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Psychology

  • Heather Macalister and Patricia Murphy, department heads
    Donyetta Bryson, Kimberly Craig,Louise Freeman Jenna Holt, Chandra Mason

  • Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    39 semester hours
    PSYC 101
    PSYC 150
    PSYC 210 or PSYC 211
    PSYC 220
    PSYC 241 or PSYC/BIOL 305
    PSYC 212 or 310
    PSYC 250
    PSYC 360
    PSYC 401

    And four additional elective courses* selected from the following:
    PSYC 111 Psychology as a Social Science
    PSYC 203 Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 205 Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy
    PSYC 214 Psychology of Women
    PSYC 216 Multicultural Psychology
    PSYC 218 Psychology of Relationships
    PSYC 231 Psychology of Personality
    PSYC 232 Educational Psychology
    PSYC 245 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    PSYC 248 Forensic Psychology
    PSYC 275 Social Psychology
    PSYC 277 Psychology Colloquium
    PSYC 302 Test and Measures
    PSYC 306 Human Morality (Honors Colloquium)
    PSYC 307 Drugs and Behavior
    PSYC 311 Adult Development
    PSYC 313 Applied Behavior Analysis

    *At least one of the elective courses must emphasize social psychology (e.g. PSYC 111, PSYC 275, or colloquium approved by the department head).

    Majors must take a standardized achievement test in psychology during their senior year

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology

    All of the requirements listed for the BA, plus the following:
    Two mathematics courses at the 200 level or above.
    One additional lab science course at the 200 level

    Senior Requirement: Satisfactory completion of PSYC 401

    Requirements for the Psychology/Sociology Major

    42 semester hours
    PSYC 101
    PSYC 150
    PSYC 220
    PSYC 250
    PSYC 360
    PSYC 401
    SOC 100
    SOC 110
    SOC 200
    SOC 248
    SOC 254
    One other 200 level SOC course (SOC 225 is suggested)
    One of the following: PSYC 210, PSYC 211, or PSYC 311
    One of the following: PSYC 203, PSYC 205, or PSYC 232

    Requirements for the Sociology/Psychology Major
    Please see Sociology, Sociology/Psychology

    Requirements for the Minor in Psychology

    18–20 semester hours, with at least 3 semester hours at the 300+ level
    One of the following: PSYC 101 or PSYC 111
    One of the following: PSYC 210, PSYC 211, or PSYC 214
    One of the following: PSYC 220, PSYC 250, or PSYC 302
    One of the following: PSYC 203, PSYC 205, PSYC 231, or PYSC 313
    One of the following: PSYC 212, PSYC 305, PSYC 307, PSYC 310, or PSYC/BIOL 305
    One other psychology course (3-4 hrs.) of the student’s choice, excluding PSYC 287, PSYC 387, and PSYC 380.

    Emphasis Areas

    Child Psychology:
    Majors who plan an elementary teaching license, a career in child care, or to enter a graduate program in developmental psychology, educational psychology, or a related field should take: PSYC 203, PSYC 210, PSYC 302, and PSYC 310. PSYC 232 is also recommended.

    Mental Health Work:
    Students who plan to work in a mental health setting or enter a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology or a related field should take: PSYC 203, PSYC 205, PSYC 231, PSYC 302, PSYC 313, and an internship in mental health.

    Personnel Work:
    Majors who plan for entry-level positions in personnel work or to enter a graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology should take: PSYC 205, PSYC 231, PSYC 245, PSYC 302, BUAD 104, BUAD 200, BUAD 202, BUAD 302, and an internship in personnel work during May Term of the senior year.

    Physical/Occupational Therapy:
    Students interested in graduate studies in physical or occupational therapy should take: PSYC 305, PSYC 310, PYSC 313, BIOL 111, BIOL 251, BIOL 264, BIOL 265, and an internship in a PT or OT setting. (Note: this is an emphasis within the psychology major; it does not include all pre-requisite courses for admission to a graduate program in PT or OT.)

    Elder Care:
    Students interested in working with the elderly or graduate work in gerontology should take: PSYC 111, PSYC 212, PSYC 307, PSYC 311, BIOL 151, HCA 240, SOWK 124, and an internship in an elder care setting. SOC 205 is also recommended.

  • Civic Engagement Opportunities

    • Long-established internships and volunteer opportunities with agencies such as Western State Hospital, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, and area service agencies
    • Extra credit for meaningful volunteer efforts outside the classroom
  • 101 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science (4 s.h.) (N)
    A course with a required laboratory applied component emphasizing the experimental method as a procedure for discovering the principles of behavior and mental processes. Subject areas include psychobiology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, motivation, emotion, and stress. Weekly labs enable students to explore a wide variety of psychological phenomena by replicating classic experiments and collecting and analyzing behavioral data.

    111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science (3 s.h.) (S)
    This course is designed to introduce students to the study of psychology as a social science. Content areas: the major theoretical approaches to the study of psychology, developmental processes, stress, intelligence and its assessment, personality and its assessment, abnormal psychology, therapy, and social influences on behavior.

    150 Survival Skills for the Psychology Major (1 s.h.)
    Required for declared psychology majors. The course fosters an understanding of the career field and the acquisition of the basic learning and professional skills necessary to succeed in the field. Topics include vocational assessment, tools for academic success, writing a literature review and an empirical paper, occupational choices, and preparing for and applying to graduate school.

    203 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.) (S)
    A study of the major forms of abnormal behavior focusing on adult psychopathology. Topics include the definition and history of abnormal behavior, research methods, current theoretical perspectives classification, symptomatology and treatment of mental disorders, psychological health. Of special interest to prospective human service workers, including social workers, counselors, and teachers. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or PSYC 111.

    205 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 s.h.)
    An overview of current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy including psychodynamic, phenomenological, behavioral, cognitive, and feminist orientations, and family therapy and therapy with children. Ethical and multicultural issues pertaining to therapy are also considered. Of special interest to prospective human service workers, including mental health workers, social workers, teachers, and personnel workers. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or PSYC 111.

    210 Child Psychology (3 s.h.) (S)
    Examines cognitive, socio-emotional, language, and gender development from infancy through late childhood from different theoretical perspectives. Environmental and biological influences on children’s behavior are considered. Implications for parents, teachers, and others who work with children are discussed.

    211 Adolescent Psychology (3 s.h.) (S)
    This course focuses on the neurological, socio-emotional, cognitive, and transitional aspects of adolescent development. Topics include identity formation; sexuality; work and leisure; and family, peer, and school influences on development. Students learn how culture, generation, gender roles, and other psychological factors affect adolescent behavior

    212 Fundamentals of Human Memory and Cognition (3 s.h.) (R)
    This course provides an introduction to the operations of the human mind. Students will learn about how we take in information from our environment and make sense of it, how we store and retrieve information in memory, how we manipulate information and knowledge for problem-solving and communication, the nature of consciousness, and other topics.

    214 Psychology of Women (3 s.h.) (G)
    This course takes a psychosocial developmental feminist approach to understanding psychological and social phenomena that pertain to women. We will examine theoretical perspectives on women’s psychology; cultural and societal images of women; women in adolescence, young adulthood, midlife, and late adulthood; and issues of relationships, lifestyles, sexuality, parenting, family, and work. Includes opportunity for community activism that benefits girls and women.

    216 Multiculural Psychology (3 s.h.) (W)
    In this class you will be studying human behavior with respect to culture. It is becoming more broadly understood that one’s culture impacts development, personality, perceptions, cognition, social behavior and views of “abnormality.” In order to scientifically study psychology and/or be more effective in interacting with others, we must understand cultural differences and how we each are affected by them. Some of the premises formed early in our discipline’s history now need to evolve to retain truth and relevance in our world. We will look at some of these as a way to understand our own biases. As well as studying racial, ethnic, and national cultural diversity, we will also gain knowledge of the impact of differences in religion, class, age, gender and sexual orientation. Offered online only.

    218 Psychology of Relationships (3 s.h.)
    This course discusses and evaluates recent data, emphasizing heterosexual relationships, but including data on other intrapersonal and family relationships. It focuses on how relationships have evolved and the adaptive significance of the roles of the individuals within them. Examines the psychological principles that result in different behavioral strategies in response to changing societal demands, and addresses principles that underlie adaptive, destructive, and abnormal behaviors within relationships. Alternate years.

    220 Experimental Psychology (4 s.h.)
    Lecture/laboratory course focuses on why and how experiments are conducted in psychology. Students learn how to critically evaluate published psychological research, design and conduct experiments, use computers for statistical analysis of results. Uses significant research to investigate variables, methods, problems peculiar to psychological research. In lab students participate in data collection, design and conduct experiments, analyze results with computer-generated statistics. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

    231 Psychology of Personality (3 s.h.) (S)
    This course introduces each of the major theories of personality: psychoanalytic, phenomenological, biological, behavioral, social learning, humanistic, existential, and positive. Each is critically examined with respect to its ability to explain human nature and generate strategies for assessing and modifying personality. Considers findings relating to conflict, stress, aggression, self-concept, and multicultural influences on personality. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or PSYC 111.

    232 Educational Psychology (3 s.h.)
    The application of psychological principles and theories to educational settings, including elementary, middle, and secondary schools, colleges, and other institutions (e.g., businesses and industries) in which education or training is a goal. Students will learn how to write educational objectives, analyze learning tasks, devise instructional strategies for accomplishing educational objectives, and evaluate the outcomes of such strategies.

    241 Sensation and Perception (3 s.h.) (N)
    Introduces principles of sensation and their involvement in our perception of the world. Examines all sensory systems as to how they translate physical stimuli into information useful for processing by the brain. Investigates roles of experience, context, attribution, and other perceptual variables in the interpretation of these stimuli. Personally conducted and computer generated demonstrations involving sensation and perception phenomena allow students to experience principles firsthand. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101, BIOL 111 or BIOL 151, or permission of Instructor.

    245 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
    Students survey topics related to industrial and organizational psychology, including motivation, job satisfaction and values, groups in organizations, decision-making, leadership, job analysis and evaluation, and models and methods of employee selection. The requirements cover theory and conceptual information as well as practical applications. Alternate years.

    248 Forensic Psychology (3 s.h.) (D)
    Application of psychological principles and research to legal issues. This course addresses police training in interrogation, profile generation, and how to deal with special victims. Trial issues such as pre-trial publicity effects, jury composition, and assisting lawyers with their presentation and cross-examination techniques are addressed. Special attention to how the legal system influences and is influenced by race, ethnic, religious, and cultural differences. Alternate years.

    250 Behavioral Statistics (3 s.h.) (Q)
    Required of all psychology majors. Overview of the basic concepts and principles of parametric and non-parametric statistics and how they are used in the behavioral sciences. Students learn to conduct statistical tests on data sets and to thoughtfully critique the conclusions of others. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, correlation, linear regression, the z-test, the t-test, analysis of variance, and chi-square. Strongly recommended background: PYC 220. *Prerequisite: MATH 159 or equivalent.

    275 Principles of Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
    This course examines the way our environment (or situation) influences our thoughts and behaviors. The course will focus on how individuals think about, relate to and influence one another — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Students will examine how we form our attitudes and judgments and how this can ultimately affect our behavior. Specific topics to be examined are: social roles, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, attraction, helping behavior and conflict resolution. How all these phenomena impact our daily lives and our institutions will be discussed.

    287 Internship: Career Exploration in Psychology (1–3 s.h.)
    This course provides the opportunity to observe and participate with professionals performing psychology-related jobs in widely varied employment settings. Students must apply for an internship to a member of the psychology faculty who will serve as the supervisor. The two negotiate the terms of the internship with the on-site supervisor.

    302 Psychological Testing (3 s.h.)
    An examination of the basic principles of psychological assessment and a critical survey of the instruments used in schools, clinics, and hospitals, including intelligence, aptitude, achievement, vocational interest, and personality tests. Practice is given in administering, scoring, and interpreting representative tests. *Prerequisite: PSYC 220 or PSYC 250. Alternate years.

    305 Physiological Psychology (3 s.h.)
    Current concepts regarding the relationship between brain function and behavior. Includes the gross anatomical characteristics of the nervous system, functional characteristics of neurons, research techniques used in neurophysiology, and the functional role of the nervous system with respect to arousal, pain, sensory processes, sleep, sexual behavior, brain disorders, emotion, learning, and motivation. Cross listed as BIOL 305. *Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and three semester hours in biology or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

    306 Human Morality: Nature and Nurture (3 s.h.) (T)
    This Honors colloquium focuses on the cross-disciplinary debate about the implications of research in evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and social sciences for our understanding of human morality. Students will move beyond the classic nature vs. nurture debates to understand newly merging models of the complex interaction between evolutionary accounts of human morality and diverse perspectives in ethical theory. Cross listed as PHIL 306. Alternate years.

    307 Drugs and Behavior (3 s.h.) (T)
    Examines drugs and their effects on human and animal behavior, with particular emphasis on the neural mechanisms underlying drug actions. Topics include the current clinical uses of drugs, drug abuse, addiction, and the effects of drugs on motivation, memory, and learning. Drugs studied include alcohol, antidepressants, antipsychotics, barbiturates, hallucinogens, narcotics, sedatives, and stimulants. *Prerequisite: PSYC 101, BIOL 111 or 151 or permission of Instructor. Alternate years.

    310 Psychology of Learning and Behavior (3 s.h.) (R)
    A study of the basic processes of classical, operant, and vicarious conditioning as they relate to animal and human behavior. Attention is also given to biological constraints on learning. Relevance of the concepts and principles of learning and behavior for understanding human behavior is emphasized throughout. *Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

    311 Psychology of Adult Development (3 s.h.)
    This course is an advanced developmental psychology seminar, focusing on psychosocial, cognitive, and physiological development and issues of young adulthood, midlife, and late adulthood, with an emphasis on women. Students will critique traditional theories and perspectives on adulthood and apply contemporary feminist theory and research. Topics include research methodology; work and retirement; intimate relationships, family, friendships, and caregiving; physical changes and sexuality; cognitive functioning and intelligence; identity, generativity, and integrity. *Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or PSYC 211.

    313 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 s.h.)
    Procedures for treating a variety of problems, ranging from personal behavior problems to abnormal behavior will be considered. Students will learn to design, conduct, and evaluate programs for behavior change for themselves and others. Considers procedures for establishing desirable behaviors and eliminating or reducing undesirable behaviors, maladaptive anxiety, and other unwanted emotions.

    360 History and Systems of Psychology (3 s.h.)
    This course for senior psychology majors examines the historical antecedents of contemporary psychology and the major systems of psychology from 1850 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the historical development leading to currently held positions on topic areas including development, learning, motivation, sensation, perception, and cognition. An oral presentation is videotaped and critiqued for presentation skills.

    387 Internship: Professional Experience in Psychology (2-3 s.h.)
    Culminates a student’s preparation for entry level employment in a psychology-related career by providing practical experience working with professionals in a chosen career specialty. Students work closely with a faculty member and negotiate the terms of the internship with the on-site supervisor. Credit is awarded on the basis of three semester hours per 150 hours of observation. Must be taken P/NC.

    401 Senior Thesis (3 s.h.) (O, M)
    In the senior thesis students integrate their learning in the major by conducting a large-scale exercise under the mentorship of a psychology faculty member: either a data collection project or a comprehensive literature search of primary sources on a contemporary topic in psychology with a written critical analysis of the data. All students make a formal oral presentation of their results and present a final written thesis. Students who do not have a B average in Psych 220 and 250 must take the critical analysis option. *Prerequisites: PSYC 220 and PSYC 250.

    Note: Directed inquiries for courses not regularly taught and teaching assistantships in psychology can be arranged on an individual basis.