Psychology class

The following is a selection of courses you might take as a Psychology major.

PSY101 Seminar in Effective Living

A subjective study of “who I am” topics include a review of processes involved in learning in general, development of effective communications, interpersonal and decision-making skills, development of friendship, love, marriage and work relationships and coping with life changes and issues such as loneliness, separation and stress. 3 credits.

PSY102 Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology. 3 credits.

PSY103 Developmental Psychology

A systematic examination of the processes of human development from birth to death. Emotional, intellectual, social, biological and other psychological aspects of growth will be considered from the perspectives of stage theorists such as Freud, Piaget, and Erickson as well as from perspectives derived from classical and operant conditioning work of Pavlov, Skinner, and social learning theorists. Prerequisites: PSY102. 3 credits.

PSY121 Stress Management

Helps individuals understand what stress is, the effect stress has on health and ways to minimize the negative effects of stress. This course is designed to allow students to actually experience a variety of different relaxation techniques – including imagery mediation progressive muscle relaxation and yoga. Participants will be challenged to reformulate their habits of dealing with stress. 1 credit.

PSY201 Principles of Learning

An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience. 3 credits.

PSY240 Sports Psychology

This course provides an overview of the emerging field of sports psychology. This is a basic course designed to familiarize athletes and other health conscious individuals with techniques of skills improvement.  There will be an emphasis on the practices of psychological techniques of health/fitness maintenance. PSY102 is recommended as a prerequisite. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.

PSY304 Abnormal Psychology

This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.) Prerequisites: PSY102. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.

PSY320 Field Experience I in Psychology

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in an approved psychology setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and of the College faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to implement his/her chosen service role while involved in a “hands on” basis within an approved psychology setting along with an accompanying weekly seminar.    Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements (except HUS306 Case Management and Counseling and 400 level courses), a minimum of a “C” grade in PHI301 Ethics for the Professional, HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services, and an overall cumulative average of at least “2.0” in major course work prior to the semester in which the field experience is scheduled or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

PSY329 Infant and Early Childhood Development

This course provides an in-depth study of major developmental theories, concepts, and issues which are pertinent to infancy and preschool age children. The importance of this formative period of development will be addressed from a multi-dimensional perspective. Effective parenting and early education strategies will be studied as well as issues and disorders which can begin to emerge at this time of life. Field research will be an integral part of this course. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.

PSY330 Child Growth and Development

This course will provide a detailed investigation into current family systems and lifestyle patterns, with a focus on healthy child rearing practices. The course will provide a review of development from birth through early childhood, and then emphasize the development of the child through late childhood until the onset of adolescence. Physical, social, emotional, behavioral, educational, and other issues will be examined as well as disorders which are relevant to this period of development. Applied learning activities and field experiences will be important components of this course. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.

PSY331 Issues in Adolescence

This course will examine the major psychological, social and physiological changes that occur as children develop into adolescents, through the teenage years, and into young adulthood. Issues explored will include the process of individualization and development of self-identity, the importance of peer relationships, the emergence of sexuality and idealism. Special focus will be placed on relevant issues such as maintenance of positive relationships with parents, alcohol/substance abuse, adolescent depression and suicide, as well as legal and judicial issues in cases involving adolescents.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with various professionals in the field. A minimum of 10 hours fieldwork is required. Students in secondary licensure programs must complete their fieldwork in a middle and/or high school setting. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.

PSY350 Educational Psychology

This course examines theories and principles of learning as they relate to human development through childhood, adolescence and into the adult years. Emphasis will be placed on examining ways to produce optimal conditions for learning to occur, and the evaluation of teaching strategies and procedures that are utilized in educational settings. Prerequisite: PSY102. 3 credits.

PSY410 Research Methods I

This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business, and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in this course. Senior standing. 3 credits.

PSY420 Field Experience II in Psychology

See PSY320 for course description. This course requires 240 clock hours working in a human services agency and integrating classroom training to working professionally in the field.

Note: It is recommended that an agency different from the one selected for Field Experience I be chosen. Additional prerequisites: HUS306 Case Management and Counseling must be completed. 6 credits.

PSY424 Health Psychology

This course will examine the interrelationships between physical health and psychological factors. Research regarding the influence of biological contributions and life experiences in health maintenance and the onset of medical illness and psychological disorders will be covered. Roles and relationships of various medical and allied health providers as well as various diagnostic and treatment techniques will be discussed. Opportunities for field research will be provided. Junior standing. 3 credits.

PSY450 History and Systems

This is a seminar capstone course for Psychology majors. This course will examine the philosophical origins, development, and parameters of the field of psychology from Greek Naturalism through present day scientific psychology, with emphasis placed on the current status, issues, and areas of application in the field. Students explore the history, evolution, current status and future directions of psychology as a science and a profession. The inter-relatedness of the science to other fields of inquiry, cultural and global issues will be emphasized. Prerequisites PSY102. Senior standing. 3 credits.

PSY160-460 Workshops in Psychology

1-3 credits

PSY190-490 Independent Study in Psychology

1-3 credits