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 five concentrations described below:

Children, Youth, and Families Concentration

Students working toward a Master of Arts in Community Psychology & Social Change with this concentration should complete three of the following courses (or other relevant courses approved by their advisor). Students should check prerequisites when deciding which courses to take:

  • EDUC 404 - Young Children’s Behavior: Observation and Evaluation.
  • EDUC 410 - The Child and Social Institutions.
  • PSYCH 410 - Child Development.
  • PSYCH 412 -  Adolescence.
  • SOC 428 - Homelessness in America.
  • SOC 430 - Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
  • SOC 431 - Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Fa.
  • SOC 435 (HDFS 434) - Perspectives on Aging.
  • SOC 440 - Family Policy.

Diversity Issues Concentration

Students select electives 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, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, +) issues, or cross-cultural studies.  Students work with faculty advisors in gaining approval of electives.  Students should check prerequisites when deciding which courses to take:

  • AAA S 409(SOC 409) - Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America.
  • BE SC 464 - Feminine/Masculine.
  • SOC 411(HDFS 416) - Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the American Family.
  • SOC 435(HDFS 434) - Perspectives on Aging.
  • SOC 445 - U.S. Immigration.
  • SOC 454 - The City in Postindustrial Society.
  • SOC 455 - Work and Occupations.
  • SOC 456 - Gender, Occupations and Professions.
  • WMNST 40 - Feminist Theory.

Environmental Issues Concentration

Students working toward a Master of Arts in Community Psychology & Social Change with this concentration should complete three of the following courses (or other environmentally relevant courses approved by their advisor).  Students should check prerequisites when deciding which courses to take:

  • ENVE 460 - Environmental Law.
  • P ADM 531 - Environmental Policy.
  • PUBPL 481 - Seminar in Environmental Policy.
  • SOC 448 - Environmental Sociology.
  • SOC 449 - Environmental Movements.       
  • SOC 450 - Justice and the Environment.
  • SOC 454 - The City in Postindustrial Society.

Politics, Social Change and Social Movements Concentration

Students working toward a Master of Arts in Community Psychology & Social Change with this concentration should complete three of the following courses (or other relevant courses approved by their advisor).  Students should check prerequisites when deciding which courses to take:

  • PL SC 427 - Political Opinion.
  • PL SC 428(WMNST 428) -  Gender and Politics.
  • SOC 424 -  Social Change.
  • SOC 425 - Social Conflict.
  • SOC 429 - Social Stratification.
  • SOC 432 - Social Movements.
  • SOC 446 - Political Sociology.
  • SOC 44 - Environmental Movements.       
  • SOC 450 - Justice and the Environment.

Individualized Concentration

Students select electives from a wide variety of 400- or 500-level courses offered at Penn State Harrisburg.  The object is to support a special area of interest or mix of interests, in, for instance, adult education, criminal justice, political sociology, public administration, urban sociology, or women’s studies.  Students must work with faculty advisors in gaining approval for electives, and in choosing topics for the Master’s Project/Paper.


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