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101 Introduction to Psychology (3) Introduction to the scientific study of psychology covering major areas of study within the discipline, including biological bases of behavior, learning and conditioning, memory and cognition, motivation and emotion, social and cultural influences on behavior and attitudes, personality, health psychology, and mental illness. F08, S09, F09, S10


200 Profession of Psychology (3) For students entering or considering psychology as a major and a career field. Describes professional career specialties and discusses values and ethical principles of the profession. Provides experience in information retrieval on psychology topics. Prerequisite: Previous course in psychology at the college or secondary level. S09, S10


212 Critical Thinking (3) Basic elements and common patterns of argument. Inductive and deductive modes of thought are explored with emphasis on the concepts and principles of correct reasoning. Designed to assist students to understand and evaluate ordinary arguments and to develop skills in constructing arguments in the spoken and written word. Cross-listed as PHIL 212. F08, F09


227 Interpersonal Skills (3) Introduction to basic interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus on interpersonal communication and development of elementary interviewing skills, the conscious use of self, working with uncooperative or resistant subjects and cross-cultural differences in the helping process. Exercises, role playing and simulations are used to enhance learning. Designed to accommodate non-Social Work majors in related disciplines. Cross-listed as CJUS/SOW 227. F08, F09


258 Introduction to Psychology of Women (3) Discussion and study of development of women’s roles and personality across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, images of women, status and power, childhood and adolescence, womanhood, love and romance, commitments and relationships, mothering, work and achievement, midlife and beyond, and violence against women. Meets a requirement for the Women’s Studies minor and General Education diversity credit.  Cross-listed as WST 258. F08, S09, F09, S10


260 Personality (3) Insight into personality can be gained from many different points of view. Covers the major theoretical approaches to personality, including the psychoanalytic, learning theory, humanistic, trait and sociobiological genetic approaches. Includes consideration of varying topics of research interest, such as gender roles, locus of control, infant and adult attachment, cultural variation, violence, resilience. Meets the Personality, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. F08, F09


270 Psychology of Men (3) Introduction to the study of men's lives. Topics include boyhood, the privileges and perils of collegiate masculinities, fears about men's friendships, men and work, men and health, intimacy and power issues with women, male sexualities, male violence, and men in families. A course for both women and men about men’s issues. S09, S10


301 Statistics for Psychological Research (3) Methods of measurement and data analysis. Includes basic descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, tests for inequality of means, probability of discrete events, and nonparametric tests of association. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and completion of Mathematics General Education requirement. F08, F09


303 Research Methodology in Psychology (3) Experimental and other research designs. Ethical principles of psychology. Required for the Psychology major. Prerequisite: PSYC 301 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: PSYC 304. S09, S10


304 Research Methodology Lab (1) A corequisite of PSYC 303. Laboratory period meets two hours per week. Includes practice in data collection and analysis, research design, and report writing. Required for the Psychology major. S09, S10


310 Social Psychology (3) Study, discussion, and demonstration/experiments into the nature and causes of individual behavior and thought in social situations. Topics range from love, cooperation, and helping to prejudice, conflict, and aggression and cultural influences on these behaviors. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Meets the Personality, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


311 The Psychology of Close Relationships (3) Designed to acquaint students with selected theories, basic research, and applied research in the area of close relationships and to increase students’ skill and comfort in oral expression, critical analysis, and written communication through assignments and class discussions. Students read both classic and recent journal articles and chapters on a wide range of topics in the field of close relationships (sibling relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships – both heterosexual and homosexual). It will encourage students to think critically about the components of healthy relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. F08, F09


317 Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence (3) Introduction to the causes of interpersonal, community, and global violence. Topics include anger, pain, television, wife abuse, rape, pornography, destructive obedience, drugs, psychopaths, terrorism, rioting, war, and genocide. Strategies to reduce aggression also are studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, concurrently, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as CJUS 317. F08, F09


318 Peace Psychology (3) Introduction to the study of peace psychology. Begins with a review of the psychological causes of direct violence and structural violence. Topics after the study of violence include psychological causes of nonviolence, conflict resolution, nonviolent struggle, nonviolent social movements, social justice, peacemaking, and peace building. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, concurrently, or consent of instructor. S09, S10


320 Health Psychology (3) Study of the impact of biological, physiological, social, and cultural factors on health and illness. Topics include physiological systems of the body, mind-body interactions, stress and coping, lifestyle and health, psychoneuroimmunology, pain, cross-cultural perspectives on health and illness, and management of chronic and terminal illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Meets Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major. F08, F09


335 Field Experience in Psychology (1-9) Varied opportunities to gain experience in child, adolescent, adult, geriatric or other specialized field settings. Students also gain knowledge of the ethical guidelines and code of conduct of psychologists, and begin to develop initial skills related to psychological assessment and treatment. Approximately 50 hours of field work are required for each course credit and a maximum of nine credits may be earned under this course number, taken over one or more semesters.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.


339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education (3) Principles and problems of teaching the social sciences in secondary schools. Emphasis on activities, materials, resources, and current methodology in social science education both in integrated courses and discipline courses. Required for teacher certification in the Broad Area Social Studies major and majors in Political Science, History, Psychology, Sociology or Economics. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. Cross-listed as: HIST/POLS 339.


350 Brain and Behavior (3) Study of the biological systems which underlie human behavior. Covers neural structure and physiology, genetic coding and hormones. Specific topics of interest to psychology are included, such as mental illness, the sleep-waking cycle, sensation, language, memory, stress and sexuality. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Meets Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major. F08, F09


351 Sensation and Perception (3) Sensory and central processes by which information from the environment is received and interpreted. Includes receptors and neural processing, thalamic and cortical processing, and principles of perception. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Recommended: PSYC 350. Meets Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


352 Motivation and Emotion (3) Introduction to the study of human motivation and emotion. Considers both social and biological motives, such as cognitive and achievement needs; affiliation and nurturance, dominance and power, addiction and physical homeostasis; and human emotions, such as anger, sadness, pride, love and hope. Topics of personal meaning, such as emotional intelligence and coping strategies are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Meets the Personality and Social requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


360 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3) Introduction to the effects of culture on who we are and how we view social behavior, including cultural influences on aggression, helping, dominance and conformity. Classroom activities and assignments are aimed at experiencing differences in culture. Meets the requirement for the General Education diversity credit. F08, F09


361 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3) Science and practice of clinical psychology. Includes historical and scientific foundations of clinical psychology, theories of personality and abnormal behavior, methods of clinical assessment, psychological treatment approaches, training and professional roles, and specializations within the field. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Meets Adjustment and Clinical requirement for the Psychology major.


390 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3) Consideration of special topics related to the field of psychology. Because the course content will vary, the student may take up to nine credits. 


402 Applied Behavior Analysis (3) Application of principles of behavior and learning for improving a wide variety of behaviors of individuals in diverse settings. Applied behavior analysis is a term in psychology which refers to the operant orientation of learning and behavior change, which will be the emphasis of this course. Also considered are respondent (Pavlovian) and cognitive orientations for effecting behavioral, cognitive, and emotional change. Thus the course will be somewhat broader than the rather narrowly defined concept of applied behavior analysis may suggest. S10


403 Memory and Cognition (3) Discussion of theory and research into cognitive processes, including attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 303, and PSYC 304. Meets Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major. F08, F09


404 Senior Research (3) Designing, implementing, and reporting an independent research study in psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, PSYC 303 and PSYC 304. Fulfills independent learning experience General Education requirement. Required for the Psychology major. F08, F09


451 Child Development (3) Study of human development from conception to 12 years of age. Examination of research, theory, and application in child development. Recommended: PSYC 101. Meets Personality, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Cross-listed: TED 451. F08, F09


452 Adolescence (3) Cognitive, biological, interpersonal, and societal transitions of adolescence. Topics include identity development, moral development, sexuality, risk-taking behavior. Issues of variations within American subcultures and among various cultures worldwide included. Prerequisites: PSYC 101. Meets Personality, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


453 Adulthood (3) Life-span approach to development in the adult years, with detailed study of physical and cognitive changes and personal/social adjustment. Prerequisites: PSYC 101. Meets Personality, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


461 Abnormal Psychology (3) Survey of major forms of psychopathology, including diagnostic criteria and clinical features of specific mental disorders, in addition to research on etiology and approaches to treatment. Meets Adjustment and Clinical requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisite: Minimum of nine credit hours in Psychology or consent of instructor. F08, F09


462 Theories of Psychotherapy (3) Survey and critical evaluation of major psychotherapeutic approaches for treatment. Includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies, humanistic-existential approaches, and exposure-based, behavioral and cognitive treatments in addition to constructivist, feminist, culture-sensitive, and integrative therapies. Meets Adjustment and Clinical requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisite: Minimum of nine credit hours in Psychology or consent of instructor.


476 Psychology of Language (3) Examination of the role of psychological factors in the use of language, the relationship between language and thought, psychological approaches to meaning, and disorders of speech and language. Prerequisite: PSYC 304.  Meets Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major. S09, S10


484 The Development of Creative Functioning (3) Study of the creative individual; techniques for problem-solving and creative thinking; and ways of promoting creativity in the school or clinical setting. Cross-listed as ART 484/684. 


490 Independent Study (1-9) Planning, execution and report of original research or special study on a topic in psychology. Approval of the faculty advisor who will guide the research or study must be secured before registration. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology or consent of instructor. A maximum of nine credits may be earned under this course number, taken in one or more semesters. F08, S09, F09, S10


494 History and Systems of Psychology (3) Overview of the history of psychology. Emphasis on precursors in related fields, development of schools of thought, and influences on contemporary thinking. Fulfills capstone General Education requirement. Required for the Psychology major. Prerequisite: senior academic standing. S09, S10