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(Exceptional Learner), 240 (Education and Culture); EST 123 (Introduction to Ethnic
Studies); PHI 202 (Ethics); POL 111, (Politics), 172 (American Politics), 182 (Public
Policy); REL 222 (Religions of the World); SOC 101 (Sociological Thinking), 102 (Topics
in Sociological Thinking), 273 (Families and Family Policy), 348 (Race and Ethnic
Relations), 365 (Sexualities), 367 (Self and Identity); or GSS 171 (Gender, Power and
Identity). Depending on the specific programs of students, other courses may be

considered on a case by case basis.

Teaching Certification: Students who are interested in pursuing K-12 certification to teach
social studies should seek admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the Education
department section for application and certification information (pages 109-111).

Minor: A minimum of six course credits in Psychology which include PSY 161, at least two 200-
level courses, and at least two 300-level courses (excluding PSY 392, 395, 483, 511, and 512).
Although students who are completing the minor may enroll in the following courses to expand
their exposure to psychology, these courses may not be included in the six course credits
required for the minor: PSY 280/380 and 290/390. A student must be a declared major in order
to enroll in PSY 392 or 483.

161. Fundamentals of Psychological Science
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)

243. Psychological Insights into Environmental Problems (FYS)
Human behavior is at the root of almost all environmental problems: We drive gas guzzling cars
(contributing to both global warming and depletion of natural resources), produce tons of
refuse, deplete water resources (build golf courses in the desert). This course explores facets of
psychology that can help explain why we act as we do and how we might change behavior toward
greater sustainability. We review some basic psychological principles as they apply to the
environment: What are the thinking processes that lead some people to accept and others to
reject concepts like global warming? How do people develop their basic value systems, and how
do things like emotions and culture impact this? Even when people want to change their
behaviors, what are the barriers that make change difficult? Course includes an analysis and

application of these principles to a local issue. (First Year Seminar)

244. Human Aggression and Violence (W)
This course will examine recent efforts to integrate explanations of human aggression and
violence across several disciplines. Students will consider the interplay between social learning,
neural, endocrine, and evolutionary explanations of aggression by individuals in their social
environment. Topics are likely to include interpersonal and online aggression, workplace
violence, aggression within competitive situations, video/computer game violence, and war. In
addition to analyzing both primary and secondary sources, special attention will be given the
depiction of violence across several different forms of mass media. Because this is a writing
course, a significant amount of time will be spent on the writing process, with a focus on
revision. Not open to students who have previously completed a writing course. (Writing

Requirement)

245. Lifespan Development

Investigation of the major subfields of psychology from a developmental perspective: cognition,

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