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    PSY 105

    GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY presents a picture of the science of psychology as it exists today. Factors that are characteristics of individuals in general are studied. These topics include the nervous system, emotions, perception, sensation, thinking, motivation, and personality development. Prerequisite for all psychology courses. (Social Science Core)
    3 credit hours


    PSY 204

    PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS is based on the principle that a scientific study of man and his behavior requires the measurement and description of his behavior in an objective, systematic manner. This course introduces the student to the fundamental statistical techniques used in psychological research. These methods include sampling techniques, measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, and probability.
    Prerequisite: MTH 155 and PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 206

    PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT I examines the physical, cognitive, social, and personality development of the child from birth through adolescence. Human development involves the study and critical review of the child development and the developmental theories of early and middle childhood, as well as those of adolescence and young adulthood. Knowledge of physiological, sociological, and psychological forces as they influence the behavior of the child and maturing adolescent are vital to the understanding of the human personality. This course also examines some of the problems involved in these phases of the development sequence. (Social Science Core)
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 207

    PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT II is a continuation of the study of human personality focusing on the psychological, physiological, and sociological forces as they influence maturity and decline in behavior during early, middle, and late adulthood. (Social Science Core)
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 208

    ADJUSTMENT recognizes the fresh insight of contemporary psychology into human behavior, such as new approaches for helping individuals overcome their problems and fulfill their personal potential. Through small group discussion and interpersonal encounter, students learn to cope with such problem areas and to discover personal potentials.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 209

    ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY examines the physical, cognitive, social, moral, religious, and personality development of the maturing adolescent. Knowledge of physiological, sociological, and psychological forces, as they influence the behavior of the adolescent, is vital to the understanding of the human personality. Some of the problems involved in this phase of the developmental sequence are also explored. (Social Science Core)
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 224

    SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY explores the growth of a social personality, the effects of crowd behavior, the development of values and attitudes, and the mechanics of group life in general. The recognized scholars Maslow, Goffman, Berger, Luckman, and others, are included in this study of the whole person.
    Cross-listed with SOC 224
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 275

    COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY is the understanding of the mental processes that one undergoes to understand the world, one another, and to make a decision. This course will examine the cognitive means that accompany processes of memory, attention, categorization, logic, problem solving, reasoning, decision making, and speech development.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 301

    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY emphasizes the psychological approach to learning, methods of evaluation, transfer of learning, training, developmental patterns of pupils, and teacher-student interaction, along with focus on language development. Although when compared to some other sciences, educational psychology is relatively young, the problems this course deals with are very old. Solutions to some of these problems are offered through the ideas of James, Thorndike, Watson, Skinner, Goddard, Bayler, Bruner, Piaget, Erikson, White, Marcia, Elkind, Gardner, Chomsky and others. Students will be given opportunities to engage in small group discussions as well as experiential exercises designed to bring to life the ideas of several of the educational theorists.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 304

    MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principals of multivariate statistical analysis. Possible topics to be covered include multivariate data screening, analysis of covariance, MANOVA, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, factor analysis, profile analysis, path analysis, structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, and meta analysis.
    Prerequisite: PSY 204
    3 credit hours


    PSY 305

    INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY surveys the important and widespread applications of psychology to industry and business, involving many different areas of general psychology. Some of these applications have been in the following areas: motivational research, evaluation and interviewing of employees, factors in adjustment, and efficiency in work such as employee morale, training, job evaluation, and fatigue.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 307-308

    EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY I & II deal with scientific psychological experimentation as it consists in the following kinds of activities: the formulation and selection of a problem for investigation, making observations and collecting facts relevant to the problem, the processing and analysis of the facts, the explanation and analysis of data, and finally, the reporting and communication of conclusions. Class lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments enable the student to learn and apply the scientific method in psychological research. Include both lecture and lab hours.
    Prerequisite: PSY 204
    3 credit hours per semester


    PSY 309

    PERSONALITY investigates one of the most complex phenomena studied by psychology. It is so because in our daily lives we continually meet and deal with other personalities, anticipate their actions, and understand their feelings. Personality theories that underlie the various approaches to psychotherapy are studied in this course. Among the theories examined are: Psycho analysis, behaviorism, cognitive-behaviorism, social learning, phenomenology, and existentialism.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 310

    MOTIVATION AND EMOTION builds upon the long history of interest in human motivation—why people behave in certain ways. This history can be traced from the early speculation of philosophers to the scientific research of contemporary psychologists. In this course, the student will survey the major philosophical points of view concerning motivation and will study intensively the work of psychologists interested in motivation. The student will also study emotion in this course. Emotions are linked closely to motivation because they influence the way people perceive and adapt to the world. Psychologists believe that emotions determine the quality of motivated behavior.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 318

    PERCEPTION is studied in an attempt to explain man’s observations of the world around him. Each man lives in his own world, for his world is determined by what and how he experiences it. By studying the sensory processes, the organization of visual and auditory experiences, and perceptual anomalies such as illusions, students gain a better understanding of “why things look as they do” to the perceiver.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 319

    INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING assists students in developing counseling skills through an analysis of contemporary models of counseling designed for behavior change or adjustment. Theories and rationale behind these counseling models will be presented with actual counseling case materials.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 320

    GROUP DYNAMICS discusses general principles of interaction in human relation situations. Through demonstration and participation, students learn to work effectively with groups and to achieve deeper self-understanding by employing the various group techniques used in personal, social, and emotional adjustment.
    Prerequisites: PSY 319
    3 credit hours


    PSY 322

    ADVANCED COUNSELING deals in further depth with many of the issues presented in the introductory counseling course. Emphasis will be placed on actual experience in counseling through extensive use of role-playing situations and actual counseling cases. Close supervision will give the opportunity for interaction with the instructor in the development of the student’s counseling skills.
    Prerequisite: PSY 319 or permission by instructor
    3 credit hours


    PSY 324

    HUMAN AND SPIRITUAL INTEGRATION is a seminar in contemporary psychology and Christian Humanism emphasizing the intimate and dynamic correlation of nature and grace. An interdisciplinary approach is designed to critically examine contemporary issues and areas of concern. Psychological perspectives on being human such as development, personality, motivation, value, psychopathology, addiction, and therapeutic interventions will be brought into dialogue with theological perspectives on human beings such as finitude, human nature, conversion, holiness, growth, vocation, and spirituality. The primary focus will be on developing skills for practical understanding and application.
    Cross-listed with THE 324
    Prerequisites: Completion of at least two courses in psychology and two courses in theology
    3 credit hours


    PSY 350

    FAMILY, GENDER, AND SPIRITUAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING is designed to aid students in an understanding of issues related to family, gender, and spirituality. These three separate, yet integrated areas will be explored in the context of the counseling relationship. Topics may include an awareness of issues faced in marriages and by families, therapeutic interventions dealing with the issues and problems marriages and families face, issues of gender equality and differences as they influence marriage and family, healthy and unhealthy approaches to religion and how both affect therapeutic intervention, and a presentation of models of psychological intervention, specific treatment issues, and techniques from multiple theoretical orientations that can be utilized when working with religiously-committed clients.
    Prerequisite: PSY 206
    3 credit hours


    PSY 351

    SPIRITUALITY IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS allows students to examine their faith and enhance recognition of how it influences their lives and others that they will serve through their professions. It will help students to understand and provide guidelines for how to use Catholic SocialTeaching in their work with clients. It will also enhance awareness of other faith traditions and religions.
    Cross-listed with SWK 351
    Prerequisite: PSY 105 or SWK 203
    3 credit hours


    PSY 401

    ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY deals with the most fascinating of topics—the disorganized personality. It explores a wide variety of unusual human experiences ranging from minor maladjustments encountered in daily living to more severe disorders requiring hospitalization or prolonged treatment. Students gain an understanding of mental and emotional dysfunctions as classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5, as well as etiologies, and treatment.
    Should be taken as a junior/senior course.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 403

    PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS makes a principal distinction between modern scientific psychology and philosophical psychology through its emphasis on quantitative measurement as a means of acquiring knowledge about human behavior as contrasted to the speculative approach. To describe human abilities, psychologists have developed measures of intelligence, achievement, aptitudes, interest, and personality. This course examines these types of evaluation instruments and gives the student the opportunity to administer and interpret such tests.
    Should be taken as a junior/senior course.
    Prerequisite: PSY 204
    3 credit hours


    PSY 406

    BIOPSYCHOLOGY provides an introduction to the relationship of brain and hormones to psychological functioning. It will examine basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology important to behavior, and present the biological bases of motor movement, sleep, emotions, perception, memory, language, motivation and psychopathology.
    Prerequisites: BIO 133, BIO 134, & PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 407-408

    INTERNSHIP aids students in improving their professional skills through a directed, extensive 150-hour experience in a psychological, psychiatric, mental health, or human services setting. Psychology majors may serve their internship as undergraduate research or teaching assistants.
    Prerequisite: Senior status
    3 credit hours per semester


    PSY 409

    INTERVIEWING AND ASSESSMENT studies the purpose, structure, and techniques of effective interviewing, history taking, and recording client data. Selected types of assessment techniques are also presented.
    Prerequisite: PSY 105
    3 credit hours


    PSY 434*

    THESIS requires senior majors to write a thesis on an approved psychological topic. The thesis will primarily involve library research. Guidance and supervision will be provided by a departmental faculty member.
    Prerequisite: Senior status
    1 credit hour


    PSY 435*

    COORDINATING SEMINAR is a formal presentation of an extensively researched and approved topic of psychological interest.
    Prerequisite: Senior status
    1 credit hour

    *Senior majors must choose either PSY 434 Thesis or PSY 435 Coordinating Seminar to complete their major course requirements for graduation.

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