List of Courses

PSY 103 General Psychology (3 credits)

Designed to give the student an introduction to the concepts required for the study of perception, conditioning, learning, intelligence, motivations, emotions, and personality. The interaction of heredity and environment is also stressed. Prerequisite to all other psychology courses.

PSY 204 Child Psychology (3 credits)

An introduction to the scientific study of the developing child. The age span covered ranges from the prenatal period up to puberty. Topics include age relevant studies of motor, cognitive, linguistic, social and personality growth. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 205 Social Psychology (3 credits)

An introduction to the area of human social interaction from the perspective of how humans affect and are affected by social phenomena. Social factors in the development of personality and motivation, attitudes and attitude change, interpersonal and group processes, and the application of social psychology to contemporary issues will be emphasized. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the explanatory models used to describe, explain, and predict social behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 206 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)

Human growth and psychological development of the individual from infancy through senescence. Attention is given to the patterns of change that occur during each of the life stages, considering physiological, psychological, genetic and cultural forces affecting human development. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 207 Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)

The purpose of the course is to give students an understanding of the issues and concerns associated with the adolescent period. Some of the topics covered include: physical development, cognitive changes, sexuality, peer relationships, drug use, delinquency, and teenage pregnancy. Students will gain an understanding of the issues confronting adolescents and what impacts decisions adolescents make. Theoretical emphasis is placed upon the interaction between environment and heredity in explaining adolescent's new awareness of issues that concern them. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 210 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Deals with the important aspects of "abnormal psychology", both from a descriptive as well as a theoretical viewpoint. In addition to noting the various symptoms and characteristics of psychological disorders, an emphasis will be placed on explaining the possible causes of such disorders and their possible methods of treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 212 Psychology of Women (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the theories and research concerning the psychology of women, including research on sex roles (sex differences and similarities), female identity formation, and how gender is represented by media and language in our culture. It will include topics such as sexism and feminism, as well as contemporary women's issues related to mental health, relationships, education, work, and family. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 214 Educational Psychology (3 credits)

An investigation into the ways in which psychological knowledge can be applied to the processes of bringing about changes in behavior, i.e., teaching and learning. The educational implications of psychological theory and research will be applied to such areas as the processes involved in learning, remembering, thinking, solving problems, motivation, and creativity. In considering these areas the focus will be on understanding learning, and the differentiation among learners and learning environments, so that appropriate strategies may be created to enable students to better define themselves as learners. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 215 Mind and Body: Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

An introduction to the interrelationships between mind and body, exploring the physiological correlates of behavior as well as psychosomatic illness. Students will explore and critically evaluate the theories and research in physiology and their implications. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 216 Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology (3 credits)

An exploration of the issues and dilemmas created by the interaction between psychology and the law. Current psychological research and theory will be applied to evaluating the uses and abuses of the insanity defense; understanding, predicting and regulating violent behavior; the role of the psychologist as expert witness in civil and criminal cases; the application of psychological research to jury selection, trial techniques and the evaluation of evidence. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 218 Psychology of Disabilities (3 credits)

This course will address factors that influence the adjustment of individuals with disabilities. Definitions of who is an individual with a disability, historical and cultural attitudes towards those individuals, and reactions of family members to the disabilities are explained. Included in the discussion are the laws affecting individuals with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prerequisite: PSY 103.

PSY 220 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of cognitive processes. Covered topics include attention, perception, memory, problem solving, concept formation, decision-making and language. Students will critically analyze the research in cognitive psychology and relate the course content to real-world applications. Prerequisite: PSY 103.