Cultural Psychology Concentration | Los Angeles Pacific University

Cultural Psychology

Concentration Overview

The Cultural Psychology concentration provides a foundation to study, through the lens of psychology, the world’s rapidly changing culture. Psychological cultural sensitivity and training are critical when working with diverse populations. Students in this concentration engage material to guide thinking and skill related to cultural phenomenon impacting society at large, as well as particular populations. Fundamental psychological theories, concepts, and strategies will prepare students for a profession associated with human services working with diverse populations.

Cultural Psychology

The 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:


15 Credits

PSYC 435

Gender Issues in Psychology

3 Credits

Critically examines research and perspectives on gender and sexual socialization and development, along with physiological and cultural contributions to gender differences, sexual orientation, sexual adjustment and related areas of influence. Prerequisites: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 450

Family Systems

3 Credits

An overview of the development of the family system, including functional and dysfunctional family relationships, cultural and spiritual implications. Introduces psychological interventions and techniques which further development and change. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 455

Conflict Management

3 Credits

Examines the diagnosis, analysis, and conflict resolution between individuals and in organizations. Discusses the application of different types of negotiation strategies based on rational and emotional elements in approaching negotiation, cultural contexts, and individual differences.

PSYC 480

Group Processes

3 Credits

Study of research and perspectives regarding human interaction in groups. Examines the impact of various individual, social, and cultural dynamics and how to successfully influence and interact in group settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

BUSN 485

Management and Organizational Behavior

3 Credits

This course introduces the managerial skills of planning, organizing, leading, and control. It gives particular emphasis to organizing and actuating responsibility and authority, delegation, decentralization, the role of staff, line-staff relationship committees, boards of directors, organization charting, formal and informal organization, communication in multicultural settings, and reaction to change. Learners develop a personal philosophy of management to guide their careers as business professionals.

Total Credits

15 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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Potential Careers

Positions associated with human services such as working with international populations in shelters, inner-city programs, children and family services, or on a college campus in student services.

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