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PSY100 - General Psychology

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It explores topics such as the biological basis of behavior, research methods, learning, emotions, cognitive processes, perception, personality, abnormal behavior and the treatment of mental disorders. Research as well as practical application is stressed. (3 crs.)

PSY206 - Adolescent Psychology

Factors that influence the growth and development of adolescents. Emphasis on the relationship among physiological, psychological and sociological factors and theoretical systems used to describe, explain, predict and work with adolescents. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY207 - Developmental Psychology

This course discusses factors of a biological and environmental nature that impact a person's physical, mental, social and emotional development throughout the life span. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY208 - Educational Psychology

This course emphasizes the application of psychological principles to the classroom. Topics discussed include human development, learning, individual differences, assessment, education objectives, motivation and behavior management. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY209 - Industrial Psychology

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the field of industrial psychology. It demonstrates the application of psychological principles of behavior to work conditions. An examination of business and industrial activities and the role a psychologist plays in such activities. A strong emphasis on the practical and everyday problems that confront people in the world of work. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY211 - Social Psychology

The interaction between the individual and social groups within a cultural context: the individual in a social role, social groups, and social institutions. The course will cover such topics as aggression, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, persuasion, and helping behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 100 (3 crs.)

PSY216 - Child Psychology: Birth to Age 4

The purpose of this course is to provide students with meaningful scientific information in understanding infants and children and in providing practical principles for working with children. Special attention is given to the study of the relationship of the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth from conception to age 4. (3 crs.)

PSY217 - Child Psychology: Ages 5 to 9

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the basic principles and major issues of children age 5 to 9. Theories and methods used to understand physical, emotional, cognitive and social development will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 216 (3 crs.)

PSY220 - Descriptive Statistics in Psychology

This course presents the fundamentals of hypothesis testing. It covers computation and interpretation of descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency, variability, correlation and regression) as well as an introduction to typical statistical procedures utilized in the social sciences, particularly psychology. (3 crs.)

PSY222 - Psychology of Stress Management

Sources of stress, effects of stress, manifestations of stress and methods of coping with stress will be examined, with the focus being on practical application. Prerequisites: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY235 - Psychology of Learning

The major areas of learning focused on are behavioral (classical conditioning operant conditioning, and observational learning), cognitive and neurophysiological. In each of these areas, study progresses from basic research to applications. Historically influential theorists, such as Thorndike and Skinner, are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY301 - Sensation and Perception

Sensation is the process in which the sensory receptors receive stimuli from the environment and transmit it to the brain. Perception is the process in which the brain organizes and interprets that information. Sensation is a physical process; perception is a cognitive interpretation of sensations. This course will explore sensory and perceptual processes as they relate to psychological experience. Also, students will learn how to manipulate sensory information and measures the effects on perception and other psychological experiences. Pre-requisites: PSY100, PSY220, and Junior Status (4 crs.)

PSY302 - Evolutionary Psychology

This course will examine the mechanisms of the human mind through the lens of evolutionary psychology. We begin with a brief historical review of key theories in psychology and evolutionary biology. We then proceed to substantive topics, including problems of survival, long-term and short-term mating, sexuality, parenting, kinship, cooperation, aggression and warfare, conflict between the sexes, status, prestige, and dominance hierarchies. The course concludes by proposing a unified field that integrates the different branches of psychology. All course topics will be approached from both theory-driven and applied perspectives. (3 crs.)

PSY303 - Cross-Cultural Psychology

Cross-cultural research in psychology has demonstrated that many psychological processes once assumed to be universal (i.e., shared by members of all cultures) are actually quite culture-bound. Although a few topics on psychology have a relatively long history of cross-cultural investigation, psychologists are becoming more aware that all of the topics on psychology must be examined from a broad cultural perspective. In this course we will focus on topics in personality, social, developmental and health psychology, examining them in light of various cultural backgrounds and orientations. (3 crs.)

PSY305 - Psychology of Personality

This course explores the essential factors that result in creating individual differences in human behavior and mental processes. Current theories and classical theories are studied to increase understanding of the development and structure of personality. The characteristics of the normal and the maladjusted personality are identified, with special concern for developmental patterns. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and junior standing. (3 crs.)

PSY306 - Cognitive Psychology

This course is an introduction of thought processes in humans. Various aspects of cognitive, including research methods, perception, attention, memory, memory errors, language, problem solving, higher-level reasoning and animal cognition, will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 100 (3 crs.)

PSY310 - Mental Health/Psychology of Adjustment

Problems of personality and mechanisms of adjustment, including a study of the origin and resolution of conflicts, and the role of emotion in the patterns of behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY311 - Psychology of Gender Roles

Students explore how gender roles develop and how gender influences the daily lives of men and women. Aspects of life experience where gender plays an important role — including education, occupations, physical and mental health, politics, religion, and the media — are explored. Multicultural and cross-cultural perspectives are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY320 - Black Psychology

This course presents the psychological principles shaping the personality of Blacks. The course includes a critique of “traditional” theories, statistics, racial myths, discriminatory thinking and behavior. Analysis of attitudes and behaviors which develop in prejudicial socio-economic, educational and political systems and ways to counteract them are reviewed. This course emphasizes proactive Black leadership and the life-style of individual Black people and their community.

PSY331 - Inferential Statistics in Psychology

This course presents the fundamentals of parametric and nonparametric inferential statistical procedures, including t-tests; analysis of variance, correlation and regression; and chi-square. It covers the testing of the assumptions of these procedures, as well as their computation and interpretation with regard to hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 220. (3 crs.)

PSY336 - Forensic Psychology

This course is designed to give the undergraduate with a minimal background in psychology a basic overview of the field of forensic psychology. The course provides a broad examination of forensic psychology and concentrates on the applied side of the field, focusing on research-based forensic practice. Professional application of psychological knowledge, concepts and principles to both the civil and criminal justice systems are emphasized. The course exposes students to the many careers related to the field and utilizes the multicultural perspective focusing on racial issues, mental and physical disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender discrimination in relation to the work of forensic psychologists. Prerequisite: PSY 100 (3 crs.)

PSY340 - Psychological Testing

This course explores the nature and function of measurement and assessment in psychology with concentration on test construction and interpretation. Tests are examined. Sample intelligence, personality, aptitude, ability and interest tests are examined. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 220. (3 crs.)

PSY345 - History and Systems of Psychology

This course explores the evolution of psychology starting with its philosophical roots. All major perspectives of psychology are explored, including structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, gestalt, psychoanalysis, humanism and the cognitive view. Understanding the contextual forces that shaped the discoveries and thinking of the times in relation to the development of psychology as a science is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY350 - Principles of Behavior Modification

Applications of the principles of contemporary approaches to behavior modification are explored. Behavior-change techniques that are based on operant conditioning are emphasized. Some attention is also given to behavior therapy, which involves procedures based on classical conditioning. Examples of the uses of these techniques in counseling, clinical and educational settings are reviewed. Students complete one or more applied projects. Prerequisite: PSY 100. (3 crs.)

PSY360 - Experimental Psychology

This is a writing-intensive course emphasizing the design of research strategies for evaluating hypotheses about behavior and the quantitative analysis of research results. Students design and conduct a research project using the statistical and research techniques of scientific psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 100, 220 and 331. (3 crs.)

PSY365 - Research Methods in Psychology

This is a survey course emphasizing the design of research strategies for evaluating hypotheses about behavior and the quantitative analysis of research results. Students will design, implement, and write up a research study using APA style and the statistical and research techniques of scientific psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 220 and PSY 331. (3 crs.)

PSY370 - Developing Interviewing Skills

For students who will soon be seeking employment in an organizational setting, providing knowledge and practical experience in several different and specific types of interviews, especially the selection interview for employment, the career planning interview the exit interview and the performance evaluation interview. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 209. (3 crs.)

PSY375 - Psychopathology in Childhood

This course explores the various psychopathological disorders of childhood. The particular manifestation in children will be discussed for each disorder, with emphasis on the quantitative nature of clinical symptom characteristics as illustrated by case studies. The differentiation between similar diagnoses and symptoms, as well as the relationships between each disorder and other emotional familial problems, will be discussed. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 216 or PSY 217. (3 crs.)

PSY400 - Psychopathological Disorders of Adulthood

A survey of behavior pathology including psychoses, mood and adjustment disorders, and personality disorders, including drug addiction and psychophysiological disorders together with a general consideration of etiology, treatment and prognosis. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing. (3 crs.)

PSY410 - Clinical Child Psychology

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the field of clinical child psychology. It will explore the major concepts, research findings and professional issues influencing the practice of clinical child psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 216 OR PSY 217. (3 crs.)

PSY420 - Social Psychology Lab

The course combines a review of the foundations of psychological research (e.g., hypothesis generation, experimentation), as well as a focus on advanced procedural methods and techniques for social psychological research. In addition, we will focus on data management, analysis, and presentation. Altogether, this course will provide an in-depth, hands-on introduction to the world of conducting research in social psychology, from start to finish.

PSY421 - Theories of Psychotherapy

This course introduces students to the theory and application of major models utilized in the treatment of psychological disorders. Behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic and systems approaches (among others) are explored, with emphasis on their theoretical assumptions, techniques of intervention and associated personality theory. Students will learn to take into account individual differences (race, gender and age, among others) when considering the theories, techniques of clinical psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing. (3 crs.)

PSY422 - Clinical Skills in Psychology

The focus of this course is on the specific techniques psychologists and other mental health practitioners use to create positive change in people. Students will learn the skills of active listening, empathy, cognitive reframing, crisis management, rapport building, and treatment planning, among others. Students will also learn to enhance their effectiveness as positive change agents through self-reflection, as well as acquisition of knowledge about the targets of intervention and their effectiveness. This course is considered the applied companion course to PSY 421. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and Junior status. (3 crs.)

PSY425 - Senior Project

This course is an opportunity for the student to integrate and synthesize all aspects of their prior collegiate academic experience as it relates to their chosen major of psychology. The student will review research methods and current research literature in an area that is of special interest to them, develop a proposal for further research on an approved project in an area of interest, conduct the research proposed, write a thesis and present the findings in an appropriate forum. Prerequisites: PSY 100, 360 or 365 and senior standing. (1-3 crs.)

PSY428 - Advanced Industrial Psychology

A more in-depth survey of several important issues considered in PSY 209, including organizational dynamics, psychological evaluations, employee rights laws, worker motivation, training and performance evaluation. Prerequisite: PSY 100, PSY 209, PSY 220 or equivalent. (3 crs.)

PSY430 - Physiological Psychology

The biological foundations of behavior are explored in this course. Topics examined include the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, sensory and motor systems, memory, higher cognitive functions, and psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior/senior standing. (3 crs.)

PSY460 - Senior Seminar: Special Topics

Students of psychology will enhance their postgraduate opportunities by learning a variety of professional knowledge areas, skills, and abilities that pertain to a specific current topic in the field of psychology. Topics such as ethics, multicultural sensitivity, foundational research, applications, future trends in research and application and professional behavior will be covered as they pertain to the listed special topic offered in a given term. Prerequisites: Psychology major; senior standing (3 crs.)

PSY469 - Psychology Internships

Students will be placed with professional psychological agencies. They will integrate, under supervision, theoretical knowledge and practical applications through the duties and responsibilities assigned to them by practicing psychologists. Eligibility requirements and procedures for application are available at the departmental office. Prerequisites: PSY 100, junior/senior standing and permission from chair. (1-6 crs.)