The department offers two introductory courses, one of which prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination. Students in both courses experience a broad exposure to the major areas and central concerns of modern psychology, with particular emphasis on developmental psychology, personality theory, social psychology, and the like. Both courses explore the relationship between theoretical constructs and empirical findings and thus help students to understand the nature of scientific inquiry and to evaluate scientific claims. The department is fortunate to own several film collections that directly support and illuminate our assigned readings. Both courses provide a good foundation for further coursework in psychology and related scientific disciplines.
This semester course explores many aspects of human behavior from the interrelated perspectives of empirical findings and theoretical constructs, placing special emphasis on child and adolescent development, personality theory, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, and social psychology. The course is conducted as a seminar; thus, active participation by students is essential. (Open to Forms IV, V and VI with Departmental permission)
This semester course focuses on the research methods and techniques employed in psychology. Students learn about observational, correlational, and experimental methods, and conduct original research projects that put their knowledge into practice. In addition to research methodology, our readings explore important studies in the history of psychology, focusing on topics that do not overlap with those studied in Psychology I. Thus the student who elects both courses will experience a broad survey of modern psychology, while the student who elects only Psychology II will not be disadvantaged by classmates' prior experience in the field. (Open to Forms IV, V and VI with Departmental permission)