- PSY111 - General Psychology
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) This course is an overview of the field of psychology and includes topics such as biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, personality, intelligence, abnormal behavior and therapy. The course emphasizes methodologies including observation, correlational and experimental as they are used in the study of psychology. A major purpose is to have the student struggle with the question, "What is psychology?" Finally, this course provides students with the necessary background in psychology to move on to other more advanced topics in the field.
- PSY214 - Social Psychology
This course involves the study of the way individuals think about, influence and relate to one another. Topics include: attitude change, social thinking, conformity, obedience, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, roles, norms and environmental influences on social behavior. The major aim of the course is to encourage an appreciation of the relationship between personal and situational determinants of social behavior.Prerequisite: PSY111, 221, or SOC101.(4 credits)
- PSY215 - Research Design and Introductory Statistics
(4 credits) This course acquaints the student with basic empirical research techniques in the behavioral sciences including political science, psychology, social work and sociology. The course aims to enable the student to function as a conductor and a consumer of behavioral science research. Techniques include: observation, questionnaire and survey, interview, single-subject designs, qualitative research, and experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies. Topics include: descriptive and basic inferential statistics, sampling methods and research ethics. Prerequisites: PSY111, SOC101, PSC101, or PSC105, and fulfillment of the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
- PSY216 - Research Design and Advanced Statistics
Skills in statistical analysis and interpretation of psychological research are developed in this course with emphasis on correlation, regression and analysis of variance. Basic skills learned in Research Methods I are extended through practice in conducting, analyzing and reporting research using statistical software such as SPSS. Prerequisite: PSY215. (4 credits)
- PSY216WI - Research Design and Advanced Statistics
(4 credits) (Writing intensive) Skills in statistical analysis and
interpretation of psychological research are developed in this course with
emphasis on correlation, regression and analysis of variance. Basic skills
learned in Research Methods I are extended through practice in conducting,
analyzing and reporting research using statistical software such as SPSS.
- PSY221 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) The study of the physical and mental development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. The course includes the study of physical, cognitive, moral, social and personality development of childhood and adolescence.
- PSY224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
(4 credits) Adolescents experience many changes in a few short years as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This course explores the major psychological issues and theories in adolescent development with emphasis on cognitive development, self-concept, peer relationships and sexuality, among others.
- PSY225 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
(4 credits) This course explores psychological issues and theories in normal adult development, with emphasis on cognitive, social and personality functioning from young adulthood to old age.
- PSY230 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course covers the psychological issues of the work place such as personnel selection and development, organizational psychology and the work environment. The professional activities of I/O psychologists are examined including selection and the placement of new employees, staff training and development, performance management, organizational development, analysis of the quality of work life and ergonomics.
- PSY240 - Helping Skills
This course provides a first exposure to the practice of counseling/helping. A
major emphasis will be the skilled helper model, an introductory model of
active helping/counseling. This model focuses on helping clients understand and
manage their problems and develop their unused opportunities and resources.
Students will learn and practice the skilled helper model in a workshop setting
that requires a great deal of active participation, self-reflection,
journaling, and listening to peers in pseudo-counseling role-plays.
Prerequisites: PSY111 or PSY221. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- PSY260 - Psychology of Personality
(4 credits) Includes theories about the dynamics and structure of personality and current research on personality. The course emphasizes psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic and behavioral views of personality. Prerequisites: PSY111, 221, or both PSY224 and 225.
- PSY315 - Learning and Cognition
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to the topics of learning, memory and cognition within the field of experimental psychology. An emphasis will be placed on approaching problems as an "experimental psychologist." Advantages and limitations of the experimental approach and applications of the knowledge base of experimental psychology will be highlighted. Prerequisites: PSY111 and 215.
- PSY319 - Motivation and Emotion
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) Why do we do what we do? How do we know what we want and what we need? How do we set goals for ourselves and act to achieve them? These are some of the questions that the psychology of motivation and emotion attempt to answer. This course will examine universal and specific motivations and emotions in the context of physiological, cognitive and affective systems. It will also pursue applications of motivation and emotion to the psychology of addiction, health, coping and optimal functioning. Prerequisites: PSY111 and 215.
- PSY360 - Psychopathology
(4 credits) This course will provide a broad survey of what is considered to be disordered in behavior, emotional expression, and cognition in adults. Emphasis will be placed on a scientific view of psychopathology. The two main foci of the course are the (a) description of various behaviors, symptoms, syndromes and illnesses as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, and (b) research and theories concerning etiology including discussion of environmental, biological, social and interactive perspectives. While intervention and childhood disorders will be discussed, they are not the primary focus of this course. Prerequisite: 4 credits of psychology courses.
- PSY390 - Psychology Seminar
(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of a selected topic. Prerequisites: PSY111 and four additional credits in psychology.
- PSY398 - Directed Study
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- PSY402 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course provides a first exposure to the theory and practice of clinical psychology. A major emphasis will be a review of the various theories of psychotherapy. The way in which these theories are applied within professional psychology constitutes a secondary, but strong, emphasis. Prerequisites: PSY111 and eight additional credits in psychology.
- PSY405 - History and Systems of Psychology
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is one of the senior capstones to the psychology major. It is an overview of the history and theories which have shaped contemporary psychology. Particular attention is given to the assumptions and presuppositions underlying the discipline, as well as the nature of the discipline and the ways in which thoughtful Christians can integrate their faith with psychological theory and method. Prerequisite: 12 credits of psychology courses and at least junior status.
- PSY406 - Psychology Research Lab
(4 credits) As a culminating experience, senior students conduct a semester-long empirical research project and produce an APA-formatted report. This is substantive project that allows the student to individually explore a self-selected research topic in depth and to experience the research process from initial idea to finished publication-ready manuscript. It challenges the student to think creatively, to integrate knowledge and skills obtained throughout the psychology curriculum, and to produce a worthwhile contribution to the field. Prerequisites: 20 credits of psychology courses including PSY215 and 216.
- PSY417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
- PSY418 - Christ and Psychology
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is one of the senior capstones to the psychology major. The course challenges thoughtful Christians to be critical but genuinely appreciative of the increasing role psychology is playing in modern life. A sizeable literature has developed which focuses on the relationship between orthodox evangelical Christianity and the formal discipline of psychology. The course examines some of this literature and asks: How can a scientific psychology be compatible with a person-oriented Christianity? How can Christians integrate their faith with psychological theory and methods? Prerequisite: 12 credits of psychology courses and at least junior status.
- PSY420 - Directed Research
(1-4 credits) Directed research involves students in research projects conducted under the supervision of department faculty. Prerequisites: 8 credits of psychology, approval of the research director and the department chair.
- PSY499 - Honors Research
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