2021 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR
Introduction to the Psychology Major outlines academic emphases and requirements within the major and introduces students to a breadth of psychological careers. Students will learn basics of APA style, become familiar with paths to graduate school and psychology-related careers, and plot their own course of study in the major.
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT
Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for personal change and growth will be stressed.
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
Inquiry into the psychology of women with an emphasis on theory and research. Study of gender differences in behavior and personality from intrapsychic and sociocultural viewpoint. Personality development and life stages of women.
A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence, abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and controversial issues in the field.
BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by computational laboratory sessions.
A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.
INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF EMOTION
Explores the biological function of emotion, the physiological, neural, and psychological structure of emotion, and the biological mechanisms by which emotion interacts with other aspects of human behavior. Understanding of how scientific researchers explore the biology of behavior, and skills in reading, summarizing, and critiquing primary literature will be developed.
LEARNING AND CONDITIONING
Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological constraints on learning.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY
An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important characteristics on which individuals differ.
This course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human flourishing including ideas such as hope, mindfulness, love, humor, wisdom and purpose. Students will gain an understanding of the current research into positive traits, experiences, and institutions and learn to apply evidence-based strategies for improving well-being in their lives.
This course provides an examination of the biological, cognitive, social and emotional development of humans from conception to death. The course emphasizes typical developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands as well as the role of cultural difference in the developmental process. The theories and principles of human development are examined in light of contemporary research.
An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes includes in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
Course will explore processes of thought, attention memory, language, and problem-solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition from traditional psychological theories (i.e., linguistic vs. image based thought) to the current computer-based models (i.e., artificial intelligence) and examine relevant evidence to help us gain insight into the workings of the human mind.
The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice, leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power, social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs, values, attitudes, self-concepts.
This course examines the relationship between culture and psychological processes. We will explore theories and research in various areas (e.g., self, socialization, cognition, motivation, emotion, and well-being) from the perspective of culture. We will discuss the implications of cultural similarities and differences in these areas for the scientific study of psychology, and for our personal lives in a diverse society.
HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
An overview of major psychological theories and theoretical issues designed to assist the advanced student in organizing and integrating his knowledge of factual content in psychology and in completing a strong foundation for graduate study.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Advanced undergraduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in understanding variables associated violence and crisis management in public school setting. Emphasizes: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding of crisis prevention and response models.
ADVANCED HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
An examination of how scientific knowledge of the biopsychosocial components in health and disease are applied to the development of prevention and interventions programs for physical disease and disability as well as the promotion of health. Includes attention to theory, assessment, and prevention and intervention techniques with an emphasis on their ethical and evidence-based applications in diverse populations.
FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY
In this course students are placed in a supervised field experience in a selected agency or institution along with a classroom component. The course emphasizes application of psychological concepts and research in an applied setting.
Concepts, theories, and research in family therapy will be reviewed. Students will role-play family problems and treatment skills. This course does not qualify a student to practice family therapy, for which an internship and/or clinical placement and graduate degree are necessary.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable in combination with PSYCH 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree..
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Limited to students in the Undergraduate Research Program or to students whose faculty-recommended project meets departmental expectations for undergraduate research. Repeatable, in combination with PSYCH 498, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree.
Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interest to them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the major.