Psychology (PSY)

PSY-101  General Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Specifically, the biopsychosocial model will be used to explore the major areas within psychology. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology majors.

Course Types: Global Learning

PSY-102  History of Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course examines the roots of modern psychological thought. Students will trace these roots from their early origins in philosophy and the natural sciences through the early schools of psychology and on into its current form. In addition to learning about the major schools of psychology,students will explore how cultural and political forces shaped the development of various psychological theories. In addition,students will also examine the lives of the men and women whose works created psychology's foundation. Students will select a person or a classic experiment to research and present to the class.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY101

PSY-189  Topics in Critical Inquiry  (3 credits)  

Critical inquiry is the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leading to new ideas, applications and questions. This course is intended to introduce new students to intellectual inquiry at the university by engaging them in in-depth study of a single topic utilizing a variety of perspectives and methods. The course emphasizes the essential role of critical and creative thinking to their lives as students, citizens, future professionals, and productive members of their communities.

Course Types: Critical Analysis; Topics
Corequisite(s): Take PSY-189L

PSY-189L  Topics in Critical Inquiry - Lab  (1 credits)  

Critical inquiry is the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leading to new ideas, applications and questions. This course is intended to introduce new students to intellectual inquiry at the university by engaging them in in-depth study of a single topic utilizing a variety of perspectives and methods. The course emphasizes the essential role of critical and creative thinking to their lives as students, citizens, future professionals, and productive members of their communities. The lab for the course is an interdisciplinary application lab, wherein students work in teams to demonstrate what they learned in the didactic portion of the course through the creation of a project, presentation, art object/installation, play, podcast, short film, co-authored reflection (debrief) on a simulation experience, etc. Faculty who design the didactic portion of the course together will design this portion as a 5-week experiential component of the course, which might include community partnerships or field trips. Students who take the course and lab will be invited to display their project results in a one-afternoon presentation at the end of each semester (to be arranged by college events personnel).

Course Types: Teamwork; Topics
Corequisite(s): Take PSY-189

PSY-201  Statistics in Behavioral Sciences  (3 credits)  

This course provides students with an introduction to statistical and research methods.Various types of research designs and the process of developing a research proposal will be studied along with the statistical techniques for analysis of numerical data.

Course Types: Quantitative Literacy
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY-202  Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences  (3 credits)  

This course is a continuation of PSY-201. Students will complete research projects designed in PSY-201 and develop skills in data analysis and writing research papers.

Course Types: Scientific Reasoning
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-201

PSY-203  Lifespan Development  (3 credits)  

This course explores milestones of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from conception through old age. Emphasis is placed on global principles that guide human growth and change across the lifespan. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis

PSY-204  Physiological Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course examines the physiological basis of behavior through consideration of nervous and endocrine system structure and function followed by a detailed analysis of specific behaviors such as aggression, ingestion, sexual behaviors, sleep, and memory and learning. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis

PSY-205  Social Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course explores how people behave, think and feel in social situations. Students will be exposed to research methods, and historical and contemporary research findings and theories that have shaped the field. Major topics to be studied will include social perceptions and judgments about others, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, conformity and obedience, attraction to others, aggressive and helping behavior, and groups and leadership. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Course Types: Cultural Competence

PSY-206  Abnormal Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors, treatment possibilities, and predictions of recovery. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis

PSY-207  Cognitive Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course provides an overview of the experimental study of human cognition. Cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind acquires, represents, and manipulates knowledge. Cognitive psychologists study humans and other species while they perceive, attend, learn, remember, listen, talk, and solve problems. They use observational and experimental methods to study behavior and brain mechanisms. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to topics in this vast field and integrate research in the field to provide a better understanding of how the mind works. By the end of the semester you should know a good deal about the basic components of human cognition, and the means to study it. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Course Types: Civic Knowledge & Engagem

PSY-208  Personality  (3 credits)  

This course examines multiple perspectives on the construct of personality. It aims to provide the student with a thorough background in the major theories as well as an ability to integrate and apply the concepts in these theories. To accomplish this, students will engage in case studies as they master the theories within each major perspective. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Course Types: Written Communication

PSY-209  Psychology As a Profession I  (1 credits)  

This first course in the two-semester Psychology as a Profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. Students are guided in their own professional development via self-assessments of professional interests,establishment of professional goals and how facets of the psychology curriculum can be tailored to their individual needs. As part of the exploration,students will be acquainted with contemporary and historical issues in the profession of psychology (e.g.,professional organizations,licensure requirements)and will be provided with an overview of the many sub-fields and disciplines within psychology.

Course Types: Lifelong Learning

PSY-210  Psychology as a Profession II  (1 credits)  

This second course in the two-semester psychology as a profession sequence provides a foundation for students considering a career in psychology or related fields. The emphasis of this seminar is to enable students to become more acquainted with baccalaureate-level career opportunities in psychology as well as professional career opportunities in psychology and related fields. Students will be guided in the process of researching and interviewing professionals within the community. Invited guest speakers from specialized careers within psychology and related fields will supplement lecture presentations of vocational and career opportunities.

Course Types: Lifelong Learning
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-209

PSY-211  Working on a Team  (3 credits)  

Teamwork is a common facet of life, be it in athletics, health care, academics, organizations and/or the workplace. This course will acquaint the student with the science that provides us with best practices in teamwork. Students will learn about the various types of teams and settings they operate in, how they are best developed, and issues associated with their optimal performance. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Course Types: Teamwork

PSY-212  Personal Growth  (3 credits)  

This course is an introduction to the concepts and techniques in psychology that apply to personal growth. Topics will include self-exploration, developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships, and strategies for achieving a life driven by values, meaning, and purpose. Students will learn from lecture, discussion, group exercises, and self-exploration exercises. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

Course Types: Ethical Reasoning and Act

PSY-311  Child Development  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to give you an overview of the major areas of development from conception through childhood. The primary goal is to introduce the nature of child development and the scientific study of development. Physical and intellectual maturation will be discussed as well as developmental changes in personality, and social interactions. In addition, the influence of environmental context (including culture, school, family, and media) on children will be discussed. Although the course focuses primarily on "normal" development, we will also study some of the psychosocial problems common during these years. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.

Course Types: Cultural Competence

PSY-312  Adolescent Development  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of adolescent development. Important changes in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics of adolescents will be examined. The influence of environmental contexts in which adolescents develop, such as family, peer groups, and school will be discussed, as well as how scientists study adolescent development and the theories they use to guide their research. Stereotypes and misconceptions associated with this stage of development will be explored. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster

Course Types: Scientific Reasoning

PSY-313  Consumer Behavior  (3 credits)  

The course introduces uses the psychological principles to understand why consumers behave the way they do and how marketers use their knowledge of consumer behavior in their work. Students will learn how psychological research methods speak to ways in which consumer behavior is assessed along with the theories and conceptual frameworks that guide consumer mental processes that lead to the actual behavior of buying products to mental processes afterwards. The intersection between cognition, affect and social influences on consumer behavior will be discussed. Students can then apply this knowledge to understanding themselves as consumers. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis

PSY-314  Health Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course is designed for students pursuing careers in psychology and the health care professions. The course will address the role that psychology, and biopsychosocial factors in particular, play in preventing and treating illness and promoting health behaviors and outcomes. Attention will be given to the theoretical perspectives and research on effective psychological strategies for promoting and maintaining health, strategies for preventing and treating illness, and managing psychological and physical well-being in the context of chronic illness. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Course Types: Written Communication

PSY-315  Intelligence  (3 credits)  

This course will introduce students to theories and approaches to understand intelligence and what that tells us about achievement. Topics will include the development of intelligence, theories of intelligence, environmental effects on intelligence, the cognitive processes that regulate intelligence, the social and functional impacts of intelligence, and the neural basis for variations in intelligence. Individual differences in intelligence and its impact on achievement will be discussed. Additionally, this course will cover several of the controversies and debates that speak to what constitutes intelligence and ethical concerns of historical intelligence testing. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Course Types: Ethical Reasoning and Act

PSY-316  Close Relationships  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on the life cycle of adult close relationships, ranging from stages of initial attraction and relationship initiation to growth and maintenance of the relationship, and in some cases, dissolution. We will examine current theories and research in the social psychological study of close relationships to gain a better understanding of the basic processes involved in intimate relationships. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

Course Types: Scientific Reasoning

PSY-317  Emotions and Motivation  (3 credits)  

The study of emotion and motivation is critical to our understanding of human behavior. This course will introduce you to major research findings related to emotion and motivation. Topics will include perception, communication, individual differences, and development. Related topics may include neuroscience, marketing, affective computing, psychopathology, and human-robot communication. Topics and readings will be adjusted based on student interest. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

Course Types: Oral Communication

PSY-318  Industrial and Organizational Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to psychology in the workplace. Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is concerned with the development, validation, and ongoing refinement, improvement of applications of psychological methods and principles to management, employee functions and other issues in work settings. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Course Types: Written Communication

PSY-319  Self and Identity  (3 credits)  

This course is an investigation into how we should conceive of ourselves as persons. Our sense of who we are permeates every aspect of our life. This course explores how we develop a sense of self; how we navigate multiple identities, some of which may be conflicting or socially devalued; and how these identities affect-both consciously and unconsciously-our thoughts, motives, feelings, and behavior. Students engage with classical theories and contemporary research to gain insight into psychological perspectives on self and identity. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Course Types: Lifelong Learning

PSY-320  Sport Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course reviews contemporary research and theories in sport psychology. Students will explore the interaction between athletic and team performance and psychological practices related to social, cognitive and affective factors. Students will assess through role play and simulations the impact of psychology and psychological approaches athlete and team dynamics, communication, and training. Students will demonstrate strategies that promote a growth mindset among athletes and their network to optimize performance.

Course Types: Social Sciences; Teamwork

PSY-344  Animal Behavior  (3 credits)  

This course is a scientific study of animal behavior. Specifically, we will examine different types of animal behavior, including finding and ingesting food, establishing and maintaining territory, communicating and interacting, mating and parenting. Our approach will be both ecological (focusing on animals in their natural environments) and evolutionary (identifying adaptive functions of current behaviors). While we will discuss a wide variety of animals throughout the semester, we will conclude with a specific discussion of our closest relatives, monkeys and apes, and the relationships of their behavior to human evolution and behavior. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Course Types: Oral Communication
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-101

PSY-353  Adult Development  (3 credits)  

This overview of adult development stresses a variety of topics within the aging process. Topics include theories of aging, intellectual functioning and learning, mental health of aged and organic brain dysfunction, culture and family, and the family and aging. This experimental course will include some field observations as well as lectures and discussions. This course counts as an elective in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.

Course Types: Civic Knowledge & Engagem

PSY-356  Theories of Counseling  (3 credits)  

This course explores the major theories, basic concepts and techniques of counseling. The student will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of the terminology, concepts and counseling applications of the major counseling theories, such as Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Person-centered, Gestalt, Rational Emotive, Existential and Family Therapy. This course is suggested for students in all areas in which such a need exists in their professional work. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-206; Take PSY-101 or PSY-203

PSY-357  Sensation and Perception  (3 credits)  

This course is a review of the visual system, auditory system, somatosensory system and systems for taste and smell. Students will experience the unique features of each sensory and perceptual system through demonstrations and experiments. Specifically, this course will provide you with an overview of how people make sense of sensory input - in particular, light and sound. We will compare sensation and perception across domains, including vision, audition, touch, olfaction, and taste, as well as examine some non-human sensory systems such as biosonar and electroreception. Critical to the understanding of sensation and perception is understanding the methodologies and experimental procedures used to examine the issues. This course will explore these methodologies, from traditional measures like psychophysics and signal-detection analysis to newer cognitive neuroscience approaches. We will also discuss disorders and diseases of sensation and perception. Here we will examine peripheral problems (such as damage to the eyes) from central problems (such as damage to the brain) and how these problems differ. We will also consider the myriad ways in which research on sensation and perception has applications in many fields, from medicine to civil engineering to sports. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Course Types: Scientific Reasoning
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-207

PSY-364  Neuropsychology  (3 credits)  

This course applies the knowledge gained from Physiological Psychology to an advanced study of human neuropsychology. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between the structure and function of the nervous system and qualities of mind and behavior.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-101 or PSY-203; Take PSY-204

PSY-365  Psychology and the Legal System  (3 credits)  

While the fields of law and psychology have historically been independent fields with varying objectives and values, in contemporary times the two have intersected in very important ways. This course will address how psychologists, clinically or empirically, have come to play an important role in the legal system. Major topics including the history and contemporary process of evaluating people for insanity, competency, and civil commitment, psychology's contribution to criminal investigative procedures, jury composition and decision-making, eyewitness testimony, and juvenile delinquency and family legal matters (divorce, custody) will be explored. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis

PSY-366  Psychological Testing  (3 credits)  

This course will introduce students to the methods and common types of psychological testing occurring in education and clinical settings. Such tests include the measurement of human skills and abilities, and aspects of psychological functioning such as intellectual, personality and mental health, and vocational interests. Students will learn about psychometric principles including how to evaluate tests (i.e., reliability, validity, etc.), procedures in test development (e.g., item analysis, writing test items), effective test administration, and the application of popular tests. Students will gain some hands-on experience with common intellectual, personality, and vocational tests through demonstration and self-administration. Recommended PSY-101, PSY-203, or Statistics. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Course Types: Critical Analysis
Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-101 or PSY-203 or Statistics

PSY-367  Psychology of Consciousness  (3 credits)  

This course examines consciousness "last great mystery of science". Excluded from scientific research for most of the last century, consciousness is now a rapidly expanding area of study in both psychology and neuroscience. This course will discuss all the major theories of consciousness, from those rooted in traditional western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Students will engage in readings, self-assessments, and practical exercises that will allow students to examine their understanding of their own consciousness. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Course Types: Lifelong Learning

PSY-368  Stress & Adjustment  (3 credits)  

This course explores the biology and psychology of the experience of stress. Students will learn from both lecture and self-exploration. This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn and practice traditional and alternative stress management skills through individual and group practice. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

Course Types: Lifelong Learning

PSY-389  Special Topics Study Abroad  (3 credits)  

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories, assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism), elimination disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, conduct disorders, and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors (e.g., family violence and abuse) that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed.

PSY-390  Special Topics Study Abroad  (3 credits)  

This course will examine the problem of addiction through a review of terminology, the types and effects of psychoactive substances, and the current theories from human and animal research identifying possible genetic, neuroanatomical, neurochemical and hormonal factors.

PSY-411  Clinical Interviewing  (3 credits)  

This course will introduce students to common interviewing skills and techniques associated with psychological assessment and counseling. The course will include both didactic teachings as well as role-plays and simulation experiences to enable students to practice and develop their clinical interviewing skills. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-206

PSY-412  Goal Setting and Decision Making  (3 credits)  

This course introduces students to the scientific study of how people make decisions and reach goals. In this course we will discuss what exactly decision-making is, how decisions ought to be made (i.e., rational decision making), the systematic flaws observed in people making actual decisions, the uniquely psychological factors that influence decision-making (e.g., emotion), and the neural systems that underlie the decisions of both humans and non-human animals. Factors that influence (or should influence) decisions, including value, probability, uncertainty, delay, mood, and physiological state will be discussed. Additionally, students will assess how they reach their own goals and make judgements and decisions in everyday life. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

PSY-413  Criminal Behavior  (3 credits)  

This course will explore the major theories and corresponding research to account from criminal behavior. Attention to how biological, psychological and sociocultural influences play in the origin and exhibition of criminal behavior and aggression/violence will be addressed. The role that biopsychosocial factors play in crimes including assault and murder, sexual assault and abuse, juvenile delinquency, mass violence including serial killers and terrorism, and "white collar" criminal behavior will be discussed. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

PSY-414  Language  (3 credits)  

Psychology of Language explores the cognitive and neural bases of human language. We use scientific methods from cognitive psychology to answer questions experimentally about psychological aspects of language from developmental to cultural differences, from its basic building blocks to its complexity. This course will cover topics including language acquisition, language comprehension, language and thought, and how we use language in conversation and communication, language development and changes across the lifespan, use of multiple languages, disorders, and overall representation of language. The overriding goal is that you understand how we acquire, comprehend, remember, and use language and why this knowledge is important in your life. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.

PSY-415  Mass Communication  (3 credits)  

How do our experiences with media affect the way we get knowledge about the world? How does media impact our attitudes and behavior? Using theories from psychology and communication along with reviews of the most up-to-date research, this course will cover a diversity of media and media issues ranging from commonly discussed topics, such as politics, sex, and violence, sports, music, emotion and more! Essentially, you will be learning about the psychological effects of mass communication on behavior and thought. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

PSY-416  Motivation in the Workplace  (3 credits)  

The workplace is a major opportunity for people to find purpose, meaning, and happiness in their lives. This course will study the latest research on what makes people happy at work, on how happiness at work improves the quality of work, on how people and organizations develop wisdom, and on what makes a career not just successful but meaningful. Also discussed will be some of the impediments-both individual and organizational-to doing meaningful and satisfying work. Students will develop their own visions of their ideal career, and of the ideal company they'd like to lead or work for. Counts as a course in the Work, the Person, and Society Course Cluster.

PSY-417  Topics in Behavioral and Mental  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of behavioral and mental health. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-206

PSY-418  Topics in Brain and Body  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological and cognitive psychology. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-204 or PSY-207

PSY-419  Topics in Development  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of developmental psychology. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-203

PSY-420  Topics in Media, the Person, Society  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics related to the psychology of media. Counts as a course in the Media, the Person, and Society Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-205

PSY-421  Topics in Personal Growth  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of physiological and cognitive psychology. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-212

PSY-422  Topics in Personality  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics in the field of personality. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-208

PSY-423  Topics in Law, the Person, and Society  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics related to the psychology of law. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-206

PSY-424  Topics in Work, the Person, and Society  (3 credits)  

This course is an in-depth consideration of topics related to the psychology of work. Counts as a course in the Law, the Person, and Society Course Cluster

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-211

PSY-425  The Science of Wellbeing  (3 credits)  

This course explores the science and application of positive psychology through a review of the psychological strengths that allow individuals and societies to thrive. Students will be provided access to landmark and current research defining and establishing this new science of wellbeing. Counts as a course in the Personal Growth Course Cluster.

PSY-453  Developmental Psychopathology  (3 credits)  

This course examines the development of emotional and behavioral maladjustment in children and adolescents. Emphasis will be given to theories, assessment strategies, and research methods and findings regarding the etiology and treatment efficacy for disorders including mental retardation, the pervasive developmental disorders (autism), elimination disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities, conduct disorders, and eating disorders. Psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders and emerging personality disorders will also be considered from a developmental perspective. Psychosocial factors (e.g. family violence and abuse) that have been empirically identified in affecting psychological adjustment and research regarding prevention of these emotional and behavioral problems will also be addressed. Prerequisite: PSY-203 and PSY-206. Counts as a course in the Development of the Person Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-203 and PSY-206

PSY-454  Drugs and Behavior  (3 credits)  

This course explores psychoactive drugs and their effects on behavior. It begins with a review of the basics of pharmacology, research design, and nervous system structure and function. Concepts of dependence, addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, sensitization, expectation, and conditioning will be included. The remainder of the course will explore what is known about the effects of different classes of drugs, including alcohol; anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics; tobacco and nicotine; caffeine and the methylxanthines; psychomotor stimulants; opioids; antipsychotic drugs; antidepressants; cannabis; and hallucinogens, psychedelics, and club drugs. Students will gather, read, and discuss current research throughout the semester. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-204

PSY-455  Multicultural Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course is an introduction to multicultural psychology and is geared to help students recognize the similarities and differences in behavior, cognition and well-being among people of varying cultural groups (e.g., based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation, etc.). Students will explore their own culture in conjunction with others to enhance their multicultural competence (i.e., knowledge, awareness, and skills) and prepare them personally and professionally for the socially diverse world they live in. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-208

PSY-456  Behavior Modifications  (3 credits)  

This course examines major theories, basic concepts and techniques of behavior modification. The student will develop an understanding of the application of operant conditioning principles, implementation of behavior modification techniques, and assessment and evaluation of program effectiveness. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-101

PSY-457  Learning & Memory  (3 credits)  

This course is an exploration of questions and topics such as: How do animals (human and non-) acquire, store, and retrieve information? How is new information integrated into existing memory structures? What is forgetting, and how can memory be improved? From the relatively simple mechanisms of conditioning to higher-order cognitive constructs, the class will discuss research findings from a multidisciplinary perspective including basic and applied psychology, neuroscience, physiology and genetics. Counts as a course in the Brain and Body Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-207

PSY-458  Psychology of Gender  (3 credits)  

This course is a review of the scientific literature on gender differences and similarities throughout development. Attention to how gender is associated with behaviors, intellectual ability, and health will be discussed. Counts as a course in the Personality Course Cluster.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-208

PSY-469  Psychology Internship I  (4 credits)  

The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting that is in keeping with their educational and/or vocational goals. It is the intent of the course that students will build upon their knowledge and skills in a research or community internship placement. Thought agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s)for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).

Corequisite(s): Take PSY-489 Senior Status in Psychology program required.

PSY-470  Psychology Internship II  (4 credits)  

This course will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in a psychology-related field setting wherein they can build upon their learning experiences from their first semester of internship. Students learning may entail continued placement at their first semester of internship(in keeping with their educational or vocational goals)with the intent of advancing their skills and knowledge acquired from the previous semester,or placement in an alternative setting that enables students to develop their knowledge,professional networking,and further evaluate their educational and career goals. Through agreement among the instructor/internship coordinator,the student,and the internship supervisor, the student will participate in an internship(s) for a minimum of 225 hours for the semester(15 hours per week).

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-469
Corequisite(s): Take PSY-490

PSY-489  Senior Seminar I  (2 credits)  

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.

Corequisite(s): Take PSY-469 Senior Status in Psychology program required

PSY-490  Senior Seminar II  (2 credits)  

This course provides the student with extensive faculty and peer guidance and feedback throughout the psychology internship experience during the senior year.

Corequisite(s): Take PSY-470

PSY-511  Assessment I: Psychometrics and Cognitive Testing  (3 credits)  

Clinical Assessment I is the first component of a year-long course aimed at providing students with the basic skills needed for clinical assessment. These skills include interviewing, as well as administering, scoring and interpreting a wide range of assessment tools with a particular emphasis on intellectual and achievement measures most commonly used by psychologists. Attention will also be given to integrating data from testing with data from diagnostic interviews for report writing.

PSY-512  Assessment II: Individual Differences and Personality  (3 credits)  

Clinical Assessment II is the second component of a year-long course aimed at providing students with the basic skills needed for clinical assessment. The focus of Clinical Assessment I was on intelligence and achievement assessment across the lifespan, but primarily with 0-17 year olds. Clinical Assessment II will focus on social emotional and psychopathology assessments across the lifespan but primarily adults (18+), baby boomers, and senior citizens. From Clinical Assessment II, your acquired skills will include interviewing, as well as administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests with a particular emphasis on symptomatology measures, quality of life assessments and personality tests most commonly used by psychologists. Attention will also be given to integrating data from personality testing with data from diagnostic interviews and other types of assessment measures that you previously learned and mastered in Clinical Assessment I (e.g., cognitive and achievement testing). This course will also include a professional development component that addresses the EPPP, an appropriate CV and cover letter for clinical placements, and being an interviewee for a clinical placement. Other areas of professional development are located throughout the syllabus (e.g., recording your clinical hours, preparing for internship, timeliness, practicing your newly acquired skills, and report writing) With this in mind, be prepared to hone and further develop skills learned in Clinical Assessment I. This will require your patience, flexibility and commitment as we revisit information and have additional classes to ensure the consolidation of necessary knowledge needed to become competent clinicians (and competitive internship applicants!). You are expected to practice, practice and more practice with each and every assessment -even if you are not tested on that assessment through a quiz or milestone. Thus, you will need to be prepared to show competency on every and any assessment within seven days following its presentation and overview in class. Your ability to demonstrate competency can been assessed in a pop quiz, milestone, oral exam, and/or written exam etc.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-511 Clinical Assessment I and Instructor Approval

PSY-513  Prepracticum  (3 credits)  

Given that this course is provided during the summer in a shorter period of time, it will present information in a survey or seminar fashion vs. traditional lecture and a PowerPoint course. This pre-practicum course will provide you with the resources, skills and techniques to build your foundation for the 2nd year practicum. This course is an extension of your assessment courses and your health psychology course. Please be aware that this course is divided into two sections. The first section is a review of cognitive and personality assessments across the lifespan. This section will also address integrated report writing. The second section of this course will focus on the tools needed at your 2nd year practicum to be successful in completing your notes, reports and direct clinical care of patients. The Wellness Center staff will provide the didactics of the 2nd section of class. In short, the first section of class is month 1 and the second section of class is month. The second section is pre-practicum. Pre-practicum is a theoretical, empirically supported course for students interested in learning about the field of clinical psychology. (There will also be materials on various interventions used in integrated primary care.) Many of the diversity topics discussed in this class will be guided by the ADDRESSING framework by Pamela Hays (2009) which is an acronym for the following cultural variables: Age, Disabilities (acquired; delayed), Disabilities (congenital/developmental), Religion, Ethnicity/race, Social economic status, Sexual orientation, Indigenous background, National origin, Gender. Other cultural areas stressed within the Department and/or this course are marital/partner status, medical history, oppression, "isms", skin color, and weight bias etc. Course Justification: This course will further expand one's knowledge of the importance and significance of indirect and direct client services. This course will also demand critical thinking of the research, assigned readings, and articles that supports or contradicts a certain theoretical perspective/viewpoint.

PSY-521  Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Epidemiology , Conceptualization, and Etiology  (3 credits)  

This graduate psychopathology course was designed to provide the necessary knowledge-base for the accurate identification/diagnosis of mental disorders across the lifespan using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition (DSM 5; APA, 2013). Students will be exposed to the social-historical context for the development of diagnostic categories and controversies regarding the use of certain diagnostic labels. Students will become familiar with epidemiological information pertaining to the prevalence of disorders within our society and how to incorporate demographic / cultural considerations into the diagnostic process. Students will gain experience gathering clinical information and applying their knowledge of the DSM criteria towards the development of diagnostic hypotheses during differential diagnosis exercises. Students will also learn how to document and convey information pertinent to mental health treatment to other professionals, including diagnostic specifiers and the specific ICD-10-CM codes associated with particular mental disorder(s).

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-522  Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Clinical Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course covers ethical, legal, and professional issues involved in the discipline of psychology. Students will learn about historical and contemporary issues shaping the field of psychology and the training/supervision requirements needed to ethically/legally engage in various roles. Students will be challenged to actively apply the American Psychological Association principles and ethical standards through a variety of exercises. State and federal laws and regulations, including landmark legal cases, will be examined in depth. Students will consider the possible legal consequences of their behaviors/decisions. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-531  Research Methods in Clinical Psychology  (3 credits)  

This course is an overview of research methodology and designs used in psychological research. The fundamental and powerful concept is the systematic investigation of individuals in order to establish or revise facts, theories, principles, etc. The purpose of research is to contribute to the body of knowledge in a subject area. The central course questions are: How are research studies designed in psychology? What should be considered in designing and conducting psychological research? What procedures, methods, and tools are used to collect and analyze psychological data? How do designs and methods influence the inferences and conclusions that can be made? How are research findings disseminated?

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-532  Intervention: Evidence Based Interventions across the Lifespan  (3 credits)  

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to a variety of intervention theories and techniques that can be used to treat people with a variety of mental health problems. These theories and techniques can be applied in a variety of mental health settings and with diverse client populations. Because of its broad scope and the limited time frame of the course, the introduction to these concepts will be relatively brief and focus on the fundamental knowledge necessary to begin implementing these methods in your clinical practice. However, theories and techniques that have greater empirical support will be explored in greater depth. You will also be provided with a variety of references that will allow you to further develop your skills and knowledge upon completion of this course. Finally, multicultural issues will be discussed on both a broad scope and as they relate to the specific interventions that are being introduced.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-541  Professional ProSeminar I - History and Systems  (3 credits)  

The Professional Proseminar I class will be the first class in a sequence of eight Proseminar classes (Professional Proseminars I - VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of Proseminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of Proseminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-542  Statistics for Clinical Psychology I - Univariate  (3 credits)  

The purpose of this course is to introduce the basics of univariate statistical procedures to students, and emphasize graphical methods, data exploration, in addition to the traditional "confirmatory" approaches. This is a foundational course in psychometrics, and is the first course in statistical measurement, and students are introduced to concepts of reliability, validity and psychometrics. Students develop a fundamental understanding of statistical procedures and hypothesis testing, which is necessary to help students develop proposals for the doctoral dissertation.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-552  Professional Proseminar II: Group Therapy  (1 credits)  

The Professional Proseminar II class will be the second class in a sequence of eight Proseminar classes (Professional Proseminars I-VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of Proseminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of Proseminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

PSY-611  Biological Bases of Behavior Course Syllabus  (3 credits)  

This course enables students to acquire knowledge about the neurobiological and neuropsychological bases of brain, central nervous system and other biological systems of the human body. Topics include the historical bases of cognition and the brain, anatomical foundations of thought processes at the systems and neural levels, methods for evaluating mental processes, and subject areas include perception, attention, memory, development, change and disease.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-612  Neuropsychological Assessment  (3 credits)  

This course will provide an introduction to the methods of neuropsychological assessment, in the context of professional clinical neuropsychological practice. Cognitive domains will be described with an emphasis on clinical presentations in pediatric and adult populations. The primary focus of the course will be to learn and gain practice with commonly utilized assessment instruments in neuropsychological evaluations.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-621  Healthcare Models and Service Delivery and Health Psychology  (3 credits)  

Given that this course is provided during the summer in a shorter period of time, it will present information in a survey or seminar fashion vs. traditional lecture and a PowerPoint course. Health Psychology is a theoretical, empirically supported course for students interested in learning about the field of health psychology. (There will also be materials on various interventions used in integrated primary care.) This course is concerned with the role of biopsychosocial factors in the promotion of health, prevention of and treatment of illness, the etiology of illness, and ways to improve the health care system. Students will learn widely studied and empirically supported theories of health behaviors in relation to behavioral risk factors. They will focus on theories, assessment and treatment of the primary behavioral problems encountered within behavioral medicine, such as sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, high risk sexual behaviors, obesity, eating disorders, chronic pain, substance abuse/dependency, and tobacco addiction. This field further studies the interplay between emotions, cognitive, and behavioral/physical factors that can affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention (primary, secondary, or tertiary) of chronic conditions and illnesses. This course will also briefly review some of the following individual differences (culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, gender, identity development models and the effects of class and economic status and oppression) and their effect on health, chronic conditions, and illnesses. Within this course, select chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, hypertension, stroke, AIDS) will be reviewed within the biopsychosocial model.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-622  Social Issues in Health and Wellness  (3 credits)  

Social Psychology concerns itself with the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of the individual as they are affected by the behavior and/or characteristics of others. The Social Psychology of the Individual tends to focus on those mechanisms and phenomena that seem to reside or occur within the individual rather than exclusively between individuals or among individuals in groups. These mechanisms and entities are often initiated or influenced by prior social events and often are relatively stable characteristics like attitudes and the enduring habits, beliefs and traits which structure the individual (personality) and the self. Related motivational and perceptual-judgmental mechanisms are likewise very central to this branch of Social Psychology. We will focus upon understanding these phenomena and mechanisms, and on the interactions and interrelationships among them. If time allows, we will place a special focus on the impact of the phenomena above upon health, particularly stress effects and the ability of individuals to deal with stress and its consequences. Many of the numerous sub-elements of intrapersonal social psychology are listed on the following page. We will try to deal with this rather large portion of social psychology in a manageable fashion to maintain an enlightening and enjoyable experience.

Course Types: Social Sciences

PSY-631  Statistics for Clinical Psychology II: Multivariate  (3 credits)  

This course provides an overview of various multivariate data analysis procedures, including multiple regression, MANOVA, SEM and Factor Analysis. This course enables students to acquire the knowledge of these statistical methods, as they relate to research literature. The goal of this course is to acquire knowledge of procedures and programs for multivariate data analysis and qualitative research methodology, and it focuses on practical issues associated with the interpretation and presentation of statistical methods of a more complex nature.

PSY-632  Human Development  (3 credits)  

In this course, students will understand development as a fusion of biological, cognitive, affective, and social aspects of mind and behavior interacting in the context of culture. Students will learn about the theories and methodologies used to study human development across the lifespan from prenatal development through adulthood. The interplay between cognitive, affective, and social development will be emphasized, including such topics as perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal relationships. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

PSY-640  Foundational Practicum  (3 credits)  

The practicum is designed to provide students with a vehicle for obtaining practical experience and training to become competent clinical psychologists. Students will be assigned to either an internal or external practicum site. At that site, they will conduct clinical evaluations, assessments, psychotherapy and other work appropriate to the role of a clinical psychologist. The Foundation Practicum course sequence is designed such that students will develop foundational clinical skills related to their clinical work. Students will also be expected to engage in regular individual and group supervision provided by their practicum supervisor. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Students take this course twice for two consecutive semesters.

PSY-651  Research Practice Project I  (1 credits)  

This is the first course of a two-course series intended for pre-doctoral students to create a research project and to see it through to the final draft. In the two semesters, students will select and finalize a research project committee, submit the research project proposal proposal, make all necessary revisions to the proposal, and produce the final draft of the research project. Students will work one-on-one with their research advisor to identify times that they will meet and create a plan for communication throughout the process of completing the research project.

PSY-652  Research Practice Project II  (1 credits)  

This is the second and final course of a two-course series intended for pre-doctoral students to create a research project and to see it through to the final draft. In the two semesters, students will select and finalize a research project committee, submit the research project final document, make all necessary revisions to the proposal, and produce the final draft of the research project. Students will work one-on-one with their research advisor to identify times that they will meet and create a plan for communication throughout the process of completing the research project.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-651

PSY-661  Professional ProSeminar III: Consultation and Supervision Part 1  (1 credits)  

The Professional ProSeminar I class will be the first class in a sequence of eight ProSeminar classes (Professional ProSeminars I-VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of ProSeminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of ProSeminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

PSY-662  Professional ProSeminar IV: Consultation and Supervision Part II  (1 credits)  

The Professional ProSeminar IV class will be the fourth class in a sequence of eight ProSeminar classes (Professional ProSeminars I-VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of ProSeminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of ProSeminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

PSY-711  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  (3 credits)  

This course is a theoretical and skill development course for researchers, counselors, and clinicians to strengthen multicultural/cross cultural/diversity awareness, knowledge, and skills in the competencies necessary to evaluate (broadly defined) presenting problems brought by ethnically and culturally diverse clients and research populations. The focus will be on dimensions of culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, gender, identity development models and the effects of class and economic status and oppression on individuals and groups. Basic multicultural counseling competencies and diversity research practices will be presented, with opportunities for student self-examination and practice of strategies and techniques. The purpose of this course is to ensure that students know and are able to define culture, assimilation, acculturation, and cultural differences, identify different types of diversity, explore challenges and benefits of diversity, recognize the problem of stereotyping, prejudice, bias, and discrimination and the ways to avoid them, and describe ethnocentrism and its relationship to diversity. Students will gain specific competencies necessary to work effectively with an increasingly diverse population, including the history and experiences, physical and mental health needs, and treatment preferences of American Minorities and Diverse Populations. This graduate level course is required for students in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology.

PSY-712  Behavioral Pharmacology and Psychopharmacology  (3 credits)  

This course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of the effects of drugs on the nervous system and how drugs interact with the environment and behavior: research techniques across a variety of levels (cellular, behavioral, clinical), neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters and drugs of abuse, drugs as stimuli, drugs used for treatment of different developmental or psychological disorders, as well as drug abuse and drug abuse treatment. Students will be expected to learn about the current research on mechanisms of action and treatments, as well as identifying drug effects that can be confused with psychological disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying clinical signs of chemical dependence in individuals seeking counseling or therapy for unrelated behavioral issues. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

PSY-720  Intermediate Practicum  (3 credits)  

The practicum is designed to provide students with a vehicle for obtaining practical experience and training to become competent clinical psychologists. Students will be assigned to either an internal or external practicum site. At that site, they will conduct clinical evaluations, assessments, psychotherapy and other work appropriate to the role of a clinical psychologist. The Intermediate Practicum course sequence is designed such that students will develop foundational clinical skills related to their clinical work. Students will also be expected to engage in regular individual and group supervision provided by their practicum supervisor. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Students take this course twice for two consecutive semesters.

PSY-730  Dissertation Research  (3 credits)  

The purpose of this course is to for students to begin to work with their research advisors on their dissertations. At the end of this course, students are expected to have completed at least one draft of the introduction of their research proposal. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Students take this course four times for four semesters over the span of the last two years or coursework.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-652

PSY-741  Professional Proseminar V: Scientific Review and Writing  (3 credits)  

The Professional ProSeminar V and VII classes will be the latest class in a sequence of eight ProSeminar classes (Professional ProSeminars I-VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of ProSeminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of ProSeminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-662

PSY-742  Professional Proseminar VI: Internship Preparation  (3 credits)  

The seminar is intended allow students to explore emerging areas and build competencies consistent with emerging trends in clinical psychology. Additionally, students will be introduced to specific types of competencies that do not lend themselves to the comprehensiveness of a traditionally structured course. Finally, the course serves as a place for professional discourse and growth for students as they progress through the program. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-741

PSY-810  Advanced Practicum  (3 credits)  

The practicum is designed to provide students with a vehicle for obtaining practical experience and training to become competent clinical psychologists. Students will be assigned to either an internal or external practicum site. At that site, they will conduct clinical evaluations, assessments, psychotherapy and other work appropriate to the role of a clinical psychologist. The Advanced Practicum course sequence is designed such that students will develop foundational clinical skills related to their clinical work. Students will also be expected to engage in regular individual and group supervision provided by their practicum supervisor. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Students take this course twice for two consecutive semesters.

PSY-831  Professional Proseminar VII: Scientific Writing and Review  (3 credits)  

The Professional ProSeminar V and VII classes will be the latest class in a sequence of eight ProSeminar classes (Professional ProSeminars I-VIII). Students in the doctoral program in clinical psychology will be required to enroll in one section of ProSeminar every Fall and Spring semester that they are enrolled in the program. The topics discussed and competencies gained in the series of ProSeminar courses are developmentally sequenced to correspond to the students' level of training and their continued growth and development as a professional.

PSY-841  Professional Proseminar VIII: Professional Development  (3 credits)  

The seminar is intended to allow students to explore emerging areas and build competencies consistent with emerging trends in clinical psychology. Additionally, students will be introduced to specific types of competencies that do not lend themselves to the comprehensiveness of a traditionally structured course. Finally, the course serves as a place for professional discourse and growth for students as they progress through the program. This course is restricted to students matriculated into the doctoral program in clinical psychology

Prerequisite(s): Take PSY-742

PSY-910  Doctoral Internship  (1-3 credits)  

The doctoral internship or residency is a year-long sequenced course, which proceeds the successful completion of the four-year period of coursework and practicum experiences. This year-long sequenced course is equivalent to three semesters. This is a full-time clinical internship consisting of no less than 1,750 hours in a mental health setting approved by the APA-accredited internship training programs or approval from the PsyD program director. In this position students apply what they have learned in their practicum and coursework, and work under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

PSY-999  Psychology Elective  (3 credits)  

Course transfers in as a psychology core elective.