Department of Psychology

Professor Ruth H. Maki, Chairperson.

Horn Professor C. Hendrick; Professors Clopton, D. Cogan, R. Cogan, S.Hendrick, Mahone, Marshall, McGlynn, Richards, and Winer; Associate Professors Cook, DeLucia, Epkins, Fireman, Harter, Kashubeck, Mumma, Robitschek, and Taraban; Assistant Professors Desmond, Gannon, Garos, and Zebb; Visiting Professor W. Maki.

This department supervises the following degree programs: PSYCHOLOGY, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy.

The advanced degree programs encompass a number of specialties within clinical, counseling, and experimental psychology. The clinical and counseling doctoral programs are fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The undergraduate psychology curriculum is designed to provide a core of knowledge of the subject matter in experimental, theoretical, and applied psychology. Sufficient curricular flexibility is provided to permit a student to emphasize the acquisition of useful skills for later life, both vocational and personal; prepare for a graduate degree program in psychology or related field; or both.

All undergraduate psychology majors must complete the following core program: PSY 1300, 2400, and 3400 or MATH 2300.

All majors must select at least one course from each of the following five areas:

1. Cognitive and Physiological Bases of Behavior: PSY 3317, 3327, 4323, or 4324;

2. Personality, Social, and Abnormal Bases of Behavior: PSY 3304, 3306, 3341, or 4305;

3. Developmental Bases of Behavior: PSY 3318, 4301, 4310, or 4330;

4. Applications: PSY 3334, 4321, 4326, 4327, 4334, 4342, or 4343;

5. Additional Topics in Psychology: PSY 2300, 2301, 2305, 3300, 3301, 3305, 4000, 4300, 4316, 4322, 4325, or 4336.

The required number of hours for the major is 34, including 2 writing intensive (WI) courses in psychology (PSY 2400, 3317, and 4336 are always WI; other courses are WI on a rotating basis). At least 21 hours of the total credits towards the major must be from 3000-4000 level courses. Transfer students who major in psychology must complete at least 9 credit hours in psychology at Texas Tech.

Students wishing to major in some field other than psychology but minor in psychology must complete at least 18 credit hours in psychology, including PSY 1300 and at least three courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level. Transfer students who minor in psychology must complete at least 6 credit hours in psychology at Texas Tech.

Psychology majors who select psychology as a teaching field for a secondary teaching certificate (Secondary Option II) are required to take PSY 3306, 4301, and 4325. Students who are not majoring in psychology but select psychology as a teaching field (Secondary Option II) are required to take PSY 1300, 2305 or 3306, 2301 or 4301, 4325, and 12 additional hours of psychology courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Grades below C in psychology courses will not be acceptable for fulfilling major, minor, or teacher certification requirements.

Psychology majors and minors may take 6 credits of correspondence courses in psychology, and have these credits count towards the major or minor without any permission from the department. These 6 credits can be taken at any point during completion of the Bachelor's degree. However, taking more than 6 credits of correspondence course in psychology will require written permission from a psychology faculty advisor or the departmental chairperson.

In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology. Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty with whom they come into contact. Such activities may contribute to the completion of major and/or minor requirements through enrollment in PSY 4000 during the junior and senior years. Six hours of PSY 4000 may be counted toward the major and 12 hours may be counted toward the degree.

Courses in Psychology. (PSY)

1300. General Psychology (3:3:0). Introduction to fundamental concepts in psychology. Emphasis on the physiological, social, and environmental determinants of behavior. (Honors section offered.) [PSYC 2301]

2300. Thinking: Theory and Applications (3:3:0). A presentation of the underlying assumptions and major approaches in the study of thinking. Applications to everyday experience are emphasized. Credit does not apply to major.

2301. Child Psychology (3:3:0). A study of the developmental processes and environmental factors which shape the personality and affect the achievement of the child. Credit does not apply to major. [PSYC 2308, 2315]

2305. Adolescent Psychology (3:3:0). A general review of approaches to the understanding of the social behavior and development of the adolescent. Physical, mental, and emotional growth and adjustment are covered. Credit does not apply to major.

2400. Research Methods (4:3:2). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Survey of research methods in psychology. Emphasis on critical aspects of experimentation such as designing, conducting, and critiquing experiments, interpreting and communicating results. (Writing Intensive)

3300. Vocational Psychology (3:2:2). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Theories, research, assessment, and intervention approaches in vocational psychology, including career development, decision making, and adjustments. [PSYC 2302]

3301. An Introduction to the Psychology of the Arts (3:3:0). An introduction to various psychological perspectives on artistic production and appreciation.

3304. Introduction to Social Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Study of individual experience and behavior in relation to social stimulus situations. Survey of experimental work and reports on current problems. [PSYC 2319]

3305. Stereotypes and Prejudice (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Examines psychological processes contributing to the development and persistence of stereotypes and prejudice, and discusses strategies for promoting positive intergroup relations.

3306. Personality (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Principles of normal personality structure. [PSYC 2316]

3317. The Psychology of Learning (3:2:2). Prerequisite: PSY 2400. A critical survey of methods, results, and interpretations of human and animal studies of learning processes. The laboratory paradigms will highlight principles discussed in lecture.

3318. The Development of Children's Thinking (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Considers cognitive development from infancy to adulthood in the areas of spatial cognition, concepts and categories, language, and physics, using symbol-processing and neural models.

3327. Introduction to Physiological Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Introduction to neuroanatomy, electrophysiological measuring techniques, and the mechanisms of receptor and effector systems. A study of the relationships between behavior and the physiological substrate.

3334. Introduction to Professional Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Introduction to current practices of clinical and counseling psychologists including clinical diagnostic and intervention strategies. Survey of career opportunities, professional issues, and ethical problems.

3341. Close Relationships (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Social psychology theory and research on topics in close relationship literature including attitudes toward love and sexuality, friendship, intimacy, power, conflict, and divorce.

3400. Statistical Methods (4:3:2). Prerequisite: PSY 1300 or EPSY 3330. Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on application to psychological research problems and an introduction to computer functions. [PSYC 2317]

4000. Individual Problems Course (V1-6). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Independent work under the individual guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for up to 12 hours credit, only 6 of which may count toward fulfillment of the major in psychology.

4300. Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Study of human sexual behavior from a psychosocial viewpoint with emphasis on contemporary research methods and findings. [PSYC 2306] (W S 4302)

4301. Developmental Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. An advanced study of the process of development through consideration of data, theories, and contemporary research issues.

4305. Abnormal Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300 and junior standing. Personality deviations and maladjustments; emphasis on clinical descriptions of abnormal behavior, etiological factors, manifestations, interpretations, and treatments.

4310. Abnormal Child Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300 and junior standing. Description, classification, assessment, treatment, and research methods pertaining to behavioral and emotional disorder of childhood and adolescence.

4316. History of Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300 and junior standing. A survey of the historical development of modern psychology.

4320. Psychoanalytic Theory and Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300 and junior standing. From readings in psychoanalytic theory, a hypothesis will be chosen and tested by the group. The results will be discussed with psycholanalysts. Topics will vary.

4321. Interviewing Principles and Practices (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Review of interviewing principles. Emphasis on skills which will apply directly to interview situations, such as industrial, clinical, and vocational counseling. Demonstration, recordings and discussion.

4322. Physiological Bases of Perception and Performance (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 2400. Surveys sensation and perception with attention given to underlying physiological mechanisms such as energy transduction, visual and auditory channels to the cortex, and intersensory cooperation.

4323. Perception: Theories and Applications (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Survey of methods and findings in perception. Emphasis on demonstrations of perceptual phenomena; theories of visual perception (cognitive and ecological); applications. Topics include illusions, depth, motion..

4324. Cognition (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 2400. This course represents an emergent synthesis of the traditional areas of perception, learning, and human performance. This new area concerns itself with higher level human cognition. Data and theory for the topics of creativity, concept learning, cognitive skills, and attention will be covered.

4325. Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Survey of psychological factors involved in drug use and an introduction to chemotherapy used in treatment of mental illness.

4326. Human Factors Psychology (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 2400. Introduction to methods and findings in human factors psychology: Applications of psychological research to designs of machines, environments, and tasks.

4327. Human Performance Psychology: Cognition, Stress, and Fatigue (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 2400. Overview of human performance psychology including topics such as attention, stress, and fatigue. Application of research to health psychology and human factors will be addressed.

4330. Psychology of Lifespan Development and Aging (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Designed to give an overview of the physiological, cognitive, social-role, and motivation changes that occur with age from a psychological development viewpoint. [PSYC 2314]

4331. Social Psychology of Groups (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 3304. Social psychology theory and research on topics in group dynamics including group structure, influence, conflict, performance, decision making, and leadership.

4334. Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Survey of current practice and theory in counseling and psychotherapy. Consideration of the research support for counseling and psychotherapy as an agent of change of behavior.

4336. Research in Personality and Social Psychology (3:2:2). Prerequisite: PSY 2400, 3400 or MATH 2300, and junior standing. An in-depth examination of selected substantive research areas in experimental personality and social psychology. Surveys of current research literature and design and execution of empirical studies.

4342. Practicum In Peer Mentoring (3:1:7). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Application required. A closely supervised individual experience in the delivery of services to a multiethnic population. Placement site: University Counseling Center. May be repeated once for a total of 6 credits.

4343. Language and Literacy Research and Applications (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PSY 3318 or 4324. Integration of the study of language, reading, and comprehension with research and tutoring experiences.


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