PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: Any course that meets the Social Science Perspective (including PSY 100)

This course provides an introduction to the field of abnormal psychology and mental health. Students who take this course will have the opportunity, through class discussions, readings, and community-based service-learning experiences, to explore the history and complexities of mental health and mental illness, including the impact felt by individuals, families, and society. The course begins with a look at the history of mental illness, including the early theories that have fueled many of the current beliefs and stereotypes. Next, we survey the various methods for diagnosing and studying mental illness, with an emphasis on empirical methodology and theoretical conceptualizations. Finally, the course explores the various forms of mental disorders, paying particular attention to the numerous complexities involved in their prevention, identification, and treatment.


1 Course Credit