Undergraduate Program

Cluster Requirements

The department offers eight psychology clusters, all of which satisfy the social science divisional requirement. AP and transfer courses cannot be applied to cluster requirements.

Psychology as a Social Science (S1CSP006)

This cluster offers a sampling of social, personality, motivational, clinical, and other social science aspects of psychology.

Psychopathology (S1CSP001)

Students learn about child and adult mental disorders, including their characteristics, causes, and treatments. Students also examine the role of psychological factors in the development of healthy and unhealthy behavior, including medical disease and addiction.

Psychology of Motivation (S1CSP003)

This cluster explores the psychological forces that affect the energization and direction of human action. Courses are concerned with research and theory about basic motivational principles, and the utilization of these principles in various applied fields.

Social Psychology (S1CSP004)

Social psychology examines how people perceive and interact with others. The courses in this cluster cover a wide range of social phenomena, including attitudes, social motivation, relationships, behavior in groups, and social cognition.

Organizational Psychology (S1CSP005)

This cluster examines how organizations function, with an emphasis on social factors, motivation, and personality.

Psychology of Developmental Disabilities (S1CSP007)

This cluster examines the characteristics and unique challenges of individuals with developmental disabilities and other forms of psychopathology. Courses deal with issues of diagnosis, treatment, and education, and include opportunities to apply knowledge in clinical and research settings.

Personality Psychology (S1CSP008)

Students in this cluster explore how personality affects behavior in everyday life. The emphasis in this cluster is on "normal" as opposed to "abnormal" functioning.

Social and Emotional Development (S1CSP009)

This cluster examines psychological theories and research pertaining to children's social and emotional development. Students in this cluster learn about normative and atypical development in children and adolescents, and consider different developmental processes in varying social contexts.