Psychology

Courses

Courses

PS-140. Psychology of Success. 3 Credits.

Psychology of Success is a course based upon a self-oriented exploration of basic psychological concepts, principles, theories, and the fundamental habits of research. It is designed to expose students to psychology as a discipline through an emphasis on constructs related to habits related to personal success. This course does not count for Psychology majors.

PS-151. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the methods and applications of psychology; introduction to research techniques, concepts, theories, and findings about normal and abnormal behavior. Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

PS-170. Marriage and Family. 3 Credits.

Examination of the dynamics and functioning of family systems (forming relationships, communication, marriages, sexuality, childraising, cross generational interactions, possible estrangements, the influences of gender and culture, and family therapy) through lecture, discussion, and class participation. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-200. Statistics and Research Methods. 3 Credits.

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on research methodology and applications in psychology. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Senior Seminar.

PS-205. Experimental Psychology. 3 Credits.

Examination and training in experimental methodology with a focus on the scientific method and empiricism. Topics include the philosophy of science, statistics, developing and testing hypotheses, control techniques, designs, and ethics. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-210. Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications. 3 Credits.

An overview of the ways in which computers are used in psychology. Topics include experimental data analysis using statistical packages such as SPSS, library research using PsycLIT, creating resumes, APA style, and PowerPoint presentations for conferences. Prerequisites: PS-200 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-220. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Study of the individual in the social environment examination of such topics as attitude formation and change, social influence, leadership and community, intergroup relations, aggression, and altruism. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-230. Childhood and Adolescence. 3 Credits.

A survey of the physical, intellectual, social, and personality development that occurs during infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-235. Life Span Development. 3 Credits.

Comprehensive examination of the basic principles, stages and aspects of human growth and development from birth to senescence. May replace PS230 as a required course, but cannot take both PS230 and PS235. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-240. Adulthood and Aging. 3 Credits.

Examination of the developmental changes in the human life cycle from young adulthood through maturity. Focuses on patterns of change and growth during adulthood, social attitudes, and gerontological psychology. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-250. Personality. 3 Credits.

Exploration of personality theories including psychoanalysis, cognitive, behavioral and humanist approaches as they describe the development, functioning, and organization of the individual. Examination of the personal and clinical relevance of the theories. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-260. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Description of normal and abnormal personality with emphasis on etiology, manifestations, dynamics, treatment, and prevention of social/psychological dysfunctions. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-295. Credited Internships. 3 Credits.

PS-305. Tests and Measurements. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and methods of assessing intelligence, attitudes, human abilities, and personality. Supervised experience with tests. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-310. Social Experimental Psychology. 3 Credits.

The study of individual behavior in the social environment with an emphasis on quantitative experimental techniques used to examine theories and models. Techniques include observational research, ethics in human research, questionnaire research, formal experiments, naturally occurring studies, archival studies and non-interventional field research. Topics include attitude formation, social influence, leadership, intergroup relations, aggression and altruism. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-311. Capstone: Seminar Lab Social Experiment. 3 Credits.

Capstone: Seminar Lab Social Experiment. Additional course fee of $100. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-320. Learning. 3 Credits.

An examination of the major historical and contemporary theories of learning. Discussions will focus mainly on the critical analysis of experiments conducted on both animals and humans. Lectures will be supplemented with classroom demonstrations and exercises. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-321. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Learning. 3 Credits.

Capstone: Seminar & Lab in Learning. Additional course fee of $100. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-340. Physiological Psychology. 3 Credits.

Relationships between physiological processes and behavior with emphasis on the role of the central nervous system in human behavior. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-350. Cognitive Processes. 3 Credits.

Examination of the issues, theories, and applications of memory, attention, pattern recognition, organization of knowledge, language, reasoning, and problem solving. In studying these topics, we will use the information processing and connectionist approaches. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-351. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Cognitive Process. 3 Credits.

Capstone: Sem & Lab in Cognitive Process. Additional course fee of $100. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-398. Undergrad Psychology Research. 3 Credits.

Readings, reports and conferences aimed at preparing the student for independent research under supervision of a staff member. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-400. Moral Psychology. 3 Credits.

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of moral psychology with an emphasis on recent developments in the field. Topics include how people make moral judgements, how people define the moral domain, the relationship between emotional morality, and how morality affects behavior. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-401. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Moral Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone laboratory and seminar in Moral Psychology. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-406. Political Psychology. 3 Credits.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the field of political psychology. Topics will include such things as psychology political ideology, political decision making and intergroup conflict. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-407. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Political Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone laboratory and seminar in Political Psychology. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-415. Attitudes and Persuasion. 3 Credits.

Contemporary and historical psychological theories about attitudes including how they are formed, the impact they have on behavior and how they can be changed. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-416. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Attitudes and Persuasion. 3 Credits.

Capstone Semimar and Lab: Attitudes & Persuasion Prerequisites: PS-200 AND PS-205; MINIMUM GRADE C; Course Type(s): Lab Courses,Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-420. History of Psychology. 3 Credits.

Survey of the origins and historical development of psychology leading to an analysis of main theories and systems. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-425. Psychology of Emotion. 3 Credits.

An examination of Emotions what they are, how they differ by culture, and how they impact peoples lives. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-426. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Emotion. 3 Credits.

Capstone Seminar and Lab: Emotion Prerequisites: PS-200 AND PS-205; MINIMUM GRADE C; Course Type(s): Lab Courses.

PS-430. Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Study of behavior in organizational and business-related settings. Examination of such topics as employee motivation and satisfaction, communication patterns, effective leadership strategies, and organization development. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-431. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone: Lab & Sem Industr Org Psych. Additional course fee of $100. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive,Senior Seminar.

PS-433. Stereotypes and Prejudices. 3 Credits.

This course analyzes and reviews psychological theory and empirical research on stereotypes and prejudices Prerequisites: EARN C OR BETTER IN PS-151.

PS-435. Forensic Psychology. 3 Credits.

The application of psychology to the legal and criminal justice systems including psychology and the law, incarceration of the mentally ill, the psychology of policing, competency to stand trial, risk assessment, psychometric testing, evaluation of witness and expert testimony. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-445. Sport Psychology. 3 Credits.

The study of behavior in sport and exercise with a focus on how psychological factors affect physical performance and how sport and exercise affect psychological development, health, and well-being. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-450. Cross-Cultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the study of human behavior as a result of living in a given culture. Topics include bilingualism, comparison of personality, perceptual, and cognitive development in different societies, gender roles, and special issues in cross-cultural research. Prerequisites: PS-151 AND ONE OTHER PS COURSE MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

PS-455. Biological Foundations: Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the biological foundations of human sexuality. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, human reproduction, development, dysfunctions, therapy, and health. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-463. Psychopathology and Film. 3 Credits.

An advanced course in the clinical areas of diagnosis and treatment of mental illness applying the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM) guidelines to selected films. Prerequisites: PS-151 PS-250 OR PS-260 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-480. Special Topics in Psychology. 3 Credits.

An advanced exploration of a selected topic in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PS-151 MINIMUM GRADE C.

PS-481. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in Special Topics in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone: Seminar & Lab St. Additional course fee of $100. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

PS-499. Capstone: Seminar and Lab in General Psychology. 3 Credits.

Capstone seminar and lab in general Psychology. Prerequisites: PS-210 PS-205 MINIMUM GRADE C. Course Type(s): Capstone.