PSYC 250 Cross Cultural Psychology • 5 Cr.


Examines psychological theories and research from a cross-cultural perspective. Students discuss the impact of culture on cognition, development, emotion, motivation, sex roles, disorders, group behavior, conflict, stereotyping, and prejudice.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the ways in which culture, beliefs, values, the environment, and behavior interact.
  • Identify ethnocentrism in psychological thought, theory, and research methods, and suggest means for reducing bias in the study of human behavior.
  • Demonstrate respect for the wide diversity of human behavior as well as a knowledge of the common threads and values.
  • Explain the relevance of psychology and other disciplines (such as anthropology and sociology) in understanding human behavior from a global perspective.
  • Describe how culture and the environment might be important variables in situations one expects to encounter.
  • Demonstrate competencies in functioning in a diverse society, thus making cross-cultural interactions more productive and enjoyable.
  • Apply concepts from the course to events and everyday behavior of people from other cultures.