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1300. [PSYC 2301] General Psychology (3). Introduction to fundamental concepts in psychology. Emphasis on the physiological, social, emotional, and environmental determinants of behavior. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. (Honors section offered)



2301. [PSYC 2308] Child Psychology (3). A study of the developmental processes and environmental factors that shape the personality and affect the achievement of the child.

2305. [PSYC 2307] Adolescent Psychology (3). A review of approaches to the understanding of the social behavior and development of the adolescent. Physical, mental, and emotional growth and adjustment are covered.

2400. Statistical Methods (4). 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. Partially fulfills core Mathematics requirement (in conjunction with a mathematics course).



3301. An Introduction to the Psychology of the Arts (3). An introduction to various psychological perspectives on artistic production and appreciation. (Writing Intensive – Specific Sections Only)

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

3306. Personality (3). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Principles of normal personality structure.

3310. Psychology and Religion (3). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Examines historical perspectives on the psychology of religion, the experience of religion and spirituality from a psychological perspective, and the relations between psychology and religion.

3317. Principles of Learning and Memory (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3401. A survey of contemporary theory and research in the fields of learning and memory.

3318. Development of Children's Thinking and Emotion (3). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Considers cognitive development from infancy to adulthood with attention to spatial cognition, concepts, problem solving, language, and emotion. (Writing Intensive)

3327. Introduction to Physiological Psychology (3). 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 Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3). 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). 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.

3390. Introduction to Positive Psychology (3). Provides an introduction to positive psychology constructs, topics, theories, contexts, and applications.

3398. Ethnic Minority Psychology (3). Prerequisites: PSY 1300 and junior standing. Focus is on the psychosocial aspects that impact the four predominant ethnic minority populations in the United States. Fulfills the multicultural requirement. (Writing Intensive)

3401. Research Methods (4). Prerequisites: PSY 3400 and MATH 2300. Survey of research methods in psychology. Emphasis on critical aspects of experimentation such as designing, conducting, and critiquing experiments, as well as interpreting and communicating results. (Writing Intensive)



4000. Individual Problems Course (V1-6). Prerequisites: PSY 1300 and instructor consent. 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). Study of human sexual behavior from a psychosocial viewpoint with emphasis on contemporary research methods and findings. (WS 4302) (Writing Intensive – Specific Sections Only)

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

4302. Undergraduate Internship in Psychology (3). Prerequisites: Senior standing and instructor consent. Provides undergraduate psychology majors with an opportunity to earn credit doing a supervised internship in the community. May be repeated one time toward overall degree requirements.

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

4306. Constructivist and Narrative Psychologies (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3401 or instructor consent. Introduction to theories, research, and applications of meaning-making psychologies, including constructivist, narrative, social constructionist, and feminist approaches. (Writing Intensive – Specific Sections Only)

4310. Abnormal Child Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 4305 or instructor consent; junior standing. Description, classification, assessment, treatment, and research methods pertaining to behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. (Writing Intensive)

4323. Perception: Theories and Applications (3). 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). Prerequisite: PSY 3401. Introduction to cognitive psychology, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving, decision-making, and the development of expertise.

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

4326. Human Factors Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3401. Introduction to methods and findings in human factors psychology. Applications of psychological research to designs of machines, environments, and tasks.

4327. Cognitive Neuroscience (3). Prerequisite: PSY 1300. Introduction to functional neuroanatomy, cognitive neuroscience methods, and cognitive neuroscience theory in broad cognitive areas such as attention, perception, memory, language, and decision-making.

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

4332. Health Psychology (3). Introduces students to the contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of health and illness.

4334. Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy (3). 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. (Writing Intensive)

4336. Research in Personality and Social Psychology (3). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. In-depth study of selected research areas in personality and social psychology, with special emphasis on scientific writing. (Writing Intensive – Specific Sections Only)

4380. Intermediate Statistics for Psychologists (3). Prerequisite: PSY 2400 or MATH 2300. Second course in psychological statistics recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. Includes probability, correlation and regression, basic parametric and nonparametric inferential statistics.

4384. Forensic Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3401 and 4305. Introduces students to the interface of psychology and law with a focus on forensic psychology (e.g., forensic psychological assessment, expert testimony).

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5001. Problems in Psychology (V1-6). Prerequisite: 12 advanced hours of psychology and instructor consent. Independent work under individual guidance of a staff member.

5002. Advanced Practicum in Counseling and Clinical Psychology (V1-6). Prerequisites: PSY 5316 or PSY 5318 and prior permission of instructor. Supervised practice in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy with selected cases. Emphasis on a wide variety of experience. May be repeated.

5003. Practicum in Human Factors (V3-6). Prerequisites: PSY 5370, 5372, 5380, and prior consent of the human factors program coordinator. Supervised practice in the profession of human factors with selected sites on or off campus. Emphasis is on real-world settings. May be repeated.

5004. Doctoral Internship in Counseling and Clinical Psychology (V1-6). Prerequisite: By arrangement with department chairperson. Full-time supervised internship in an appropriate facility. Enrollment required four times to complete one calendar year.

5101. Colloquium in the Teaching of Psychology (1). An overview of teaching methods as applied to the teaching of Psychology in the college classroom. Graded pass-fail.

5105. Supervision and Consultation Seminar (1). Prerequisites: At least 10 hours of PSY 5002 or instructor consent. Provides an overview of theory and research relevant to clinical supervision and consultation.

5205. Supervision Practicum (2). Prerequisite or corequisite: PSY 5105. Introduction to the process of clinical supervision and practice of the skills used in supervision. Provides an opportunity to supervise beginning-level therapists.

5301. Biological Bases of Psychological Function (3). Current scientific knowledge of biological aspects of behavior and psychological function, including their history, research methods, and application to experimental and therapeutic research problems.

5302. Lifespan Development (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the department or instructor consent. Overview of normative development in physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional domains from conception to older adulthood.

5303. Developmental Psychopathology (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. An examination of psychopathology in children, with consideration of the developmental course of various psychological disorders through childhood and adolescence.

5306. Seminar in Professional Ethics (3). A survey of the employment practices and prevailing legal and ethical standards in contemporary professional psychology.

5308. Vocational Psychology (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Review of theories, assessment tools, and interventions in vocational psychology including the integration of vocational issues into psychotherapy.

5309. Clinical Neuropsychology (3). Prerequisites: PSY 5304, 5338, and doctoral standing in psychology. Foundational course in brain-behavior relationships, neuropathology for neuropsychologists, neuropsychological assessment, and other clinical applications.

5311. Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Intervention and Management (3). Prerequisites: C or better in PSY 5338 and instructor consent. Didactic introduction to psychotherapy procedures plus a practicum element.

5312. Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychological Treatment (3). Prerequisites: PSY 5303 and instructor consent. Introduction to empirically-based treatment approaches pertaining to children, adolescents, and families, with a focus on case formulation and treatment planning.

5315. Objective Personality Assessment (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the department, instructor consent, and PSY 5338. Survey of objective personality and psychodiagnostic assessment including supervised practicum experience and methodological, empirical, theoretical, cultural, and ethical issues.

5316. Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3). Prerequisite: Admission to counseling psychology doctoral program or instructor consent. Professional identity, research themes and strategies, and ethical standards of counseling psychology. Exploration of theories and techniques of counseling.

5317. Behavioral Assessment (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent; concurrent enrollment in PSY 5002 is recommended. Principles of behavioral assessment including idiographic and time series analysis, cognitive/behavioral case formulation, and outcome evaluation. Practicum application to adults.

5318. Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3). Prerequisite: Admission to clinical psychology doctoral program. Supervised experience in interviewing. A study of different approaches to psychotherapy with adults.

5320. Research Methods in Social Psychology (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor consent. Examines experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational methodologies in social psychology. Focuses on principles that guide research and development of skills to conduct and evaluate research.

5323. Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (3). Prerequisites: PSY 5002, 5311, and instructor consent. Designed to provide theories of approaches to group work and a personal experience with group processes. Various points of view will be studied.

5327. Social Psychology and Emotion (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology and PSY 3304 or consent of instructor. Coverage of current and classic studies in social psychology and emotion with attention to the role of emotion in social psychological processes.

5328. Seminar in Social Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3304. Contemporary attitude theory and research; systematic theory in social psychology; social structure and personality; the psychology of social movements and current research trends.

5329. Emotion (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3304 or equivalent. Advanced study of normal human emotion. Emphasis on social, cognitive, and physiological aspects of emotion.

5330. Attitudes and Attitude Change (3). Prerequisite: PSY 3304 or equivalent. Advanced study of the formation, organization, and change of social attitudes. Emphasis on current theory and research.

5332. Constructivist and Narrative Therapies (3). Prerequisite: PSY 5338 or equivalent. Introduces constructivist and narrative approaches to psychotherapy. Including theoretical bases, empirical research, clinical applications, training/supervision issues, and therapist development.

5333. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3). Prerequisites: PSY 5002 and 5318 or 5316. A critical analysis of the major concepts of psychological intervention approaches derived from contemporary learning and cognitive theory.

5334. Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy (3). Prerequisite: PSY 5316. Consideration of theories of psychotherapy with adults. Discussion of professional issues and problems related to the area of counseling psychology.

5335. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (3). Explores the processes that occur within and between groups, e.g., social identity, social exclusion, and prejudice. Emphasis is on current theory and research.

5338. Seminar in Psychopathology (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the department or instructor consent. A survey of theoretical perspectives and research findings concerning the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology.

5340. Automaticity and Control in Social Behavior (3). Exploration of the automatic and controlled aspects of social behavior and thought across several areas of social psychology.

5345. Research Seminar in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3). Prerequisite: PSY 5347 (concurrent enrollment allowed) or instructor consent. Survey of methods and approaches to research in these areas.

5350. History and Systems of Psychology (3). The nature of psychological systematics and theory construction, including cultural and other factors influencing system building; consideration of major systems from the Hellenic period to the present.

5354. Seminar in Perception: Theories and Applications (3). Theoretical and applied issues in perception. Emphasis on demonstrations of perceptual phenomena (e.g., illusions, motion perception), theories of visual perception, and discussions of human-factors literature.

5356. Seminar in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience (3). Survey of research on human mental activities such as memory, concepts, language processing, problem solving, and decision making, with emphasis on cognitive and neural models.

5357. Seminar in Psycholinguisitics (3). Current models of language, reading, and comprehension with attention to topics such as syntax, prepositional representation, metacognition, decoding, beginning reading instruction, and related computational models.

5358. Seminar in Metacognition (3). Overview of theories, concepts, empirical findings and philosophical writings about metacognition ("thinking about thinking"). Contexts include learning, memory, reading, social interactions, aging and animals.

5367. Analysis of Repeated Measures and Intensive Longitudinal Designs (3). Prerequisites: B or better in PSY 5447 and 5480 or equivalent. Analysis of repeated measures, longitudinal, and intensive longitudinal designs using multilevel models, time series regression, latent variable dynamic and growth curve analysis. Psychological research applications.

5370. Human Factors Psychology (3). Survey of topics in human factors including human-machine interaction, visual performance, and transportation. Emphasis on presenting solutions to practical design problems and discussing applied literature.

5372. Human Factors Methodology (3). Overview of human factors methodology including task analysis, usability evaluation and its role in human-computer interaction, assessment of risk, human reliability, and error.

5373. Cognitive Ergonomics (3). Consideration of cognition in complex work environments with overviews of basic processes (e.g., attention, knowledge, comprehension), applied domains (e.g., sports, driving, industrial systems), and the modern concerns that arise (e.g., automation, teamwork).

5377. Behavioral Medicine (3). Prerequisite: PSY 5338. Introduces graduate students in the applied social sciences to the contributions of psychology to the understanding of health and illness.

5379. Human-Computer Interaction (3). Fundamentals of human-computer interaction including user interface design, usability and usability methods, cognition and user psychology, user-centered design, and understanding how designers think.

5384. Psychology and the Law (3). Survey of the interface between psychology and law including topics in forensic psychology, expert testimony, and psychologists' influence in policy legislation.

5396. Multicultural Counseling (3). Prerequisite: PSY 5002 or 5311. Impact of privilege and culture (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc.) on individual experience and implications for culturally competent practice.

5398. Ethnic Minority and Community Interventions (3). Course focuses on research and clinical issues related to mental health services for ethnic minority populations and establishing community prevention-intervention programs.

5404. Practicum in Intelligence Testing (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. A review of the historical and theoretical bases of intelligence testing in addition to instruction and supervised practice in scoring, interpreting, and reporting results from individual intelligence tests.

5447. Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent; Comprehensive survey of multivariate analysis, including multiple correlation and factor analysis and other correlational techniques. Review of analysis of co-variance.

5448. Advanced Multivariate Analysis for Psychologists (4). Prerequisite: PSY 5447. Covers topics in multivariate analysis, including canonical correlation, multiway frequency tables, MANOVA, profile analysis, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, and time series analysis.

5460. Structural Equation Modeling for Psychologists (4). Prerequisite: PSY 5447 and 5480 or equivalent. Advanced statistics course focusing on structural equation modeling, confirmatory factor analysis, and path analysis.

5465. Categorical Data Analysis (4). Prerequisites: PSY 5447 and 5480 (or equivalents). Analysis of categorical variables, including contingency table analysis, linear regression models, and repeated-measure designs.

5480. Experimental Design (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Logical principles governing sound experimentation: conventional designs using analysis of variance. Introduction to complex analysis of variance designs and trend tests.

5485. Psychometric and Item Response Theory (4). Prerequisites: PSY 5447 and 5480 (or equivalents). Overview of psychometric theories and concepts in the field of psychology and related disciplines.

5490. Computer Modeling: Applied Analysis and Simulation (4). Prerequisites: PSY 5447 and 5480 (or equivalents). Computational and simulation-based methods to develop principled solutions to novel data analytic problems.

5495. Hierarchical Linear Modeling (4). Prerequisites: PSY 5447 and 5480 (or equivalents). Instruction in interpreting and conducting research in the field of psychological sciences using hierarchical linear modeling.

5496. Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (4). Prerequisites: PSY 5447 and 5480 (or equivalents). Introduces students to the ethical, philosophical, and methodological considerations for qualitative research in the field of psychology.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).



8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12). 

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