Summer 2022 Courses

We are excited to offer a wide range of psychology courses this summer! Summer courses are open to both University of Rochester students as well as students from other universities.

For more information about the University of Rochester summer sessions, including how to register, see the summer sessions website.


We will offer a mix of in-person and fully online courses this summer. All in-person courses will also offer live-streaming format (via Zoom) at their scheduled times. Some courses will have a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous content. Please see the individual course descriptions and contact the instructor if you have questions about a particular course.

Upper Level Writing

All the  summer  courses (with the exception of PSYC 101) will also offer students the option of adding a 0.5 credit upper-level writing component. This is something you can arrange with your instructor ahead of time or in the first few days of class.

Courses Offered Summer 2022

Session A (May 16 - June 10 for 4-week courses, May 16 - June 24 for 6-week course)

PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology
Instructor: Annetta Snell
MTWR 5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Note: PSYC 101 is a 6-week course (May 16 - June 24).

A balanced and integrated survey of psychology with coverage of both social and natural science domains. Sections of PSY 101 vary, but most consist of lectures, readings, discussions, and demonstrations. Students will acquire a knowledge base foundational to the discipline of psychology, engage in critical thinking about topics in psychology, examine ethical issues in psychology, and learn psychology-specific contect and skills for effective self-reflection, communication, and teamwork. This course will be taught in-person with a fully remote, synchronous option available.

PSYC 171: Social and Emotional Development
Instructor: Betul Zeyrek
MTWR  4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

An examination of the interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors that influence children's social and emotional development from early infancy through late adolescence. This course will be taught fully online synchronously.

PSYC 209: Psychology of Human Sexuality
Instructor:  AJ Pollard
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Survey course on understanding sexuality. Includes such topics as biological sexual differentiation, gender role, gender-linked social behaviors, reproduction issues, intimacy, and the role of social and personal factors in psychosexual development. This course will be taught fully online with synchronous and asynchronous components.

PSYC 278: Adolescent Development
Instructor: Esther Li
MTWR 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This course surveys theory and research relating to normal development during adolescence. Adolescent development is examined in a variety of contexts, including families, peer groups, and schools, and issues pertaining to biological, social, and cognitive development are discussed. This course will be taught fully online with both synchronous and asychronous components.

Session B (June 27 - July 22 for 4-week courses)

PSYC 161: Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Instructor: Alexandra Black
MTWR 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

An introduction to the field of social psychology and an overview of research on individual differences in personality. Topics include the self, attitudes, social cognition, emotion, interpersonal attraction, relationships, helping, social influence, group behavior, and dispositional differences among people. Students will complete several individual difference measures and receive individualized feedback at the end of the course. Format is lectures augmented with discussions and demonstrations. This course will be fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous components.

PSYC 181: Theory of Personality & Psychotherapy
Instructor: Karen Gilbert
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A survey of personality, emphasizing modern theoretical approaches, basic methods of investigation, and the relations of these theories to psychotherapy and behavioral change. This course will be taught in-person with a fully remote, synchronous option available.

PSYC 282: Psychopathology
Instructor: Abhishek Saxena
MTWR 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Formerly "Abnormal Psychology". This course provides a conceptual overview to the field of psychopathology. We will discuss assessment and diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, treatment, and prognosis of the major psychological disorders. Students will gain familiarity with current theory and research through a mixture of lecture, reading of scientific literature, guest speakers, and analysis of case studies. This course will be taught fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous components.