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B.A. in Psychology

Summary of Requirements

General Studies 37
Pre-Major Courses 3
Major and Related Courses 50
Free Elective Courses 30

Students wishing to declare a Psychology major must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and completed PSY 101 or equivalent with a "C" or better.  To continue in the Psychology major, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in major courses.

Required pre-major courses 3 hours

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3

Required courses 35 hours

BIO 105Introduction to Human Biology4
PSY 210Lifespan Development3-4
PSY 270Psychology and Deaf People3
PSY 321Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 324Cognition3
PSY 341Research Design and Analysis I3
PSY 342Research Design and Analysis II3
PSY 350Internship Seminar3
PSY 358Social Psychology3
PSY 451Internship I3
PSY 486Senior Capstone: Current Issues in Psychology3

Elective Psychology courses 15 hours

Choose five courses. At least 4 must be Psychology department courses:

PSY 311Development I: Child Psychology3
PSY 313Development II: The Psychology of Adolescence3
PSY 315Development III: Adulthood and Aging3
PSY 316Bullying: From Childhood to Adulthood3
PSY 317Health Psychology3
PSY 319The Psychology of Exceptional Children3
PSY 325Sports Psychology3
PSY 411Psychology of Personality3
PSY 424Neuropsychology3
PSY 434Methods of Therapy Emotional Disturbance3
PSY 441Learning Theories and Applications3
EDU 323Educational Psychology3
PSY 445Field and Observational Studies of Human and Animal Behavior3
PSY 447Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PSY 448Psycholinguistics3
PSY 452Internship II3
PSY 453Internship III3
PSY 456Gender Psychology3
PSY 457Psychology of Human Sexuality3
PSY 460Multicultural Psychology3
PSY 495Special Topics1-5
PSY 499Independent Study1-3
COM 330Interpersonal and Group Conflict Management3
COU 330Introduction to Careers in School and Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf People3
PHI 290Ethics and Health Care3
SOC 151Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3

BIO 105 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)

This course addresses human biology through the lens of evaluating scientific claims. Students will learn about select organ systems (reproductive, skeletal and muscular, immune and nervous systems) and about human genetics in a way that helps them make decisions relevant to their daily lives. The course focuses on developing skills that scientists use: basic experimental design, research methods, and scientific writing. It also teaches the language of biology and especially how to critique arguments related to human biology that we encounter in the media. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

  • Course Fee: $35.00

COM 330 - Interpersonal and Group Conflict Management (3)

In everyday life, we are interdependent with others and face many challenges in interpersonal and group situations. The difference or disagreements in perceptions, goals, needs, or interests can lead to conflicts. These conflicts can develop into positive situations that encourage creativity and new dimensions or they can devolve into negative situations that develop destructive and hurtful behaviors. Because such conflicts occur in daily life, it is important to understand the dynamics of conflict, use effective management techniques, and establish and maintain collaborative relationships. In this course we will use theoretical perspectives, case studies, personal experiences, journals, and class activities to examine the roots and nature of conflict, the styles and tactics used to deal with conflict, and the personal and group stakes in conflict. In addition, we will explore methods for analyzing and handling conflict, techniques for creating constructive conflict, uses of third-party interventions, and possibilities for forgiveness, reconciliation, and thinking of "conflict as magic".

  • Prerequisites: COM 280 and COM 324

COU 330 - Introduction to Careers in School and Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf People (3)

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to professional counseling work in school and rehabilitation settings serving deaf and multihandicapped deaf people. The course will provide students with a knowledge of the work and role of professional counselors serving people in school or rehabilitation settings. In addition, the course will provide knowledge to facilitate active consumerism among and for deaf people.

  • Prerequisites: PSY101 or SOC101, or permission of the instructor.

EDU 323 - Educational Psychology (3)

The course addresses the application of psychological principles to the educational setting. Topics include learning theory, cognition and memory, individualized instruction, human development, intelligence, creativity, exceptionality, motivation, discipline, and measurement and evaluation.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PHI 290 - Ethics and Health Care (3)

This course is an introduction to the field of medical ethics and the kinds of decisions individuals and families make about health care and treatment options. Students will look at current issues such as kinds of treatment and their effects, allocation of health care resources, ethical issues of health care professionals, managed care decisions, and end of life decisions. Students will apply philosophical theories of ethics to these issues and develop perspectives on health care decision making.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3)

An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, providing an overview of the major problems, methods, and contributions of psychology. Content areas include development, language, learning, cognition, physiological psychology, motivation and emotion, perception, psychometrics, personality, and abnormal and social psychology. The course can be taken in one of two formats: traditional lecture or individualized instruction.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent

PSY 210 - Lifespan Development (3-4)

In this course, students will examine major models of human development across the lifespan. Biological and psychological approaches will be used to examine physical, cognitive, and social development from conception to death. Specific attention will be paid to cultural and ethnic diversity in development.

  • Prerequisite: a minimum grade of C in PSY 101.

PSY 270 - Psychology and Deaf People (3)

The course will consider the psychological development and psychosocial issues of Deaf people. Topics covered will include cognitive, linguistic, and personality development, mental health, and interpersonal behavior.

  • Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in PSY 101.

PSY 311 - Development I: Child Psychology (3)

This course examines the physical, psychological, social, and cognitive development from conception to the end of childhood. It will include discussion of the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in shaping of personality. It will describe language development and social and emotional adjustment of the child.

  • Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSY 210

PSY 313 - Development II: The Psychology of Adolescence (3)

A study of developmental processes in adolescence. Included is the study of puberty and the intellectual, social, moral, emotional, religious, sexual, personality, and family transitions occurring during this period. Emphasis is given to the influence of the above changes on personal identity and current problems of the adolescent in American society. Also included is a discussion of levels of aspiration and vocational choice.

  • Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSY 210

PSY 315 - Development III: Adulthood and Aging (3)

A study of the developmental process from adulthood until death. Includes the establishment of identity, vocational choices, marriage and the family, crisis of middle adulthood, problems of the aged, death, and bereavement.

  • Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSY 210

PSY 316 - Bullying: From Childhood to Adulthood (3)

This 3-credit online asynchronous course examines bullying in school and the workplace, which typically is a precursor for more serious incidents of aggression and violence in society. This course will consider the psychological aspect of the bullying phenomenon covering a range of topics such as what is the appropriate definition of bullying, the roles involved, factors that promote bullying, what we can do to reduce bullying in those settings. It is also an introduction to the best research, information, helpful resources and practical strategies about bullying.

  • Prerequisites: a minimum grade of C in PSY 101, a minimum grade of C in PSY 210 or 311.

PSY 317 - Health Psychology (3)

This course discusses research into the ways behavior, mental states, culture, and physical health interact. Factors underlying health, disease, prevention and treatment occur within cultural contexts that affect our views, behaviors, lifestyles and approaches will be explored. This course will also examine how socio-cultural settings in America influences development, health beliefs, and health behaviors.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 319 - The Psychology of Exceptional Children (3)

A study of methods of identification, diagnosis, and remediation of physical, psychological, and learning problems of exceptional children. The course will include discussion of the characteristics of exceptionality and indicate how these characteristics affect the total adjustment of the developing individual.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 210 or PSY311 or the equivalent

PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology (3)

This course serves as an introduction to psychopathology in adults and children. Students will be introduced to the classification used by psychologists, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Disorders such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, personality disorders and sexual and gender-identity disorders will be covered. Historical background, causes, and some treatment approaches will also be included.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 324 - Cognition (3)

This course will provide an overview of various components of human cognition, including learning, memory, perception, and higher-level functions. In addition, this course will introduce experimental techniques used to advance our understanding of human cognition.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 325 - Sports Psychology (3)

This course is designed to help students learn and apply practical as well as theoretical information as it relates to the psychology of sport. Some of the psychological principles that will be explored this semester include personality types, stress, motivation, goalsetting, leadership, and imagery. Various mental training skills that can enhance one’s athletic performance will also be covered.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 341 - Research Design and Analysis I (3)

This course covers an introduction to research methods and statistical procedures for psychology. Topics include developing research question, ethical issues in research, reliability and validity, describing variables, distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and variation, z-scores, and probability. Students will read and evaluate psychological research and will collect and analyze psychological data.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 101 and GSR 104 or the equivalent; or permission of the instructor

PSY 342 - Research Design and Analysis II (3)

This course builds on material introduced in PSY 341 to cover standard research methods and statistical procedures for psychology. Topics include experimental and nonexperimental designs, hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, and regression. Students will design and conduct a research project, use statistical procedures and SPSS for analysis and interpretation of their data and will write up the results using APA style.

  • Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in PSY 341.

PSY 350 - Internship Seminar (3)

The course will prepare the student for the psychology internship experience. Topics covered include general issues in fieldwork in human services, agency systems and policies, general foundations of the helping process, diversity issues in human services settings, ethical and legal issues, interpersonal and professional relationships in psychology work settings, applications of psychological principles in applied settings, resume construction for internship applications, interviews with professionals in the field of psychology and orientation to the psychology internship.

  • Prerequisites: Psychology major or minor and permission of the instructor

PSY 358 - Social Psychology (3)

This course examines the influence of groups on the behavior of the individual both within American culture and across other world cultures. Both theoretical and experimental approaches are presented. Topics include altruism, aggression, health, attitudes, personal space, jury behavior, prejudice, conformity, and environmental issues.

  • Prerequisites: "C" or better in PSY 210 or PSY 311

PSY 411 - Psychology of Personality (3)

A study of human personality from the standpoint of factors and influences that shape its development. Consideration will be given to current explanatory theories, current research approaches, and exemplary personality tests.

  • Prerequisite: PSY101 and one additional psychology course.

PSY 424 - Neuropsychology (3)

The study of neurological and physiological processes that affect behavior, emotions, thinking, perception, and learning. The course will indicate how psychological factors are related to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

  • Prerequisites: BIO 105 and PSY 101

PSY 434 - Methods of Therapy Emotional Disturbance (3)

This course will involve discussions of the various techniques of therapy used with people with emotional problems. Topics will include the case history interview, professional ethics in therapy, behavior modification, eclectic therapy, psychosurgery, encounter groups, the school as a therapeutic community.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 321, and six additional hours in psychology

PSY 441 - Learning Theories and Applications (3)

The major principles and theories of learning will be introduced and explained from a historical perspective to show how experimental research and theories in this area have evolved to the present time. The course will emphasize the applications of learning research to education and educational technology.

  • Prerequisites: PSY101 and senior standing or permission of the instructor.

PSY 445 - Field and Observational Studies of Human and Animal Behavior (3)

Techniques of field observation will be taught and used in analyzing the behavior of humans and animals. Lecture topics will include human and animal ethology and child behavior. There will be regular trips to schools, zoos, hospitals, museums, and other public places for the purposes of using techniques learned in class.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 311,331

PSY 447 - Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)

A survey of the construction, content, uses, abuses, and problems of psychological tests. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of tests including intelligence, achievement, interest, aptitude, and personality. In addition, students will practice writing essay and objective test questions.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 321,331

PSY 448 - Psycholinguistics (3)

The psychological aspects of speech and language. An attempt to clarify the role of speech and language in human behavior, and how speech differs from language. The acquisition of language by children, the relationship between language and thought, and the biological basis of language. A linguistic introduction to sign language.

  • Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 451 - Internship I (3)

A one semester psychology internship in which the student works 10-15 or more hours per week in an applied psychological setting such as a mental health program or an educational setting under the supervision and guidance of the psychology course instructor and on-site mental health professionals in the field.

  • Prerequisites: Psychology major or minor, PSY 350, and permission of the instructor.

PSY 452 - Internship II (3)

This course is an additional, follow-up psychology internship for students who have successfully completed PSY 451 Internship I. The student works 10-15 or more hours per week in an applied psychological setting such as a mental health program or an educational setting under the supervision and guidance of the psychology course instructor and on-site mental health professionals in the field.

  • Prerequisites: PSY451 and permission of the instructor

PSY 453 - Internship III (3)

A one semester, advanced psychology internship in which the student works 10-20 or more hours per week ( fall and spring semesters: 10 hours or more; summer session: 20 hours or more) in a variety of human services, research, psycho-educational, or professional association settings under the supervision of on-site professionals and with guidance and supervision from the psychology course instructor. Additionally, students are required to formally tie advanced psychological theories to current internship placement issues in a written format.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 452; permission of the instructor

PSY 456 - Gender Psychology (3)

This course provides an overview of topics on sex and gender from a psychological perspective. The course provides a review of the empirical research and conceptual discussions surrounding gender and examines the implications of gender on relationships and health. Topics covered in this course include gender research, gender-role attitudes, sex differences, gender theory, and how gender influences and informs a variety of psychological issues. Emphasis is also given to the role of culture on psychology and gender.

  • Pre-requisite: A grade of C or better in both PSY 101 and an additional PSY course or equivalent.

PSY 457 - Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)

A course on the developmental aspects of human sexuality in the context of human relationships. The course will include the social and learned influences on the development of gender identity and sexual orientation, a review of the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, human sexual response, modes of sexual expression, values clarification, sexual responsibility, human sexual dysfunction, and sexual adjustment during pregnancy, illness, and aging.

  • Prerequisites: PSY 101 and one of the following: PSY 210, PSY311, PSY313, or PSY315.

PSY 460 - Multicultural Psychology (3)

This course explores the concepts of race, ethnicity, and culture as they pertain to the study of psychology. We will make use of social, cognitive, and developmental psychological theories to explore what it means to live in a multicultural society. We will evaluate the construct of race, how children and adults come to make sense of race, and what utility it has for psychologists. We will examine how culture shapes our values, worldviews, and the ways we communicate with one another. We will examine how and why individuals stereotype, how stereotypes affect behavior, and how privilege and discrimination shape the lived experiences of racial and ethnic minorities as well as members of dominant groups. We will also examine the intersection of multiple social identities (e.g. what does it mean to be a Latina, lesbian woman.)

  • Prerequisite: PSY 358

PSY 486 - Senior Capstone: Current Issues in Psychology (3)

This capstone course in Psychology is designed for students in their senior year. The course will help students integrate their knowledge and apply the skills they have acquired in the program to think critically about important issues in psychology and society. It is also designed to help students use their undergraduate training and 13 experiences to understand personal issues and formulate career goals and directions. Content will vary from term to term depending on what topics are of current interest at the time. The capstone will include papers, presentations, and preparation of a research project.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing

PSY 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

PSY 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Under supervision of a faculty member, a student will prepare a paper on a special topic or conduct a research project involving the collection of data and preparation of a report.

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor

SOC 151 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (3)

The course will examine each of the different parts of the American criminal justice system (policing, courts, and corrections), the procedural laws governing the system, and the ways the various parts of the system are interrelated and interdependent. The interaction between the Deaf community and the criminal justice system will be used as a special case, and students will learn about their rights as deaf individuals and how to protect those rights.

  • Prerequisite: GSR 102 or the equivalent
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