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PSYCHOLOGY COURSES: SPRING 2014

1300. Introduction to Psychology
  • Broad introduction to psychology as a behavioral science with special emphasis on cognition,development, learning, social, personality, physiological, and clinical psychology (psychopathology and psychotherapy)
  • No Prerequisites
  • University Curriculum Attributes: Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures I
2301. Research Methods
  • Design and evaluation of psychological research, with emphasis on scientific method, data collection, experimentation, control procedures, validity, reliability, and report-writing skills. This is a challenging and rigorous class in research; required for psychology majors.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
2351. Abnormal Psychology
  • A study of the theories, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior, including depression,anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, and other forms of psychopathology in adults. There is an examination of the continuum of normal and abnormal behavior, with consideration of historical and cultural perspectives, ethical concerns, and research methodologies in understanding psychological disorders. 
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3310. Memory and Cognition
  • A survey of how information is encoded, stored, and retrieved in adults. Topics include attentional processes, perception, verbal learning, and memory.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3332. Developmental Psychology
  • A survey of the processes and variables that influence the development of the fetus, infant, child and adolescent. Emphasis is on theories and research in such areas as perceptual, cognitive, language,social/emotional, and moral development. 
  • No Prerequisites
  • University Curriculum Attributes: Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures I
3341. Social Psychology
  • Addresses the question of how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by his/her social environment; includes topics such as attitude change, conformity, attraction, aggression, and small-group behavior.
  • No Prerequisites
  • University Curriculum Attributes: Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures I
3360. Health Psychology
  • A basic introduction to the subject. Topics include causes and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction, as well as the interplay of emotions, cognitions, and behavioral/physical factors.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3364. Forensic Psychology
  • Examination of the interface between psychology and the legal system, focusing in particular on the role of mental health experts in criminal trials and civil disputes.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval
3365. Organizational Psychology
  • Psychological principles applied to organizations, both business and volunteer, emphasizing a systems approach and including personnel selection, leadership, motivation, communication, group dynamics, and an overview of organizational development.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3370. Personality
  • An examination of theories and research that address the underlying bases of personality and the causes of individual differences. Emphasis is on the normal personality, but the causes of abnormal personality development are also considered.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3371. Psychology of Women
  • This course focuses on understanding women as individuals. Also, personality theories as they relate particularly to women. Modern women’s options and conflicts, motives and values, and their perceptions of their individuality in the face of rapid social change are examined.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3375. Human Rights from a Psychological Perspective
  • Examines human rights as informed by psychological concepts and research. Insights from social, clinical, developmental psychology are used to better understand human rights violations and issues.
  • Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
4320. Biological Psychology
  • An advanced overview of the topic. Classes focus on understanding perception, consciousness and sleep, motor behavior, emotion, and learning with evidence from biological and medical fields. Students learn basic anatomy, physiology, and research methods. Applications to research and treatment are addressed.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
4334. Psychological Disorders of Children
  • Theories, causes, assessment, and treatment of abnormal behavior from infancy through adolescence. Topics include behavioral and emotional disorders, as well as developmental and learning problems. Historical and cultural perspectives, ethics, and research methods are also addressed.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
4342. Close Relationship
  • Covers research and theory in the psychology of close relationships, including different theoretical perspectives; emphasis on attraction, relationship development and maintenance, communication, conflict resolution, and dissolution.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
4363. Psychology of Conflict Resolution
  • Covers research and theory in the psychology of interpersonal conflict; mechanisms for resolving, managing, or avoiding conflict; emphasized domains are alternative dispute resolutions, close relationships, workplace and international conflicts.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
4381. Special Topics: Advanced Psychology of Family;
  • An advanced class on understanding the family. Topics include coupling and dating, parenting of young and older children, and progression to old age. Also understanding competent family functioning, dealing with health and illness, and family counseling.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.
3099, 3199, 3299, 3399. Research Training
  • Supervised research experience in faculty research projects in labs, clinics, or field settings. May involve library research, participant recruitment, data collection, data input, and analysis.
  • Prerequisites: Psyc 1300, 2301, and one additional psychology course, and instructor approval.
3192, 3291, 4393. Distinction Seminar in Psychology 
  • Three course sequence for the psychology distinction program.
  • Prerequisite: Instructor approval