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M.A. Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 500, INDEPENDENT READINGS AND RESEARCH, variable credit
For the graduate student in psychology who is interested in and capable of doing a minor investigation in psychology, largely through independent study and research. Individual conferences. Offered as needed.

PSY 507, PERSONALITY THEORY, 3 credits
A survey of the various theoretical and experimental approaches to personality; problems of research methods in personality.

PSY 513, STATISTICS AND RESEARCH DESIGN I, 3 credits
A review of descriptive statistics and study of inferential statistics using the normal, t, and F distributions. Course will include techniques for a literature search and the organization of information for a presentation of the literature.

PSY 514, STATISTICS AND RESEARCH DESIGN II, 3 credits
This course is a continuation of PSY 513. It continues the study of inferential statistics using correlation and regression analyses and the chi square distribution. The course will also include a study of various types of research designs, sampling procedures, control procedures, data collection, and analysis and interpretation of research results.

PSY 521-522, PROSEMINAR I and II, 3 credits each semester
Seminars designed to cover a wide range of basic and contemporary topics in modular sequence. Students will research and read literature in selected areas, present their work to the class, and lead the seminar in discussion.

PSY 540, SUPERVISED COLLEGE TEACHING, 3 credits
Supervised teaching at the college level. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department.

PSY 541, PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, 3 credits
Advanced course addressing the major mental disorders using the DSM-IV. Etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis are emphasized.

PSY 544, PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS I, 3 credits
Introduction to psychological assessment procedures and techniques. Focuses on test construction. Includes review of intelligence, achievement, aptitude, intellectual, career/vocational, and other related psychological measures. Directed toward development of competence in the selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of intellectual and cognitive measures.

PSY 545, PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS II, 3 credits
Clinical assessment based on individual case studies employing interviews and psychological test data. Comprehensive report writing is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 544.

PSY 547-548, PRACTICUM, 3 credits each semester
Individually supervised clinical experience in psycho-diagnosis and psychotherapy. Placement in appropriate mental health settings with in-patient and out-patient clientele. Open only to second-year graduate students. Student must register concurrently for PSY 547S-548S.

PSY 547S-548S, PRACTICUM SEMINAR, not for credit
Discussion and evaluation of practicum experience. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 547-548S.

PSY 522, PSYCHOTHERAPY, 3 credits
Emphasis will be placed on evaluation of various therapeutic approaches and their effectiveness with diverse populations. Prerequisites: PSY 507 and 541.

PSY 555, INTERVENTION: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT, 3 credits
Advanced course focu sed on development psychopathology; clinical application of prevention, intervention, and treatment of children and adolescents.

PSY 556, INTERVENTION: GROUP AND FAMILY, 3 credits
Advanced course focused on systems theory and change. Includes clinical application of therapeutic techniques targeting groups and families.

PSY 561, RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY I, 1 credit, and PSY 562, RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY II, 2 credits
Individual, empirical research required for M.A. degree in psychology.

PSY 599, THESIS PREPARATION, not for credit
Required enrollment for students who wish to maintain active status and who have completed all course requirements but have not submitted an approved thesis.