The developmental psychology minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in psychology. You must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program.
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PSY 100SS -
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Self and Society) In this course students learn
how, using methodologies such as
observation, survey and experimentation, psychological science explores
the causes and consequences of human action. An overview of major
findings from the field of psychology such as biological bases of
behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,
personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect of
others on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouraged
to apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students will
consider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humans
is important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
PSY 215 -
Research Design and Introductory Statistics
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:
PSY100SS, SOC101, PSC101, or PSC105, and fulfillment of the general education math requirement. (4 credits)
PSY 221SS -
Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) This course explores
the development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence.
Children's physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, social, moral and
faith development is examined. Psychological research methods for
studying children are covered.
PSY 224 -
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
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.(4 credits)
PSY 225 -
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
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.(4 credits)
Total credits required: 24
* Note: at least 4 credits must be at the 300-level or above, excluding PSY390 and PSY420.
(Students completing a major in sociology or criminal justice who have completed SOC340, Sociological Research, and who complete a developmental psychology minor may complete a different 4-credit psychology course in place of PSY215-Research Methods I.)