Psychology Curriculum


Offered every fall, spring, and summer

Survey of various fields within the discipline of psychology, such as perception, memory and personality, and how each of these fields contributes to understanding and improving human behavior.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023 (On line option Fall & Spring)

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course investigates major concepts, issues and methods in the study of human development, from conception through death, with emphasis on the following aspects of development: physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, moral, personality (social and emotional) and atypical.

Offered every fall and spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course investigates major psychological disorders, treatment modalities, and various theories of psychopathology. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Offered every fall and spring

Application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques for summarizing research data in the behavioral sciences; including levels of measurement, frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, normal distributions, Central Limit Theorem, and applications of a variety of statistical tests. Data analysis technologies are used to develop digital literacy. Comparable to MTH 270. Credit will not be granted for both classes.

Offered every fall, spring, and summer 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: C or higher in PSY 235 or MTH 270.

An introduction to scientific inquiry and research in the social sciences, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Includes data collection strategies, hypothesis testing, analyzing tests of measurement, and use of computer aids. Ethical perspectives, issues, and concepts are applied to case studies. For students planning to major in the behavioral/social sciences, Statistics is the first component of a recommended two-course sequence and should be followed by PSY 240.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course introduces theories, concepts and research methods employed in studying behavior in the intercultural context, variables influencing human interaction, and basic knowledge concerning cultural issues. This course facilitates students’ development of observational and analytical skills regarding intercultural interaction.

Offered every fall 2019, 2021, 2023 and spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisites: PSY 150 or consent of instructor.

This course explores the question “How do humans get to be the way they are?” This course provides an overview of current theories of the structure, dynamics, and development of human personality and personality traits. It also explores the assumptions about human nature that underlie the various major theories of personality through the works of Freud, Jung, Maslow, Rogers, Watson and other historical and modern major theorists and models.

Offered every fall, spring 2020, 2022, 2024 (Online section available)

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

Introduction to principles of learning through discussions of early and contemporary learning theory. Application of principles in educational and therapeutic settings is also examined.

Offered every fall, spring 21, 23

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course discusses the higher mental functions such as memory, thinking, language, and problem solving through examination of contemporary research in the field.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 150 or SOC 100 or consent of instructor. Recommended course: PSY 240.

Concerned with understanding how an individual’s behavior, thoughts and feelings are affected or influenced by the presence, characteristics and actions of other people. Focuses on social interaction – describing, understanding and explaining interpersonal behavior.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

Provides a solid foundation for writing in APA style, communicating research findings, and improving upon basic writing skills. Students will write documents to communicate information from scientific literature in the social and behavioral sciences and will learn to write in a variety of formats (e.g., abstracts, poster presentations, journal-style manuscripts). This course is intended for declared psychology majors. Students who have not yet declared their major or who have declared a major other than psychology may register on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the psychology program director.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150 and Junior standing.

This course is intended to provide psychology majors with resources in career planning toward specific post-graduation goals of either seeking psychology-related employment, or applying for graduate school. The course is designed to facilitate preparation for senior year, a practicum placement at a psychology-related site (if applicable), and the establishment of a successful work identity and goals. This course is intended only for declared psychology majors and MDS students with a Psychology emphasis.

Formerly PSY 335

Offered every fall, spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: PSY 150 and PSY 240.

Study of the neurological and physiological foundations of behavior. Includes an introduction to functional neuroanatomy, as well as detailed study of the physiological bases of sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, learning, and higher mental functions.

Graduate School Path:

PSY 340 Foundations of Counseling (4 units)
Offered every fall, spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course is an introduction to counseling theory and practice. Psychological theories, techniques and processes are studied. Ethical perspectives, issues and concepts are understood through psychological case studies. PS2

PSY 494 Applied Research Methods (4 units)
Offered every Fall, Spring 20, 22, 24
Prerequisite: PSY 240.

This is the second course in research methods and is designed to apply research methods learned in a previous research course. Faculty will mentor and facilitate the student’s semester long project that will demonstrate their mastery of the Psychology Program Learning Outcomes and their ability to plan, execute and deliver an original project. This course includes: completing the execution of the plan, data entry, data analysis, preparation of the written report, and presentation of the project. $150 lab
fee required. R3

Applied Path:

PSY 291/391/491 Internship in Psychology  or PSY 296/396/496 Practicum in Psychology ( 3 units combined maximum)
Offered every fall and spring

CAR 401 Social Media in Marketing (4 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: Junior standing.

In this course students learn how to use social media for marketing with a global perspective. Through examining case studies and interactive class exercises students learn best practices and technical skills in order to connect business objectives with social media strategies, platforms and tactics.

CS 280 Intro. to Data Analysis (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring

Students use and manipulate data sets needed for analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios and data filters. Some statistical concepts and their applications within MS Excel are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. $45 lab fee required.

BUS 312 Fundamentals of Sales (4 units)
Offered every fall

This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of sales and selling. It will focus on the history of sales, the value created by sales, and the methodologies necessary to succeed in sales and selling. Also addressed will be the interdependence of
marketing and sales, the importance of customer relationships, and the role of modern technology in the selling process. The course will be applicable to anyone who will be utilizing sales techniques and skills in their lives and careers.

BUS 375 Sports Management (4 units)
Offered Fall 2019, 2021, 2023

Utilizing the general principles of management, marketing and economics, this course introduces students to the sports industry. It offers a broad overview of athletics at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. Examples of topics which may be explored include: market structures, labor market issues, leagues and franchises, corruption, antitrust, and the public financing of stadiums.

BUS 378 Healthcare Administration (4 units)
May not be double counted in elective area if used here.
Offered spring 2021, 2023
An overview of the healthcare industry and introduction to healthcare management in the United States. Topics include industry structure, legal context, insurance and funding models, cost management, physician practice organization, evidence-based medicine, quality assurance and patient safety, patient rights and responsibilities, healthcare marketing and current issues in the delivery and management of healthcare.


Choose 8 units, no more than 4 units from 200-level courses.

Prerequisite: CAR 105 or BUS 230.

The course explores historic business/ labor conflicts and the role of communication in the success or failure of those negotiations. Further, the application of conflict resolution theories and methods are emphasized with specific focus upon the role of initiator, responder and mediator.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

An overview of the healthcare industry and introduction to healthcare management in the United States. Topics include industry structure, legal context, insurance and funding models, cost management, physician practice organization, evidence-based medicine, quality assurance and patient safety, patient rights and responsibilities, healthcare marketing and current issues in the delivery and management of healthcare.

Offered every spring

This course is designed to explore major concepts, theories, issues, research findings, and application in the field of child and adolescent development, ranging from conception through adolescence.

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of the biological, psychological, and social domains of the lives of adults. Includes theoretical perspectives on changes in the adult
experience beginning in the second decade of life.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

This course examines the biological and social context in which women and men express gendered behaviors. Research and scholarship provide the material for a critical review and an overall picture of gender from a psychological perspective, while emphasizing cross-cultural and diversity perspectives of gender.

Offered every fall and summer

Investigation of the myths and realities of drug use and abuse. Legal and illegal drugs in terms of their physical and psychological effects; uses and values; health risks; incidence and frequency of use; causes, treatment and prevention of abuse. Drugs and sexuality, athletics/sports, drug-free altered states of consciousness.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course focuses on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life. Topics include change, goal-setting, focus, self-esteem, happiness, empathy, friendship, love, creativity, achievement, mindfulness, spirituality, and good-natured humor.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course studies the principles of psychology that pertain to the workplace, such as: management; research methods for job satisfaction, motivation, and attitudes; coaching; emotional intelligence; and leadership. I/O psychology is not simply the psychology of business. It looks at human behaviors in the workplace and attempts to describe, measure, and evaluate these behaviors. I/O psychology deals with the interactions and factors that affect people within the workplace and seeks to answer the question of how our workplace functions, why it functions as it does, and how we can improve management, leadership, and morale in the workplace.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

An introduction to the field of forensic psychology. Surveys the interface between psychology and the law. Emphasis is placed on ethics in psychology, criminal personalities, profiling and mental health services provided correctional inmates.

Offered every fall, spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course is an introduction to counseling theory and practice. Psychological theories, techniques and processes are studied. Ethical perspectives, issues and concepts are understood through psychological case studies.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course will explore the contributions of psychology to our understanding of health and illness. We will explore the relationship between psychological factors and the development of illnesses; the role that social, emotional, and behavioral factors play in the prevention of illness and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle; and we will examine how psychologists can assist in the management of chronic and terminal illnesses. We will also take a critical look at the current state of our healthcare system.

Offered every spring

This course investigates the psychology behind the video game industry that includes eSports, design, and gameplay. The course is split into three major themes: the history along with concepts and theories that help us describe, understand, and research behavior and cognition related to video games; the psychology behind game design and independent game (“indie game”) development, which explores what makes an effective game, what gameplay is considered an industry standard, and how we can improve this using psychological concepts; and the application of psychology to the training for eSports. This course will explore and use an array of theories and exercises typical to boost mental acuity, hand-eye coordination, memory, attention, anxiety-reduction, and performance of eAthletes. In addition, the course will provide an in-depth investigation of how eAtheletes train and compete for the professional leagues.

Offered fall 2019, 2021, 2023

Prerequisites: PSY 150 and PSY 280.

This course focuses on the application of intercultural psychology to improve the well-being of people in a variety of settings. It discusses theories and concepts related to variables influencing human interaction and basic knowledge concerning intercultural interaction, cultural issues, and social justice.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

Study of needs, feelings, desires and purposes that arouse and direct human behavior.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course will cover various psychological principles associated with sport. Exploration of which psychological variables can hinder athletic performance and which variables can enhance performance. Introduction to psychological techniques that can enhance sport performance.

PSY 291, 391, 491 Psychology Internship
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.


PSY 296, 396, 496 Psychology Practicum 
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

(6 units combined maximum)

Offered every fall and spring

Offered fall 2020, 2022

By means of reading, discussion and practice the course will explore some basic contemplative practices in order to understand how they contribute to spiritual growth and mental health. Emphasis will be on the Christian tradition, with reference to other religious traditions. The course is open to students of any or no religious affiliation.


ENG 112 – College Composition 1: Expository Writing (4 units)
Prerequisite – ENG 108, if required, with a C or higher

The course introduces students to the requirements of academic writing: the use of quotation, summary, paraphrase and to the conventions of documentation, using a variety of approaches, including enumeration, definition, comparison/contrast. Students are required to complete at least three major assignments, including a limited research paper or documented essay.


CAR 105 – Fundamentals of Speech (4 units)

An introductory course in public speaking that focuses on communication skills, including organization of ideas, research, critical thinking and audience adaptability. C2


CAR 145 – Communication Structures (4 units)

An examination of the structures underlying both verbal and visual modes of communication in modern society. Emphasis is placed on a study of comparable features in the various media used in the art of expression. Contemporary media will be investigated against a background of standard patterns of communication. Written, oral, and digital communication skills will also be developed through a series of written research projects and recorded and/or live presentations.

BUS 230 – Business Communication (4 units)

Students learn to prepare effective written, verbal and digital presentations for a variety of business situations, including professional emails, memos, letters, individual and group oral and digital presentations, management briefs and reports. Attention is given to proficiency in the conventions of Standard Written English, well developed and well supported presentations, and strong delivery skills.

ID 230Information Literacy (1 unit)
Learn to construct a research strategy and use research resources for academic and career endeavors. Examine information technology’s impact on the individual and society.

MCU 100Freshman Seminar (1-3 units)
An academic orientation to MCU and a critical reflection on personal values, qualities, and attitudes for the purpose of developing the skills, knowledge, and strategies for success in College and in life.


MCU 200Academic Development: Transitioning to MCU (1 unit)
Prerequisite: by placement.

The course is required of students transferring to MCU with 30 or more transfer units. It assists students in planning their MCU experience and accessing MCU’s resources to achieve their academic goals.

1 course from the following:

REL 102Roots of Western Religious Literature I (4 units)
The literature of ancient Hebrew civilization and of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the Bible, from a culture very different from our own. The course aims to capture a sense of what this literature meant to the people of its time by studying its historical, cultural and literary background. This provides depth and perspective for a student’s personal interpretation of the Bible.

REL 103Roots of Western Religious Literature II (4 units)
The literature of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the New Testament of the Bible, was produced in a culture very different from our own. The course aims at reading this literature through the eyes of key persons of that time. The student will thus obtain a fresh perspective that will provide context and enrichment for personal reading of scripture literature.

REL 112 – Theology of the Nicene Creed (4 units)
An introductory survey of traditional Christian belief as expressed in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed. (Replacing REL 110).

REL 120 – Introduction to Catholic Thought (4 units)
Students will examine various themes in Catholic theology and how they relate to perennial human questions and aspirations. Theology can be understood as reflection upon faith experience, which in turn leads to the formulation of structures of belief. Students will gain an appreciation of the Catholic understanding of the human person, approach to revelation and mystery, and contribution to moral reasoning. In this conversation with the Catholic tradition, students will explore their own approach to foundational spiritual and ethical questions.

REL 130 – World Religions (4 units)
Introduction to the history, literature and thought patterns of the major religions of the world.

REL 230 – Catholic History & Thought (4 units)
Survey covering Catholic history, with a focus on thought, doctrine, ritual, and other aspects to provide students with a basic knowledge of the Church, its origins, development, and contemporary situation in a global context.

REL 310 – Catholic Social Teaching (4 units)
Studies the complex social problems facing the modern world by investigating the ways the Catholic Church, Catholic thinkers and activists have applied Christian principles to social issues, with special emphasis on official church documents since Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891). Students are not required to accept Catholic social teaching, but to enter into dialogue with it. PS1


1 course from Arts & Media (AM exclusions: 107, 207, 307, 407, 450, 497, 498, Internship, and Practicum courses)


Music or Theology

BUS 315 – Principles of Entrepreneurship (4 units)
Recommended pre- or corequisite: BUS 300.
The course will set the framework for the principles and practices necessary for the formation and development of a new enterprise. In addition, students will learn what investors look for when assessing a business opportunity.

BUS 316 – Entrepreneurship II (4 units)
Prerequisite: ACCT 151, BUS 315.
A project-based course that will emphasize the hands-on business practices which are the major components of a full-cycle development of an idea into a successful enterprise. Students will refine their entrepreneurial skills and develop a business plan.

BUS 415 – Entrepreneurship for Social Change (4 units)
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field which asserts that the problems of the world cannot be solved by governments or economic markets. To make real changes, entrepreneurs must act as stewards of their communities and undertake ventures which add social value. This interdisciplinary course is targeted to those students who believe they may seriously consider a social entrepreneurial opportunity early in their careers, although the skills developed will benefit any career direction. This course will include a field project with significant social service value-added.

BUS 454 – New Product Development (4 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 350.
This course will use readings, case analysis and projects to examine the processes, tools, and best practices used in developing new products and services. Topics include concept identification, market feasibility, technical feasibility, financial feasibility, new product adoption, and life-cycle management.

ENG 120 – Introduction to Literature (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of literature by genre and/or chronology with the principal emphasis on representative works from English and American literature. Short stories, poetry, and at least one play and one novel are studied in critical detail.

ENG 125 – Literature and Film (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
This course applies the principles of literary criticism and aesthetic analysis to the study of film and literature. Topics include the function of narrative in film, the relationship between the verbal and the visual image, and film as an effective medium for literary themes.

ENG 140 – Introduction to Drama (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of dramatic works from the perspective of literature. Various types and forms of the drama as well as the artistic concerns of the dramatist are examined through selections from the history of the theatre.

ENG 310 – American Catholic Writers (4) Prerequisites: ENG 112, a lower division religion course, and a lower division literature course. This course examines American Catholic writers of the 20th Century, with an emphasis on Fiction, Drama, and Film. Students will learn how the author’s Catholic beliefs influence the characters, themes, and situations of the literary work, and understand how belief systems give unique perspectives on various aspects of American culture and society.


Any college level course listed in the Catalog or accepted as transfer credit may be taken as an elective to fulfill the 120 degree requirement in this degree program.

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