Register for new course on Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrmination (TPSYCH 345)

Have you ever wondered WHY people are prejudiced? In this course, we’ll take a look at the reasons why people develop prejudices toward others and how these attitudes have material, social, and psychological consequences We’ll also think about strategies to reduce stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. To be prepared for this course, you should have taken TPSYCH 240 (Social Psychology) or the equivalent at a community college. For Psychology Majors, this course counts in the Social/Applied Psychology Core. TPSYCH 345 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination. If you have questions, contact the instructor: Corey Cook:

If you have the prerequisites for this course and are having difficulty registering, please request an entry code using the form on this IAS webpage:

New course in Psychopharmacology

New Course in Psychopharmacology

We are consistently bombarded with drug advertisements, news stories about promising new treatments, and tales of drug abuse, yet the complexity of drug action is rarely fully appreciated. This spring, students in TPSYCH 361 Psychopharmacology will explore the biological basis of drug action, including the ways psychoactive drugs affect behavior, mood, and thinking. Additionally, we will discuss the ways these drugs are used to treat psychological disorders and the social concerns related to media coverage of pharmaceuticals. Please note that this course has a prerequisite of TPSYCH 260 or TESC 130. This course will open to non-Psych Majors in Period 2 (March 2nd).

TPSYCH 361 Psychopharmacology. If you have the prerequisites for this course and are having difficulty registering, please request an entry code using the form on this IAS webpage:

IAS welcomes Christie M. Keifer

Christie with curls

Christie Keifer is the Administrative Coordinator for both the Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences and the Social and Historical Studies divisions. She received her B.A. in English and B.A.C. in Conflict Management from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014, and spent two years helping Washington State educators expand their credentials in the Partnerships and Professional Development department at PLU. After graduation in August 2014, Christie traveled to the suburbs of San Francisco to volunteer at Point Reyes National Seashore behind the front desk at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. While at Point Reyes, she assisted visitors from both Europe and the United States plan their time in the Park. In addition to service-oriented positions, Christie is an avid poet and children’s literature enthusiast. She recently traveled to Northern Ireland to complete a course on Dialogue and Community Peacebuilding where she studied The Troubles, and how children’s literature positively impacted the community. Continue reading


Psychology will be offering offer TPSYCH 330 (Inquiry & Research in the Social Sciences) in the Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 quarters only.

This will only affect you if you plan to use the OLD Psychology Major requirements. If you using the NEW Psychology Major requirements, TPSYCH 209 and 309 (Foundations of Research I and II) will continue to be offered every quarter.

What you can do:

  1. If you are sure you want to graduate using the OLD Psychology Major requirements, you must plan to take TPSYCH 330 either Spring 2015 or Spring 2016 to complete this requirement. Be sure to register as soon as you can.
  2. Consider switching from the OLD requirements to the NEW Psychology Major requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about whether completing the new requirements would be beneficial for you. You can find information about the old and new requirements on this webpage:

If you have questions about this, please contact Nita McKinley:

Exploring Psychology: Austria in Summer 2015


Close your eyes and imagine going to a foreign city with a few classmates.  Place yourself on the sidewalk outside a bakery that is opening its doors for business, just after they placed assorted pastries and pies in the display cases. Drizzled cinnamon sugar and comforting maple frosting would become the added nutrients to each breath you inhale.  For those students accepted into the Austria: Exploring Psychology study abroad program, the bakery image very well may become a reality. Professor Leighann Chaffee says in her Psychology of Food and Culture course, “Vienna has a big café culture and we’ll be going there to sit and drink coffee and eat cake for hours.”

In the summer 2015 quarter, students will have the opportunity to enroll in 12 credits (which qualifies students for financial aid). Five credits will be Psychology of Food and Culture, an additional five for Psychology of Superheroes: An Exploration of Good and Evil, and an optional two credits for Directed Readings. Continue reading

“I can honestly say that I do what I love and I love what I do.”

Carolyn WestThat’s Dr. Carolyn West’s view of the activism that she does all over the country. An Associate Professor in the Social, Human & Sciences Division of IAS, Dr. West specializes in intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. West for the blog. I was surprised, that she has so many interests. I left the interview thinking that I may have found a skydiving partner!

Through the hustle and bustle of the college career, students often forget that their professors have more going on than teaching, grading papers, and attending faculty meetings. When asked about her current projects she rattled off a long list: She is doing work on human and sexual trafficking with the organization Washington Engage. Her work on military sexual trauma has taken her to Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) and military bases in Hawaii.  She just finished a research project with eight domestic violence and sexual coalitions around the country. Based on this research, her cultural diversity promising practices manual will be published next year.  Oh yes, in her spare time she is the co-editor of the forth-coming Sage journal Sexualization, Media, and Society. Continue reading