The MHB degree program includes five learning domains:
- Foundation courses
- Concentration courses
- Practical skills based workshops and professional seminars
- Internships in your areas of interest
- A treatise demonstrating your learning experiences
When you scroll beyond the following list of MHB Courses, you’ll find a more detailed description of each of the learning domains.
505 PSYC Research Methods in Applied Social Psychology (4)
513 PSYC Attitudes and Social Influence (4)
517 PSYC Group Dynamics and Leadership (4)
542 PSYC Organizational Psychology (4)
544 PSYC Applications of Psychological Influence (4)
546 PSYC Individual and Organizational Change (4)
552 PSYC Principles of Consumer Psychology (4)
554 PSYC Neuroscience of Decision Making (4)
556 PSYC Psychology of Interactive Media (4)
550 a, Proseminar in Human Behavior (4)
550 b Proseminar in Human Behavior (4)
591 PSYC Internship (2,4,6,8 units)
592 PSYC Treatise (2)
*** Under some circumstances, students can enroll in a course outside the MHB curriculum, if the course is uniquely relevant to their career goals. Students considering such a course, should first contact the Director of the MHB program to gain permission to enroll in a course outside MHB.
These courses focus on the most current psychological research and theories. Instructors use real world examples and projects to help students understand how psychological principles can be used to illuminate and solve business problems. This course content is relevant to both the Organizational and Consumer Psychology concentrations.
You can select any of the foundation courses that are pertinent to your personal interests. The content of these courses is applicable to a wide range of careers. Topics include: interpersonal relations; social influence; group dynamics; leadership; decision making; and applied research methods
There are two clusters of courses that are centered around specific areas of interest. Again, you can choose the courses that are best aligned with your educational and career goals.
The first concentration is on Organizational Psychology. These courses directly apply to the fields of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Organizational Development. Course topics include: organizational behavior; individual and organizational change; recruiting; succession planning and talent management.
The second concentration centers on Consumer Psychology. These courses are applicable to careers in marketing, advertising, market research and strategic communications. The course topics include: consumer behavior; market research; the neuro-science of decision making; and the psychology of social and interactive media.
One professional seminar is offered in the fall and in the spring semester. Each seminar is designed to teach the kind of practical knowledge and skills sought by employers. You’ll learn these marketable skills through a learning-by-doing educational process.
Using a workshop model, you’ll develop business competencies that will increase your value as a future employee. You’ll develop talents in domains such as:
Power dynamics in relationships and organizations
How to use personality assessment instruments
Team assessment instruments and development
Delivering bad news
Negotiation & Mediation
Data based decision making
Handling difficult conversations
Job search skills
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You’ll learn many new ideas and practical skills in this intense year of study. Plus, you’ll gain valuable business experience. The treatise gives you an opportunity to create a written summary of all you’ve learned and to consolidate these ideas.
You’ll begin taking notes and keeping a journal in the fall semester. By mid-spring, patterns will emerge in your “lessons learned” and your real world insights. You can then give structure and order to the psychological principles you have learned.
Some students demonstrate their new understanding by applying these principles to concrete business problems. Other students prefer to use more creative ways to consolidate the key concepts they gained while earning their MHB degree.
To learn more about specific course click COURSES.
- Master’s in Human Behavior
- Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- Seeley G. Mudd, Room 501
- University of Southern California
- Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
- Phone: (213) 746 - 9082
- Email: MHB@college.usc.edu