2014 Fall 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 (GS)
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.
INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY (GS)
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.
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.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations, and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER DISCIPLINES IN PSYCHOLOGY
A survey course designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the applied scientist-practitioner professions in psychology (e.g., clinical, school, industrial/organizational, and counseling psychology). Examines roles, activities, (assessment, diagnosis, consultation, intervention, and prevention), and current issues.
PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD
An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE
An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.
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.
FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY
An opportunity is presented to introduce psychology majors and minors to a work-study experience in a selected agency or institution. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major and a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Department Consent required.
Several research strategies will be investigated. These will include using questionnaires, attitude and personality research, and interview research. Some of the statistical techniques covered will be: t-tests, chi-square, and various correlational techniques. A thorough discussion of numerous analysis of variance techniques will constitute a major portion of this course.
FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ethical, and role and function issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency professionals. Instructor Consent required.
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS
Demonstrates the principles of psychological measurement. Demonstrates contents and uses of specific tests of mental ability, achievement, personality, interests, and special abilities. Field work: Group examination of regional schools' testing program - analysis of tests of this program.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in gaining a greater understanding of the variables associated violence and crisis management in the public school setting. Emphasis on: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of the prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding crisis prevention and response models.
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.