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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. Slash course PSY 402/502.   Offered Fall, Spring.


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. Slash course PSY 403/503.   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 or PSY 212; PSY 321 or PSY 331; MTH 145. Slash course PSY 410/510.   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; PSY 210; PSY 321 or PSY 331, MTH 145. Slash course PSY 420/520.   Offered Spring.


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. Slash course PSY 426/526.   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; PSY 321, PSY 331 or BIO 312. Slash course PSY 434/534.   Offered Spring.


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 100; PSY 321 or PSY 331; MTH 145. Slash course PSY 435/535.   Offered Fall.


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; PSY 321 or PSY 331. Slash course PSY 436/536.   Offered Spring - Even Numbered 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. Slash course PSY 441/541.   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; PSY 321 or PSY 331. Slash course PSY 451/551.   Offered Fall, Spring.


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). Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.   Offered Fall.


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.   Offered Summer.


PSY  725  Cr.3

Research & 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.   Offered Summer.


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 Fall.


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 Spring.


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 Occasionally.


PSY  772  Cr.3

Counseling & 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.   Offered Fall.


PSY  773  Cr.3

Advanced Counseling & Therapy Methods

This course is designed to expand on previous therapeutic methods and skills through participating in additional helping relationships in a school setting. Students will be expected to advance their clinical skills by exploring practical and ethical components of critical incidents in schools. Special emphasis will be placed on designing, facilitating, and evaluating group counseling experiences across development stages. Prerequisites: PSY 772; enrollment in School Psychology Program.  Offered Spring.


PSY  776  Cr.3

Psychological Consultation & 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 Spring.


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.   Offered Occasionally.


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.   Offered Occasionally.