Summer 2024 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.


Summer courses will be fully online. 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

Most of our  summer  courses 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 2024

Session A (May 20 - June 14 for 4-week courses; May 20 - June 28 for 6-week course)

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
Instructor: Annetta Snell
MTWR  1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Note: PSYC 101 is a 6-week course (May 20 - June 28).

A balanced and integrated survey of psychology with coverage of both social and natural science domains. Sections of PSYC 101 vary, but mostly consist of lectures, readings, discussions, and demonstrations. This course will be offered fully online.

PSYC 161: Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Instructor: Alesia Richardson
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

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 offered fully online.

PSYC 181: Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
Instructor: Beth Kruse
MTWR 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

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 offered fully online.

Session B (July 1 - July 26 for 4-week courses)

PSYC 171: Social and Emotional Development
Instructor: Kassidy Colton
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

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 offered fully online.

PSYC 282: Psychopathology
Instructor: Rachel Rivera
MTWR 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

Formerly “Abnormal Psychology.” This course provides a conceptual overview to the field of psychopathology. We will take a neurodiversity and cross-cultural approach to discussing assessment and diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, treatment, and prognosis of the major psychological disorders. Current theory and research will be emphasized. This course will be offered fully online.