PSY 180, GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
Systematic study of the
history, experiments, and theories regarding human behavior and the relation
of this material to everyday life. Emphasizes the methods and techniques
employed in studying human behavior. Required of all psychology majors.
PSY 205, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT, 4 credits.
Traces the origin and development of human behavior from birth to young
adulthood. Cognitive, physical, and psychosocial development from infancy
through adolescence. Emphasizes understanding of development through
knowledge of the theoretical and research literature and through observation of
behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 180.
PSY 217, BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
A study of the
relationship between human physiology and human experiences such as
hunger, sleep, sex, emotions, learning, memory, and perceptions. The course
will emphasize the relationship of human experience to central nervous system
activity, but will include study of the importance of hormones and genes in the
control of behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 180.
PSY 221, INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY, 4 credits.
major categories of theories that have influenced contemporary psychological
thought. Surveys these theories in an integrated manner; attempts to show the
relevance of each theory by discussion of its therapeutic and social application.
Students are introduced to a common framework including the key issues in
personality, which will facilitate comparisons among the various theories.
Prerequisite: PSY 180. Offered in alternate even years.
PSY 224, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT, 4 credits.
This course provides
an introduction to the background and methodology of testing, test construction,
and elementary measurement theory. A critical survey of the major types of tests
of mental ability, achievement, specialized abilities, vocational interests, attitudes,
and personality will be undertaken, including both group and individual tests.
Consideration will be given to 1) planning, constructing, scoring, and evaluating
tests; 2) using statistical procedures to evaluate tests and test results, as an aid to
interpreting individual performance; 3) critical discussion of issues and problems
in the use of tests; and 4) understanding the role of tests in making selection,
placement, and classification decisions as they are used by psychologists as a part
of the assessment process. Prerequisites: PSY 180 and SSCI 280. Offered in
alternate even years.
PSY 231, PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN & GENDER, 4 credits.
will provide a survey and integration of the theoretical orientations
research important to understanding women and their behavior, as well
influences that affect them in contemporary society. An underlying
that the behavior of women occurs in a biosocial context and can best
understood within that context. Emphasis will be placed on
psychologicalliterature, but will draw on important interdisciplinary
writings as well.
Intersections of gender, race, and class will be considered throughout.
covered will include myths and stereotypes about women in a historical
biological and socio-cultural bases of female development and
women, education, and work; women, mental health, and psychotherapy;
and relationships, including violence against women; and women and
Prerequisite: PSY 180. Offered in alternate odd years.
PSY 256, ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
theories, principles, and research findings as they relate to the study and
understanding of people in organizations. Topics include research methods,
selection and training, leadership, motivation and productivity, job performance
and satisfaction, and group and inter-group relations. Prerequisite: PSY 180 or
permission of instructor. Offered in alternate odd years.
PSY 262, LEARNING & COGNITION, 4 credits.
A study of changes in
cognitions, emotions, and behaviors as explained by an array of evolving
learning/thinking theories (classical, instrumental, cognitive). Interactions between
these theories and hereditary predispositions will also be examined. Prerequisite:
PSY 316, EXPERIMENTAL & QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH
DESIGNS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
A study of various experimental, ex
post facto, and quasi-experimental designs commonly used in research in
psychology. The course will include an extensive discussion of inferential
statistical techniques used to analyze data from these designs, as well as a review
of descriptive statistical techniques. In addition to class discussions of the choice
and appropriate use of research designs, students will design, implement,
analyze, and report results for demonstration research projects. Prerequisites:
PSY 180 and SSCI 280 or equivalent.
PSY 341, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
An overview of major theories,
principles, and data in social psychology. Emphasizes issues of interpersonal
attraction; attitude formation and change; discrimination and prejudice; propaganda
and persuasion; human aggression and violence. Prerequisite: PSY 180.
PSY 348, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
The dynamic processes
and factors involved in normal and abnormal behavior, emphasizing the
significance of aberrant behavior in understanding more fully normal behavior
and the nature of mental hygiene. Lectures, films, case histories, field trips.
Prerequisite: PSY 180.
PSY 374, FIELD PLACEMENT, 4 credits.
Students participate in
of approved field agencies that perform psychological services.
Students work at
the agency for a minimum of 10 hours a week, meet regularly on campus
group with the instructor of the course, read and report on research
relate d to the
clients or type of program at their respective agencies, and write
about their experiences. Because arrangements are made individually,
permission of the
instructor must be obtained by midterm of the preceding fall semester.
only to junior and senior psychology majors or by permission of the
PSY 380, SPECIAL TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 4 credits.
treatment of a specific content area or topic in psychology, with particular
attention to areas and topics current in psychological theory, research, and
practice but not included as regular course offerings. Possible topics include
human sexuality, behavior modification, health psychology, communications in
psychology, computer applications for psychology, and minority issues.
Fieldwork or laboratory work may be required in some semesters, as
appropriate to the particular topic. Prerequisite: PSY 180, or permission of
instructor. Course may be repeated without penalty, with special permission.
PSY 450, INDEPENDENT READINGS AND RESEARCH, 1-4 credits.
Opportunity for the advanced undergraduate psychology student to engage in a
planned program of independent readings or to design and execute a smallscale
research project, under the supervision of a psychology faculty member.
Strongly recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate study in
psychology. Choice of supervising instructor and preliminary plan must be
approved prior to registration for the course. Open only to senior psychology
majors. Course may be repeated without penalty, with special permission.
PSY 481, SENIOR SEMINAR, 4 credits.
A course for senior psychology
majors, that will focus on 1) preparation for and information on graduate study
and careers in psychology, 2) a comprehensive historical review of psychology,
and 3) design and completion of an individual, group, or readings research
project in an area of interest to the student. Topics may originate from the
student or may be drawn from a list of topic areas at the beginning of the
course. Open only to senior psychology majors.