Psychoanalysis: Theories of the Unconscious
Advisor: Professor DOBSON; Secondary Advisors; Professors LEE, KRZYCH, RIKER
Psychoanalysis is the theory of human mentality that acknowledges that all that we think and do is profoundly impacted by unconscious processes. The psychoanalysis minor explores theories of the unconscious from Freud to the present, seeking ways to engage the unconscious in conversations that can lead to the integration and potential transformation of the human psyche. It also provides a foundation for pursuing theoretical, literary, and/or clinical studies in the students’ majors and can include courses in that major, although only one course can be counted for both the major and the minor.
The minor consists of 5 units and a final minor paper that may be completed in one of the courses upon the approval of the advisors and professors involved, or taken as an independent study for one unit: HS 370.
PY 120, PH 262, CO 200: Discovering the Unconscious (Dobson)
PH 265 Freud (Lee, Riker)
One course from each of the two categories listed below, and a third chosen from either one of these categories.
Courses Focusing Specifically on Psychoanalytic Theorists:
HS 218 Psyche, Symbol, Dream: The World of C.G. Jung (Dobson)
PH 314: Text Seminar: Jacques Lacan (Lee)*
PH 325 Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Riker)*
PH 203/CO 200: Contemporary Psychoanalysis (in Chicago). (Riker, Dobson)
This is ideally a capstone course for the minor. We recommend that it be taken further on in the minor, but this is not a requirement.
(The elective courses below may follow the students’ more particular leanings in the psychoanalytic field, and may contribute to their majors):
CL 220/CO 200/FG 220 Myth and Meaning (Dobson)
CL 255 Life of the Soul (Dobson)
PH 361 Philosophy of Emotions (Furtak)*
FM 203 Media and Psychoanalysis (Kryzch)
PY 281 Personality (Roberts)
PY 362 Abnormal Psychology (Erdal)*
PY 160 Women and Madness (Waters)
CO 200 Topics courses in Comparative Literature emphasizing literature and psychoanalysis (such as Journey to the Dark Side of the Soul, on German Romanticism at the end of the 19th Century, taught by Bill Davis, 2015.)
EN 386 James Joyce (Mason and Simons)*
* Indicates prerequisites
Other courses that are pertinent may be considered for this section of the minor.
The Final Capstone paper will be from 15-20 pages long on any topic of the student’s interest. This capstone may be completed in one of the already mentioned courses, or taken as an independent study, HS 370. (Students who come to Chicago often use the annotated bibliography on a topic of interest to them there as a foundation for this paper.)