CLSC 214
CLSC 214/ PSYC 214 - Evolution and Human Behavior

Evolutionary Psychology is the scientific study of human nature as shaped by natural selection. It is grounded in evolutionary biology and the psychological sciences with connections to disciplines ranging from neuroscience to anthropology and economics. Topics covered will include adaptive solutions to major life challenges including survival, mating, family relations, and group living (e.g., cooperation, aggression, and status).

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Crosslisted Courses: PSYC 214

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or NEUR 100, AP score of 5 on the Psychology AP exam, or a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam,or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Lucas

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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CLSC 216
CLSC 216/ PSYC 216 - Psychology of Language

Introduction to the study of the psychological processes underlying language ability. Topics covered will include the biological and evolutionary foundations of language, child and adult language acquisition, reading, and sound, word, and sentence processing. We will also consider whether language is unique to humans, whether it is innate, and the degree to which language influences thought.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Crosslisted Courses: PSYC 216

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or NEUR 100, a score of 5 on the Psychology AP exam, or a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exam, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Lucas

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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CLSC 250
CLSC 250 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

CLSC 250H
CLSC 250H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 10

Prerequisites: Open by permission of the instructor to first-year students and sophomores.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

CLSC 300
CLSC 300/ PSYC 300 - Sem: Topics Cognitive & Linguistic Sci

Topic for 2021-22: How We Choose

Topic for 2021-22: How We Choose

Every day we make many choices. Some of these choices are trivial but some can have profound effects on our lives. In this interdisciplinary course, we will investigate how individuals make choices, examining processes of decision-making that are often intuitive and irrational. Topics include biases that lead to poor choices, loss aversion, sunk costs, risk-taking, impulsiveness, moral choice, and group decision-making.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Crosslisted Courses: PSYC 300

Prerequisites: Open to juniors and seniors who have taken one of PSYC 214, PSYC 215, CLSC/PSYC 216, PSYC 217, PSYC 218, PSYC 219, LING 114, PHIL 215, or CS 111, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Lucas

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

Notes: This is a topics course and can be taken more than once for credit as long as the topic is different each time.

CLSC 316
CLSC 316/ PSYC 316 - Sem: Language Acquistion

Children around the world acquire their first language, spoken or signed, with seemingly little effort. By the end of their first year, they are saying their first words, and a mere two years later they are speaking in full sentences. What are the biological, cognitive, and environmental factors that play into children’s rapid language learning? What do special cases of language acquisition, such as bilingualism, disordered language development (e.g., autism, dyslexia), and sign language tell us about the human capacity to learn language? We will consider all of these questions and more. In addition, we will spend time observing children of different ages to witness language acquisition in action.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Crosslisted Courses: CLSC 316

Prerequisites: Two 200-level courses in PSYC (excluding PSYC 205) or LING, or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Pyers

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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CLSC 350
CLSC 350 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

CLSC 360
CLSC 360 - Senior Thesis Research

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the director.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.

CLSC 370
CLSC 370 - Senior Thesis

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: CLSC 360 and permission of the department.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.