PSY Courses 300-399
Last updated: 3/1/2008

NOTE: The number of credits is listed in parentheses after the course name.

PSY 300 History and Systems of Psychology (3).
A historical survey of the evolution of particular schools of thought and systematic approaches in psychology. Theories and systems such as Gestalt, psycho dynamic and behavioristic psychology are examined in terms of their antecedents, the problems on which they focused and their contributions to contemporary psychology (e.g., James, Freud and Skinner) are studied within the context of the theories with which they are associated. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 301 Psychological Testing (3).
This course surveys the major psychological tests used in schools, clinics, industry, government and psychological research. This course covers how such tests are constructed, administered, interpreted and validated, and outlines current issues and controversies of the field. Topics include the history and ethics of testing; tests of achievement, interests and special abilities; personality assessment; the use of these tests in identifying exceptionality; and the controversy surrounding intelligence tests. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and MTH 11 0 or MTH 111 (or an equivalent semester of Statistics I) or permission of the instructor.

PSY 302 Personality (3).
Introduction to the theoretical and empirical investigations of the development, maintenance and modification of the unique thoughts, emotions and behaviors characteristic of the individual. Topics include theoretical perspectives based primarily upon the concepts of conflict (e.g., Freud, Jung), fulfillment (e.g., Rogers, Maslow), consistency (e.g., Kelley), trait (e.g., Allport, Cattell) and learning (e.g., Skinner, Bandura) and empirical investigations of self-esteem, anxiety and defense mechanisms. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 303 (BIO 270) Animal Behavior (4).
See BIO 303 for description. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and eight hours of biology or permission of the instructor. Three lectures and two hours laboratory per week for one semester.

PSY 309 (CCM 409) Culture and Mental Disorder (3).
See course description for CCM 409.

PSY 315 Childhood Disorders (3).
This general introduction to the field of childhood psycho-pathology will consider basic issues in the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral disorders and developmental deviations. Topics included are: childhood schizophrenia and autism, phobias and psychosomatic disorders, mental retardation and specific learning disabilities, hyperactivity and anti-social behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and 215 or 280 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 320 Aging and Adult Development (3).
This course will examine the psychological development of young adults through late adulthood. The primary focus of this course will be on the development of intelligence, memory and dementia, personality, interpersonal relationships and sexuality in older adults. This course will challenge popular stereotypes of older adults and discuss how culture influences adult development. Students will be required to write a term paper on a topic related to psychology and adult development. Prerequisite/Corequisite: PSY 201 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 325 Sensation and Perception (3).
The study of the physical structures and psychological processes involved in sensory systems. Topics include how people see, hear, smell, taste and touch, as well as methods for studying both the senses and the way that people make use of sensory information. Various theoretical and philosophical questions about sensation and perception are also addressed. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 330 (PGS 330) Cross-Cultural Psychology (3).
Cross-cultural psychology is an approach emphasizing evaluation of psychological knowledge in the context of culture. Do the discoveries psychologists have made apply to all people from all cultures or only to some people, depending on culture? This course explores the impact of society and culture on human behavior, identity and personality development, social interaction norms, and even perceptual tendencies. We will examine what it means to say that humans are socio-cultural in nature. We will also examine those areas where humans differ, due to varied cultural experiences. Areas of interest will include education and development, views on intelligence, perceptual and cognitive processes, motivation, sex and gender and aggression. The examination of these issues will aid students in developing the ability to understand and interact with individuals and groups in other countries and in our own heterogeneous nation. Prerequisites or corequisites: PSY 101 (prerequisite), PSY 201 (corequisite), or equivalent social sciences research methods course.

PSY 335 (CJS 335) Psychology & the Law (3).
The legal system is a pervasive and important part of our lives. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the psychological aspects of the functioning of the system and the effects of the legal system on us. This course will address the social psychological aspects that impact and are impacted by the legal system. Students will develop an understanding of many issues, including how psychologists contribute to the law and the legal system, psychological theories of crime, psychological issues related to the selection and performance of police officers, the dynamics of eyewitness testimony, jury selection and performance and confessions. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor.

PSY 340 Brain and Behavior (3).
A study of the relationship of the brain and body to behavior. Emphasis is on the central nervous system. Topics include neuroanatomy, neural cell processes, hemispheric functions, hormonal regulation of behavior, physiological mechanisms involved in attention, arousal and sleep, and the neural bases of emotions, learning and memory, and psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 350 Health Psychology (3).
Health psychology is a survey course exploring the relationship between behavior and health. All topics will be covered from a bio-psychosocial perspective, illustrating the interaction among variables within an individual’s environment. Topics discussed within the course include: psycho-neuroimmunology, anger/hostility and health, smoking cessation, weight control, health care systems, heart disease, cancer, AIDS, psychosomatic illness, gender and socio-cultural differences, stress, pain management and alternative treatments. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 360 Human Sexuality (3).
An examination of the behavioral, emotional and cognitive components of human sexuality. An emphasis will be placed on psychological, social, health and legal aspects of behavior that define our human sexuality. This course intends to help students clarify their attitude toward their own and others’ sexuality. Areas to be investigated include sexual values, intimacy, sexual anatomy, gender identity, STDs and sexual variance. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 370 (IRL 370) Organizational Psychology (3).
See course description for IRL 370.

PSY 380 Counseling and Psychotherapy (3).
An introduction to techniques and theories of counseling and psychotherapy. Components, which are believed to underlie effective counseling and therapy regardless of theoretical orientation and which are applicable to a variety of interpersonal situations, are studied in some detail. The major theoretical approaches to counseling are covered, and students are introduced to research on the process and effectiveness of psychotherapy. One area in which such skills are applied—the treatment of persons with emotional problems—will be examined. This course does not attempt to train professional counselors, but to provide a framework and a basis for understanding and evaluating the counseling process from which students can, after further training and experience, become effective counselors. Prerequisites: PSY 101 and 280 or 302 or permission of the instructor.

PSY 390-399 Independent Study (1-3).
A student who wishes to pursue an independent study project for academic credit must submit, prior to registration, a proposed plan of study that includes the topic to be studied and goal to be achieved, the methodology to be followed, schedule of supervision, end product, evaluation procedure and number of credits sought. The proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the department chair and the dean of arts and sciences. It will be kept on file in the dean of arts and sciences’ office. Three hours work per week for each credit. Hours and credit to be determined by the instructor and student. Experiential course.