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Specialty Tracks for Undergraduates

In order to provide a greater focus to the psychology undergraduate program and to assist students in developing a more coherent career path, the Department of Psychology offers the undergraduate psychology degree with three tracks from which to choose. These are: Culture, Conflict and International Relations, Psychology of Emerging Technologies; The Human Environment. The selection of a track is not a degree requirement, but it is encouraged. These tracks are distinct from a minor by virtue of their cross disciplinary and in-depth nature. Some students may elect to pursue a double major, which would not be precluded by these specialty tracks.

Culture, Conflict and International Relations

Today's world is characterized by diversity that contributes to richness of culture and also to tensions associated with those differences. The global economy and the reach of information systems transcend political and national boundaries. This specialty track affords students the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of issues associated with culture, international dimensions, and the fundamentals of conflict emergence and resolution.

Students who select this track will be prepared for careers that draw on strengths in human relations, cross cultural knowledge and negotiation. Graduate school programs that might be suitable would include business, social psychology, personality psychology, political science, policy, and international relations.

Course Specifics

Consists of courses in art and architectural history, business and economics, communication, literature, naval science, philosophy, political science, and sociology as well as psychology.

Suggested courses

  • AAH 119,120 (history of world architecture)
  • BUS/SOC 381 (understanding culture, conflict, and international relations)
  • ECON 151 and 152 (micro and macro economics) ­ more robust, 2 semester version of ECON 211)
  • COM 371, 377, 435 (persuasion, communication law and ethics, intercultural communication)
  • LIT 326 (world literature)
  • NS 310 (evolution of warfare)
  • PHIL 333 (social philosophy)
  • PS 201 (politics and public policy)
  • PS 330 (international relations)
  • PS 331 (world politics)
  • PS 340 (social organization & control)
  • PS 355/SOC 355 (political sociology)
  • PS 401 (terrorism, security, civil liberties)
  • PS 440 (issues in globalization)
  • SOC 242, 360, 442 (industrial society; globalization; race, ethnicity in international perspective)
  • PSYC 504 (individual, cultural differences)

Psychology of Emerging Technologies

This specialty track focuses on the human dimension of technological development. Just as advances in computer science have led to changes in relationships, business communication, and accessibility, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering will produce equally broad social changes in the future. Students will emerge from these classes with knowledge both of the relevant technologies and of the myriad social, regulatory, interpersonal, and individual issues surrounding them.

The students who complete this track may wish to pursue careers in law, sociology, genetic counseling, humanities, public policy, or journalism.

Course Specifics

Consists of courses in anthropology, biology, computer science, history, humanities, literature, philosophy, political science and sociology as well as psychology.

Suggested courses include

  • ANTH 300 (anthropology of technology)
  • BIOL 214 (genetics) after BIOL 115 or 107
  • CS 485 (computers and society) after COM 421 or 428 (tech com. or verbal and visual com)
  • HIST 383 (technology in history: 1850-present)
  • HUM 102 (industrial culture, conflict, & international relations)
  • LIT 306 (science fiction)
  • PHIL 341,351 (philosophy of science; science and values)
  • PS 332, 362 (politics of science and technology; technology and social change)
  • SOC 242, 302 (industrial society, science and belief)

The Human Environment

Architecture influences many aspects of human life including work, leisure activities, family life, and ultimately social interaction. Public spaces and multi-use buildings represent current areas of particular interest to architects whose attention is increasingly on sustainability. The built environment must now, more than ever before, include consideration of human needs, behavioral patterns, social concerns, resources both natural and economic, environmental consciousness, and planning for the future. The integration of human concerns in the designed environment is the focus of this specialty area.

Students who complete this track may wish to pursue careers in architecture, city planning, urban development, resource management, business, conservation, human factors, or consulting psychology.

Course Specifics

Consists of courses in architecture, art and architectural history, business, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, and philosophy as well as psychology.

Suggested courses

  • ARCH443 (ecology, sustainability and site)
  • ARCH 470 (image city; mediation of space)
  • ARCH 474 (production/the human environment)
  • ARCH 456 (topics in modernism: post WWII Europe)
  • ARCH 445, 446 (history of landscape architecture)
  • AAH 119, 120 (history of world architecture)
  • BUS 371, 462* (introduction to marketing; new product development)
  • CRP 465 (the ecological basis of planning)
  • PHIL 363 (aesthetics)

* Requires consent of the instructor.

Please Note: Students will use their electives to take these specialty courses. A specialty consists of 15 credit hours from courses in the track.