POLS 125 Introduction to Political Psychology • 5 Cr.


Analyzes the political world by applying basic concepts of psychology. Topics include individual actors, decision-making, group dynamics, and mass political behavior.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the major agents of political socialization
  • Apply psychological concepts, theories, and findings to the political world
  • Articulate the major factors that influence how individuals process political information and make political decisions
  • Critically analyze psychological explanations for political phenomena, such as group conflict, terrorism, obedience, voting and decision making
  • Explain how a person's social identity influences their political attitudes and behavior