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Psychology

PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology (3)
Surveys the content and method of psychology, the scientific study of behavior, and mental processes. The course provides an overview of topics such as how the brain impacts behavior, how we develop, personality, psychopathology, and group and individual behavior. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2101 Personality Theory (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
Surveys classic and modern theories of personality development in their biographical and historical context (e.g., Sigmund and Anna Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Karen Horney, Margaret Mahler, Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, Heinz Kohut, Abraham Maslow, and Rollo May.) Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2109W Research Methods (4)
Prerequisites
: PSY1001 and MTH2502 (or other approved statistics course)
Introduces empirical, quantitative, and qualitative research in the behavioral sciences. This is a writing-intensive course.

PSY2117 Psychobiology (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Studies the brain and its functions as they relate to behavior. This course explores topics such as learning and memory, the rhythms of the brain, emotions, and the senses. Some disorders such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Huntington's Chorea, and memory defects are reviewed.

PSY2125 Cognitive Psychology (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001 and PSY2117
This course is designed to provide a general overview of the field of cognitive psychology. Topics include sensation and perception, learning, thinking, problem-solving, inductive and deductive reasoning, creativity, language and memory, and cognitive neuroscience. Both theory and research will be discussed.

PSY2133 Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
This course gives an overview of the classic research areas in social psychology, including conformity, group influence, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, and interpersonal attraction. In addition, the newer approaches of social cognition, gender and cross-cultural factors, and applied social psychology are discussed. Required for Sociology majors; may be used to satisfy 3 units of electives for Sociology (general) minors. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2141 Developmental Psychology (3)
Prerequisite
: PSY1001. Students who have received credit for PSY2149C or PSY2150 may not take this course.
Studies human growth and development from prenatal stages through adolescence. Attention is given to various developmental theories, interdisciplinary research, interconnected roles of biology and environment, and practical applications. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2149C Developmental Psychology in the Classroom and Community (CE) (4)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001. Students who have received credit for PSY2141 or PSY2150 may not take this course.
Studies human growth and development from prenatal stages through adolescence. Attention is given to various developmental theories, interdisciplinary research, interconnected roles of biology and environment, and practical applications. PSY2149C allows students to choose a particular area of interest and complete 15 hours in a community engagement placement. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2150 Lifespan Development (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001. Students who have received credit for PSY2141 or PSY2149C may not take this course.
This course examines human development across the lifespan from conception through death, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes. Attention is given to various developmental theories, interdisciplinary research, interconnected roles of biology and environment, and practical applications. Fulfills General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2157 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
Focuses on introduction to mental disorders: classification, causes, diagnosis, and treatment. Emphasizes diagnosis using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2157W Abnormal Psychology (4)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Focuses on an introduction to mental disorders: classification, diagnosis, causes, and treatment. Emphasizes diagnosis according to the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. This version will include a writing-intensive component, focusing on issues in the general writing of scholarly papers, as well as the specifics of APA-style writing. This is a writing-intensive course. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2180 History and Systems of Psychology (Capstone Course) (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Taken by graduating seniors, this course provides an overview of the field of psychology from a historical perspective. The course examines the major systems, theoretical models, and personalities that have shaped the field since its inception.

PSY2180W History and Systems of Psychology (Capstone Course) (4)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Taken by graduating seniors, this course provides an overview of the field of psychology from a historical perspective. The course examines the major systems, theoretical models, and personalities that have shaped the field since its inception. This is a writing-intensive course.

PSY2201 Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
Prerequisite
: PSY1001
Reviews the theoretical foundations and clinical techniques of a wide variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, existential, Gestalt, group, and family therapy. Basic counseling skills, useful in a vast range of context, are also explored and practiced. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2209 Psychological Assessment (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Introduces the design, validation, and use of different kinds of psychological tests: ability, personality, psychopathology, interests, attitudes, and intelligence. Useful for those going on to graduate school or interested in clinical, organizational, neuropsychological, occupational, and educational psychology.

PSY2217 Conflict Resolution (3)
This course gives students the basic skills needed to be a mediator, including an introduction to conflict theory and conflict styles, active-listening and collaborative-speaking techniques, skills for managing interaction in conflict settings, and knowledge about the stages of a mediation process. There is a strong emphasis on practice through role-play activities and sharing of real-life experience. May be used to satisfy 3 units of electives for Sociology (general) majors or minors. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2233 Jungian Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
Surveys the basic concepts in Jungian psychology, or Analytic Psychology, including the persona, shadow, anima and animus, the Self, and the process of individuation as well as the application of the Jungian system in the analysis of case histories, literature, film, and the political process. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2309C Community Psychology (CE) (4)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001 for Psychology majors; no prerequisite for nonmajors
Studies a wide variety of forces and structures in the community that affect the positive growth, development, and functioning of its members. As a communitylearning course, this class includes community work, theoretical discussions, and reflection activities. May be used to satisfy 4 units of electives for Sociology (general) majors or minors. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2409 Building Community through Diversity (CDiv) (1)
This course examines cultural diversity as it relates to leadership development and community building. Students explore the impact of diversity on four levels: intrapersonally, interpersonally, in groups, and in the community. This is a weekend course totaling 15 hours. Elements of the course include discussion, experiential activities, small-group sharing, dialogues, and reflection. May be used to satisfy 1 unit of elective for Sociology (general) majors or minors. Fulfills 1 unit of the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2701 Human Sexuality (3)
Prerequisite:
PSY1001
Explores personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal dimensions of sexual experience: awareness, attitudes, meaning, expression, response, and different sexual orientations. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2709 - Learning and Memory (3)
Prerequisite: PSY2117
This course serves as an advanced Psychology elective focused on the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Both the cognitive and neural basis will be covered in depth. Topics include amnesia, simple and complex circuits, roles of the cerebral cortex, working, declarative, procedural, and emotional memory. The emphasis throughout the course will include memory research methods. Additionally the course will cover case studies such as on transience, blocking, misattribution, bias, suggestibility, persistence, and absent-mindedness.

PSY2717 Women, Shakespeare, and Psychoanalysis (CDiv) (3)
Examines some of the sophisticated ways in which Shakespeare explores the feminine psyche across the stages of psychological development. The course incorporates into this investigation the concepts of certain modern psychologists, including C. G. Jung, D. W. Winnicott, and Heinz Kohut. Fulfills the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement.

PSY2725 Death and Dying (3)
This course commences with theoretical principles of death awareness in illnesses, accidents, suicides, and homicides. This course continues with therapeutic processes and clinical case studies of mourning and healing. It concludes with theological meanings of death and immortality from world cultures and world spiritualities.

PSY2778 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy I (1)
Explores the uses of art therapy in schools, special education, and psychiatric settings as well as in personal growth.

PSY2779 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy II (2)
This course is a continuation of PSY2778 Introduction to Clinical Art Therapy I. It is not necessary to take PSY2778 prior to this class.

PSY2886 Special Topics in Psychology (3)
Various topics are offered, providing elective opportunities for Psychology majors.

PSY2994 Teaching Assistant (1-3)
This is an opportunity for advanced students to earn credit by special arrangement with the Psychology Department Chair.

PSY2999 Independent Study in Psychology (1-3)
Provides an opportunity for independent study or research under the direction of an instructor. See Undergraduate Policies and Procedures for more information on Independent Study.