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PSYC 331 Psychology of Men

This course, developed for men and women interested in understanding the male experience and their own personal journeys, explores the male experience amid the cross-currents of change in contemporary American society and related implications for counseling. It takes into account the feminist critique and moves toward a new understanding of today's masculinity. The course covers issues of power, dominance, nurturance, aggression, competition and emotional expression. Students gain a perspective of the historical, biological, anthropological, sociological and psychological theories of sex-role development and the politics surrounding it and how both men and women have been affected by the imposition of limiting roles and expectations.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • To become better able to tolerate the ambiguity and complexity of difficult areas like Gender Psychology.
  • To further develop the abilities of reading, and critical thinking.
  • To gain a better appreciation for the advantages and disadvantages that gender expectations produce for both men and women.
  • To gain a better understanding of the ways in which gender has influenced (and continues to influence) your own development, perceptual world, environment, and behavior.
  • To improve your ability to critically examine psychological theory and research.
  • To increase your knowledge and awareness of men's issues.

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.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
21 Psychology of Men Earhart, Michael Joseph Books for PSYC-331-21 Spring 2024 Course details for PSYC-331-21 Spring 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
21 Psychology of Men Earhart, Michael Joseph Books for PSYC-331-21 Fall 2024 Course details for PSYC-331-21 Fall 2024