Course Descriptions

Psychology


PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
3 credits

This course offers an overview of the principles of human behavior. Developmental theories, psychophysiology, thinking, learning, personality theories, abnormal, and deviant psychology are introduced. Methods of assessment and research principles are discussed.


PSY 215
The Family: Effect on Development
3 credits

The effects of family and home environment on the development of children are examined. Current trends in the family, the impact of society on the family and the child, as well as the influence of values on family interactions are explored.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 280
Problem Solving
3 credits

This course is an introduction to human information processing: how we think, reason, and solve problems. Students explore the way in which problems can be transformed into opportunities. Topical issues include models of thinking, simulation, and creativity.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 290
Guided Practicum in Behavioral Science and Psychology
1 credits

This course is a supervised and guided 30-clock hour field experience for undergraduate students who have completed more than 15 credits but less than 60 credits in an organization or agency involved in the coordination or delivery of human services. Such organizations could be psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, or community-based agencies providing social services. Prior Learning Assessment credits are not applicable to this course. Course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and SOC 101 and freshman or sophomore status


PSY 291
Guided Practicum in Behavioral Science and Psychology
1 credits

This course is a supervised and guided 30-clock hour field experience for undergraduate students who have completed more than 15 credits but less than 60 credits in an organization or agency involved in the coordination or delivery of human services. Such organizations could be psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, or community-based agencies providing social services. Prior Learning Assessment credits are not applicable to this course. Course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and SOC 101 and freshman or sophomore status


PSY 300
Theories of Personality
3 credits

The concept of personality is explored via the developmental theories of several social scientists. The impact of personality upon such processes as intelligence, anxiety, health, aggression, altruism, and moral behavior is studied.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 301
Social Psychology
3 credits

This course is a study of the impact of social institutions on the behavior of the individual, as well as the impact of the individual on the group. Topics include attitudes, beliefs, public opinion, propaganda, leadership, prejudice, and international tension.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and SOC 101


PSY 302
Organizational and Industrial Psychology
3 credits

This course is the analysis of psychological issues in industry. Topics include motivational theories, supervisory and management skills, personnel selection, the use of statistics and testing, group decision-making processes, leadership skills, and the general impact of organizational structure on employee performance and productivity.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 303
History of Psychology
3 credits

This course surveys the history of psychology through psychological research endeavors that have had remarkable and lasting effects on the various disciplines that comprise the science known as psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 304
Survey of Human Dynamics
3 credits

Success in the workplace requires the application of a variety of skills, many of which involve managing our interactions and relationships with others. This course will help students identify strengths and weakness in areas such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, cross-cultural relations, conflict resolution, stress management, and organizational politics, as well as providing specific skill building opportunities to develop greater proficiency in these areas.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121 and PSY 101


PSY 305
Abnormal Psychology
3 credits

This course is a study of the causes, characteristics, and management of abnormal behavior. The course is divided into three general areas: major theoretical perspectives of abnormal behavior; major disorders following the categories of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV-TR); and causes, treatment, and impact of abnormal behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 306
Behavior Modification
3 credits

This course surveys and examines the theory and technique of operant and classical conditioning in behavior modification. The main emphasis is on understanding the basic principles of behavior modification.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 309
Interpersonal Communication Skills
3 credits

This course explores communication patterns and styles between people. Focus is on developing effective communication skills and understanding those factors which influence the implementation of these skills.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 310
Community Psychology
3 credits

This course studies the community as a system which affects the development of the individual. It provides a study of community organizations as they impact the individual and includes a search for approaches to creating and re-creating the community through grass-roots efforts.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 314
Psychology of Human Potential
3 credits

This course is a study of the techniques and theoretical approaches common to the human potential movement. The course examines the basics of humanistic psychology and its origins in eastern philosophy. Special attention is given to the reconciliation of rational and non-rational modes of thought in human psychology.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 315
Group Dynamics
3 credits

This course focuses on the social and psychological implications and processes of groups, group participation, and organization. Included are class exercises which foster students’ understanding of group development, styles of facilitation, and interdependency.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 316
Stress Management
3 credits

This course provides the student with an understanding of the causes and symptoms of stress and burnout. The emphasis is on prevention strategies and the development of individual coping skills, including proper exercise, nutrition, breathing techniques, biofeedback, time management, and progressive relaxation.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 319
Family Systems
3 credits

This course focuses on how families function as a system; aspects of assessment and treatment are also considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 322
Wellness in the Workplace
3 credits

This course will cover the challenges of creating and sustaining wellness in the workplace. The course will examine health promotion models and preventative management techniques for planning, implementing, and evaluating worksite wellness programs and interventions. The underlying premise of the course is that improving the quality of health of the individual and the organization involves changing organizational systems as well as people’s attitudes and behaviors.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 329
Lifespan Development
3 credits

This course is a survey of maturational and learned behaviors as they develop through all life phases. Human behavioral development is traced from prenatal stages through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life. Physical, cognitive, and social development are considered, along with the development of language and personality.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 330
Infant and Toddler Development
3 credits

This course is an in-depth study of the growth and development of an infant from conception to age three. The effect of nature vs. nurture on development is emphasized; recent trends in infant group care are reviewed. Basic knowledge of child growth and development is essential to succeed in the course.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 331
Middle Childhood Development
3 credits

This course focuses on physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development in middle childhood. Attention is also given to development immediately preceding and following this phase of development.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 332
Adolescent Development
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the significant developmental stages of adolescent growth. Consideration of this stage spans preadolescence and extends into early adulthood. Special emphasis is placed on the sequences of social and emotional development common to all adolescents.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 333
Psychology of the Exceptional Child
3 credits

This course provides information and strategies for individuals working with exceptional children. Emphasis is on identification, assessment, and intervention appropriate to various types of exceptionalities, as well as the impact of these exceptionalities on the social-emotional development of the child

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 334
The Biological Basis of Behavior
3 credits

This course focuses on the biological systems that impact human behavior. Special attention is given to the parts of the brain, hormones, and neurochemistry of behavior, as well as drugs that affect behavior. Additional topics include illness; abnormality or defects that affect behavior; applications of knowledge to understanding of common behaviors; and implications of this information for treatment, prevention, remediation, and common research methodologies. Evolutionary considerations are also an important focus of this course.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and SCI 335


PSY 336
Child Development
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive study of human development from the prenatal period through adolescence. Areas that are studies include physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development. Major development theorists are reviewed. The inerrelationship of heredity and envioronmental factors that influence change are also considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 340
Research Methods in Psychology
3 credits

This course provides an introduction to psychological research techniques and methodology. The course will help you become a more critical research consumer, increase your knowledge of those working in research-related occupations, and provide you with the background necessary for further undergraduate and graduate studies in psychology. Students who complete this course will understand the nature of scientific explanations, factors that threaten the validity and reliability of observations, the limitations of measurement scales, the use of experimental and quasi-experimental designs to test hypotheses, and the proper interpretation of correlational and experimental data. In addition, students will learn how to write research papers according to the current guidelines of the American Psychological Association.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 308 GPA 1.67 and SOC 331 GPA 1.67


PSY 351
Learning and Cognition
3 credits

This course is the study of the thinking process from sensory perception through attention, memory, learning, and the higher- order skills of problem solving. In addition to basic research in the field of neuropsychology, the course includes theories of language acquisition and information processing.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 352
Human Sexuality
3 credits

This course provides a basic knowledge of both the anatomy and the physiology of the human sexual response in the male and female. Attitudes with regard to controversial issues such as homosexuality, sterilization, and abortion are also considered.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 353
Sports Psychology
3 credits

This course provides knowledge about psychological factors that affect behavior in sports, such as anxiety, motivation, concentration, and confidence. Students also study the psychological effect that participation in a sport or physical activity has on a performer.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 363
Psychology of Language
3 credits

This course is a study in language behavior. Normative, cognitive, emotional, and relational aspects of language behavior are examined. Emphasis is placed on aspects of language learning, production, and comprehension. Individual, social, and gender-based differences are explored, as well as surface and deep structures of language and the psychological aspects of miscommunication.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, ENG 102, and ENG 111


PSY 364
Disability Issues
3 credits

This course is a comprehensive overview of the barriers faced by people with physical and mental disabilities. The focus is on sensitivity training, awareness of community resources, and recent civil rights legislation as means of surmounting stereotypical attitudes.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 375
Forensic Psychology
3 credits

This course is designed to give the student a general understanding of the interface of psychology and the law and the differences between the two fields of study. In doing so, the course will examine the roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists and will include topics such as: the selection and training of police, police interrogations and confessions, criminal profiling, criminal investigation, eyewitness accounts, trial preparation, jury selection, mental defenses and issues of competency, other types of defenses, sexual abuse issues, child custody disputes, discrimination, sexual harassment, and death penalty cases.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 390
Independent Study in Behavioral Science
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under supervision. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and GPA of 2.5


PSY 391
Independent Study in Behavioral Science
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under supervision. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and GPA of 2.5


PSY 392
Independent Study in Behavioral Science
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under supervision. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and GPA of 2.5


PSY 393
Independent Study in Behavioral Science
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under supervision. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and GPA of 2.5


PSY 394
Independent Study in Behavioral Science
3 credits

Through independent study, the student is offered the opportunity to pursue individual special interests under supervision. This course is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and GPA of 2.5


PSY 401
Adult Development and Aging
3 credits

Biological, sociological, psychological, and medical attributes of the facts and myths regarding adulthood and aging are examined in this course. Historical and cultural perspectives are applied to understanding attitudes regarding adulthood and aging.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 403
Counseling Process: Techniques and Applications
3 credits

This course is an introduction to current theory about psychological counseling. Theories covered include cognitive approaches, behavior modification, psychoanalytic approaches, existential therapy, and others.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 406
Tests and Measurements
3 credits

This course is a study of the construction and evaluation of standardized tests for psychological, educational, and industrial applications.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 331 GPA 1.67, SOC 340 GPA 1.67, and MAT 308 GPA 1.67


PSY 407
Psychology of Learning
3 credits

This course explores the perspectives, theories, and concepts related to how individuals learn. Topics such as the brain, behaviorism, the cognitive view, the sociocultural perspective, transfer, problem solving, critical thinking and motivation will be discussed. Application of theories/perspectives and concepts to real world contexts will also occur.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 409
Seminar in Psychology
3 credits

Senior Seminar is the capstone course for the Psychology program. Students will further develop their abilities to read, analyze, and evaluate research, identify and solve problems, apply ethical principles, write professionally and in accordance with current American Psychological Association guidelines, and effectively deliver oral presentations. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of research methods by designing a research study, writing a proposal, and presenting their proposal to a mock Institutional Review Board. In addition, students will discuss grant writing, review the range and scope of professional career options, the responsibilities and educational requirements of different careers in psychology, and explore graduate programs. The Senior Seminar requires the application of knowledge and skills developed in core curriculum courses such as Inferential Statistics; Research, Writing, and Information Literacy; Research Methods in Psychology; and Tests and Measurement.

Prerequisite(s): SOC 331 GPA 1.67, SOC 340 GPA 1.67 or PSY 340 GPA 1.67 and MAT 308 GPA 1.67


PSY 412
Crisis Intervention
3 credits

This course uses a theoretical approach to crisis intervention in social, therapeutic, and business settings. Students develop a sound theoretical approach to crisis work, along with some pragmatic approaches to commonly encountered problems.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 451
Health Psychology
3 credits

Health and human behavior are closely related. Health psychology uses the biopsychosocial model to examine the interaction of physiological process, psychological thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and the social-cultural environment on health. Topics such as mind-body interventions, health protective factors, health behavior change, coping with chronic and advanced illnesses, health belief models, and the link between personality traits and health will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 452
Multicultural Psychology
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to examine multiculturalism as a central or proximal variable in psychology. In this course, students will examine the nature and contribution of multiculturalism in psychology and the influence it has on the way we study and understand behavior. Students will examine theories and research in multicultural psychology. Students will gain a better understanding of the ways in which the multicultural context influences psychological processes, learn about empirical methods in multicultural psychology, and achieve a better appreciation of the multicultural context of human behavior.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 453
Families and Crisis
3 credits

This course will define what is meant by family crisis, identify some of the major theoretical frameworks for studying families and crisis, consider major lifestyle transitions, and explore the major catastrophic crises families face. It will also examine resources and strengths that enable families to deal with crisis more adequately.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 460
Topics in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, SOC 101, and junior status


PSY 461
Topics in PSY: Psychology of Leadership
3 credits

Effective leadership is essential to a free society, and an understanding of effective leadership behaviors and traits prepares students for cultivating and honing their own leadership styles. Effective leadership requires the ability to attract followers and motivate them to put forth their best efforts in solving problems. The psychology of leadership behaviors will analyze the leadership behaviors of well-known and not so well-known leaders, evaluate leadership behaviors according to societal values, and synthesize leadership theory into a personal leadership philosophy and action plan. Borrowing from many disciplines, this course will examine the impact of psychological needs and leadership influence. This highly interactive course will use reflection, self-assessments, and simulation scenarios to reflect on effective leadership behaviors and develop leadership skills in students.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 464
Topics in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, SOC 101, and junior status


PSY 465
Topics in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, SOC 101, and junior status


PSY 466
Topics in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, SOC 101, and junior status


PSY 467
Topics in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, SOC 101, and junior status


PSY 468
Psychology of Gambling
3 credits

This course focuses on the social and psychological implications of gambling, including identification of problem gambling, related disorders and/or addictions, stages of gambling disorders, and treatment for pathological gambling.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 471
Wealth and Democracy
3 credits

This course examines current concepts of personal wealth in the United States. Some of the many conflicting ideas about wealth are explored, including: what it is, how we get it, how we scorn it, how we love it, how we steal it, how we fear it, and what money buys (and doesn’t buy). Students will be required to do research, examine assigned materials, and write essays on a specified theme each week. Assignments will include three to four novels, three to four videos, and some newspaper/magazine articles.


PSY 472
Bullying
3 credits

This course provides an overview of bullying across the lifespan. It will explore the history of bullying, how physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development influence bullying, psychosocial and legal issues, and the latest research on causes and consequences of bullying. Students will consider their own experiences with bullying and the impact bullying has had on themselves and others. They will also identify effective strategies for reducing instances of bullying and reacting to such instances if they occur. Topics will include the abuse of power, bystander responses, cyberbullying, populations at high risk of being bullied, youth suicide, workplace and elderly bullying, and legal issues related to bullying.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 474
Topics in PSY: Psychology of Relationships
3 credits

This course will allow students the opportunity to explore the process of falling in love, of forming intimate and committed relationships from a psychological perspective. Students will read empirical studies that focus on topics such as: attachment, identity development, gender and cultural differences as they relate to different types of love and relationships. The relationships of popular characters in literature and film will be analyzed to help students form an understanding of the theoretical views of love.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior status and (PSY 101 GPA 1.67 or SOC 101 GPA 1.67)


PSY 475
Topics in PSY: Violence In the Workplace
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to examine the issue of violence from a theoretical and historical perspective. In this course, we will examine the factors that contribute to interpersonal violence and identify populations and settings with potential for risk. Emphasis will be given to the violence continuum, prevention, intervention and resolution for all workplace environments. Students will gain a better understanding of workplace violence through presentations and discussions of case studies and research papers devoted to the theme of the course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 477
Introduction to Conflict Management
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the theory, practice, techniques, and effectiveness of programs and interventions to manage personal, workplace, organizational, systems, and community conflict. The course will examine the types, scope, and application of conflict resolution within the workplace, family, education, health systems, social services, courts, neighborhoods, law enforcement, retail consumers, and civil lawsuits. Course faculty and guest lecturers from these settings will portray how conflict is assessed and managed. Students will gain an understanding of how to effectively manage conflict and appreciate the role that conflict and its constructive management can have to improve one’s personal, family, work, and community life.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 478
Mediation Skills
3 credits

This course will provide “hands on” training and experiences in behaving as a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate negotiations between and among disputing individuals, groups, and organizations. The course makes extensive use of self-assessment instruments, role playing, simulations, analyses of videos, feedback, and other highly participative methods to explore one’s conscious use of self in behaving in effective ways to manage conflict. Topics include mediation and negotiation theory; integrative negotiations; role of the mediator; stages of the mediation process; framing negotiations; bids and offers; developing options; reaching an agreement; authoring an Agreement; and related topics including dealing with impasse, handling emotions, fairness, ethics, maintaining neutrality, apology, power, confidentiality, and assessing outcomes.


PSY 479
Dimensions of Organizational Conflict
3 credits

This course will examine the theory, range, expression, amelioration, and scope of interventions regarding types of workplace related conflicts including interpersonal, group/team, departmental, organizational, interorganizational, and between the organization and its environment (including stakeholders, funders, unions, customers, competitors, and the public). Topics include conducting a “Conflict Audit”; expression of conflict; culture of conflict; architecture, marketing, and implementing conflict interventions; and evaluation of conflict management initiatives.


PSY 481
Domestic Violence
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and junior status


PSY 482
Expressive Arts Therapy
3 credits

This course is an introduction to the therapeutic use of the expressive arts (drama, dance/movement, art, music, poetry, and play/humor) in counseling process. A focus is given to exploring the history and rationale behind the development of expressive art therapies as well as an opportunity to engage In experiential exercises which will foster a greater understanding of creative process and Its Impact on the potential for human growth.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101


PSY 483
Addictive Behavior
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and junior status


PSY 484
Losses and Grief Journey
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and junior status


PSY 485
Spirituality and Counseling
3 credits

This course is an intensive study of selected contemporary topics relative to psychology and sociology. Emphasis is on in-depth research in areas selected by the student.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and Junior status


PSY 490
Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, junior status, and overall GPA of 2.5 or higher


PSY 491
Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, junior status, and overall GPA of 2.5 or higher


PSY 492
Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, junior status, and overall GPA of 2.5 or higher


PSY 493
Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, junior status, and overall GPA of 2.5 or higher


PSY 494
Internship in Behavioral Science (Psychology Majors)
3 credits

This course consists of supervised field placement in an agency related to human services such as a psychiatric facility, a nursing home, or a community-based agency providing social services. It is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Note: see Academic Advisor prior to registering for this course

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, junior status, and overall GPA of 2.5 or higher