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PSYC 300 Abnormal Psychology

This course explores the nature and causes of abnormal behavior and the terminology used in describing and discussing abnormal behavior. Students study the major categories used to classify abnormal behavior and the diagnostic criteria involved.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Students will also understand the strengths and limitations of the DSM diagnostic system.
  • Students will be required to evaluate theories and propose alternative explanations for various approaches to psychopathologies based on cultural and social systems.
  • Students will display an understanding of psychopathology, including how it is assessed and treated.
  • Students will learn, from a historical and contemporary perspective, detailed theories of psychopathologies.
  • Students will understand how treatments and assessments are evaluated via research.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.