Psychology

  • PSY 1510 General Psychology

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of theories and research as they apply to fundamental concepts in psychology. As they complete readings and activities on the history of psychology, models of learning, biology and behavior, personality theory, psychological disorders, social psychology and other selected topics students will apply their knowledge to better understand the causes of thought, feeling, and behavior. They will be able to comprehend and apply the methods of scientific inquiry to the science of psychology. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 1550 Stress & Coping

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the sources of common kinds of stress and the terminology associated with the areas of both stress and coping. They are expected to engage in critical thinking involving the physiology of stress and the understanding that certain situations are stressful to some and not others. Students will distinguish effective coping mechanisms from maladaptive, self-defeating approaches. Students are expected to apply what they have learned to their own lives. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 1610 Death & Dying

    An introduction to how we view and cope with the concept and reality of death and dying, examining the psychological, social, and cultural responses. The course discusses all stages of death, including terminal illness, sudden death, the grieving process, and the importance of working through grief. Also, children of various ages and how they deal with death will be explored. Eligibility: ENG 1510; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2010 Psychology Internship

    Students receive on-the-job experience consisting of up to 135 hours of supervised activity in a local business or industry. Students work in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a supervisor at the job site. All guidelines in the original college internship policy will be followed. Prerequisite: at least a 2.0 GPA and either sophomore standing or one semester completion in an appropriate certificate program. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2500 Psychology of Personality

    Students will demonstrate mastery of theories and research in the field of personality psychology. The aim of the course is to explore the many factors which make up and influence personality. Topics include shyness, thrill-seeking, gender differences, and extraversion. Students will apply class material to real-life situations and will demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and interpersonal processes as they relate to individual personality. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2510 Life Span Development

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development from conception to late adulthood. Students are expected to engage in critical thinking concerning the developmental processes and issues characterizing the various stages of the life cycle. Emphases will be placed on integrating theory and research and appreciating the practical application of life span development to real-life concerns and problems. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2520 Child Development

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of development from conception to adolescence, including knowledge of research methods, theories, and factual information. They will apply that knowledge to important issues that affect children from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through a series of exercises, students will improve their ability to observe children and write about what they observe. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2530 Social Psychology

    Students will demonstrate mastery of theories and research in the field of social psychology. The course focus is on the influence of groups on individuals. Topics include prejudice, aggression, conformity, group decision making, and leadership. Students apply class material to real-life situations and will demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity, including ethnic, racial, and gender issues. Prerequisite: PSY 1510 or SOC 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2540 Interpersonal/Group Dynamics

    Students will demonstrate mastery of the theories involved in both interpersonal relations and group dynamics and will be able to apply those theories to their own lives. They will be familiar with the research in both areas and be able to critically analyze various types of group process. Students will do a process observation of an interpersonal and/or group interaction. Students will be committed to learning by experiential and more traditional methods. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2550 Psychology of Adolescence

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development from the onset of puberty to adulthood; this understanding will cover physical, psychological, and cognitive development. Through exams and exercises, the student will demonstrate knowledge in personality development, physical development, adolescent sexuality, the achievement of autonomy, development of self, and developmental and behavioral problems of adolescence. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2560 Abnormal Behavior

    Students will demonstrate mastery of past and current theoretical perspectives on abnormal behavior. Students will critically evaluate issues relating to the classification, etiology, and treatment of basic abnormal behavior categories identified in the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Applications are made to specific case studies. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2570 Human Sexuality

    Students will gain an understanding concerning male and female sexual anatomy and physiology, abortion, childbirth, contraception, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Students will also show knowledge and understanding through exams and a project, in the areas of sexual arousal, sexual attitudes, adolescent and childhood sexuality, and marital, premarital, and extramarital sexual interactions. Prerequisites: one course in biology or sociology and PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2580 Forensic Psychology

    Students will apply the methods and theories of psychology to the criminal justice (legal) system. Specifically, students will gain and understanding of how the field of psychology and psychological research has been applied in law enforcement, the judicial process, and the corrections process. Issues of morality, the criminal personality, eyewitness testimony, the use of psychological evaluation, jury selection, criminal profiling, child custody evaluation, police, and inmate counseling are among several major topics covered. Since this course focuses on the criminal justice system, it will not include civil litigation. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2600 Psych./ Intimate Relationships

    Students will learn social psychological research findings about the meanings, characteristics, and development of intimate relationships. Students will understand love and friendship in a global, cross-cultural perspective. Students will develop critical thinking about special issues in relationships, such as intimate communication, male-female differences in communication, conflict, jealousy, trust, loneliness, and shyness. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 2710 Transpersonal Psychology

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of the study of consciousness and different states of awareness. Research in the areas of ESP, dreaming, drug experiences, meditation, and peak experiences is studied. Students apply class material in class exercises and/or projects. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity as it relates to studies of consciousness. Prerequisite: PSY 1510; Corequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PSY 7510 Vikings - Myth & Reality

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  • PSY 8503 Cross-Cultural Psychology

    Students will survey psychological issues and phenomena across a variety of cultures. In particular, this course will focus on the cultural influences that shape the development, personality, cognition, emotion, mental health, and treatment of people from different cultures. Furthermore, the course will explore cross-cultural research methodologies appropriate for cross-cultural psychological studies. This course is designed to give students a foundation for understanding cultural diversity in psychology. Eligibility: ENG 1530; Prerequisite: PSY 1510. Master Course Syllabus