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Summer 2024 PSYC Course Offerings

Taking Summer classes can help you reach your goals more quickly, allow you to concentrate on one course at a time, and allow you to complete prerequisite requirements before the start of the Fall semester. Summer classes are also a great way to save money, as Summer per-credit rates are lower than Fall and Spring per-credit rates for regular courses. Financial aid is also available. To learn more about Summer classes, visit the Boise State website.

The Department of Psychological Science is offering several regular and special topics courses this Summer. Registration for Summer classes begins on February 20 and operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keep reading to learn more about what is available, and feel free to reach out to PSYC Advising with any questions.

Regular Summer Course Offerings

These courses are routinely offered by the Department of Psychological Science and satisfy requirements for the Psychology BS degree, as well as the Psychology and Family Studies Minors.

1st 3-Week Courses (05/06 – 05/26)

1st 5-Week Courses (05/06 – 06/23)

2nd 5-Week Courses (07/01 – 08/04)

14-Week Courses (05/06 – 08/11)

Special Topics Summer Courses

Special topics courses introduce interesting, diverse topics that are not routinely offered to students. They are also a great way to earn upper-division elective credit. Special topics courses are typically offered one-time only, so be sure to register while you can.

PSYC 397: History of Clinical Psychology

This course will cover both historical and modern theoretical approaches to clinical psychology and therapeutic practice. This class is designed to help students to 1) Explain historical and modern clinical psychology theory, 2) compare and contrast various psychotherapeutic approaches, learned through both readying and watching these approaches applied, and 3) analyze issues associated with psychotherapy

  • 10-week session – Online
  • 3 upper-division credits

PSYC 397: Career Paths with a Psychology Degree

This course will present employment and career options for students who earn a degree in the field of psychology. These options include entry-level and advanced positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The focus will be on positions that can be accessed with a bachelor’s degree as well as those that can be accessed with master’s and doctoral-level degrees. Information will be provided regarding how students can prepare themselves, while still earning their bachelor’s degrees, to be strongly positioned for success in their post-baccalaureate employment searches. Preparation for successful entry to advanced degree programs will also be covered.

  • 1st 5-week session – Online
  • 3 upper-division credits

PSYC 497: Counseling Theories

This course will provide an overview of major counseling theories with a special focus on culture, ethical dilemmas, counselor preparation, and common theoretically-based assessment and case formulation strategies. Students will learn about the historical and intellectual foundations of major counseling theories and will have the opportunity to analyze film characters and themselves through the various lenses of psychological theories. Students will be encouraged to not only explore all of the major theoretical orientations but also to explore their personal beliefs and values to develop their understanding of or approach to counseling.

  • 1st 5-week session  Remote
  • 3 upper-division credits

PSYC 497: Psychology of Aging

This course will provide an overview and introduction to the aging process from a psychological perspective. Course content will focus on the behavioral and cognitive changes that occur during the normal again process. Topics covered include age differences in learning, memory, perceptual, and intellectual abilities; investigating the physiological, cognitive, sensory, personality, and interpersonal changes that occur with aging; major theories and stereotypes about aging and older adults; cognitive disorders associated with aging; and personal transitions later in life.

  • 2nd 5-week session – Online
  • 3 upper-division credits