The Department of Psychology is committed to creating a climate of inclusivity through our multicultural values and philosophy. We are also dedicated to training future psychologists that are culturally competent in their practice and research. We offer a multicultural focus area for those who share our value for multiculturalism and want to pursue training above and beyond the departmental requirement. This specialization may be entirely based on course offerings within the Department of Psychology, but may also be interdisciplinary with course offerings drawn from within the Department of Psychology and other departments as listed below. Preparation for a multicultural focus should include courses, applied experiences, and research which together address the pillars of multicultural competence: awareness, knowledge, and skills.
Graduates from the multicultural psychology focus area would be qualified to serve in numerous capacities, including:
Students pursuing a multicultural focus area are expected to take at least four courses in multicultural psychology. The courses need to address and provide opportunities to acquire multicultural competencies in each of the major pillars of competence (awareness/attitudes/beliefs, knowledge, and skills) and should be preceded by approval by your committee.
Courses that address cross-cultural issues in psychology; issues of privilege, marginalization, and institutional and interpersonal oppression; self-reflection and examination of pre-existing beliefs, biases, and social identities, and socio-cultural-political issues with psychological implications would be considered for this specialization. With program committee permission, up to two directed readings/special topics courses may be included in the total of four multicultural psychology courses with the concentration addressing the three pillars of multicultural competence.
When students prepare for their comprehensive exams, they should ensure that at least one question pertains to multicultural psychology. Alternatively, a published book chapter, journal article, or grant submission in the area of multicultural psychology may fulfill this requirement.
Finally, students are expected to have several research and applied experiences (15 weeks in duration) with a focus on multicultural issues. These could include: Research with faculty, externships, practica, and internships.
All doctoral students would continue to be required to take one of two-core multicultural courses:
PSY 600 Multicultural Issues in Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice
PSY 643 Multicultural Psychology and Mental Health
Students who concentrate in the multicultural focus area would take 3 additional multicultural courses, most likely drawing some from within psychology and others outside of psychology (see suggested options below).
|PSY 500||Theories and Research in Nonviolence and Peace Studies|
|PSY 505||Community Psychology|
|PSY 600||Multicultural Issues in Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice|
|PSY 625||Psychology of Trauma|
|PSY 643||Multicultural Psychology and Mental Health|
|PSY 672||Multicultural Practicum|
|PSY 690||Gender, Culture, and Sexuality|
|PSY 692||Directed Readings/Research|
|PSY 696||Practicum in Teaching Psychology (w/ multicultural focus)|
|Human Development and Family Studies|
|HDF 505||Human Sexuality and Counseling|
|HDF 559||Gender Issues in Therapy|
|HDF 575||Cultural Commpetence in Human Service|
|HDF 576||Diversity in Higher Education|
|NUR 651||Advanced Methods Nursing Research (Qualitative Research)|
|SPA 590||The Hispanic Presence in the United States|
|WMS 490||Advanced Topics in Women's Studies|
|WMS 501||Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery|
|WMS 502||Campaigns and Services for Victims of Trafficking and Slavery|
|Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design|
|TMD 524||Cultural Aspects of Dress|
Note: Courses are offered on a variable basis. Also, through faculty appointments and cross-listed courses, the Psychology Department has close ties to the Women’s Studies program (Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies), the African American Studies Program, the Multicultural Center, the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, and the Urban Initiative.
Co-Chairs: Jasmine A. Mena, PhD & Ann M. Varna Garis, PhD
Faculty in Behavioral Science, School, and Clinical Programs and staff in psychology and in other closely-related departments may affiliate with the Multicultural focus area upon request. Graduate students will be included as representatives. Focus area meetings will be scheduled at least once per semester.