Statistics are, most broadly, a quantitative method for understanding our world and making decisions. As we collect increasing amounts of data about the world and ourselves, there is a growing need to cultivate scientists and analysts to harness this data, enhance our understanding of the universe, and make decisions. In this course, students are given a broad introduction to statistical methods, learning about descriptive statistics, plotting data, using inferential statistics, and most importantly, the skill of making decisions using this information. Topics include descriptive statistics, graphical representation of data, comparisons of means (e.g., T-tests, ANOVA), proportions, regression, correlations, statistical power, and non-parametric statistics.
This course introduces students to the psychology of social interactions and how people’s thoughts can be influenced by others. Some questions this course addresses will include: How are people often influenced to change their beliefs and opinions? Why are people attracted to certain individuals, but not to others? Why do prejudice and discrimination exist and how do we reduce them? Students learn about a variety of topics including deviance and social conformity, group dynamics, relationships, aggression, and prejudice and discrimination. Social psychology gives insight into issues of power and status; mental, emotional, and physical health; deviance and conformity; and interpersonal communications. It also opens the door to private- and public-sector careers that bridge many disciplines.
This course is an examination of major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis on recent research in personality psychology. With a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, students will learn about the origins of personality psychology, prominent theorists in personality psychology, the neuroscience of personality, and different perspectives such as humanistic psychology, trait theory, the social learning approach, and the cognitive approach. Additionally, this course is an exploration of the application of personality to everyday life, careers, relationships, and wellbeing.
Senior Level Special Topics Course
This seminar course provides an overview of social psychological research and theory on close relationships. By close relationships, this includes romantic relationships, friendship, and family relationships. Topics in the course include overarching theories and perspectives on relationships (evolutionary perspectives, attachment theory, historical and cultural approaches), relationship processes (attraction, romantic love, closeness and intimacy), and applications of relationship psychology (sexuality, aggression, technology, breakups and relationship maintenance, and health).