The course descriptions are listed below.
All prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Lower Division Courses
1 Introduction to Personal-Social Psychology
A survey of personality theory and assessment, social, developmental and clinical psychology with special attention to the pervasive influences of culture, gender and ethnicity.
#3 Psychological Methods and Analysis I
This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence of courses that presents a survey of the complementary methodologies frequently used within the field of psychology. An emphasis will be placed upon the collection and analysis of data, with a focus on non-experimental methods and descriptive statistics. Students who enroll in this course must register for Psychology 103 in the following semester. Prerequisite: competence in basic algebra. Does not satisfy an Area B requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements.
#4 Psychological Methods and Analysis II
This course is the second part of a twosemester sequence of courses that presents a survey of the complementary methodologies frequently used within the field of psychology. An emphasis will be placed upon the collection and analysis of data, with a focus on experimental methods and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Psychology 3.
8 African American Psychology
The course examines various aspects of African American psychology. In the fall, the course focuses on improving 1 ’s understanding of the dynamics of being Black in an urban society by exploring psychological forces and influences that proliferate racism, subordination, dehumanization and victimization. In the spring the course focuses on the historical background of the Black family from a psychological perspective, including personality development, Black masculinity, parental roles, extended family and alternative lifestyles that impact the Black family. Both semesters explore how the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court decisions have affected public policy issues within a psycho-social context.
12 Special Topics in Psychology
Selected areas of psychology not covered by the regular department course offerings. Topics are announced prior to preregistration. Course may be repeated for credit as content varies. Potential topics include: psychology of racism; psychology in the courtroom; psychology of religion; sports psychology; environmental psychology.
#13 Meditation (.25)
Students learn to use the Jose Silva theory of meditation to enhance performance and well being. Exercises areoffered in stress reduction for the improvement of sports performance, for the enhancement of prayer life, and other areas of student interest. Course offered on a pass/ fail basis only. Does not count toward the major. Does not satisfy an Area B requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements.
#14 Advanced Meditation (.25) Building upon the skills and knowledge gained in Meditation 13, students continue with more advanced aspects of the theory and practice of meditation. Course offered on a pass / fail basis only. Does not count toward the major. Prerequisite: Psychology 13. Does not satisfy an Area B requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements.
Upper Division Courses
100 Seminar in Psychology
An investigation of the history and philosophical foundations of modern psychology. Emphasis is on basic issues of psychology, emerging in the long philosophical tradition of Western civilization, which ground psychology as an empirical human science. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major or consent of instructor.
#103 Advanced Psychological Statistics
Advanced research methods for evaluating psychological data utilizing SPSS. Topics generally include: theoretical sampling distribution, probability, decision theory, multiple analysis of variance, multiple regression analysis and factor analysis. Prerequisites: Psychology 3, 103. Does not satisfy an Area B requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements.
#104 Special Topics in Assessment and Testing
This course will offer an examination of testing topics such as norms, reliability, validity and item analysis within the context of an applied area of psychology such as forensic, counseling or cross-cultural. Special attention will be given to the use of tests and the role of testing in society. Course may be repeated for credit as content varies. Prerequisites: Psychology 3, 103.
Examines the complex interaction of nature and nurture underlying the behavior of animals and humans, and the methods used to investigate this interaction. An overview of the anatomical, neural and neurochemical bases of behaviorin both normal and clinical cases is provided. Learning is enhanced through laboratory activities of dissection, computer models and electrophysiological techniques. Laboratory fee $125. Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 2.Does not satisfy an Area B requirement of the pre-2012 general education requirements.
*113 Animal Behavior
A study of behavior of animals, including primates and humans, and the mechanisms that control behavior at both the biological and psychological levels. Field trips may be required.
*115 Health Psychology
A study of the relationships among mental processes, behavior and physical health with an emphasis on the role of psychology in prevention and treatment of illness as well as promoting optimum health. Prerequisites: Psychology 1, 2 or Psychology 10; or Psychology 1, Biology 15 or 25.
127 Learning, Memory and Cognition
Examines how organisms acquire and use information provided by experience and how such information is represented in memory. The course covers the major theories in learning and memory, and the mechanisms and processes by which knowledge is used for the control of behavior. Prerequisite: Psychology 3.
140 Human Development
An examination of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development.
141 Infancy and Childhood
An examination of development from conception through early childhood (0-5 years), including the biological, cognitive, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development, with discussion of special topics, e.g. learning disabilities and child abuse. Students complete an in-depth case study of a child as a way to integrate course materials and naturalistic observation. Prerequisite: Psychology 140.
142 Adolescent Development
An examination of development from late childhood through adolescence (11-18), including the biological, cognitive, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development, with discussion of special topics, e.g., identity issues, cross-cultural issues, and high-risk behaviors. Students conduct an extensive interview which integrates an adolescent’s own experience with current research and theory. Prerequisite: Psychology 140.
143 Adult Development
A study of the major psychological factors which influence development from early adulthood through old age, including images of aging in literature around the world. Students conduct a series of interviews with adults of various ages. Prerequisite: Psychology 140.
144 Middle Childhood
The purpose of this course is to examine the key developmental tasks of middle childhood, including the development of achievement motivation, positive peer relationships, moral responsibility, self-regulation, and initial mastery of the skills important to 1 ’s culture. Students will observe children in various settings, including school, organized sports, and informal play settings, to investigate how the peer culture influences development. Students will also conduct an ethnographic pilot study of a peer culture. Prerequisite: Psychology 140.
147 Psychology of Gender
A critical review of the theory and research on gender from the biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The course explores the social construction of gender and how it impacts human development and social behavior. Throughout the course, the interaction between gender and the complexities of race, culture and sexual orientation is considered.
*148 The Exceptional Individual
Examines individuals with special needs, be they physical, cognitive, or social/emotional. Causes, consequences, and treatment approaches are covered, as well as implications for development issues. Students will be required to visit facilities and interview individuals. Prerequisite: Psychology 140.
150 Theories of Personality
A critical review of the traditional and modern theories of personality, including the psychoanalytic, neoanalytic, trait, behavioristic and humanistic perspectives, with a focus on personality development, assessment techniques, and application of theory to everyday life.
# Does not fulfill an Area requirement. *Offered in alternate years.
*156 Personal and Professional Adjustment
A research-oriented treatment of personal and vocational adjustment, including: stress and stress tolerance, defensive and constructive coping, social and job satisfaction, behavior modification, and interpersonal communication.
157 Human Sexuality
A review of the empirical evidence on human sexuality, with a focus on historical and cultural perspectives as well as the physiological, psychological and sociological basis for sexual behavior and sexual identity.
*165 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Analysis of cultural influences on human behavior. Topics include cross-cultural comparisons of perception and learning, motivation, language development, attitudes and prejudice, and adaptive and maladaptive adjustment patterns. Comparisons of Native American, Hispanic, Black, and Asian cultures within the United States are studied in relation to other cultural groups.
172 Groups and Organizations
Fundamental concepts of organizational theory as it applies to successful group functioning, with a focus on group structure and group processes, team building, group norms and group communication.
180 Organizational Psychology
Examines the major theoretical findings in the field concerning the relationship between the individual and the organization, including the study of motivation, leadership, decision making, power and politics, corporate culture, and organizational development.
195 Special Field Study
Independent research and study in psychology conducted off campus (including the January Term). This course may be taken only on a pass/fail basis and does not count toward the major. Prerequisites: upper division standing as a psychology major, consent of the instructor and the chairperson of the department.
199 Honors Special Study
Independent study and research on campus in an area of interest to the student culminating in a written presentation of the problem, method of analysis and findings. Prerequisites: upper division standing as a psychology major, B average in upper division psychology courses already taken, consent of the instructor and the chairperson of the department. May be repeated for credit if content varies.
*Offered in alternate years
* Offered in alternate years.
** Offered at least once in a 3-year period.
# Does not fulfill an Area requirement.