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Psychology
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Psychology (PSY)
Psychology is the study of mental processes and behavior.  Psychology majors will learn to use theory and research to describe, predict and explain behavioral patterns that take place in a variety of settings. A minor in psychology is also available.  The psychology department seeks to develop the scientist-practitioner who is compassionate, curious and responsible.  A criminal background check may be required for this major.

Major
Psychology

PSY 131

General Psychology

3

PSY 202

History of Psychology

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 332

Social Psychology

3

PSY 333

Cognitive Psychology

3

PSY 381

Psychology of Personality

3

PSY 435

Experimental Psychology

3

PSY 443

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 482

Senior Thesis

6

PSY

Elective

3

MTH 200

Statistical Methods I

3

 

Total

36

Minor
Psychology
PSY 131 General Psychology 3
PSY 202 History of Psychology 3
PSY 333 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 443 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY Elective (select one from the following:
PSY 237, PSY 337, PSY 350)
3
PSY Elective (select one from the following:
PSY 321, PSY 370, PSY 381)
3
  Total 18

Course Descriptions
125 Methods in Social Science Practice 1 hour F

This course provides students with an introduction to American Psychological Association-style writing and formatting requirements and research skills used by social scientists.  Students will learn and apply basic principles of problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration to the implementation of a service project typical of professions related to social sciences.  Repeatable.

131 General Psychology 3 hours F,S
This overview of the discipline explores human and animal behavior and consciousness.  The diversity within the discipline is reflected in the range of subjects presented, including motivation, emotion, perception, sensation, learning, intelligence and personality.
General Education:  Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Cognitive Analysis

202 History of Psychology 3 hours S
This course is a study of the major people, movements and events in the evolution of the discipline.  This course attempts to make connections between historical and current developments within the field.

237 Developmental Psychology 3 hours F,S
This course is a sequential study of the individual from conception to death.  Students will study research regarding human physical, cognitive and social-emotional development, along with implications for parents, teachers and counselors.
General Education:  Critical and Collaborative Thinking - Cognitive Analysis

260 Applied Psychology 3 hours TBA
This course provides students with a firsthand experience in the practical uses of psychology.  Students will learn the basic principles of psychology and their limitations using library research, self-reflection and group work.

299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA

311 Educational Psychology 3 hours F,S
(Refer to EDU 311)

312 Methods of Social Research 3 hours F
(Refer to SOC 312)

321 Organizational Behavior 3 hours F
This course is a study of organizational behavior from an individual and institutional perspective, with particular focus on the management of human resources and related issues.

332 Social Psychology 3 hours F
(Refer to SOC 332)

333 Cognitive Psychology 3 hours F
This course is a study of the mental processes involved as a person acquires and uses knowledge.  Students will explore historical and philosophical issues, including process models, information theory, artificial intelligence, visual and auditory cognition, psycholinguistics, memory, attention, problem solving and concept formation.
Prerequisites: PSY 131 and PSY 237.

337 Adolescent Psychology3 hours F,S
This course is an in-depth study of the patterns of change occurring during early and late adolescence and youth.  Students will explore the impact of adolescence on personal, peer, family, school and community relationships.
Prerequisite: EDU 201, PSY 131 or PSY 237.

350 Adjustment to Aging 3 hours TBA
(Refer to SOC 350)

362 Psychological Dynamics of Sport 3 hours F
(Refer to SPX 362)

370/770 Theory and Practice of Counseling 3 hours F
(Refer to HMS 370/770)

380 Learning and Memory 3 hours TBA
Students will study the principles and applications of learning theory and learning processes, along with research related to memory and retrieval.
Prerequisite: PSY 333.

381 Psychology of Personality 3 hours S
This course is a study of the major approaches to the field of personality development, including trait, biological, psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral and cognitive research paradigms.

400/700 Group Counseling 3 hours TBA
(Refer to HMS 400/700)

435 Experimental Psychology 3 hours S13
Students will study scientific methodology in general and the experimental method in particular.  They will explore classical and contemporary studies in basic and applied psychology.
Prerequisites: MTH 200 and PSY 131.

443 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours S
This course is a study of the dynamics of abnormal personality development and behavior, including a comprehensive study of the origin, symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders.  Students will be exposed to the diverse aspects of clinical psychology.
Prerequisite: Six credit hours of psychology courses.

445 Physiological Psychology 3 hours TBA
Students will study the physical nature of the brain and its relationship to psychology.

450 Practicum/Internship 1-12 hours F,S
This course is for juniors and seniors.  Students will be placed in a position that will allow them exposure to and appropriate participation in an institution or professional practice associated with the field of psychology. 
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and chairman of the department of psychology.

460 Independent Study 1-3 hours F,S
Students will select a project for intensive study.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and chairman of the department of psychology.

482 Senior Thesis 3-6 hours F,S
This course involves a yearlong research project planned and carried out by the student with guidance from a faculty member.  It is an opportunity to exercise the methodological skills and to synthesize the knowledge gained in coursework through the student’s program.  The student must provide the structure.
Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in psychology courses.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

 

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