Course Information

The Department of Psychology provides relevant courses for many undergraduate students. Students in a variety of majors elect to complement their education, and improve the understanding of self and others, by completing course work in Psychology. Students who major in Psychology should expect to receive a general/liberal education. Psychology students take the introductory course, sample basic sub-disciplinary courses, and receive training in methods and data analysis. The specific Psychology degree requirements can be found in the Psychology Handbook.


  • Schedule of Courses

    To locate when and where courses are offered, the Schedule of Courses is very helpful. This is also the system students use to sign up for their courses.

  • Psychology Online Course Information

    Online Psychology Courses

    Online Psychology Courses

    Summer Session I: May 11, 2020 to June 25, 2020

    • PSY 101- Into to PSY
    • PSY 200- Cog PSY
    • PSY 209-Brain & Behavior
    • PSY 235- Social PSY
    • PSY 236- Personality
    • PSY 244- Dev. PSY Infancy & Chldhd
    • PSY 280- Abnormal PSY
    • PSY 316- Child Dom. Violence
    • PSY 317- Sexual Assault
    • PSY 320- Health PSY
    • PSY 424- Child & Family PSY 

    Summer Session II: June 29, 2020 to August 13, 2020

    • PSY 101- Into to PSY
    • PSY 236- Personality
    • PSY 316- Child Dom. Violence
    • PSY 317- Sexual Assault
    • PSY 320- Health PSY
    • PSY 395- Design and Measurement 

    Full Summer Session: May 11, 2020 to August 13, 2020

    • PSY 371- Psychological Innovat & Res I
    • PSY 372- Psychological Innovat & Res II
    • PSY 382- Internship in Psychology


    Register for Undergraduate Online Courses

    In order to take an Online course, you must either be an Undergraduate at Michigan State University or you must take the course through Lifelong Education.  Below are links to the relevant sites to register.  If you are not currently an MSU student, registration will get you an MSU ID that you will need to access the D2L websites described below which are associated with the Online courses.

    Registration for current MSU students

    Registration if you are not an MSU student     Once at this site click on "". to confirm you have completed your application as a Lifelong Student. If completed you will be able to enroll using the enrollment system during the designated enrollment periods. In order to enroll you must have initiated your MSUNet ID and password.

    Schedule of Courses      This includes information about the courses offered and the sessions in which they are offered.  Centered across the top is a drop down menu.  Look for “Search Semester” next to the menu and choose "Summer 2020". 

    Get Ready for Your Online Courses- Steps to Follow

    In a traditional course, the class usually begins when students go to a local bookstore to buy their textbooks and then to a classroom on the first scheduled day of class and receive a syllabus, an introduction to the course by the instructor, etc.  The "electronic classroom" for an Online course at Michigan State University is a website in a course management system called Desire2Learn.  Psychology courses will be taught through D2L. To enter the D2L website you will have to have an MSU ID.  Once you have your MSU ID and can enter the D2L website you will have access to your on-line courses.   Book information can be found on the Schedule of Courses. Click the section number of the course you have enrolled in. It will help you identify needed books and important dates.

    1)    Get an MSU NetID. Current MSU students have them already.  The NetID is used by MSU to provide access to the central email system and many other services on campus.  An MSU NetID is a unique, alphanumeric identifier of two to eight characters and is generated automatically from the user's name (and is the portion of your e-mail address before the @).  To learn more about how to get your MSU NetID or how to use it go to: 2) Log into D2L - Have your MSU Net ID and password.   If you have forgotten your MSU NetID password, please go to:  If you are a registered student and have a problem accessing D2L, please contact the help desk at 1 -844-678-6200 (North America and Hawaii) Local: 1-517-432-6200. To log into D2L go to:


    3) Access Your Online Psychology course

    The OPENING DATES of your classes will be

    Session One and Full Session:  May 11, 2020 Session Two:  June 29, 2020

    In order to enter your Desire2Learn course, log in to D2L. Once you log in you will be at "My Home" page. This shows all your D2L Courses. Navigate to your summer online course by clicking the name of the course offering. Courses are shown by semester in reverse chronological order. There is a "pin" function to keep any courses that you want on the top of the list. These courses will have an orientation that will be completed in order to view the course content. 


  • Psychology Course Syllabi

    The Psychology Department posts all of the course syllabi online at the beginning of each semester.  Syllabi from previous semesters can also be found here.


  • Course Overrides

    On occasion, overrides are given to students needing a course that is full. Every department on campus takes care of their own overrides, so the Psychology Department cannot give overrides for courses outside of Psychology. Students requesting an override should print off the Psychology Override Form and take it to the instructor of the course. The signed form can be returned to 100 Psychology for the override to be processed. Students will then still need to enroll in the course. If permission for the override has taken place via MSU e-mail, please forward the email from the instructor to Audra Jeffrey and Kim Brown along with the student's name, semester taking course, course number and section, and the student's major. 


  • Psychology Transfer Credit Request

    This form is for students who have taken or plan to take a Psychology course at another institution AND the course is not listed on the MSU Transfer credit system (

  • PSY 493 Expanded Descriptions
    *PSY 493 expanded descriptions and prerequisites are available on the psychology undergraduate website and from the course listing on http//  Each section of PSY 493 covers a different topic.  Students should read descriptions of all 400 level writing courses.  Most of these courses do have prerequisites and are offered in varying semesters.
  • Description of Courses

    Fall 2020: 493 Descriptions

    Sec 001: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

    This course examines the psychology of religion and spirituality, both historically and contemporarily. Utilizing primarily a lifespan approach (childhood through the older years), it will examine how psychology, as well as biology, views religion/spirituality and religion’s/spirituality’s influence and impact on human behavior and society. Pioneers, as well as contemporary thinkers in the field, will be discussed. Differences between religion and spirituality; the “healthy” and “unhealthy” practices of religion/spirituality; the current prevalence and impact of religion/spirituality in America and the world; atheism and the religion/spirituality of the “Unaffiliated” (“Nones”); ways of measuring religiosity/spirituality; the diversity of the religious and spiritual experience; and the historical and contemporary tensions between religion and psychology will be explored. Primary emphases will be placed on the empirical evidence related to the psychological impact of religion and spirituality on behaviors and attitudes.

    Sec 002: Fairness in the Workplace

    This course will provide an examination of psychological research that can inform how to design fair and effective workplaces from the perspective of organizational psychology. 

    The course has been designed to have synchronous and asynchronous elements.   Synchronous time is primarily for group activities and guest speakers, as well as for Q&A type of sessions.  Asynchronous elements include readings, discussion posts, and videos of mini-lectures.  Many learning activities are designed so that you may choose to work in groups but can also complete individually.  In general, the course has been designed to provide variety in what you do and how information is presented, and to provide some flexibility in assessing your learning.

    Sec 005: Agent-based Simulation Models

    Agent-based models are a type of simulation model that can be used to explore complex behaviors including birds flocking, diseases spreading, traffic jams, and…of course…the zombie apocalypse. In this course, we will learn about the basic logic of these types of models, how they work, and how we can build and analyze our own models using the NetLogo software. To keep things current, we will begin by exploring one early and important agent-based model, the “Schelling Model,” which provides some insight into systemic racism. Then, over the course of the semester, together we will learn new modeling techniques by building a model of COVID transmission step-by-step. Throughout the course, you will experiment with several existing models, and will build a new model (graduate) or revise an existing model (undergraduate) to understand a social phenomenon of interest.

    Sec 006: Multicultural Psychology

    This is an introductory course on multicultural psychology. The goal of the class will be to explore how our identities, experiences, and perspectives, daily experiences, research interests, and engagement in academic and non-academic settings. This class is intended to be deeply personal and experiential (in contrast to classes that permit academic engagement that is detached and purely intellectual). You will be challenged to think critically at every stage of this class and if successful, you will confront aspects of yourself (your beliefs, behaviors, and needed areas of growth), your individual, familial, and group legacies of privilege and disadvantage, and your personal commitments to social justice, advocacy, and social change. Members of our class represent a range of disciplines and specialty areas and have vastly different levels of familiarity with these topics. For some, this material is new and very difficult, for others, the information is familiar and not rly challenging. The class is designed for those with relatively little exposure to these topics. If this material is familiar, I encourage you to challenge yourself by applying it in new ways and with new groups to expand your growth and development throughout the semester.

    Sec 008: Feminist Research in Psychology

    Psychological knowledge is largely derived from white, androcentric narratives about human behavior and its ‘causes’. Within mainstream Euro-American psychology, theories and assumptions are largely modelled on classic research, derived from samples of mainly white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle-class men. Feminist psychology developed out of a politics of inclusion, which sought to transform this androcentric, universalized narrative. This course explores the historic emergence of the discipline of feminist psychology through to contemporary debates within the field, and moves beyond the borders of American psychology toward diverse global feminist perspectives. Specifically, this course provides an opportunity to develop practical research skills and expertise in the field of feminist psychology through completion of an independent research project on a chosen and relevant topic.

    Psychology and MSU campus-wide course descriptions are available in the Description of Courses Catalog.