Psychology

An exploration of topical psychological issues for nonmajors. Topics vary in sub-areas of psychology such as biological, social, cognitive, developmental, and clinical psychology. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Fall, Spring.

Surveys the major topics involved in an understanding of the behavior of humans and animals. Fall, Spring.

Human thought, feeling, and behavior in the social environment. Topics include the perception of people and social situations, aggression and altruism, competition and cooperation, love and friendship, communication and persuasion, attitudes and attitude change, social influence, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Systematic study of the major theories and scientific assumptions endemic to the development, structure, and functions of human personality. Exploration of the methodological and research dimensions of this inquiry will be a central component of this course. Consideration of the roles of multiculturalism in theory development will also be examined. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychological research. Topics include measures of central tendency, variability, and correlation, as well as probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Fall, Spring.

Methodologies of psychological research will be explored. Students will learn to conduct, evaluate, and interpret experiments within various subareas of psychology. Prerequisite: Formal admission to the major in Psychology. Fall, Spring.

This course examines how the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as the endocrine system relate to human and animal behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. One Biology course recommended. Fall, Spring.

Exploration and analysis of elementary topics in psychology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Occasionally.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated. Fall, Spring.

The study of child and adolescent psychology focusing on current research in cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Fall, Spring.

This course investigates the major psychological theories of lifespan development and provides a multifaceted introduction to the dynamics of intrapsychic development that occurs across the human lifespan. Major developmental milestones, effects of diversity and multiculturalism, socioeconomic status, family constellation, and socio-cultural variables are essential components of this analysis. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall, Spring

A psychological analysis of human development from post-adolescence to death. Topics include sexuality, self-image, family and work relationships, independence, power, developmental experiences, multicultural issues, emotional and physical health, and aging. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Spring.

The study of issues at the intersection of culture and psychology. Topics may include the learning of culture, the impact of culture on behavior, conflict and cooperation across cultural boundaries, and social processes in multicultural communities. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Fall.

Investigates the behavior of animal species to provide a broader frame of reference for evaluating human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of instructor. Fall.

Introductory theory and practice of psychological assessment. Examination of varied approaches to assessment and experiences with select test types. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 251, or MATH 141 and junior standing, or permission of the instructor. Fall.

An introduction to the systematic study of theories of etiology, signs, and treatment of psychopathology with an emphasis on prevention, and the social and cultural forces that influence views of abnormality. Prerequisites: PSYC 242 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

An interdisciplinary exploration of restorative justice, difficult dialogue, nonviolent resistance, and other models that differ from revenge and punishment as responses to crime and injustice. We will examine applications at the national and international level, in community criminal justice systems, in schools, in groups, and in personal relationships. Prerequisites: 24 credits in the ISP, including ITW and IQL. Fall.

Analysis of contemporary theories and research on learning. Integration of behavioral, cognitive, and ecological perspectives. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Spring.

An investigation of the continuum of cognitive activities from perception to memory and thought processes. Traditional, neo-behaviorist, information processing, and computer model approaches to understanding cognition are considered. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Exploration of the development of modern psychology through an examination of influential figures, events, and ideas from the mid-19th century to the present. Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and junior standing, or permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring.

Industrial-organizational psychology applies psychological theory and research to workplace topics such as employee selection, training, evaluating and motivating performance, occupational health and stress, job attitudes and leadership. Emphasis on how the worker and the organization benefit from effective workplace practices. Prerequisites: PSYC 221 and Junior standing, or permission of instructor. Spring.

Exploration of current and historical understandings of the psychology of women. Includes psychoanalytic, biological, and social explanations of women's psychology and development and critical examination of research on gender differences and similarities. Prerequisite: Junior standing and ITW 101, or permission of instructor. Fall.

Exposes students to counseling techniques and corresponding theoretical frameworks to cultural, ethical, and psychological issues that are confronted by counselors, and to an examination of students' interests and aptitudes as they relate to the counseling profession. Prerequisites: PSYC 242, PSYC 345, and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Introduction to the spectrum of subdisciplines within clinical psychology. Topics include clinical theory and research, assessment procedures, ethical decision making, and risk assessment. Prerequisites: PSYC 345 and junior standing, or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Examines factors that direct human behavior, with emphasis on the influence of physiological changes and learning on motivation. Prerequisites: PSYC 253 and senior standing, or permission of instructor.

An examination of contemporary theories and research on how the brain makes sense of all the sensory inputs it receives to produce the rich perceptual world we experience. Prerequisites: PSYC 252 and PSYC 253. Spring, odd years.

Human behavior is shaped and limited by the laws that human society develops. An understanding of the effects of individual behavior on the legel system and the consequence of the existence of a legal system for individual behavior is central to the understanding of human behavior. This course is crosslisted with CJS 467. Prerequisite: CJS 342 or PSYC 221 or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

PSYC470 Practicum

1-8 credits

Field experience focused on the ethical application of psychological theory and data in an organization or service setting under faculty and agency supervision. The readings, work assignments, supervisory sessions, and written product are determined by the student, the faculty, and the agency prior to the practicum. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits. Fall, Spring.

Exploration and analysis of advanced topics in Psychology. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Capstone experience that refines basic skills and concepts through an exploration of specific themes in psychological literature. Course work emphasizes analysis, synthesis, organization and oral communication. Students lead classroom discussions; active participation is essential. May be repeated as topics change. Prerequisites: Senior psychology major or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Research seminar for participants in the Psychology Honors Program. Prerequisite: admission to Psychology Honors Program. Graded Pass/Fail. Must be repeated to qualify for psychology honors. Fall, Spring.

Individual study or research in selected topics in Psychology under direction of a faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Independent topical research for participants in the Psychology Honors Program. Prerequisite: Admission to Psychology Honors Program. Graded Pass/Fail. Must be repeated to qualify for psychology honors. Fall, Spring.