2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Psychology (PSY)

PSY 210  Introduction to Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis on theoretical approaches, concepts, principles, and research findings. Overview of selected areas in psychology that provide the foundation for futher study in psychology. Topics include critical thinking, neuroscience, nature/nurture, consciousness, motivation, work, stress and health, and psychological disorders.

PSY 210H  Honors Introduction to Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis on theoretical approaches, concepts, principles, and research findings. Overview of selected areas in psychology that provide the foundation for futher study in psychology. Topics include critical thinking, neuroscience, nature/nurture, consciousness, motivation, work, stress and health, and psychological disorders.

PSY 211  Basic Principles of Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Overview of selected topics in psychology as a continued introduction to psychology begun in PSY210. Emphasizes theoretical approaches, concepts, principles, and research findings. Topics include sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, personality, therapy, and social psychology.

PSY 211H  Honors Baisc Principles of Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Overview of selected topics in psychology as a continued introduction to psychology begun in PSY210. Emphasizes theoretical approaches, concepts, principles, and research findings. Topics include sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, personality, therapy, and social psychology.

PSY 220  Child Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Study of the physical growth and the psychological development of the child, emphasis on the significance of physical, social, cognitive, personality, and language development in the early years.

PSY 225  Adolescent Psycholgy  (3 Credits)  

Study of adolescents' physical growth, psychological development, and behavior. Emphasis on the major determinants of adolescent development and behavior, the theoretical approaches, concepts, principles, and research findings about adolescence and their applications in real-life situations.

PSY 228  Developmental Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Comprehensive study of he psychological development of the individual, induding linguistic, social personality, and cognitive aspects of development from conception through late adulthood.

PSY 228H  Honors Developmental Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Comprehensive study of he psychological development of the individual, induding linguistic, social personality, and cognitive aspects of development from conception through late adulthood.

PSY 230  Educational Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the psychological principles relevant to the processes of education and the theory of educational institutions.

PSY 250  Social Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Study of the influence of social factors on behavior of individuals and small groups. Emphasis on interpersonal behavior. Exploration of theories concerning social interaction, social influence, aggression, prejudice and attitude change, and socialization.

PSY 270  Psychological Statistics  (3 Credits)  

Study of the basic principles and techniques employed in the fields of descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as the fundamental laws of probability. Emphasis on techniques of summarizing and standardizing data; correlation and regression; sampling distribution; analysis of variance; hypotheses testing using parametric as well as nonparametric tests, and probability.

PSY 280  Abnormal Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the various descriptions and classifications of psychopathology and theories of the origin of mental disorders, including different approaches to the treatment of abnormal behavior.

PSY 311  Educational Tests and Measurements*  (3 Credits)  

Study of the general field of tests and measurements, including the application of statistics. Introduction to factors involved in the selection and administration of group tests of achievement, aptitude, mental ability, and personality.

PSY 312  Behavior Analysis  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the concepts involved in behavioral change and in the planning of effective intervention strategies. Focuses on various methods of observing and measuring behavior with emphasis on behavioral task analysis.

PSY 313  Behavior Management  (3 Credits)  

Study of learning and behavioral programs. Emphasis on learning theory applications including contingency contracting, token economies, modeling, and similar techniques.

PSY 322  Psychology of Exceptional Children  (3 Credits)  

Study of the unique and typically abnormal psychosocial characteristics and stresses encountered by the handicapped child. Analysis of a child's behavior responses and personality development, ranging from normal adjustment mechanisms to the most serious pathological conditions.

PSY 322H  Honors Psychology of Exceptional Children  (3 Credits)  

Study of the unique and typically abnormal psychosocial characteristics and stresses encountered by the handicapped child. Analysis of a child's behavior responses and personality development, ranging from normal adjustment mechanisms to the most serious pathological conditions.

PSY 331  Personality  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the nature of personality, its development, and its functioning. Examination of classical and contemporary theories and data.

PSY 340  Psychology of the African-American  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the African-American person with a focus on the unique historical and current social influences on AfricanAmerican personality development and functioning.

PSY 340H  Honors Psychology of African Americans  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the African-American person with a focus on the unique historical and current social influences on AfricanAmerican personality development and functioning.

PSY 360  Experimental Psychology  (3-4 Credits)  

Introduction to the application of experimental methods and techniques to psychological problems. Emphasis on experimental design, data collection and analysis, and fundamentals of report writing. (3 hours lecture/ 1 hour lab.)

PSY 360H  Honors Experimental Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the application of experimental methods and techniques to psychological problems. Emphasis on experimental design, data collection and analysis, and fundamentals of report writing. (3 hours lecture/ 1 hour lab.)

PSY 380  Physiological Psychology*  (3 Credits)  

Study of the physiological processes underlyng behavior, with emphasis on the role that the major systems of the body, in particualr the nervous system, playin behavior.

PSY 381  Topics in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Supervised projects selected to suit the needs of the individual student.

PSY 381A  Writing in Psychology  (2 Credits)  

Writing in Psychology, provides the basic tenants of effective writing in Psychology to include effective implementation of APA style, as well as the development of sound general writing skills.

PSY 381C  Human Sexuality  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the physical, intrapsychic, and interpersonal aspects of sexuality.

PSY 381D  Psychology of the Leader  (3 Credits)  

Psychology and the Leader explores various, leadership theories, styles, models, topics, and, best practices. This course provides an, opportunity for students to learn and discuss, leadership theories, and to develop a personal, understanding of leadership. The essential, knowledge, skills, and abilities of effective, leaders are examined, such as managing conflict,, facilitating communication, and leading groups, and teams. Students will be encouraged to, examine their own leadership potential as they, complete self-assessments and participate in, leadership exercises.

PSY 381E  Cyberpsychology  (3 Credits)  

Cyberpsychology provides an overiew of the applied field of Cyberpsychology, emphasizing the relationship between humans and technology. In this course, we will explore behavior, psychological processes and social issues as they apply in the ever-changin

PSY 381F  Careers in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

This course will provide psychology majors with information and skills that will help students select and pursue a career in psychology or a related field. This course will focus on the critical skills and experiences required for entry into the workforce.

PSY 381G  Psychology of Groups*  (3 Credits)  

Group Dynamics is a field of social psychology concerned with the nature of human groups, their development, and their interactions.

PSY 381M  Mindfulness  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

PSY 381P  Positive Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Positive psychology focuses on the science of happiness and human strengths. It provides an overview of the major theories and research in this area.

PSY 381Q  Conflict Analysis and Intervention*  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the general field of conflict analysis, management, and resolution, with additional application to crisis intervention. Interdisciplinary emphasis on conflict theory and psychological conceptualization to determine the root causes of intra- and interpersonal conflict.

PSY 381R  Psychology of Religion  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

PSY 390  Fundamentals of Learning  (3 Credits)  

Survey of basic processes and principles of learning, as well as theoretical accounts of these processes. Examination of research findings from both human and animal subjects.

PSY 391  Readings in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Directed readings and supervised independent study of contemporary issues. Comprehensive coverage of a subject from assigned materials required.

PSY 391A  The Psychology of Women  (3 Credits)  

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PSY 391B  Health Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Examination of selected topics in the area of health psychology. Health, illness and medicine are studied from psychological and cultural perspectives emphasizing theoretical approaches,concepts, and research findings within the field of health psychology

PSY 391D  The Psychology of Racism  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the psychological impact of racism in the United States. Through the use of writing and discussion, students will explore the impact of racism for Whites and people of color.

PSY 391G  The Psychology of Marriage  (3 Credits)  

This course is a review of theory and research pertaining to the psychological processes of intimate relationships and marriage. The course addresses interpersonal attraction, sexual behavior, love, ways of dating, cohabitation and divorce.

PSY 391M  Topics: Masculinity  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the diverse psychological-cultural-relational-spiritual experiences of males that identify as, "Black, African, African-American, and/or Caribbean (i.e. of the African Diaspora) with the North American/United States context.

PSY 392  Seminar in Community Resources  (1 Credits)  

Orientation to the activity of the mental health facility and other workplaces in Psychology. Agency representatives will serve as guest lecturers, and students will also gather information about potential practicum placements. Lectures, presentations, readings and discussions are formats for this seminar.

PSY 397  Research in Psychology  (1-3 Credits)  

Supervised independent research projects aimed at answering empirical questions. Also, intimately involves the student in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and analysis and interpretation of empirical questions and research findings.

PSY 410  Psychology of Adjustment  (3 Credits)  

Study of the multiple aspects of adjustment and mental health, emphasizing the promotion of good adjustment and the prevention and treatment of maladjustment. Analysis of reactions to stress and effective means of coping with stress, emotional control, and positive striving.

PSY 420  Introduction to Psychological Testing  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the theory and practice of psychological testing. Examination of intelligence, perceptual motor, and personality tests, along with their use in clinical, educational, and occupational testing settings.

PSY 430  Clinical Methods in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Examination of clinical procedures in psychological evaluation and treatment. Introduction to the uses of psychological tests in making clinical judgments, and an overview of the various theoretical treatment methods such as individual, group, family, and community approaches.

PSY 430H  Honors Clinical Methods in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Examination of clinical procedures in psychological evaluation and treatment. Introduction to the uses of psychological tests in making clinical judgments, and an overview of the various theoretical treatment methods such as individual, group, family, and community approaches.

PSY 440  Drugs and Behavior*  (3 Credits)  

Survey of major principles and mechanisms of drug action including basic pharmacological principles, basic nervous system function and neurochemistry, behavioral analysis techniques, non-pharmacological variables, and a survey of specific classes of psychoactive drugs.

PSY 450  Systems in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Critical survey of systems and theories in psychology, along with a broad overview of the historical and contemporary issues relevant to the study of psychology.

PSY 480  Motivation and Emotions*  (3 Credits)  

Study of processes which activate behavior and provide major emphasis on the physiological origin of needs, drives, motives and emtoions. Exploration of critical behavior data from human and animal studies, along with historical and contemporary theories.

PSY 492  Psychology Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Presentation of recent experimental and theoretical advances in selected areas of psychology Class projects prepared and presented in a seminar format.

PSY 492H  Honors Psychology Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Presentation of recent experimental and theoretical advances in selected areas of psychology Class projects prepared and presented in a seminar format

PSY 495  Practicum in Psychology  (3-6 Credits)  

Supervised field experience in an applied setting, i.e., a mental health agency or other appropriate institution.

PSY 496  Practicum in Psychol  (3 Credits)  

Supervised field experience in an applied setting, i.e., a mental health agency or other appropriate institution.

PSY 497  Research in Psychology  (3 Credits)  

Supervised independent research projects aimed at answering empirical questions. Also, intimately involves the student in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and analysis and interpretation of empirical questions and research findings.