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Undergraduate Program

Summer 2021 Psychology 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.

Online Format

All courses will be taught online this summer. We plan to offer most courses in a 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 2021


Session A (May 24 - June 18 for 4-week courses, May 24 - July 2 for 6-week course)

PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology
Instructor: Aleza Wallace
MTWR 4:30-6:35 p.m.
Note: PSYC 101 is a 6-week course (May 24-July 2).

PSYC 101 is designed to introduce students to psychological science. Because psychology is such a broad field this course is just on overview of its major themes and theories. In addition, we will be discussing research in various areas so that students get a feel for psychology as a science. The course will be offered online and mostly synchronously.

PSYC 171: Social and Emotional Development
Instructor: Lucia Parry
MTWR  9:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Are you interested in human development? Or how children learn to understand who they are, what they feel, and how to interact with their peers? If so, then PSYC 171 may be the class for you! In this course, we'll explore concepts central to human social and emotional development from infancy through adolescence. The course will focus on continuity and change, individual and environmental determinants of social and emotional development, and the diversity of children’s lives. This course will be offered completely online and contains synchronous lectures that will be recorded and asynchronous assignments.

PSYC 181: Theory of Personality & Psychotherapy
Instructor: Abhishek Saxena
MTWR 1:00-4:10 p.m.

Are you interested in how our personalities form? Or how therapy has evolved over time to help us influence our personalities, behaviors, and beliefs? If you are interested in these questions or questions related to personality or psychotherapy, then register for PSYC 181. This course will explore the theories and application of personality and psychotherapy science, using lectures, discussions, activities, and other learning components. The class will be offered remotely and is a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous components.

PSYC 282: Abnormal Psychology
Instructor: Morgan Thompson
MTWR 5:45-8:55 p.m.

Curious about the various types of different clinical disorders? Or how we diagnose, assess, and treat psychopathology? If you are interested in these questions or questions related to abnormal psychology, then register for PSYC 282. In this course we will discuss assessment and diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, treatment, and prognosis of the major psychological disorders, using lectures, discussions, activities, and other learning components. The class will be offered completely online and contains a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous components.


Session B (July 6 - July 30 for 4-week courses)

PSYC 161: Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Instructor: Alexandra Black
MTWR 1:00-4:10 p.m.

Do you find yourself wondering about how people interact with and relate to one another? Are you interested in the science behind these social interactions? In this course, we will be discussing topics such as group processes, social cognition, close relationships, and personality through research articles and real-world examples! The class will be offered completely online. The course format is a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous components and involves watching pre-recorded lectures followed by Zoom discussion. No textbook is required.

PSYC 209: Psychology of Human Sexuality
Instructor: AJ Pollard
MTWR 9:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Psychology of Human Sexuality attempts to provide a comprehensive analysis of human sexuality from a psychological perspective. Sample course topics are sex research, sexual socialization, the law, ethics, and morality of sexuality, sexual orientation, love and intimacy, sex for sale and for sales, and others. The discussion of topics is organized around several themes that include the interplay between culture and biology, sexual diversity, and the role of gender as an organizing principle in sexual expression and experience. The class will be offered online with synchronous lectures that will be recorded and asynchronous content.

PSYC 278: Adolescent Development
Instructor: Debrielle Jacques
MTWR 4:30-7:40 p.m.

Many of us remember what it was like to be a teenager, while many others would rather forget. Want to learn more about this chaotic period of life known as adolescence? Are you interested in understanding and discussing questions like: How do adolescents form peer and romantic relationships? How do relationships with parents change throughout adolescence? How and why does sexual, racial/ethnic, and personal identity develop and change across adolescence? If you want to discuss these topics and more (e.g. bullying, cliques and social groups, dating, autonomy development, etc.), enroll in what is sure to be a fun summer course in PSYC 278, Adolescent Development. This class will feature synchronous (e.g. lectures) and asynchronous components (assignments, presentations, etc.).