Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101S) (1)
This course looks at the ways in which questions about human behavior and mental life are explored by psychologists, what they are discovering, and how they have put some of their answers into action. Using several perspectives prominent in the field of psychology, the course examines representative areas such as perception, biopsychology, states of consciousness, emotion, stress and coping, learning, memory, personality, abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, social processes, and development.
Theories of Personality (PSYC 201) (1)
The field of personality focuses primarily on explaining individual differences in behavior. Psychologists disagree over the definition of personality, its theoretical assumptions, the relative importance of the concept, and the elements that constitute the framework for the personality of individuals. The course focuses, then, on comparing and contrasting a number of theories of personality that have emerged in psychology in the last century. The course is intended to enhance the student's appreciation of the multifaceted nature of behavior as well as emphasizing that there are a variety of options and possibilities for analyzing and evaluating individual differences. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Memory in Everyday Life (PSYC 202) (1)
This course will explore the memory issues faced by people in everyday life, including reflecting about childhood memories, keeping track of things, flashbulb memories, eyewitness testimony, trauma and repression, and maintaining an identity. Students will critically analyze popular films, anecdotal stories, and their own diary entries, to uncover new understandings of memory. The research they explore will be from studies done in natural contexts, rather than in laboratory settings. The course will be discussion based, focusing on reactions to the research, presentations, films, and stories presented in class.
Great Experiments in Psychology (PSYC 203) (1)
The innovative history of psychological research is explored in this course by closely examining classic studies that have influenced our concepts of mind and behavior. Emphasis is placed on both the methodological approaches used in these studies and the findings stemming from them. The ongoing influence of these classic works is illuminated by discussion of more recent investigations that have their roots in the original research. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PSYC 301) (1)
Applications of psychological principles to people at work are presented in this course. Topics such as personnel selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, employee training and development, leadership, motivation and job satisfaction, working conditions, safety and health in the workplace, and work-related stress are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Psychological Testing (PSYC 304) (1)
Techniques of scaling and test development are presented in this course. Issues related to item analysis, reliability, validity, standardization, and ethics are included. Students learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of psychological tests and to apply this understanding to a test that they develop. The psychometric characteristics of intelligence and aptitude, interest, creativity, stress, personnel selection, personality, and achievement tests are analyzed. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 305S) (1)
This course explores the many mental skills and abilities involved in the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information. These include pattern recognition, attention, memory, visual imagery, language, problem solving, and decision making. Students will also explore how theory and research in cognitive psychology relate to tasks they carry out in their daily lives, tasks such as reading, driving, studying, judging advertising claims, evaluating legal testimony, solving problems in the classroom, and making medical decisions. The course includes interactive exercises to illustrate basic processes.Prerequisite: sophomore, junior, or senior standing
Forensic Psychology (Psyc 311) (1)
The intent of this course is to examine research on criminal perpetrators. The course will also cover the involvement of psychology in the criminal justice system ranging from psychological evaluations of offenders, insanity defenses and criminal profiling. The course will consider criminal offenses ranging from drug offenses through domestic violence, rape and serial murder.
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 312D) (1)
This course provides an overview of the field of abnormal psychology.The major psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance-related disorders, and sexual and gender identity disorders, are explored from biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and sociocultural perspectives.The investigation of each disorder covers symptoms, contributing factors, and treatment options.Prerequisite: PSYC 201.
Developmental Psychology (PSYC 315) (1)
This course explores human development across life-span, typically including consideration of theories of development, genetic and prenatal influences on behavior, childbirth and the newborn, perceptual and motor development, cognitive processes and academic skills, intelligence, language development, temperament and emotional development, moral development, the attachment relationship and social development, the family, and adult development and aging. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Human Sexuality (PSYC 318W) (1)
The course examines psychological and physiological factors related to human sexual behavior and feelings. The student will become acquainted with contemporary research findings and theory in the area and will have the opportunity to understand better the dynamics of sexual relationships and to learn to communicate more comfortably and constructively with others regarding sexual beliefs, behaviors, and feelings. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing
Behavioral Statistics (PSYC 321Q) (1)
This course introduces applications of statistics in psychology.It introduces descriptive and inferential statistics as well as techniques used for reporting empirical research in psychology. Students learn to analyze univariate and multivariate data using Z, t, ANOVA, MANOVA, correlation coefficients, Chi Square, regression, and multiple regression.The course includes developing hypotheses, using measurement scales, collecting and analyzing data, testing hypotheses, and writing APA-style reports that explain statistical results. The major goal of the course is to provide the opportunity to learn how psychologists select, apply, and interpret statistics in their studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 201 and PSYC 203.
Social Psychology (PSYC 333) (1)
Social psychology asks how the presence of others, real or implied, affects the behavior of the individual. The course considers experimental techniques used for social psychological data; how social beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes affect and are affected by our behavior; cultural influence, conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, and the application of social psychology to legal situations; the operation and consequences of prejudice,aggression, attraction, and altruism and how these factors may play a role in the management of social conflict. The primary goal is to increase the student's appreciation of the power of social forces in determining behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 101S.
Interpersonal Dynamics (PSYC 335D.JS) (1)
The student learns more about personality and interpersonal behavior, including his or her own, through firsthand experience in a laboratory setting. The course is unusual in its format. After the first day, we meet each time as a self-observational group in which each member of the group assumes responsibility for observing and building a shared understanding of the processes occurring within the group. In readings and papers, students become familiar with a variety of theoretical perspectives and observational methods useful in understanding the processes occurring in the group. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
Health Psychology (PSYC 345W) (1)
This course explores the contributions of psychology to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of health problems. Students have the opportunity to meet with various health care providers and individuals affected by different illnesses to gain an understanding of the challenges they face and the opportunities these challenges present for psychologists.Once students have learned about the major issues and methods in health psychology/behavioral medicine, they design health promotion/illness prevention programs appropriate for community and work settings.
Drugs, Mind, and Behavior (PSYC 348W) (1)
This course helps students understand the effects of drug use-legal and illegal-on the individual. It explores drug actions on brain function, their short-term effects on mind and behavior, as well as the possible long-term consequences of drug exposure, including tolerance, dependence, and drug addiction. The course also examines other key factors that can influence drug effects, including characteristics of the user, drug expectancies, and the role of the environment.
Human Behavior during the Zombie Apocalypse (PSYC 350 - JSEM) (1)
This course will focus on how humans behave and respond in catastrophic times with an emphasis on survival during a potential zombie apocalypse. We will assess how a zombie apocalypse might come about, efforts that could be implemented to stop or retard the spread of zombies, methods to promote human survival and cooperation during the event, and how to maintain or rebuild society amidst a world catastrophe. This class will view the zombie apocalypse via the lenses of multiple disciplines including – but not limited to – psychology, sociology, biology, and public health. We will examine past catastrophic events (including natural disasters and epidemics) as examples of what might happen during a zombie apocalypse and emphasize how we can facilitate preparedness for future catastrophes. Additionally, literary and media depictions of zombies will be used to illustrate and apply course material.
Biological Psychology (PSYC 382) (1)
This course approaches the study of mind and behavior from a biological perspective, with special attention to the brain processes that underlie sensory, behavioral, and cognitive functions. The course begins with an overview of the structure and function of the nervous system and then explores in more detail the role of the nervous system in eating, sleeping, sex, emotions, stress, language, learning and memory, and mental disorders. Prerequisites: BIOL 121P (The Biological Basis of Behavior) or BIOL 141P-142P (Introductory Biology I and II)
Game of Thrones Made Me Do It: Media’s Impact on Behavior (PSYC 377 - JSEM) (1)
This course will examine the interaction between media and media consumers. The degree to which individuals shape media and media shapes individual behavior will be discussed. Specific topic areas will include the influence of media on aggression and violence, sexual behavior and pregnancy, body dissatisfaction, eating behaviors and gender roles. The course will consider the impact of video games, social media, television, advertising, pornography, and other media.
Teaching Apprenticeship (PSYC 395, 396) (.5 or 1)
A teaching apprenticeship provides an opportunity for a student with especially strong interest and ability in a given subject area to achieve an even deeper understanding by being directly involved with a faculty member in the design and implementation of a course. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Such an experience is especially beneficial for students who are considering university teaching as a profession. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (Psyc 399) (.5)
Students in this course will participate in the activities of a research lab conducting original psychological research. This course runs on an apprenticeship model in which students will perform duties essential for the lab under the professor’s guidance. Activities may include running research participants, administering psychological surveys, collecting, entering and analyzing data and assisting with the dissemination of research findings through conference presentations and publications. Specific duties will be at the discretion of the instructor.
Childhood Behavior Disorders (PSYC 413) (1)
In the first part of the course, the nature of normal and abnormal development, models of developmental psychopathology, assessment techniques, diagnostic systems used for children, and psychotherapy with children are discussed.In the second part, students present information on specific childhood behavior disorders to the rest of the class.Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, attention deficit disorders, language and learning disabilities, mental retardation, autism, childhood schizophrenia, and other disorders are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 315 and junior or senior standing.
Clinical and Counseling Psychology (PSYC 416) (1)
This course provides an overview of clinical psychology and related mental health disciplines.Students learn about the historical roots of clinical psychology and explore projective and objective clinical assessment techniques, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and group therapies, ethical and professional issues, and some of the emerging specialty areas in clinical psychology.Prerequisite: PSYC 201.
Internship I: Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology (PSYC 470E) (1)
Students have an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ethical and professional issues central to the field, clarify and focus their professional intentions, and obtain experience useful in pursuing further vocational and educational opportunities. Students complete 80-100 hours of work in an approved internship setting and meet weekly to explore ethical and professional issues in the field of psychology, including those they can expect to confront in their internship settings. Prerequisites: (a) junior or senior standing and (b) at least five PSYC courses.
Internship II (PSYC 471) (1 - Pass/Fail Only)
This course gives students who have already completed PSYC 470E an opportunity to do a second internship that requires somewhat more hours but does not include a classroom component. Students do 100-120 hours of work in an approved internship setting and complete a journal. The course may not be used toward the minimum requirements for the Psychology major. Prerequisites: PSYC 470E.
Seminar (PSYC 175, 275, 375, 475) (1)
Like special topics courses, seminars are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. The principle difference is in the format. Seminars are necessarily limited to a small size because they devote class time almost entirely to collaborative interaction among the faculty member(s) and students involved in the course. Any pre-requisites will be indicated in the course schedule.
Independent Study (PSYC 185, 285, 385, 485) (.5 or 1)
Independent studies are intended to provide an opportunity for students with strong interest and initiative to pursue the study of topics that are not part of the regular course offerings. They are arranged by mutual agreement between faculty member and student. Before agreeing to supervise an independent study, ordinarily a faculty member will ask the student to present a clear, written proposal for the work to be completed. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Special Topics in Psychology (PSYC 190, 290, 390. 490) (1)
These lecture/discussion courses are designed to extend the range of the curriculum and give students an opportunity to explore special topics. Such topics, which may vary from semester to semester, might include, for example, particular theorists, distinctive theoretical perspectives, specific problems, or particular areas of research. Any pre-requisites will be indicated in the course schedule.
Research Methods (PSYC 498) (1)
This course is designed to deepen the student's understanding of the scientific method as an active process. Course goals include learning to develop theories, refine hypotheses, measure and control variables, analyze and interpret results, and report them in APA style. In addition to applying these techniques in course projects, students will use them to develop their senior project proposal for the research to be carried out in PSYC 499. Prerequisite: PSYC 321Q.
Senior Project (PSYC 499) (1)
In this course, students complete a research project of their own design and prepare a paper and oral presentation reporting their results. Students typically begin by refining the research proposal they developed in PSYC322. After finalizing their method and materials, they collect data by testing participants. Data analysis involves the use of SPSS software. The final paper is written in APA style. Class meetings are supplemented with regular individual conferences with the instructor. Students are encouraged to present their results off-campus at professional meetings. Prerequisite: PSYC 498.