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Undergraduate Courses

The graduate programs in the department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services do not offer majors, minors, or degrees for undergraduates. However, they do offer a series of courses for undergraduate students that provide information and skills training in areas relevant to these areas of study: life skills and wellness, career development, exploration, decision making, and planning, healthy relationships, and prevention of interpersonal violence. Please see the course listings and descriptions below. Terms offered may vary.

CPSY 217 Foundations of Student Health & Well-being

FWS terms, 3 credits
This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with knowledge and skills related to health and well-being on college campuses. Specifically, students will learn about the developmental stage of emerging adulthood, risk and protective factors for college students during this developmental time period, and strategies for reducing risk and enhancing well-being. Topics that will receive particular focus include stress, personal management, physical health, healthy sexuality, sexual violence prevention, substance use and abuse, stereotype threat, social media use, and being allies. Students will develop plans for supporting their own well-being and supporting the well-being of others in their environment.

CFT 410/510 Healthy Relationships

S term, 3 credits
The primary aim of this course is to address the knowledge, skills and behaviors associated with engaging in healthy relationships. Students will examine dynamics of healthy relationships and distressed relationships. We will review a variety of relationship formations including couple relationships, friendships and familial relationships.  Topics include social influences, sexuality, personal roles and responsibilities, use and misuse of power and attributes of healthy relationships, boundaries, barriers, technical adaptations.

CFT 410/510 Intro to Couples & Family Therapy

W term, 3 credits
Couples and family therapy deals with relationships and interactions within a systemic perspective, distinctly different from individually oriented therapies. Students will be introduced to the history, leaders, theoretical models, vocabulary and basic techniques and applications in the field of Couples and Family Therapy.

CPSY 408 Grad School Prep for Human Services Workshop

FWS terms, Single Saturday Workshop, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1 credit
This one-day workshop provides an introduction to the process of applying to graduate school. Students will learn steps to identify programs of interest in the human services and sciences, prepare a graduate school application, complete successful interviews, and select programs that offer a good career match.

CPSY 417 Intro to the Counseling Psychology Profession

WS terms, 2 credits
Counseling psychology is a specialty within psychology that provides broad preparation for work as clinicians, researchers, supervisors, and teachers. With a distinct multicultural and strengths-based approach to understanding individuals in the context of their families, cultures, and communities, counseling psychology emphasizes prevention and intervention across the lifespan. Enhance communication skills while exploring this profession.

CPSY 410 Intro to Prevention Science

FS terms, 2 credits
Prevention science is a rapidly developing field that is focused on the prevention of negative behavioral and health outcomes and the promotion of positive adjustment outcomes. This introductory course takes an ecological approach to understanding prevention science and presents an overview of theory, research, and practice in prevention science. We will trace the history of and the impetus for prevention science, examine the goals and values of this field, and consider its impact on mental health practice and policy. The focus will be on preventive interventions designed to promote mental health and to prevent negative behaviors and health outcomes in a variety of populations.

CPSY 410 Psychology of Masculinities

F term, 2 credits
This course is designed to foster learning about gender role socialization and masculinity, explore models of healthy masculinity, and learn the evidence base for programs that promote healthy masculinities and positive health behaviors among people who identify as men. Guest speakers, researchers, and films will be used to better understand masculinity across development and special area topics.

CPSY 410 Health Psychology

W term, 2 credits
Health psychology is a dynamic field focused on the relationship between psychological health and physical well-being. This introductory course takes an ecological approach to health psychology. Students will explore models of chronic stress in home, work, and community environments and learn about the interplay of psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors that influence health and stress. The course will focus on psychological factors that influence: (1) health-promotion and health-risk behaviors; and (2) the management of health and illness. The role of psychology in understanding and approaching common health issues, both acute and chronic, will be explored.

CPSY 410 Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Families

F term, 2 credits
In this class, students will learn about contemporary challenges that can hinder family functioning, and about evidence-based interventions designed to enhance parenting skills, family communication, prevent risky behaviors in children and adolescents, and promote healthy development. The evidence base for the interventions will be critiqued from multicultural and feminist perspectives.

CPSY 410 Positive Psychology

FS terms, 2 credits
This course introduces the field of positive psychology, a budding paradigm that approaches the positive aspects of the human experience from a strengths-based perspective. This class explores the evidence base underlying efforts to maximize human strengths and well-being in a multicultural context. This course balances didactic (lectures and assigned readings) with experiential and interactive components (group discussions and activities). Students have the opportunity to learn about and apply concepts such as mindfulness, engagement, meaning, and hope. 

CPSY 408/508 Topics in Latina/o Mental Health

S term, 3 credits
This course provides undergraduate and graduate students with content specific to understanding factors and practices associated with Latina/o mental health. The focus will vary as a function of instructor expertise and may include, for example, risk and protective factors associated with mental and physical health of Latina/o populations; health disparities and implication for Latina/o mental health; immigration and mental health, etc.

CPSY 401 or CFT 401 Research

FWS terms, 1-5 credits
Become a Research Assistant: If you are interested in assisting with faculty research, want to earn upper division research credit, and gain training in the protection of human subjects and other valuable research skills, please visit our faculty profile websites (CPSY and CFT) to see in what areas research is being conducted. Send the faculty member an email indicating your interest, potential time commitment (e.g., the number of hours weekly you could potentially commit), as well as your full name, major, and contact information. Faculty members do not always have research opportunities available but contacting them in advance will allow for planning (etc.).