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PSYC 388 Interpersonal Relations

This course explores the dynamics of interpersonal relationships across the lifespan. Students will learn about the science of social interactions, friendship, intimate relationships, and family (broadly defined), and how psychological, social, and historical factors impact relational well-being.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 11, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Develop a basic understanding of current research findings in relationship science, including the science of social interactions, friendship, intimate relationships, and family relations (broadly defined).
  • Apply relationship science to interpersonal situations occurring at different developmental stages across the life cycle.
  • Recognize the ways that relationships and families are studied in psychology and related disciplines and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches.
  • Understand the many ways that history, society, and culture influence relational well-being for diverse individuals and varied types of families.

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
50 Interpersonal Relations Smallen, David Books for PSYC-388-50 Spring 2024 Course details for PSYC-388-50 Spring 2024