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If you are a psychology major at San Diego State, you will need to take a lot of upper division courses. Lucky for you, there are a lot of different kinds of classes, meaning you have options. Some are required to graduate, but for the most part, you have a lot of freedom to choose different courses. There are just 5 popular psychology class that SDSU offers.

#1 Psychology 340

PSY 34 is a course in Social Psychology. The prerequisites for this course include psychology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences. This course deals with the major problems and findings concerning group behavior and group membership, the socialization of the individual, and processes of social interaction. Overall, it is a very popular course and it is also offered online.

 

#2 Psychology 344

PSY 344 is a course in psychology and culture. The prerequisite for this course is psychology 101. Throughout this course you will learn about the impact of culture in each of psychology’s major areas, theories, and empirical findings. There is actually a 2 week SDSU led trip in the summer that takes you to Italy and Switzerland. Here, you will take a class and you receive credit for PSY 344. If you are interested in this, look into it on the SDSU website. It is a great opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture and get credit for taking a class.

 

#3 Psychology 350

PSY 350 is a course in Abnormal Psychology. The prerequisites include psychology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences. This course will go into the causes and treatment of abnormal behavior with emphasis on major behavior disorders. This class is very interesting and it is very popular among students as well.

 

#4 Psychology 351

PSY 351 is a course about the Psychology of Personality. The prerequisites include psychology 101 and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences. This is a course about the major theoretical approaches to individual differences and the study of the person. You will learn about the techniques of personality assessment and look and analyze research findings.

 

#5 Psychology 410

PSY 410 is a course in Advanced Research Methods. This course has a lab attached to it, so overall it is worth 4 units. There is a prerequisites of the completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement or the eligibility to enroll in an upper division writing course. Psychology 211, a grade of B or better in Psychology 280 or equivalent statistics course. Proof of completion of prerequisites required: copy of transcript. This class is also only open only to psychology majors. Throughout this course, you will look into research design, quantitative methods, and research reports as applied to all areas of psychology.

 

In conclusion, psychology classes offered at SDSU are very popular. Not only do you have various options on classes to take, but all of them are great courses and very informing. These upper division courses are open to a lot of different majors but some psychology classes are limited to psychology majors only. Overall, taking at least one psychology class while at SDSU is a great choice in order to learn more about yourself and about how humans function.

 

 

 

 


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