Psychology: the Science of Mind and Behavior Learning Community

The Psychology Residential Learning Community is open to students majoring in Psychology.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) allow you to live with other students sharing the same academic major or special interest. As an RLC member, you have the opportunity to attend social and academic programs with other students, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor who shares your major or interest area.

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC.

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand classes will be reserved for freshman in this Learning Community. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising.

Seats reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology: first-year students taking this course will survey many areas of psychology. This course includes an introduction to developmental, health, and abnormal psychology, as well as topics in learning, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, biological psychology and intelligence. 
  • FS 141 – First Year Seminar: Boys and Girls, Women and Men; Gender in America: students learn about the dynamic relationships between and within human communities, as well as significant psychological, social and/or political components.  Thiss surveys theory and research concerning the construction and enactment of gender in contemporary society. Course foci include the influences of culture, socialization, and individual differences on women and men.  Commodification of contradictory messages of femininity and masculinity are examined by historical and current theoretical discourses including core tenets of gender ideology and social constructivism. The course analyzes assumptions about what causes humans to endorse gendered lives and how being gendered affects identity and behavior. Alternative models for increasing gender role flexibility and broader social identities are examined.

Spring Semester:

  • PSY 240 – Developmental Psychology: first-year students taking this course will survey the physical, social, and cognitive development from conception through adulthood.
  • PSY 255 – Introduction to Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: this course takes a biological approach to understanding behavior and mental processes; exploring relationships between the nervous system and behavior, and providing a foundation in basic nervous system structure and function.