter for overnight field trips.


Date Revision
November 13th, 2013 Preparatory work for students joining the program in winter quarter has been clarified.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen ONLY ; 100% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 36


Course Reference Number

Fr (16 credits): 10199

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Accepting New Students


Interested students should review the program book list, available at the college’s website, for a sense of the materials being covered. Students will need to read chapters 1-5 of Psychology by Schacter, Gilbert, and Wegner (ISBN: 978-1429237192) over winter break and submit a 200 word paper on any topic from the reading on the first day of class. Contact Heesoon Jun ( for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 20159
Fr (1-16 credits): 20525

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