May 31, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PY 280 Evolutionary Psychology

This class will introduce students to an evolutionary perspective on human behavior. Other areas of psychology explain behaviors at an immediate level (e.g., by understanding the person’s situation, thoughts, brain activity), while an evolutionary approach asks why humans have that behavior in the first place (e.g., is it an evolved behavior, and if so, why?). Students in this class will first learn about evolution through natural selection, and then we will review evolutionary explanations for various human characteristics, such as family relationships, language, cooperation, decision making, romantic relationships, emotions, and personality.