Undergraduate Psychology Courses
To see a listing of all Psychology courses including course descriptions, visit the Course Catalog in the Academic Guide. To know which classes will be offered in a particular semester, visit the Class Schedule and search for the term you are interested in.
If you have questions about enrolling in Psychology courses, please visit our Enrollment Policies webpage. This page provides information about class restrictions during Phase I and Phase II, information about waitlists and discussion sections, and much more.
The DeCal Program (or just DeCal) is an aggregate of student-run courses at the University of California, Berkeley – here, students create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects, many of which are not addressed in the traditional curriculum. This semester, the Psychology department is sponsoring 11 unique DeCal classes including one specifically about how to get the most out of your experience as a Psychology major, "Personal Development in Psychology". Learn more about DeCal classes and see a list of courses offered this Fall on the DeCal website.
Open & Suggested Classes
Looking for open classes for the current semester? We encourage you to explore classes in other departments to complement your Psychology major. Visit the Open & Suggested Classes webpage to see the latest open, high-interest classes recommended by all departments.
Psychology Undergraduate Seminar - Fall 2017
In Fall 2017, the department is offering one seminar class. Due to the small class size and nature of Seminar courses, spots are limited and you must be accepted into the class by the professor/s.
Psych 148 - Studies of Attachment Relationships
Wednesdays 11:00am - 2:00pm
Prof. Main and Prof. Hesse
This is a small undergraduate seminar on Attachment Theory and Research.
We will discuss the basics of Bowlby’s evolution‐based theory of the nature of the child’s tie to its primary caregivers (usually but not always the biological parents), as well as Ainsworth’s strange situation procedure and other major empirical and theoretical work within the field. Thus, we will first focus on how, when and why early attachments are formed why their influence ordinarily persists over time, tending to have a powerful influence on our emotions and on the nature of relationships we form with others in later life.
Some preexisting knowledge of the field of attachment is desirable and those possessing it will be given priority.
There will be weekly readings of an original article with a 2 to 3 page summary of the article required. The articles will be discussed intensively in class. Other topical areas relating to the nature and influence of attachment relationships will be discussed in class as well.
We will also look at films, e.g. of children undergoing separations from their parents as documented by James and Joyce Robertson, and interviews with some of the central (past and current) workers in the field.
The main aim of the course will be to go into depth and breadth in the field of attachment, well beyond what can be undertaken in a large survey course. Thus, those wishing to attend this class should be highly motivated, and have an intrinsic interest in this topical area.
** Applications for the Psych 148 seminar are no longer being accepted. If you are interested, you must attend the first day of class and be interviewed by the professors.