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Education Requirements

Core Courses

PSY 519 Social Research Methods (3)
This course is designed to deepen students understanding of the methods with which social scientists work to systematically understand social phenomena, identifying general patterns and relationships, testing and refining theory, and making predictions.

PSY 551/552 Professional Development Seminar I & II (1)
These seminars will prepare students for professional practice in community psychology settings and further graduate training through workshops (e.g. thesis preparation, constructing a curriculum vitae), guest speakers, and group support.

PSY 560 Program Evaluation (3)
This class provides an overview of the field of program evaluation, with an emphasis on providing students with essential knowledge for conducting effective program evaluations in organizations and related community settings. Students will acquire an understanding of the phases of program evaluation, particularly those relevant to conducting needs assessments of various populations.

PSY 570 Advanced Community Psychology (3)
This class provides the study of community psychology, with an emphasis on the ways in which communities, organizations, and broader social systems are strengthened in order to meet people’s needs. Students will apply psychological principles to social and organizational issues, and will learn how the field of community psychology plans and implements community changes, advances social justice, and uses research to inform and evaluate this work.

PSY 571 Ethics & Professional Issues (2)
This course is intended to acquaint graduate students with ethical and professional issues in both applied and research settings. The course will provide didactic and experiential opportunities for students to think ethically in various professional contexts, and develop a personal algorithm for ethical reasoning and decision-making based on course readings and discussions.

PSY 580 Human Diversity & Global Perspectives (3)
This course will use the research and literature on human diversity and international psychology to deepen students multicultural, cross-cultural, and diversity awareness. An emphasis will be given to the ways in which dimensions of culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, class, and economic status affect individuals and groups. Psychological perspectives and interventions will be studies from across many cultures.

PSY 581 Theories of Prevention & Intervention (2)
This course will introduce students to the primary theories and methods of community prevention and intervention. Students will examine core ecological constructs in community settings, and theories of psychological dysfunction and well-being, stress, and social support. Emphasis in the course will be given to preventing problem behaviors and promoting social changes through self-help, empowerment, community-based mental health interventions, social policy, and social justice.