PSY 113. General Psychology. 3 hours credit, fall
A general overview of the history, philosophical development, and theoretical approaches to the study of human behavior. Consideration is given to such topics as intelligence, personality, motivation, adjustment, and the application of psychology in various fields.
PSY 143. Human Growth and Development. 3 hours credit, fall, spring
The physical, mental, emotional, and social development of the human individual from birth to the end of life. Application of the principles of psychology to an understanding of human growth with major emphasis on understanding child and adolescent behaviors. Required for all psychology majors and any student certifying to teach.
PSY 223. Introduction to Human Services. 3 hours credit, fall, even years. Cross-listed as SWK 223.
Exploration of social welfare systems as a social institution. A functional, as well as philosophical, look at the development and present status of social welfare and how it helps individuals, families and groups enhance or restore capacities for social functioning.
PSY 233. Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 hours credit, fall
Provides a foundation in the application and interpretation of basic statistics for the behavioral sciences. Topics include: Computer based applications and statistical packages, data and research, types of data, measurement scales, graphical representation and notation, measures of central tendency and variability, normal distributions, sampling distributions and probability, descriptive measures, inferential statistics when comparing groups, correlation and prediction, and simple parametric and non-parametric measures. Application methods to professional practice will be stressed.
PSY 242. Sophomore Seminar. 2 hours credit, fall
This course will explore career opportunities in the field of psychology with a focus on personal and professional development, understanding the options for graduate school, and improving the research and writing skills required for psychology (APA).
PSY 315. Human Behavior and Motivation. 3 hours credit, even years, fall
Focusing upon the complexities of human behavior (operant, associative processes, environmental control, and behavior modification), and the motivation inherent in the human experience (issues, organizing principles, basic systems, emotions and self-regulation). For psychology majors or minors.
PSY 323. Adolescent Psychology. 3 hours credit, spring
Designed to survey the sequence and nature of adolescent development by studying principles related to the areas of emotional, intellectual, social, cognitive, moral and physical development. Resources in the local community that can aid youth and their parents or adult persons working with them will be identified. Age span included is from the middle-school age through the high-school age student. Prerequisite: PSY 143 or permission of instructor.
PSY 333. Theories of Personality. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
Theories of personality development and the varying degrees of emphasis placed upon such factors as environment, heredity, or learning. Prerequisite: PSY 113 or permission of instructor.
PSY 343. Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
Study of abnormal behavior patterns, as well as theories that seek to explain such behavior, with an emphasis on treatment as well as diagnosis. Prerequisite: 12 hours of psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 363. Human Diversity and Spirituality. 3hours credit, odd years, fall. Crosslisted as SWK 363
This course will increase the understanding of a diverse and pluralistic society; recognize dehumanizing biases; improve human relations skills; focus on respect , human dignity and individual rights; and explore the meaning of spirituality in a professional and personal context.
PSY 381. Family and Societal Violence. 3 hours credit, even years, fall. Crosslisted as CRJ 381 and SWK 381
The purpose of this course is to examine the acts of violence in this country and the intervention strategies to alleviate these societal problems. A special emphasis will be placed on the mental health and legal professions. Several causal relationships will be explored.
PSY 403. Adult Development and Aging. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
A study of the psychological, religious and sociological aspects of major transition phases in adult development. Topics include selecting a mate, meshing of personalities in marriage, the first child, teen-parent interactions, marriages of children, empty nest, retirement, adjustment to grandchildren, and the special conditions of serious illness, death and divorce. Prerequisite: PSY 143.
PSY 423. Counseling. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
An introductory study of the opportunities, responsibilities, and ethical considerations of counseling; utilizing the strengths perspective and integrating the primary theoretical intervention strategies of Psychodynamic, Adlerian, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Existential, Gestalt, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Transtheoretical, Cognitive-Interpersonal, Multimodal, and Transpersonal. Prerequisites: PSY 113 or PSY 143; junior standing, or permission of instructor.
PSY 433. Social Science Research. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
Introduction to the use of the scientific method in general social science research. Consideration given to formulation of problems, techniques of gathering data, presentation and interpretation of research findings. Prerequisite: MTH 223, PSY 243 and 6 additional hours of psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 453. Field Experience. 3 hours credit, spring
Appropriate field work experiences in areas of emphasis. Prerequisite: 12 hours of psychology or permission of instructor.
PSY 463. Human Diversity and Spirituality. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall. Crosslisted as SWK 363
This course will increase the understanding of a diverse and pluralistic society; recognize dehumanizing biases; improve human relations skills; focus on respect, human dignity and individual rights; and explore the meaning of spirituality in a professional and personal context.
PSY 473. Social Psychology. 3 hours credit, fall, even years
The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include social thinking, values, conformity, persuasion, group influences, prejudice, aggression, altruism, conflict and peacemaking. Prerequisite: PSY 113.
PSY 483. Senior Seminar. 3 hours credit, off years, spring
This course will focus upon exploring career and graduate school options and writing a capstone research paper (APA). Prerequisite: senior psychology majors only.
PSY 485. Testing and Measurement. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
An introduction to the major concepts involved in educational testing and measurement. Topics include: the historical context of assessment, integration of ACA ethics in research and testing, a review of basic statistical procedures, methods of interpretation, impact of individual variance, the practical administration of tests, challenges to validity and reliability and the utilization of assessment within a profession. Students will be exposed to a variety of clinical and psychological tests. Emphasis is placed on aspects that are important to the professional as a consumer of testing information. Prerequisite: PSY 233.