100S. Understanding Psychology. 4 semester hours.
Introductory-level survey course in psychology intended for the student who does not plan to major or minor in psychology. Covers topics in biological foundations of behavior, learning, memory, cognition, development across the life span, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. Note: A student may not receive credit for Psychology 100S if the student has received credit for any of the six Psychology Proseminars (110N-160S). Every year.
110N. Proseminar I - Physiological. 2 semester hours.
Introduction to the study of the biological bases of behavior, including the structure and function of neurons, brain organization, and sensation and perception. Every year.
120B. Proseminar II - Learning. 2 semester hours.
Introduction to the scientific bases, methods, theories, and findings in the study of learning and memory in humans and animals. Includes laboratory exercises. Every year.
130S. Proseminar III - Developmental. 2 semester hours.
Exploration of developmental changes that occur across the life span. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development are emphasized. Every year.
140S. Proseminar IV - Differential. 2 semester hours.
Introduction to psychological tests and their applications, and a survey of the structure and dynamics of personality. Every year.
150S. Proseminar V - Abnormal. 2 semester hours.
Introduction to the powerful motivations and emotions of animals and humans. The central role of motives and emotions in mental illness and its treatment is examined. Every year.
160S. Proseminar VI - Social. 2 semester hours.
Social psychology is the scientific study of how others influence our beliefs, emotions and behavior. Topics examined include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attribution, attitudes, prejudice, aggression and nonverbal communication. Every year.
180S. Introductory Topics. 2-4 semester hours.
Examination of special topics not included under other course descriptions. Offered occasionally according to student and faculty interest. Such topics may include, but are not limited to, violence, impact of television and racism. Courses at this level do not count toward the psychology major or minor. This course may be repeated for credit.
190S. Psychology of Women. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to emerging theories and research concerning women and their behavior, emphasizing uniquely female experiences throughout the life cycle and influences on women in contemporary society. Offered infrequently.
201Q. Statistics. 4 semester hours.
Application-oriented introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Includes techniques and principles used in the behavioral, natural and social sciences. Prerequisite: appropriate level on the Math Placement Exam. Note: a student may not receive credit for more than one statistics course: Psychology 107, Prerequisite Mathematics 227 or Business 210. Every year.
202M. Experimental Design. 5 semester hours.
Laboratory course developing a systematic understanding of research design and statistical analysis and their interdependence. Statistical procedures, their application and their interpretation are examined, with emphasis on computer software exercises. Prerequisite: Psychology 107 or another statistics course, e.g. Business 210 or Mathematics 127 or 227. Every semester.
211. Sensation and Perception. 4 semester hours.
Study of the sensory systems and human perception from physiological, sensory, psychophysical, information-processing and cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Psychology 110. Alternate years.
212N. Health Psychology. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to theory, research and practice in health psychology, emphasizing the promotion and maintenance of health, the identification of causes of particular illnesses, and behavioral prevention and treatment of illness. Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or Psychology 150. Alternate years.
221. Psychology of Language. 4 semester hours.
People use language day in and day out, so effortlessly that it often may seem automatic. Yet language use is a complicated phenomenon that plays an important role in almost every aspect of high-level human functioning. In this course, language will be examined from a variety of perspectives, including acquisition, production, comprehension, human biology, cultural variation, and more. By the end of the course, students will have gained a heightened awareness of just how complex language use really is, and will have a richer appreciation of the far-reaching impact that it has on their everyday lives. Course requirements include exams, projects, written reports, and class participation. Prerequisites: Any Language course at the 112 level or any Psychology course at the 100 level.
231S. Child Development. 4 semester hours.
The study of children from prenatal development to preadolescence, with emphasis on motor, cognitive, language, social and personality development. Theoretical issues such as nature versus nurture, critical periods and cultural differences, as well as more current topics such as the effects of daycare and divorce are examined. Prerequisite: Psychology 130 or Education 111. Every year.
232. Psychology of Adolescence. 4 semester hours.
The study of youth from puberty to adulthood. Changes in cognition, morality, sexuality and identity, and how they influence adolescent behavior are examined. Prerequisite: Psychology 130 or Education 112. Writing intensive. Every year.
241. Psychology of Personality. 4 semester hours.
Study of the structure and dynamics of personality, emphasizing psychoanalytic, interpersonal, cognitive, behavioral and existential/ humanistic theories. Prerequisite: Psychology 140. Writing intensive. Every year.
242. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to the study of work-related behavior. Topics covered include job analysis, personnel selection and training, performance appraisal, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and human factors engineering. Prerequisite: Psychology 107 or another statistics course, e.g., Management 210 or Mathematics 127 or 227. Alternate years.
243. Community Psychology. 4 semester hours.
Introduction to theory, research and practice in community psychology, emphasizing the prevention of psychological, social and health-related problems, e.g., psychopathology, child abuse and AIDS. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or any Proseminar. Alternate years.
251. Abnormal Psychology. 4 semester hours.
This course examines the etiology (causes), consequences, diagnosis, and, to a lesser extent, treatment of psychological disorders. Various theories, models, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are investigated and case studies and current research are read and discussed. This course helps students develop both their research and clinical writing skills through: 1) summaries and critiques of research articles, and 2) clinical summaries of mock diagnostic interviews students conduct during class. Other assessments include exams and a project involving real life applications of course material (e.g., service-learning, watching documentaries about mental illness, visiting treatment facilities). Prerequisite: Psychology 150S.
252. Child Abnormal Psychology. 4 semester hours
This course examines the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Various theories, models, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are investigated in the context of research, case studies, and service-learning. An advanced course intended for students interested in working with youth in the fields of clinical psychology, social work, counseling, special education, and related specialties.
253. Introduction to Counseling. 4 semester hours.
An introduction to the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy, including humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic. Students will learn beginning counselor skills and methods. Prerequisite: Psychology 251. Every year.
280. Topics in Psychology. 4 semester hours.
In-depth examination of special topics not included under other course descriptions. Offered occasionally according to student and faculty interest. Such topics may include, but are not limited to, psychology of aging, environmental psychology, forensic psychology and human factors. This course may be repeated for credit.
311B. Behavioral Neuroscience. 5 semester hours.
Laboratory course examining the biological bases of behavior, including the functioning of the nervous system, motivational and attentional processes, and clinical syndromes. Prerequisites: Psychology 110 and 207. Every year.
321B. Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 5 semester hours.
Laboratory course examining methods, findings, and theoretical interpretations in the study of learning, memory and cognition. Prerequisites: Psychology 120 and 207. Writing intensive. Every year.
341B. Psychological Testing. 5 semester hours.
Laboratory course examining principles of test construction, validation, and interpretation with emphasis on measures of cognitive ability, personality characteristics and vocational interests. Prerequisites: Psychology 140 and 107. Every year.
361B. Experimental Social Psychology. 5 semester hours.
Laboratory course examining current research and theories in social psychology. Emphasis on experimental investigations done both in the laboratory and in the field. Topics include attribution, social cognition attitude formation and change, altruism, aggression, nonverbal communication and group dynamics. Prerequisites: Psychology 160 and 207. Writing intensive. Every year.
390. Junior Seminar. No credit.
This seminar is designed to help students prepare for senior research projects and internships, senior comprehensive and GRE exams, graduate school applications, and graduate school and job interviews.
400. Research. 4 semester hours.
Advanced seminar in which the participants, under the guidance of the instructor, perform all phases of actual, i.e. not simulated, research in an area consistent with the skills and research interest of the instructor. Prerequisites include appropriate content and methods courses as specified by the instructor and permission of the instructor. The course may be taken repeatedly but only with different instructors. Writing intensive. Every year.
410. Senior Thesis. Variable credit.
Intensive research project, extending over one or two semesters. Requirements include a written thesis. See advisor or Departmental Chair for further information and prerequisites. Writing intensive. Every year.
490. Independent Study. Variable credit.
Intensive research under close faculty supervision. Reserved for the advanced student. Permission of the Chair required. Writing intensive. Every year. This course maybe repeated for credit.
492. Research Internship. Variable credit.
Open to the junior and senior psychology major by Departmental permission only. See adviser or Chair for details. Writing intensive. Every year. This course may be repeated for credit.
496. Urban Term. Variable credit.
(See Urban Studies for description.) Open to the junior and senior pyschology major by Departmental permission only. See adviser or Department Chair for details. Every year.
499. Honors Thesis/Project. Variable credit.
Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA and permission of the Department Chair.