Online M.A. in Psychology, International Psychology Concentration


Program Description

The International Psychology concentration within the psychology master's program helps students learn to apply psychological principles to a variety of international settings. The curriculum covers such areas as the social psychology of cultures; stereotyping behavior, attitude, and values; acculturation; and the international psychology of gender. Students gain a theoretical and experiential foundation in multicultural psychology. The learning approach blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. It provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. It will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, ableness, and immigrant status. Students will address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture, personal stereotypes, beliefs, and assumptions.

Students take 18 credit hours in foundational psychology (core courses), six credit hours in an applied research project, and the remaining 12 credit hours taken within their concentration.

Department

Psychology

Concentrations

Licensure

Total Credits

36

Fieldwork Requirements

Degree
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Coursework
  • N/A
Additional
  • Three or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience preferred
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

The Social Psychology of Cultures

Lays a theoretical and experiential foundation for students in multicultural psychology. Blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. Provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. Explores the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, ableness, and immigrant status. Students address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture and held personal stereotypes, beliefs, and assumptions.

Stereotyping Behavior, Attitude, and Values

Examines the psychology of stereotyping and its affect on behavior, attitudes, and personal values. Topics include: the structure of stereotyping behavior, the relationship between stereotyping and personality, stereotyping of race, gender, and age, and the stigma of stereotyping.

Acculturation

Examines the dimensions of acculturation across multiple cultures. Topics include: psychological models of ethnic identity, psychological adaptation to multiple cultures, and the relationship between acculturation and mental health.

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