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Suzette Astley, James Brown,
William Dragon (chair), Carolyn Enns,
Adjunct Faculty/Academic Staff: Lori Nelson, Lisa Janssens-Rud
Major: A minimum of nine courses, including at least eight
course credits in Psychology; also one course in statistics (INT
201, or MAT
347-348). The courses in Psychology must
include three 200-level and two 300-level courses, plus 394
and 483. The required 200-level and 300-level courses may
not include individual projects (290/390), group
projects (289/389), or internships
(280/380). The statistics course must be taken before
394 and 483. PSY 161 is strongly recommended but not
required of majors.
Note: 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, 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.
Minor: A minimum of five course credits in Psychology which
include PSY 161, at least one 200-level course, and two
300-level courses. Although students who are completing the minor are
encouraged to enroll in the following courses for their own interest,
these courses may not be included in the five course credits
required for the minor: PSY 280/380,
290/390, and 394. A student must be a
declared major in order to enroll in PSY 483.
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)
255 through 260. Topics in Psychology
Selected topics of current interest in psychology. (Social Science)
272. Cognitive Psychology
A critical examination of human memory and thinking.
Topics may include: attention, concept formation, memory systems,
imagery and cognitive maps, problem solving, reasoning, judgment and
choice, language, intelligence, creativity, and personal cognition.
Emphasis will be placed on the application of theoretical models to
everyday life and on developing empirical tests of these models.
Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science)
DRAGON or ASTLEY
273. Learning and Behavior
Experimental and theoretical approaches to the understanding of classical and instrumental conditioning. Among the topics to be covered are learning of causal relationships, choice behavior, learned food preferences, behavior modification, and biological constraints on learning. Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science) ASTLEY
274. Social Psychology
An examination of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals
within their social environment. Topics will include: conformity,
propaganda, persuasion, social cognition, self-justification, human
aggression, prejudice, attraction, and loving relationships. Emphasis
will be placed on critically examining experimentally-derived theories and
testing them within naturalistic settings. (Social Science)
DRAGON or NELSON
276. Multicultural Psychology
An examination and critique of psychological knowledge from a
multicultural perspective. Topics include: the social construction of
Western psychology; cultural variations in concepts of personality,
intelligence, human development, social behavior, gender, and abnormal
behavior; research methodology issues; culture and communication; and
psychological perspectives on oppression, prejudice, and racism.
Alternate years. (Social Science) ENNS or NELSON
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.
Prerequisite: PSY 161. (Social Science) GANZEL or JANSSENS-RUD
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) GANZEL
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
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
through 360. Advanced 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 included The Self, How We
Know, Women and Mental Health, and Psychology and the Law. Prerequisite:
any 200-level Psychology course. (Social Science)
Research and theory about remembering and forgetting. Topics will
include: models of memory (including neural network approaches), brain
processes in memory, the role of images in memory, reconstructive
processes in memory, memory and development, and how to improve memory.
Prerequisites: PSY 161 and any 200-level Psychology
course. (Social Science) ASTLEY
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 or NELSON
375. Drugs and Behavior
An examination of the interactions between humans and drugs. After basic
materials on the nervous system and how drugs interact with it, the
course will focus on the physiological and psychological effects of
common classes of psychoactive drugs (depressants, stimulants, opiates,
psychotherapeutic drugs, and psychedelics). There will be readings and
discussion on addiction and treatment and on how our society approaches
issues of drug use and abuse. Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology
course. Background in biology (high school or college) or PSY
376 recommended. (Social Science) J. BROWN
Neural and endocrine systems and their relationships with sensation,
learning and memory, eating and drinking, sleep, sex, emotion,
consciousness, communication, and psychological disorders.
Prerequisites: PSY 161 and one 200-level Psychology
course. J. BROWN
379. Intimate Relationships
An examination of the theoretical and experimental psychological
literature on loving and romantic relationships. Topics discussed
include: interpersonal attraction, relationship development, sexuality,
social power, communication, jealousy and envy, conflict and
dissolution, loneliness, social networks, and relationship counseling.
Prerequisite: any 200-level Psychology course. Alternate years. (Social Science)
380. Human Services Practicum
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 course credits.
See Index. Courses 280/380. (CR)
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 applied to work. Topics will include: personnel decisions,
personnel training, performance appraisal, job satisfaction, work
motivation, leadership, organizational communication, organizational
development, union/management relations, and work conditions. Emphasis
will be placed on critically examining the methods and practices of
personnel decisions and performance appraisal through role-playing
exercises and consideration of the theoretical and empirical literature
on these topics. Prerequisites: two 200-level Psychology courses.
Alternate years. (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) GANZEL or JANSSENS-RUD
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 or MAT 347-348). (Social Science)
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 seniors with a declared major in Psychology.
485. Research in Psychology (1/2-1)
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
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. (CR)
512. Reading and Conversation in Psychology (1/4)
Weekly discussion of articles and topics of interest in psychology.
Three meetings per term for four terms, with one or two hours of outside
reading in preparation for each discussion. Prerequisite: one college-level
course in Psychology. (CR)
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