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Suzette Astley, James Brown, Leah Burgy, William Dragon, Carolyn Enns (chair)
Major: A minimum of nine courses, including at least eight course credits in Psychology; also one course in statistics (INT 201, INT 211, or MAT 347). The courses in Psychology must include three 200-level and two 300-level courses plus 394 and 483. The statistics course must be taken before 394 and 483. PSY 161 is strongly recommended but not required of majors.
Students must take a 200-level course before enrolling in any 300-level course.
Teaching Major : PSY 161, 272, 273, 274, 277, 279, 381, one other 300-level Psychology course, and one course in statistics (INT 201, 211 or MAT 347-348). In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete a second major in Secondary Education described under Education.
Second Teaching Area in Psychology : The following program in conjunction with a teaching major in Anthropology (interdisciplinary major), Economics and Business, History, Politics, or Sociology will enable the student to apply for licensure to teach both the major subject and Psychology: PSY 161 and any three of the following Psychology courses: 272, 273, 274, and 277.
161. General Psychology
Scientific study of behavior. Topics may include learning, development, personality, perception, physiological bases of behavior, the behavior of individuals in groups, and abnormal behavior. (Social Science)
272. Cognitive Psychology
Theory and data of human learning, memory processes, concept formation, problem solving, and psycholinguistics. Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science) DRAGON or BURGY
273. Learning and Behavior
Experimental and theoretical approaches to the understanding of learning and behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, behavior modification, and biological constraints on learning. Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science) ASTLEY
274. Social Psychology
Behavior of individuals within a social context. Topics include attitude formation and change, affiliation, aggression, altruism, group formation, leadership, love, gender identity, and the self. (Social Science) DRAGON
275. Human Sexuality
Examination of psychological determinants of sexual behaviors, sexual development, and sexual orientation. Exploration of historical and cultural views of sexuality, gender issues, health concerns, and current issues related to sexuality. (Social Science) COYKENDALL
277. Child Psychology
Physiological, cognitive, social, and cultural influences on development from conception through middle childhood. Emphasis on building an integrated picture of child development and on an appreciation of how theory and data can be applied to the analysis of practical issues. (Social Science) BROWN or BURGY
Examination of the influences of families, peers, schools, and work on adolescent development. Emphasis on issues of identity, intimacy, autonomy, sexuality, and achievement. (Social Science) BROWN
279. Personality Theories
Survey of major research and theoretical approaches to personality, including the psychodynamic, humanistic, learning, cognitive, and dispositional theories. Research evidence and theoretical consistency/usefulness concerning each approach. Current issues and debates. (Social Science) ENNS
355throught 360. Topics in Psychology
Critical evaluation of an issue currently under serious discussion by psychologists or of a contemporary problem to which a psychological perspective is relevant. Recent topics have been: Intimate Relations, Multicultural Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, and Conferring Cognition: The Case of Animals and Machines. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. (Social Science)
374. Psychology of Women
Critical examination of theories, research, and historical perspectives relevant to the development of sex-role differences and biases. Topics include hormonal effects on brain and behavior, the nature/nurture questions, sex-role development and stereotyping, and women's sexuality. Prerequisite: PSY 161 or any 200-level Psychology course. (Social Science) ENNS
Neural and endocrine systems and their relationship to behavioral events. Prerequisites: PSY 161 and one 200-level Psychology course. ASTLEY
381. Abnormal Psychology
Etiology, dynamics, and treatment of mental disorders. Problems of diagnosis, prevention, and therapy in relation to such disturbances as transient reactions to stress, depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, schizophrenia, organic disorders, and other problems in living. Field trips to selected institutions. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. (Social Science) ENNS
382. Counseling and Psychotherapy
Major theories of therapy and counseling. Views of practitioners and theorists of various orientations. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. Recommended prerequisite: PSY 279. (Social Science) ENNS
384. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology as applied to personnel decisions, personnel training, performance appraisal, job satisfaction, work motivation, union/management relations, and work conditions. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. (Social Science) DRAGON
386. Adult Development
Cognitive, social, and personality development from early through late adulthood. Themes of continuity and change in examining issues of family, work, gender, biological changes, and death and bereavement. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. Alternate years. (Social Science) BROWN or BURGY
390. Individual Project: see Courses 390.
394. Research Methods
Examination of research designs, statistical tests, and procedures used to establish principles of psychology. Laboratory exercises and research reports written in APA style. Prerequisites: any 200-level Psychology course and statistics (either INT 201, 211, or MAT 347-348). (Social Science)
480. Human Services Practicum (1/2-1)
Application of psychological principles in an applied off-campus setting. Prerequisites: a declared major in Psychology, two course credits in Psychology relevant to the topic of the practicum, and permission of instructor. The maximum credit that may be earned in a Psychology practicum is three term credits. (CR)
483. Senior Seminar
Each participant chooses a topic within psychology to be explored through periodic presentations and discussion. A paper critically reviewing research and theorizing on the topic chosen. Group discussions of current issues in the field such as gender and cultural diversity in psychology, the balance between research and clinical practice in professional development, and animal welfare. Prerequisites: PSY 394 and senior standing.
485. Research in Psychology (.5-1)
Reading in depth on a topic in a selected area, and the pursuit of an empirical problem related to the topic. May be repeated for credit to a maximum in both PSY 485 and PSY 511 of three course credits. Prerequisites: a declared major in Psychology, one Psychology course relevant to the topic, and permission of the instructor.
511. Extended Research in Psychology (.25)
Reading in depth on a topic of current interest and the pursuit of an empirical problem related to the topic. Must be taken over four consecutive terms. Maximum number of credits allowed: same as for PSY 485.
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