Courses

Courses

Prescribed Courses - 27 credits

  • CMPSY 500 THEORIES AND ISSUES IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (3)
  • CMPSY 510 CHANGE PROCESSES (3)
  • CMPSY 511 SOCIAL IMPACTS ON PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING (3). Prerequisite: CMPSY 500, permission of program
  • CMPSY 519 RESEARCH METHODS I (3). Prerequisite: "C" or better in an introductory statistics course within the past two years or a passing grade on the Community Psychology competency examination in introductory statistics; status as graduate student in CMPSY program
  • CMPSY 520 RESEARCH METHODS II (3). Prerequisite: CMPSY 519
  • CMPSY 521 ROLES AND METHODS IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (3). Prerequisite: CMPSY 519
  • CMPSY 522 PRACTICUM (3-6). Prerequisite: CMPSY 500, CMPSY 510, CMPSY 511, CMPSY 520 and CMPSY 521 for degree candidates only
  • CMPSY 594 RESEARCH (3-6). Prerequisite: for degree candidates only

Additional Concentration Courses – 9 credits

In addition to the core curriculum, students will complete the requirements of one of the four concentrations described below:

Children, Youth, and Families Concentration

Students working toward a Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology and Social Change with this concentration must complete three of the following courses. Students should check for prerequisites when deciding which courses to take.

  • PSYCH 410 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3). Prerequisite: PSY 002
  • EDUC 404 YOUNG CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR: OBSERVATION AND EVALUATION (3)
  • EDUC 410 THE CHILD AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (3)
  • SOC 435 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY (3)
  • SOC 030 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY (3). Prerequisite: general sociology

Diversity Issues Concentration

Students select from a wide variety of 400 or 500 level courses offered at Penn State Harrisburg. The object is to gain expertise in the intersection of issues of classism, racism, and sexism. Other areas of diversity may include disability studies, GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) issues, or cross-cultural studies. Students work with faculty advisers in gaining approval of electives and in choosing topics for the master’s project. Students should check prerequisites when deciding which courses to take.

  • BESC 464 FEMININE/MASCULINE (3). Prerequisite: general psychology or general sociology
  • SOC 455 WORK AND OCCUPATIONS (3). Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology
  • SOC 456 GENDER, OCCUPATIONS, AND PROFESSIONS (3). Prerequisites: WMNST 001 or 3 credits in sociology
  • SOC 435 SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY (3)

Environmental Issues Concentration

Students working toward a Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology and Social Change with this concentration must complete three of the following courses. Students should check for prerequisites when deciding which courses to take.

  • SOC 448 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY (3). Prerequisite: 60 credits, at least nine of which are in the social sciences, graduate status, or permission of the program
  • SOC 449 ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS (3). Prerequisite: 90 credits, at least nine of which are in the social sciences or which include SOCIO/CMPSY 470, graduate status, or permission of the program
  • SOC 450 JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3). Prerequisite: 90 credits, graduate status, or permission of the program
  • P ADM 531 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3).
  • ENVE 460 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3). Prerequisite: senior standing, graduate standing, or permission of program
  • C E 471 ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION (3). Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing, 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry
  • C E 497 SPECIAL TOPICS: The Human Environment (1-9)

Individualized Concentration

Students choose electives from a wide variety of courses offered by the Behavioral Science and other faculties. The object is to support a special interest or mix of interests, in, for instance, adult education, criminal justice, urban sociology, women’s studies, or issues of classism, racism, or sexism. Students work with faculty advisers in gaining approval of electives and in choosing topics for master’s projects.

Additional Courses in Community Psychology (CMPSY)

  • CMPSY 590 COLLOQUIUM (1-3)
  • CMPSY 596 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES (1-9)
  • CMPSY 597 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9)

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