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PSYC 320 Individual Differences

This course examines factors which determine or affect individual and group differences. More specifically, it examines theoretical and philosophical foundations, research methods, measurement of human traits, roles of heredity and environment as determinants of human variation, social implications, and practical applications of this knowledge.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Student will be required to know and understand research methodologies of behavioral differences among individuals and groups.
  • Student will be required to know and understand theories of behavioral differences among individuals and groups and alternative approaches to this topic.
  • Students will be required to demonstrate application of this knowledge to areas such as intelligence, personality and social behavior.

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.