Alternative Secondary Teaching Endorsement Program in Psychology
|Related social science courses: 14-16 credits *
| PSY 111 - 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.
| PSY 215 - 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.
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|PSY 221 - 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.
|PSY 224 - 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.
|PSY 225 - 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.
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|PSY 216WI - 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.
|PSY 260 - 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.
|PSY 315 - 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.
|PSY 360 - 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.
|PSY 390 - Psychology Seminar|
(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of a selected topic. Prerequisites: PSY111 and four additional credits in psychology.
|PSY 402 - 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.
|PSY 405 - 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.
|Total credits required: 30-32
*Related courses may be taken from economics, sociology, American history, world history or political science. If at least 15 credits are taken from one of these related areas then teaching endorsement requirements are satisfied in that second area (in addition to endorsement in psychology).