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Get a feel for the exciting variety of courses taught at Marlboro.

This is a list of courses that faculty felt was representational of the courses offered. It is not a complete list of courses, some courses are offered yearly, while others are infrequent. A course may be inspired by events or strong interests and taught only once.

Most advanced work is in the form of tutorials on specific subjects, a collaboration between one faculty member and one student or a handful of students.


Abnormal Psychology
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2019

An analysis of the major approaches to abnormal psychology and the resulting theories of personality. Prerequisite: Child Development, Persistent Problems in Psychology

Adolescence and the Family
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2019

An examination of the family and the emerging adolescent in the family.

Brain and Behavior
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Fall 2019

An introduction to the neuroscience of the brain and its impact on behavior.

Child Development
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Fall 2018

The course will:

  • Introduce, compare and contrast major child development theorists
  • Lay out an overview of cognitive, linguistic and social child development for infancy to early/mid childhood
  • Help students explore child development in other countries/cultures
  • Engage students in analyzing child development through the lens of race, class and gender  
    (4.00 Credits — Introductory)

    Fall 2014

    A seminar to define the principles and processes of an educational psychology. Prerequisite: Introduction of any social science

    (4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

    Spring 2012

    A study of the physiology and psychology of perception, the means by which we maintain contact with and obtain knowledge about the environment. Participants will be required to conduct a series of empirical projects throughout the semester. Prerequisite: A year of Psychology, Sociology, or Biology, or permission of instructor

    Persistent Problems of Psychology
    (4.00 Credits — Introductory)

    Fall 2019

    An introduction to the history and theory of Psychology, offering a survey of psychology's major perspectives.

    Psychology and Literature: A Study of Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction Literature
    (4.00 Credits — Introductory)

    Fall 2017
    Designated Writing

    Post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature have often been prime methods of exploring our fears as a culture. Our fears can manifest as an end-of-the-world scenario, or fears of technology, or a government abusing their power over our lives. In this class we will read novels, short stories, and comics that explore different facets of dystopian and post-apocalyptic anxieties. These narratives use different devices to reflect the fears and anxieties of the time they were written, but are also reflective of our current political and social world. As this is a designated writing course, students will produce a sufficient number of pages to submit to the Clear and Concise Writing Portfolio, though there will not be an extensive editing phase as there would be in a Writing Seminar. Writing is important to understanding the material and for demonstrating critical thought about the topic. There will be options for extra credit which will enrich our understanding of the material and make for a more fun final paper. This course will be co-taught by Robyn Manning-Samuels and Sophie Gorjance.

    (4.00 Credits — Advanced)

    Fall 2019

    Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged.

    • Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor

    Self and Social Interaction
    (4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

    Fall 2018

    The course will focus on socialization through the life course, self and self-presentation, altruism and empathy, and moral development. Throughout the semester, we will investigate people’s behavior stemming from participation in social groups, interactions in various contexts, and the effects of the cultural environment and social structures on individual identity formation. Students will periodically collect and analyze data through interviews and/or observations, and produce analytic essays that apply course concepts and theories to explain aspects of human social behavior.

    (4.00 Credits — Advanced)

    Spring 2014

    This tutorial is a multidisciplinary approach to the function and concept of cognition through author's in the fields psychology and philosophy. The topics included memory, language, and thinking.


    (a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)