PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Psychology offerings provide students with a foundation in general psychology and are consistent with the Departmental mission of preparing students for graduate education in clinical and counseling, personality, social, developmental, educational, sport, community, school, biological, health, cognitive, environmental, forensic and industrial/organizational psychology. This degree is also designed to provide pre-professional training for those students who are preparing for careers in health care, education, urban affairs, government, and industry. Coursework is complemented by activities in the field as well as research in a psychology laboratory.

This course is an introduction of study within psychology, specifically including concepts of perception, motivation, personality, learning, abnormal behavior and social psychology.

Co-Requisites: ENGL 112

The course is an introduction to the science of psychology. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, cognition, development, social interaction, personality, abnormal behavior, and therapies. Computer-assisted laboratory and other hands-on activities will supplement the lecture material. Students will become familiar with writing using the conventions of the discipline.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 112

This course will focus on the study of development from conception to adolescence. It will include the interactions between physiological and psychological development, starting in the prenatal environment. Various theoretical approaches and their respective differences in methodology will be considered, particularly in regard to affective and cognitive areas. Recent research advances, primarily in the areas of gender differentiation, language development and socialization will be emphasized.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150 and MTH 136 or MTH 138, PSYC 101 or PSYC 150

This course will examine the theoretical approaches and their pragmatic application to the study of individuals in their social and environmental context. Particular attention will be paid to attitude formation and change, group dynamics, interpersonal relations and crowd behavior.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150 and PSYC 101 or PSYC 150

The focus of this course is the critical examination of the major theoretical approaches to personality and a comparison of diverse methods to be utilized in assessing personality. Particular emphasis will be given to the relationship between theory and research and the meaning of theory compared to everyday observations.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150 and PSYC 101 or PSYC 150

This course surveys the psychology of human development, beginning with conception and ending with issues related to death and dying. Various development periods, namely infancy, childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood will be highlighted. Tracing salient aspects of physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development will be thematic within the aforementioned.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 101 or Permission of chairperson.

Notes: This course is not for Psychology majors.

This course presents an examination of the facts and theories about the etiology of mental disorders. The impact of social and economic distress upon the frequency and manifestations of disturbance will form the main focus of this course. Critical examination of the meaning of "abnormal" especially in light of recent research will be an important theme.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 215 and ENGL 150

This course deals with theories of learning and motivation with special consideration of environmental influences, examination of learning processes and methods of facilitating learning and cognition. The importance of historical theories to the development of behaviorism and its subsequent representation in behavior modification will constitute a major section of the course.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150

This course deals with a systematic examination of the development process from puberty through young adulthood. The nature of identity, autonomy psychological strains, peer group relations, and problems of youth-adult interaction will be discussed. Special attention will be given to types of social and family supports needed for healthy growth and development with reference to urban communities.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 209 and ENGL 150

The course reviews therapeutic systems within psychology, and the derivation of intervention strategies from these systems; a review of clinical research and decision criteria concerning where to intervene, a comparison of new and familiar mental health delivery systems in different geographical regions and the coordination of a professional with other members of a helping team.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 215 Department of Psychology

In this course, students will investigate a problem in Psychology using library resources and/or laboratory (or field) research techniques under the guidance of a faculty member. Students will have regular meetings with the advisor to discuss their progress, present their results orally to a group of faculty and/or students, and submit a written report of the research carried out for review by the group. A minimum of 9 hours of conference and research per week is required.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 322

This course will examine the application of psychological principles to individuals in the employment setting, e.g., employees in their relationships with the employer. Current research in the field will be reviewed by analyzing the recent findings in personnel selection, training, job analysis, organizational dynamics and managerial practices.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 213

This course will provide the historical and systematic perspective from which the psychological study of culture originates. Topics will include the growing area of culture and cognition (particularly the work done in Africa that puts memory, thinking, learning, and perception into cultural contexts), culture and psychopathology, and the differences in cultural expectations of the physical and social dimensions of life.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 213 and ANTH 201

This course is intended to provide an overview of the psychological constructs that fashion the attitudes, values and social norms that underlie behaviors in people of African ancestry. The concept of African world view will be introduced, followed by a focus on the nature, function and adaptation of identity and acculturation. There will also be an appraisal of the practical implications of current research on the confluence within Africa and the African Diaspora.

Pre-Requisites: ENGL 150 and any HIST course

This course will discuss biological, social and cultural influence on psychological development of needs, need gratification and frustration. Topics will include psychoanalytic and anthropological material.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 101 and two other PSYC courses other than PSYC 101

There will be discussions of methods and goals of individual and group psychotherapy with particular attention to counseling, family therapy and community work; directive and non-directive counseling in the training of mental health practitioners.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 301 or PSYC 320

This course will focus on the construction, application and evaluation of psychological tests. Methods for assessments of intelligence, aptitude, vocational preference achievement will be emphasized. Also, the utility and predictability of tests in clinical, educational and personnel areas will be examined. The ethical value of testing will be explored.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 101

This course considers interviewing techniques such as screening, diagnostic, and assessment approaches in clinical settings. Major methods of appraisal, including the use of both objective instruments, and prescription will be theoretically examined and practically demonstrated.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 301 or PSYC 320

This course deals with an in-depth psychological study of the origin and nature of selected social problems in the U.S.A. and a consideration of the possibilities and barriers for social change.

Pre-Requisites: SSC 305

The Clinical Practicum II is the second phase of a year-long field placement and seminar. Phase II will involve the student in actual supervised clinical or clinical-community work in a mental health or human services setting.

Pre-Requisites: PSYC 430