Students without Borders provides students with the chance to consider actions they can take that contribute to improving their communities — both local and global — by utilizing psychological theories and evidence about human well-being, community psychology theories about community engagement, and by applying scientific evidence that attests to the psychological value of being engaged in social change. We ask: “What can I do to help to make the world a better place?” A secondary theme of the class asks: “What steps can I take as a college student that will set me up to achieve a meaningful and purposeful life?” Throughout the term we consider how giving to one’s community is, in fact, foundational to life satisfaction.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
PSY 202 Mind and Society - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
This course is an introduction to psychological research methods, child and adult development, personality structure and functioning, social processes in every-day life, cultural and cross-cultural models of human adaptation, and abnormal-clinical psychology. This course is part of a two-term sequence in introductory psychology. The other course in this sequence (PSY 201) emphasizes learning, perception, memory, and the role of neural structures in psychological processes. PSY 201 and 202 are not prerequisites for each other.
Cluster FIGs consist of only one co-enrolled core education course. A secondary 4 credit course is required, students will choose from the following list of courses:
- BI 121 Intro to Human Physiology
- GEOG 341 Population and Environment
- WGS 221 Bodies and Power
- CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles
- CH 221 General Chemistry I