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PSY 621 - Psychology of Calling and Meaningful Work

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Overview of theory, research and practice related to calling and meaningful work. Topics occupy the intersection of positive psychology, vocational psychology, and organizational behavior. Introduction to historical, philosophical, theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of the accumulating research related to career development, work, and eudaimonic well-being.


Michael F. Steger
Michael F. Steger

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Michael Steger is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology programs at Colorado State University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Personality Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

His research has focused on what makes life meaningful for people, and on understanding the foundations and benefits of living a meaningful life and achieving happiness. He also studies how people adjust to traumatic life events, and social influences on depression. His most recent book was “Designing Positive Psychology.” He is currently writing a textbook for Abnormal Psychology, due to be published by McGraw-Hill.

Bryan Dik
Bryan Dik

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Bryan J. Dik is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at Colorado State University and co-founder and Chief Science Officer of jobZology, a CSU Ventures company that matches job seekers to employers using psychological assessment. His research interests focus on work as a calling or vocation; purpose, meaning, religion and spirituality in career development; vocational interests; and career development interventions. He teaches courses in vocational psychology, personality psychology, and the psychology of religion.