Psychology

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47.101 General Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5697
Status Active

Intended as an introductory course both for non-concentrators and for concentrators, this course surveys the major areas of psychology: the nature of psychology as a science, principles of learning, the relationship between physiological and psychological processes in humans and animals, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, motivation and emotion, personality and development, adjustment and behavior disorders, and social behavior.

47.209 Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5701
Status Active

Presents an introduction to the study of social behavior in interpersonal relationships, groups, organizations, and the community: Diversity in regard to groups of peoples, cultures, and views is emphasized. Topics include non-verbal communication, social attraction, attitudes and attitude change, group dynamics, prejudice, labeling, stereotyping, interpersonal influence, and applications to social problems..

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.232 Psychology of Personality Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5703
Status Active

Serves as an introduction to the study of human personality including such topics as self- concept, anxiety and adjustment, and achievement motivation. Psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral theories of personality are stressed with consideration of the interplay between theory and research.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.255 Community Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5705
Status Active

Surveys the nature and practice of community psychology, including principles of community organization and change as seen in such areas as education, mental health, the workplace, health care, justice system, corrections and social services. Students may participate in field research or practice under the direction of an assigned agency, and classroom work will include discussion of the field experiences of the participants.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.260 Child and Adolescent Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5706
Status Active

The study of childhood and adolescence. The course begins with an overview of major theoretical perspectives, research methods, and ethical issues in human development. Based on a chronological approach, the course covers prenatal development and birth, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and the transition to adulthood.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.269 Research I: Basics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5710
Status Active

An introductory course concentrating on the basics of scientific research in Psychology. Students will learn: how to acquire information from libraries and the internet; methods for collecting data, such as surveys, case studies, unobtrusive measures and observational procedures, in experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational designs; how to operationalize variables to create reliable and valid measures; to identify types of data and how to describe and graph data; the basics of hypothesis testing and statistical significance; how research is communicated in research reports using APA style. Attention will also be given to ethical issues in research with human and nonhuman subjects. Students must earn a grade of C or better in this course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.272 Abnormal Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5711
Status Active

Presents an introduction to the study of various patterns of mental, behavioral, and personality disorders with consideration of issues of diagnosis, etiology, and treatment in terms of contemporary theory, research, and practice.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.273 Brain, Mind & Behavior Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5712
Status Active

Surveys issues and topics dealing with the physiological and evolutionary bases of behavior. Biological systems and processes that influence behavior are considered, with particular emphasis on brain mechanisms. Recent discoveries in the neurosciences will be presented. Methods of research are reviewed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.276 Theories of Learning Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5714
Status Active

Traces the development of theories of learning from earlier global theories to more recent and more specific ones. Behavioral, cognitive, and physiological approaches are compared. Current issues of importance in the study of learning also are stressed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.277 Sensation and Perception Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5715
Status Active

The course focuses on human sensations and perceptions. Students will examine how people know the objects and events of the world through hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, moving, and touching. Students will also examine the foundations of experiences which correspond to independent measures of the world (veridical) and those which do not (illusory).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.278 Cognitive Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5716
Status Active

Examines the psychological bases of verbal and visual reasoning, logical and creative thought-processes, and linguistic and conceptual behaviors. The nature and limits of knowledge and creative expression are discussed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.305 Psychology and Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38082
Status Active

this course is an introduction to many topics representing major fields of study within psychology and law. Topics may include: eyewitness testimony, lie detection, jury selection, child protection, forensic interviews, and the death penalty. In this course, students will be exposed to the diversity of interests among legal psychologists as well as innovative and important ideas, theories, and scientific research findings. Through readings, the study of actual cases, and presentations from guest speakers, students will gain more understanding of how psychologists study and contribute to the legal system.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.308 Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33658
Status Active

An introduction to the application of psychological principles and methods to the work domain. Students will develop an understanding of the individual, social, and environmental factors as they relate to organizational performance. Intended as an introduction to the field of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, topics include personnel selection and evaluation, training and development, attitudes and motivation, leadership, group dynamics, diversity, organizational structure and climate, and job design and working conditions.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.312 Learning and Behavior Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5718
Status Active

Examines various methods and techniques suitable for the modification of human behavior, based on the principles and findings of experimental studies of animal and human behavior. Considers how such methods can be used in education, mental health and corrections, and self-directed personal change.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.328 Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5720
Status Active

Presents an analysis of psychological dynamics in interpersonal behavior, emphasizing such topics as interpersonal communication, self-disclosure, personal styles of interaction and techniques of change. The primary focus is on the behavior of the students themselves.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology; Junior or Senior level.

47.332 History of Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5721
Status Active

Examines the historical roots of psychology from the pre-scientific psychologies of the ancient Greeks to the twentieth century schools of the introspectionists, the Gestalt psychologists, and psychoanalysts. Historical resolutions of recurring issues are contrasted with modern resolutions.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.333 Psychology of Consciousness Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5722
Status Active

Introduces students to psychological theories and studies of the mind-body dualism, mind-brain identity, and the emergence of mind. Studies of psychosomatic disease and healing imagery, sleep and hypnosis, "subconscious" perception and "extra sensory" perception, multiple personalities and "split brain" patients are discussed. The questions of animal awareness and computer consciousness are also considered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.335 Psychology and Women Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5723
Status Active

Considers such topics as: the psychology of sex differences; biological bases of psychological sex differences; the nature of female sexuality; clinical theory and practice concerning women; women as mental patients and mental health consumers; implications for psychology and for women's status.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.336 Culture and Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37477
Status Active

Provides an analysis to the impact of culture, socio-historical, and social influences on psychological processes and outcomes. Students will also learn about techniques for studying the influence of culture including cross-cultural methods and population-specific methods. Through careful analysis of research literature, this class will examine a variety of contexts within the U.S. and internationally. Topics will include identity development, immigration, acculturation, socialization, and social interactions among groups.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.345 Health Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5724
Status Active

An examination of psychological aspects of human health, both physical and mental, and the processes of adjustment and growth. Consideration is given to the interplay of health and illness with emphasis on psychological methods of overcoming and preventing illness and of enhancing physical and emotional well-being.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.351 Human Sexuality Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5725
Status Active

Addresses the biological, psychosocial, and attitudinal aspects of human sexuality through lectures, discussions, films from a variety of perspectives.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.352 Psychological Testing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5726
Status Active

A survey of major tests and techniques used to assess cognitive abilities, personality and vocational interests; an introduction to the various professional settings in which testing and assessment methods are used (e.g. school/education, mental health, rehabilitation, employment and personnel selection, criminal justice). Students learn to administer, score, and interpret specific tests and learn how to develop a case study or report based on test data and related information.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.355 Sport and Exercise Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5727
Status Active

The course will cover topics such as motivation, arousal and anxiety in performance, performance enhancement, youth sport and family interactions, leadership, cooperation and competition, team cohesion, gender issues, exercise and mental health, and psychological factors in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.360 Adult Development and Aging Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5728
Status Active

Begins with an overview of recent theoretical perspectives on adult development and aging. In chronological sequence, it presents the stages of adulthood and concludes with death and dying. Topics covered include personal, family, and vocational development through adulthood, gender pattern differences, and the impact of changing demographics, including the lengthening of the life span.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.260 Child & Adolescent Development.

47.361 Developmental Psychopathology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5729
Status Active

Examines behavior problems of childhood and adolescence across developmental transitions with a focus on the interaction of risk and protective factors in the child and his or her social context (e.g., family, school, friendships). Problems such as depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, and the consequences of trauma and maltreatment are addressed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.260 Child & Adolescent Development.

47.362 Psychology of Developmental Disabilities Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33583
Status Active

This course exaines a range of developmental disabilities, their etiology, consideration of underlying brain function, assessment procedures, and current diagnostic, treatment and educational approaches. In addition, the impact of disability on individuals and the families of those affected, cultural and social aspects of disability, and current practices in service provision will be considered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.260 Child & Adolescent Development.

47.363 Introduction to Disability Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5730
Status Active

This course provides students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds with the opportunity to examine their own mental model(attitudes/values/ assumptions) of disability. It includes an overview of the nature of mental retardation and other disabilities and it provides opportunities to explore and understand the historical social response to disability. Students will look at a range of strategies for providing support and intervention and they will learn about how to effect change through a variety of strategies, including advocacy.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre Req: 47.101, General Psychology; student may not enroll if already has credit for 59.363.

47.369 Research II: Statistics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5733
Status Active

An intermediate level course, required of all psychology majors, focusing on computational statistics and their interpretation. Student will: review types of data and how they are descriptively measured; test hypothesis using t-tests and ANOVA for difference within and between groups, compute measures of correlation; learn the assumptions of parametric tests and how to apply nonparametric analyses; communicate, graph and interpret statistical results using APA format. Students will also be introduced to statistical packages on the computer.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.269 Research I: Basics with 'C' or better

47.375 Research III: Laboratory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5738
Status Active

An advanced course, capping the sequence that began with 47.269 and continued with 47.369, in which students will design and carry out one or more empirical research projects from start to finish, resulting in a complete research report using APA style and in an oral poster session presentation. The range of possible research topics will vary, reflecting the interests of the instructor. Students will perform literature reviews; formulate a research question; operationalize variables; develop research designs; obtain ethical review and approval; and collect and analyze data.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.369 Res II: Statistics and ' C' or better in 47.269 Res I: Basics; Junior/ Senior level and completed 15 credits in Psychology.

47.472 Seminar: Personality Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30882
Status Active

Focuses on a variety of theoretical conceptualizations of the productive personality, psychodiagnostic tools and techniques and case histories. Students develop and enhance their professional skills with respect to presentation of self, writing, and psychological diagnostic techniques.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.473 Seminar in Social Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5748
Status Active

Presents an intensive study of one or more of the following special topics in social psychology: small group interaction; social aspects of health and illness; conformity; attitude formation and prejudice; patterns of communication, including nonverbal communication; psychology of sex roles; methods of social action and social change in the community.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.474 Seminar in Developmental Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5749
Status Active

Presents a careful consideration of selected topics in the area of human development, including the following: psychology of the family and parent-child relations; infant development; adjustment during adulthood; and death and dying, etc.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.260 Child & Adolescent Development and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.475 Seminar in Clinical Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5750
Status Active

Focuses on such topics as: the nature of psychotherapy and clinical practice; analysis of specific clinical theories of psychopathology and psychotherapy (family systems, transactional analysis, Gestalt, behavioral, psychoanalysis); the nature and causes of specific psychological disorders (schizophrenia, affective disorders, etc.); the nature of mental hospitals; the community mental health movement; clinical methods of assessment; and current topics in personality theory and research; etc.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.477 Seminar: Contemporary Trends Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1242
Status Active

Deals with issues in contemporary areas of psychological practice and/or research; implications for future developments in the field will be covered.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.480 Integrative Fieldwork in Developmental Disabilities I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5752
Status Active

This fieldwork based course examines standards for services to people with developmental disabilities, exploring the forces that support or interfere with realizing current best practice. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the life of an individual with a disability that includes hopes and dreams, vision, the societal context of his/her life, and the services and personal relationships that influence growth and change. Students will learn to implement person centered planning, community membership mapping, and become familiar with professional skills and standards. Fieldwork opportunities include all ages and service delivery models.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.101, and 47.269, and 47.362, or 47.363 or 59.363.

47.481 Integrative Fieldwork in Developmental Disabilities II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5753
Status Active

This seminar accompanies a human service/education-based field placement and provides a critical examination of organizations and personal leadership in the lives of people with disabilities. Students will explore how formal services, advocacy, and informal community systems impact one another and impact the lives of people with disabilities. Students will examine their own field placements from a variety of theoretical frameworks, using this knowledge to understand personal leadership change opportunities. Students who are considering a career in a human service profession will have the opportunity to learn how vision, mission, community partnerships, funding, human resources, regulations, and families/individuals themselves impact service delivery.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 47.101, and 47.269, and 47.362, or 47.363 or 59.363.

47.486 Community Service Learning (1, 2, or 3 credits) Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5756
Status Active

Students will take an applied role in the community where they will have the opportunity to provide some form of meaningful service to individuals, groups or communities. Students will meet regularly with a designated faculty member on campus to consider their experiences in the context of current psychological thought. In some instances, the commitment to community service may extend over the course of a full year. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. 1, 2 or 3 credits. This course may be repeated but no more than 9 credits total from any combination of 47.486, 47.488 and 47.491 may be counted toward the degree.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.101 General Psychology.

47.488 Research Service Learning Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36769
Status Active

Students will take an applied role in faculty supervised research where they will provide a meaningful contribution to a research program or particular study. Students will meet regularly with a designated faculty member to discuss the research process and rationale for relevant components of the project including literature review, research design, procedures, data collection, entry, and analysis. In some instances the commitment to research may extend over the course of a full year. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory, 1, 2, or 3 credits. This course may be repeated but no more than 9 credits total from any combination of 47.486, 47. 488, and 47.491 may be counted toward the degree.

47.491 Directed Study: Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5757
Status Active

Through frequent consultation with the instructor, the student carries out the investigation of a particularly specialized area of interest. This course may be repeated, but no more than 9 credits from any combination of 47.486, 47.488, and 47.491 may be counted toward the degree.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 47.101 General Psychology and 47.269 Research I: Basics.

47.496 Practicum in Psychology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5759
Status Active

A program of practical experience for Psychology majors only. Specific requirements vary, but the Practicum experience enables Junior and Senior level students to work and study in a variety of areas related to psychological practice and research (mental health agencies, community agencies and groups, work settings, schools, prisons, group homes, etc.). Students meet regularly as a class on campus with the designated instructor to discuss their experiences and to learn more about the settings in which psychologists practice and the challenges that psychologists confront. Practicum may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. Graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. (Field Placement Required)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 47.272 Abnormal Psychology; and Junior or Senior level.