Courses

Note: Psychology 101 is a Pre-requisite for all Psychology courses. Admission to 400 Level Courses is generally open only to persons who have completed at least two courses in Psychology.

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course is an introduction of study within psychology, specifically including concepts of perception, motivation, personality, learning, abnormal behavior and social psychology. Co-requisite: ENGL 112

PSYC 150 General Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: ENGL 112

PSYC 209 Human Development: Infancy and Childhood

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 213 Social Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 215 Theories of Personality

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 224 Brain and Behavior

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course will focus on the nature of the brain and how it influences human feelings, thoughts and behavior. Topics covered will include the biological bases of emotions, aggression, hunger, thirst, sex, sleep and wakefulness, language, attention, learning, memory, sensation (including pain), mental illness, and the effects of psychoactive drugs and brain damage. Students will, from time to time, observe demonstrations and conduct experiments during class time to illustrate basic brain/behavior relationships and research techniques. Pre-requisite: ENGL 150

PSYC 229 Human Development Across the Lifespan

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 101 or Permission of chairperson. *This course is not for Psychology majors.

PSYC 290 Statistics for Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications to the analyses and interpretation of psychological data. Topics include: frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, z-scores and standardized distributions, probability, correlation, hypothesis testing (with one, two and three samples), t-tests, analysis of variance, and power analysis. Computer-based statistical software (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences: SPSS) will be introduced and utilized throughout the course. Pre-requisites: MTH 136 or MTH 138 and ENGL 150

PSYC 300 The Psychology of Women

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course presents historical, cross-cultural, and research-oriented perspectives to examine the major areas, issues and controversies in the field of the psychology of women. Students examine the physical, cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development of women and the use of cross-cultural research within these domains. Students analyze the biological and psychosocial factors, including race, class, culture, ethnicity, and issues of gender equity, that influence women's development and identity and discuss conditions and issues facing women in different countries and cultures. This is a writing intensive course. Pre-requisite: ENGL 150 or PSYC 101

PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 305 Theories of Learning

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: ENGL 150

PSYC 306 Cognitive Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of the structure and foundation of mental processes. This course will focus on how knowledge and information are acquired from the moment the senses are stimulated by the outside world to the moment problems are solved or decisions are made. Memory, language, reading, writing, thinking (reasoning, problem solving, concept formation), attention, and pattern recognition will be studied. Discussion will touch on specific topics such as false, repressed and recovered memories, the effects of brain damage on cognition, bilingualism, communication with other species, language disorders, gambling artificial intelligence, and cognitive abilities over the life span. Students will participate in hands-on and computer-based demonstrations, simulations and experiments illustrating the fundamental phenomena and methods used in the field. Pre-requisite: CIS 101 or CL 101

PSYC 310 Human Development: Adolescence

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 311 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course deals with human development from early adulthood through the end of the life cycle. Topics emphasized will be marriage, emotional and physical changes with age, gender differences, family, work, health leisure, retirement, dying and death. Pre-requisites:PSYC 209 and ENGL 150

PSYC 320 Psychology of Intervention

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 215 Department of Psychology
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PSYC 321 Psychology of Sensation and Perception

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course will explore how our senses tell us about, and limit our knowledge of the world. While the course will focus on the psychology of seeing and hearing, it will also include discussions of smell, taste, and touch. Other topics will include space and motion perception, illusions, extrasensory perception and the influence of emotions, motivation, past experiences, age, and culture on perception. Students will, from time to time, observe demonstrations and do experiments in class to illustrate basic perceptual principles and research techniques. Pre-requisite: ENGL 150

PSYC 322 Experimental Psychology

4 credits; 3 class hours; 3 lab hours
 
This course focuses on the nature of psychological investigation and the skills needed to develop a research problem. Students will be exposed to primary sources from the psychological literature, learn how to design experiments and analyze data, prepare a review of the literature and develop a research proposal. They will participate in laboratory/field experiments and demonstrations of classic phenomena in various areas ranging from Cognition to Social Psychology. Students will be given extensive experience with the use of computers in psychology for designing and running experiments, data collection, data analysis, and scientific reporting. Pre-requisite:PSYC 290

PSYC 323 Research Practicum

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 322

PSYC 325 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours  
 
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-requisite: PSYC 213

PSYC 326 Cross-Cultural Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 213 and ANTH 201

PSYC 328 Fundamentals of Psychology in the African Diaspora

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 403 Psychology of Oppression

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course presents the psychological implications and consequences of class and caste structures, character of submission and rage, superiority and fear, consequences for the dynamics of social and individual conflicts will be examined. Pre-Requisite: PSYC 215

PSYC 404 Psychology of Motivation

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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

PSYC 405 Techniques of Psychotherapy and Counseling

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 301 or PSYC 320

PSYC 406 Psychological Tests and Measurements

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 101

PSYC 410 Psychology and Law

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course focuses on the psychological aspects of justice and injustice in legal processes, and involves the application of scientific and professional psychology to the analysis of human behavior related to law and the legal system. Viewed from a psychological perspective, course topics will include expert witnesses, jury selection, interrogations and confessions, eyewitness identification, the insanity defense, and the effects of the prison industrial complex on individuals. Culture, injustice, and personal experiences will be considered. Pre-requisite: PSYC 213 or PSYC 215

PSYC 420 Diagnosis Assessment and Evaluation

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: PSYC 301 or PSYC 320

PSYC 421 Sport Psychology

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
This course explores the application of psychological principles to the sports arena. It brings together well-established findings from the areas of personality, motivation, social and physiological psychology and encompasses theory and methodology ranging from the experimental to the clinical areas. The course will included such issues as the complex relationship of anxiety to performance, the spectators' contradictory expectations of sports heroes and heroines (which may account for their frequent falling from grace), and the predictability and variability of certain individual types on the playing field. Applications of Sports Psychology to other areas of life will also be explored. Pre-requisite: any 200-level PSYC course

PSYC 427 Psychology of Social Change

3 credits; 3 class hours
 
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-requisite: SSC 305

PSYC 430 Clinical Practicum I

3 credits; 1 lecture hour; 4 fieldwork hours
 
The Clinical Practicum I is the first phase of a year-long field placement and seminar. Phase I will initially concentrate on the direct observation of therapeutic populations and clinical support work in a mental health or other human services setting.
Students will then be provided with direct supervised experience in services such as crisis intervention and clinical consultation, diagnostic and assessment interviews, forensic services, rehabilitation, and mental health preventative services. Coursework will augment the fieldwork by providing materials for a comprehensive delineation of the principles, practices and organization of clinical work, based on APA guidelines. Pre-requisite:PSYC 301

PSYC 431 Clinical Practicum II

4 credits; 1 lecture hour; 4 fieldwork hours

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-requisite: PSYC 430