Psychology (PSY)

PSY 101. General Psychology. (3 Credits)

General Psychology is an introductory survey course acquainting the student with the procedures, principles, theories, and vocabulary of psychology as a science.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 201. Interpersonal Communication. (3 Credits)

This course explores why communication breaks down in interpersonal relationships, focusing on such topics as perception, self-concept, nonverbals, listening, gender, self-disclosure, power, and conflict. Assignments lead students to greater awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as communicators.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 205. Theories of Learning. (3 Credits)

Theories of Learning is a focus on how people learn. Inseparable from a discussion of the history of Psychology, PSY 205 presents information of basic learning theory along a timeline in the science of psychology. Classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, and cognitive mapping, to name a few learning strategies, are described. The words of Thorndike, Tolman, and Skinner are highlighted along with the research of other learning theorists.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 221. Child Development. (3 Credits)

Child Development discusses changes throughout childhood from conception until the onset of puberty; emphasis is on development from conception through six years of age—early childhood. Of primary importance are the changes that occur within the three domains of development—the physical, the cognitive, and the socio-emotional. Students are given the opportunity to conduct basic research in the field.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 222. Adolescent Develop. (3 Credits)

This course will focus on adolescent development within the context of contemporary society. Students will learn to understand how the world in which adolescents live impacts their behaviors and social relationships. Students will also learn about current debates in the field of adolescent development. Students will develop critical and insightful thinking skills through reading, writing and discussing course materials. The impact of multicultural issues (e.g., ethnic culture, class and religion) will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 230. Life Span Development. (3 Credits)

Life-Span Development covers changes throughout the life-span from conception until death. Of primary importance are the changes that occur within the three domains of development—the physical, the cognitive, and the socio-emotional. Students are given the opportunity to interview an elder (in his/her 80s) in order to apply psychological theory to an individual’s life review.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 235. Chld & Fam Serv:Focus Chld Wel. (3 Credits)

PSY 271. Social Psychology in Workplace. (3 Credits)

PSY 303. Purpose Recognition and Intrapersonal Development. (3 Credits)

PSY 305. Psy of Teaching and Learning. (3 Credits)

PSY 309. Educational Psychology. (3 Credits)

This elective course will offer an overview of psychological principles, theories, methodologies and practices applied to issues of teaching and learning in the undergraduate classroom. The course is intended for students who are serving as Peer Leaders. It provides Peer Leaders with an opportunity for practice, application, reflection and revision of skills and knowledge in the undergraduate classroom setting.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 310. Theories of Personality. (3 Credits)

This course is a seminar focusing on various concepts of personality as addressed by theorists within the disciplines of psychology and sociology,

Prerequisite: None

PSY 312. Marriage and Family Relations. (3 Credits)

Marriage and Family Relations considers the major facets of marriage and family life American culture. It emphasizes such aspects of marriage and the family as personality development, role and status sets, communication patterns, adjustment and conflict.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 315. Social Psychology. (3 Credits)

This course introduces basic concepts of social psychology and leadership as an aspect of social power, small group behavior, communication, development of attitudes and interactional dynamics.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 316. Special Topics in Psychology. (3 Credits)

is a course that varies in topic and focuses on special areas of psychology, often from an interdisciplinary perspecitve. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 324. Abnormal Psychology. (3 Credits)

Abnormal Psychology examines the complex factors that cause behavioral disorders, presents biological, psychological, and environmental influences, and demonstrates psychological, biological, and social approaches to the treatment of abnormal behaviors.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 331. Criminal Psych. (3 Credits)

studies the psychological theories of crime causation. Crosslisted JPP 311. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 315 and PSY 425.

PSY 341. Cognitive Psychology. (3 Credits)

PSY 343. Physiological Psychology. (3 Credits)

PSY 345. Adulthood and Aging. (3 Credits)

PSY 350. Experimental Psych. (3 Credits)

provides practice in a variety of research methods and includes design of experiments, techniques for data collection, control of experimental events, and data analysis. Individual laboratory projects and preparation of scientific reports are required. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: MATH 205 and PSY 101, computer literacy.

PSY 354. Gender & Communication. (3 Credits)

Gender and Communication studies the differences women and men exhibit when communicating. Verbal and nonverbal differences are studied, including why such differences occur. Gender-specific issues in dating, education, the family, religion, and the work place will be discussed. A student project focusing on how the media stereotypes male and female roles is required.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 392. Travel. (3 Credits)

PSY 412. History & Systems of Psychology. (3 Credits)

PSY 421. Human Sexuality. (3 Credits)

PSY 425. Abnormal Psych. (3 Credits)

Abnormal Psychology studies behavioral disorders in adults and children with special emphasis on the effects of social conditions and social change on the nature and incidence of maladaptive behaviors in American society and an emphasis on the major contemporary approaches to therapy used in the treatment of these disorders.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 445. Principles of Counseling. (3 Credits)

introduces the student to the theory and practice of clinical psychology centering on major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Theory and practice are integrated and applied to practical settings and interpersonal relationships. Attention will be given to role playing, interviewing techniques, and the dynamics, purpose and goals of a helping relationship. 3 credits.

Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 310 or consent of instructor.

PSY 450. Psychology Practicum. (3 Credits)

This course will offer students supervised field experience at local agencies and institutions providing psychological services. Students will learn the basics of ethical practice, record keeping, helping skills, and professional options in the field of psychology. Students will also gain insight into their own personal development as a helper.

Prerequisite: None

PSY 485. Research Proposal. (1 Credit)

this course focuses on preparing the senior seminar research project. Students are required to submit a formal research proposal; university approval of the proposal will be required. Enrollment for this course is during fall of the senior year. 1 credit.

Prerequisites: PSY 350.

PSY 490. Psych Senior Seminar. (3 Credits)

provides opportunity for students to work with special schools or topics in the fields of sociology, psychology, economics, political science and education. Individual research or group projects will be required. Enrollment for this course is during spring of the senior year. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: PSY 245.

PSY 491. Readings in Psychology. (3 Credits)

provides independent study and research under the direction of faculty member. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None