Psychological Science & Society


3.0 units of USC credit




Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Special Dress Code

Long pants, T-shirt, close-toed shoes for Midnight Mission visit


Why are people the way that they are? Why do they do the things that they do? What can psychological science tell me about the world around me? And how can I use it to make the world a better place? If these questions (especially the last two) keep you up at night, this course might just be for you. Scientifically tackle these questions and more through lectures, group discussions, lab activities, and field trips.


  • Enhance your in-class learning with field trips to the Museum of Tolerance, the Midnight Mission Homeless Shelter, the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum and the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center
  • Gain a first-hand glimpse into the life of a psychological scientist by conducting your own independent research project and touring USC research labs

Topic of Study

  • Biological bases of behavior
  • Lifespan development
  • Race/ethnicity, gender, & culture
  • Learning, memory, & cognition
  • Language & intelligence
  • Personality traits & emotion
  • Prejudice, discrimination, & social pressure
  • Mental illness & treatment

“Because of [this] course, it’s hard to explain, but I kind of feel like a better person.”