Psychological Science & Society

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Special Dress Code: None

Course Materials:
Students are responsible for ordering and purchasing required student materials for each class.
We will share details mid-May.

Daily schedules will include morning and/or afternoon live class sessions (Pacific Time)
and will allow for independent and/or group work


Why are people the way that they are? Why do they do things that they do? What can psychological science teach me about what it means to be human? What can it teach me about the world? How can I use this knowledge to construct a life worth living? And how can I use this knowledge to improve the lives of those around me? If these questions (especially the last two) keep you up at night, you have definitely chosen the right course. Over the next four weeks, you will delve into the fascinating world of psychology, learn how to think like a real scientist, get your creative juices flowing, apply this new knowledge to your own life, and develop skills and strategies that will help you excel in your future goals and in your endeavors of contributing to the scientific field and to society.


  • Gain a first-hand glimpse into the life of a psychological scientist by conducting your own independent research project
  • Experience some of the concepts we learn firsthand by participating in daily class activities such as meditation exercises, games, and psychological tests
  • Learn about different career paths and opportunities to further pursue research, psychology, clinical and social sciences

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Topic of Study

  • History of psychology and research methods
  • Cognition, intelligence, and learning
  • Personality
  • Mindsets and motivation
  • Values
  • Leadership
  • The mind-body connection
  • Narcotics
  • Social media and mental health
  • Games and therapy
  • Happiness
  • Relationships

My teacher was amazing and made the overall experience so enjoyable. She was calm and kind, passionate about teaching psychology, and full of love. I liked how several topics were covered and how field trips were also a part of the class.

USC Summer Programs 2019 Student