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PSYC 374 Psychology of Racism: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

This course will provide an advanced understanding of psychological theories and findings related to racism and will encourage you to develop valid ways of addressing racial issues. A thorough understanding of the empirical findings and practical applications of psychological research will be investigated through psychological theories related to racism; including prejudice, discrimination, and intergroup relations. The topics covered will include, but are not limited to: the psychological development of racism and prejudice, cognitive approaches to racism and stigma, individual differences and motivational factors, the psychological consequences of racism, implicit and explicit biases, and the psychological theories pertaining to other stigmatized groups (i.e. LGBTQ+, etc.). A larger application will be used to help students use psychological theory to guide an anti-racist perspective.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2022 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Evaluate how race is socially constructed in the United States and abroad through a psychological lens.
  • Analyze racism through psychological theories of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.
  • Evaluate personal responses and responsibilities to racism, and develop an anti-racist action plan.
  • Evaluate various legacies and impacts of racism in the United States through the psychological lens
  • Critically evaluate the efficacy of lay and scientifically-based approaches to reducing racism, implicit bias, prejudice and discrimination
  • Illustrate the psychological complexity arising from interrelationships between various aspects of culture, such as language, history, values, politics, religion, practices, and unequal distributions of power and resources
  • Analyze stigma, exclusion and/or marginalization in the field of psychology and on the psychological experience
  • Apply psychological theories of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination to other stigmatized groups (e.g. LGBTQ+, etc.).