PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)
Course Descriptions

PSY 402/502 Cr. 3
Personality Theories, Models and Measures

Exploration and evaluation of major theories of personality. Particular attention is paid to psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, behavioral, trait and humanistic theories of personality. This course also addresses current research in the field of personality psychology and issues in personality measurement. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 212 and junior standing. Offered Sem. I.

PSY 403/503 Cr. 3
Advanced Psychopathology

This course focuses on selected topics in the area of clinical and abnormal psychology and is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of advanced current issues in the field. It helps prepare undergraduate or graduate students for the field of human services by offering additional information beyond that conveyed in the abnormal psychology course on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of psychological disorders.  Prerequisite: PSY 304. Offered occasionally.

PSY 410/510 Cr. 3
Advanced Developmental Psychology

An in-depth study of important topics in developmental psychology. Relevant theories and recent research in social development, cognitive development, moral development, language development, and emotional development will be evaluated. Prerequisite: PSY 210, 231, 232, and MTH 145; or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PSY 420/520 Cr. 3
Advanced Research Methods

An advanced course in the quantitative and logical aspects of statistical analysis, interpretation and design of behavioral science research and experimentation. Major emphasis is on the conceptual rather than the computational aspects of quantitative methods. Recommended for those planning graduate work in psychology or related fields. Prerequisite: PSY 100, 210, 231, 232;  MTH 145. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 426/526 Cr. 3
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Study of the personality characteristics of individuals experiencing substance abuse, dependency, and compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. The focus will be on abuse as a maladaptive response to the demands of life. Special topics will include consumptive patterns, level of dependence, neurological status, assessment, and contemporary treatment techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and 304. Offered occasionally.

PSY 434/534 Cr. 3
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology

This course examines the relationship between brain functioning and cognition, behavior, and emotion. The course covers neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropsychological assessment. The history, rationale, goals, and procedures of neuropsychological assessment are explored alongside the role that neuropsychologists play in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with disorders. Specific disorders likely to be covered include: traumatic brain injury, dementia, psychiatric disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, cerebrovascular disorders, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSY 100, MTH 145, and PSY 231 or BIO 312. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 435/535 Cr. 3
Cognitive Processes

This course examines theories, models, and related experimental research concerning human mental processes. Topics include acquisition of information, memory, decision-making, problem solving, and language.  Prerequisite:  PSY 231, 232; MTH 145. Offered Sem. I.

PSY 436/536 Cr. 3
Psychology of Language

An introductory course in psycholinguistics concerned with the comprehension, production and acquisition of language. Other topics include: language and thought, reading, writing, bilingualism, figurative language, metalinguistic skills, and the neuro-psychology of language. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and PSY 231 and 232. Offered Sem. II alternating years.

PSY 441/541 Cr. 3
Advanced Social Psychology

The course will provide coverage of methodology and statistics most frequently encountered in social psychology and cover topics both of classic and current interest such as stereotypes and prejudice, medical social psychology, environmental psychology, social interdependence, leadership, and power. Prerequisite:  PSY 100, 231, 232, 341; SOC 330; MTH 145. Offered occasionally.

PSY 451/551 Cr. 3
Psychological Measurement

Principles and procedures for the psychological measurement of human differences. This course examines the development, quantitative interpretation, uses, distinctive and desired characteristics of tests of intelligence, aptitudes, achievement, occupational interests and personality. Prerequisite: PSY 100, 231, 232, MTH 145.

PSY 710 Cr. 2-3
Educational Psychology: Human Development

This course explores human development with an emphasis on issues that are relevant to establishing effective conditions for successful learning in school contexts. Major topics include developmental theories and issues, and cognitive, language and social-emotional development. In addition, individual differences, multiple influences on developmental processes, multicultural and gender issues and the role of early experiences are examined. Prerequisite: Admission to a program leading to certification in a school related profession, and an undergraduate course in developmental psychology (e.g., lifespan, child or adolescent). Offered Sem. I.

PSY 711 Cr. 3
Psychology of Human Exceptionalities

Nature and needs of exceptional persons: intellectual deviations, learning disabilities, emotional and social deviations, sensory impairments, speech and language disorders and physical and health impairments. Offered occasionally.

PSY 712 Cr. 3
Development of the Young Child

An in-depth study of important theories, research, and issues related to development during the first six years of life. Implications of theories and research are examined with respect to facilitating development of both normal and handicapped children. Prerequisite: PSY 310 and 710 or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

PSY 713 Cr. 3
Cognitive Development

An examination of the development of cognition from infancy through adolescence. Theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and educational implications, related to the development of knowing, will be surveyed. Prerequisite: graduate standing and PSY 310 or equivalent. Offered occasionally.

PSY 714 Cr. 3
The Hurried Child

Many children and adolescents are being forced to take on the physical, psychological, and social behavior of adulthood before they are prepared to do so. Attention is given to parental influences, school, and the media and pressures for academic, interpersonal, and extracurricular achievement. Methods for handling these pressures and stresses are discussed. Offered occasionally.

PSY 717 Cr. 3
Behavior Disorders in Children

Psychological aspects of behavioral disorders in children. Includes the study of etiology, symptoms and treatment of behavior disorders in children. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSY 720 Cr. 2
Adolescent Issues

An in-depth exploration of critical issues which surface during adolescence. Topics include psychological correlates of puberty, changes in cognition, adolescent sexuality, identity formation, diversity among adolescents, and problems experienced by young people. Emphasis is placed on relating these issues to professional contexts, especially schools. Offered occasionally.

PSY 725 Cr. 3
Research and Program Evaluation in Schools

This course is designed to increase competencies in understanding and applying educational research and provide skills to successfully participate in school wide evaluation and improvement efforts. Prerequisite: MTH 145 or equivalent. On-line course. Offered Summer Session.

PSY 756 Cr. 3
Early Childhood Assessment

This course will provide an in-depth review of best practices of formal and informal assessment techniques in early childhood. Such techniques will be discussed in context to the four major functions of assessment: screening, diagnosis/eligibility, program planning, and program evaluation. The course will focus on procedural considerations in assessing cognition, motor skills, communication, play, socialization, behavior, and adaptive skills in early childhood. Issues of test development, standardization, reliability, validity, and report writing will also be explored. The challenges of assessing young children and meeting the ongoing needs of the child and family will be addressed. Prerequisite:  Graduate status and consent of instructor. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 759 Cr. 3
Assessment of Personality and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Models of personality assessment. Reliability, validity and applications of personality, cognitive and behavioral measures. Planning, collecting and integrating data. Outlining and writing reports. Emphasis on assessing behavioral and emotional problems in children and youth. Prerequisite: PSY 402/502; SPY 757 and 775. Offered Sem. I.

PSY 770 Cr. 2-3
Educational Psychology: Learning and Instruction

Consideration of psychological principles, concepts, processes, and interpretations of human learning and cognition and related empirical evidence. Emphasis is given to those most relevant to establishing effective conditions for instruction and learning in schools. Prerequisite: admission to a program leading to certification in a school-related occupation. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 772 Cr. 3
Counseling and Therapy Methods

Focus on an integrative framework for major theoretical views and methods for use in counseling and therapy. Includes lab and field supervised experiences in individual and group therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 402/502.

PSY 776 Cr. 3
Psychoeducational Consultation and Collaboration

This course emphasizes theory, research, and applications of psychological consultation and collaboration in a school setting. Students will acquire skills for consulting and collaborating with teachers, parents, and related professionals. Additional topics include organizational systems, organizational development, pupil services, prevention, crisis intervention, home/school/community collaboration, program assessment, and needs assessment. Prerequisite: admission to the school psychology program or the special education program. Offered Sem. II.

PSY 780 Cr. 1-3
Seminar in Psychology

Reading and discussion of selected topics, current trends, and issues in professional psychology. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit —  maximum 9.

PSY 795 Cr. 1-3
Directed Study in Psychology

Directed readings or presentation of psychological material not available in formal departmental courses. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.