Psychology Course List and Descriptions
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A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered include: biological bases of behavior, learning, memory, motivation, perception, cognition and development.
PSY 202 General Psychology 4 hours
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered include: consciousness, personality, health psychology, motivation, intelligence, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and social psychology.
PSY 218 Psychological Foundations of Education 3 hours
A survey of psychological topics relevant to education settings. These topics may include child and adolescent development, learning, memory, cognitive processes, motivation, assessment and behavioral management. This course is designed for Education majors. Psychology majors should not take this course.
Introduces students to the psychology major and explores career opportunities and graduate school. Professional and career development theory will be reviewed. Students are encouraged to apply class material to personal decision making.
PSY 301W Introduction to Research Methods (4)
The psychological study of human development from conception to death. Stages and issues of developmental throughout the lifespan are identified and examined. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 or equivalent.
A survey of theories of adequate and optimal psychological functioning. A study of processes which may lead to the development of adaptive functioning and its maintenance and how these processes may be brought into play in the individual's environment or community. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Interdisciplinary field that examines the function and mechanisms underlying how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. A central theme is the continual interaction between the person and the situation. Social psychological research has broad applications, extending from law to health and beyond. Topics covered: formation and changing of attitudes; strategies of social influence; intricacies of close relationships; interpersonal conflict and aggression; helping behavior; and group productivity and decision making. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or 218, or equivalent.
PSY 350 Evolutionary Psychology 4 hours
Introduction to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. We will apply to humans the same adaptationist lens that evolutionary biologists apply to other species. The evolved function of various psychological mechanisms will be considered. Course will begin with an in-depth introduction to evolution by natural selection, followed by a survey of more specific psychological phenomena studied from an evolutionary perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
This class provides an overview of basic topics in cognitive psychology including learning, memory, attention, sensation, perception, language/phonology and problem solving. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or equivalent.
Survey of fundamental concepts of conditioning, rate learning, discrimination, problem solving, memory and motor skill. Major theories of learning, memory and related experimental literature. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 or equivalent.
Exploration of the roles and functions of persons employed in occupations for which the study of psychology prepares students. Survey and practice of specific and non-specific skills of helping and interpersonal influence such as interviewing and small group dynamics. Ethics and other professional issues will be considered. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Student will serve as a mentor for an "at risk" middle school or high school student. Mentors help students develop skills for academic success, emotional and social growth, and provide a forum for developing problem solving approaches to concerns and issues. Students receive training on the mentoring process, goal setting and communication. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Students continue to mentor, collect, analyze and present data on mentoring progress toward goals. Prerequisite: PSY 410
This course will survey the current state of the psychology of sports. Psychological theory and research findings will provide the basis for suggestions about applications to sport situations. A central focus will be on the critical and empirical evaluation of the common knowledge in this area. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Each time course is offered, a single special topic in geropsychology or gerontology will be studied in-depth. Topics may include diseases of older adulthood, applied applications of gerontology, social aspects of aging, long-term care issues, regulatory issues, brain health, or the effects of positive lifestyles on the aging process. may be repeated if subject matter is not repeated. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 311 or equivalent.
Exploration of the interview as a method of information gathering and social influence. Topics include the uses of interviews, the strengths and weakness of the interview as a methodology, training in specific interviewing skills, and the relation of the interview to other methods of appraisal of human behavior. Applications will be drawn from many areas of human interaction including the helping professions and business. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Explores the relationship between the study of psychology and law. Specifically, how psychological practice and theory can be utilized by law enforcement, courts, and other involved with the justice system to help arrive at appropriate decision regarding such issues as incarceration, treatment, guilt and innocence. In addition, topics related to expert testimony, psychopathic deviance, child sexual abuse and custody determination, as well as criminal investigation techniques are some of the areas that may be covered. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202.
An in-depth study of several social-psychological theories and their application to social issues and interactions. Topics may include small group interaction and functioning, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence and social relations. Prerequisite: Psy 334 or equivalent.
Examines psychological factors and principles that help explain positive outcomes, well-being and personal growth in humans. Areas of focus will include positive emotional experiences and appraisals such a happiness, life satisfaction, well-being, positive personal characteristics, interests and values, and positive institutions as they promote growth and fulfilling experiences. There will be a significant applied component of the class in which students will explore their own reactions and personal qualities. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Provides students with opportunity to increase
self-awareness of their existing teamwork skills,
develop stronger teamwork skills, as well as
learn and apply social psychological principles
aimed at increasing group effectiveness. Topics
covered include: group development, social
interdependence, group communication and
decision making, managing conflict, enhancing
group creativity, and leveraging diversity.
Course activities may include several large
scale group projects and meetings with other
students in their groups outside of regularly
scheduled class time. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and
202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
PSY 334 recommended
Students will examine how psychology is
applied to workplace in settings such as
industry, business, government, and social
service. Topics include trends in organizational
and job design, personnel selection and
placement, training, performance appraisal,
work motivation, job satisfaction and
leadership. Course activities include weekly
quizzes, several projects interviewing members
of various organizations, keeping a work
journal and in-class participation in the form
of analyzing case studies. Prerequisites: PSY 201
and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
PSY 334 recommended.
Introduction to leadership, focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasizes the practice of leadership. Examines topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, handling conflict, overcoming obstacles, and addressing ethics in leadership. Helping students understand and improve their own leadership performance. Activities may include a service learning component with a community organization, analyzing case studies, and developing individual leadership portfolios. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 334 recommended.
Explores the art and science of Organizational Development (OD) which is a series of planned interventions by which human resources are identified, utilized, and developed in ways that strengthen organizational effectiveness by increasing problem solving capacities and planning. Examines topics such as: models of organizational change; diagnosis and feedback of organizational challenges; evidence-based intervention strategies at the individual, group, inter-group, and organizational level; and minimizing resistance to change. Attention will also be given to helping students understand and improve their skills for effective managing/ consulting. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. PSY 445 recommended.
Topics may include at different times: strategic planning and implementation; productivity issues; career development with organizations; managerial participative management programs, negotiation, mediation and arbitration processes; and other topics of special interest. May be repeated under different subtitles. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent. PSY 334 recommended.
Examines and integrates a broad range of creativity research in psychology and related scientific fields including anthropology, sociology, and cognitive neuroscience. Topics include individual creativity as well as the social and cultural contexts of creativity, including the role of collaboration in the creative process. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and 202 or equivalent, or consent of instructor
The nature, causes and treatment of various forms of unusual behavior and emotional disturbance. The full range of abnormality will be examined from extreme reactions to stressful events to psychotic breaks with reality as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The course will integrate perspectives generated from psychological theory, research and physiological findings. Prerequisite: a 300-level course in psychology.
A study of the ways that the physiology of the body is related to behavior. Sub-topics may include sleep and dreaming, learning and memory, pain, sexual behavior, disordered emotional states and psychopharmacologic agents. Prerequisites: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
Overview of contemporary theory, research, and issues related to language development. Topics include phonological, semantic, syntactic and morphological development, communicative competence and the underlying physiological and cognitive mechanisms of language acquistion. Prerequisites: PSY 201 and PSY 311.
This class covers advanced topics in cognitive science including cognitive development, cerebral localization of function, hemispheric interaction/differences, individual differences in cognition, object recognition, face recognition, spatial perception, and neuropsychological disorders. Prerequisite: Psy 360 or Psy 451.
Examination of the nature, causes and treatment of emotional and social maladjustments in children and adolescents. A broad range of disturbances will be examined from minor problems in living to psychotic breaks with reality and self-destructiveness. The home, school and cultural environments will be examined as well as possible genetic and biological determinations of the mental health of children and youth. Prerequisites: PSY 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Deals primarily with human motivation. Topics such as stress, conflict, learned motives, arousal and unconscious determinants will be considered. Prerequisite: 3 or more hours of 300-level psychology.
Methods which psychologists use to describe, summarize and make inferences about measurements made on people, things or events. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202, 301W and MTH 105 or MTH 111 or equivalent.
Theory and research related to prenatal, infancy, and early childhood phases. Includes study of the motor, emotional, cognitive, social and linguistic domains with emphasis on applications for professionals offering services to young children and their families. Prerequisites: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Theory and research related to children who are between school age and adolescence. Emphasis on socialization, cognitive development, and deviations from typical development. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Study of the transitions and issues of adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for parents, teachers, and professionals offering services to adolescents and youth. Prerequisite: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Examination of current models of aging. Includes theory and research relevant to early, middle, and late adulthood. Emphasis on applications of information concerning the issues of adulthood. Prerequisites: Psy 201 or 218 and 311 or equivalent.
Focuses on numerous topics related to the developmental processes of death, dying and grief throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202, and 311.
Theories of human development across the lifespan are examined, integrated and compared. Assumptions of major, contemporary theories of development are studied including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent.
Each quarter that this course is offered, a single special topic in development will be studied in-depth. Topics may include the development of sex roles, moral development, or social skills training. May be repeated under different subtitles. Prerequisite: Psy 201, 202 and 311 or equivalent.
492/592 Psychology of Women 4 hours
Application of psychological methods to the study of women's roles and behavior. Sub-topics may include development, sexuality, achievement, aptitudes and work. Prerequisite: Psy 201 and 202 or equivalent.
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