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 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.


  • Enhance your in-class learning with field trips to the Museum of Tolerance, the Midnight Mission Homeless Shelter, and several research labs at USC
  • 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

Topic of Study

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