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Psychology

PSYC 1305 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Survey of topics in psychology, such as development, personality, testing, abnormal behavior, emotion, motivation and learning, as well as topics of special interest such as hypnosis, biofeedback, etc. (TCCN: PSYC 2301) Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 2311 - Stress Management (3 credits)

Approaches to stress management and and wellness will be explored. Topics include the psychological and physiological effect of stress, distress-prone and distress-related influences and illnesses, and coping and relaxation strategies and methods of managing stress and maintaining wellness in one's personal and professional life. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305.

PSYC 2331 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

Nature, etiology, symptoms, and treatment modalities for various forms of affective, behavioral and cognitive disorders and personality deviations. Emphasis on current classification systems as provided by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV). Same as: FORS 2331. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 2351 - Social Psychology (3 credits)

The influence of the presence of others on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Include theories of attraction, aggression, conformity, and pro-social behavior. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 2355 - Life Span Development (3 credits)

Process of human growth and development from conception through adulthood; dynamic interaction of physical, intellectual and social-emotional development with family and social stratification factors; effects on physical health, social-emotional adjustment and intellectual performance. Student may not receive credit for SOWK 3331. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 2373 - Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)

An introduction to how the mind processes information. Topics can include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, problem solving, language, cognitive development, and cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on individual differences and diversity issues. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 3321 - Introduction to Psychological Testing (3 credits)

Principles of psychological measurement, including the characteristics of test and measurement scales, criteria for the selection of tests, problems of administration, scoring and interpretation, achievement, aptitude and intelligence tests. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, PSYC 3381. Fee: $15. Offered: Spring.

PSYC 3334 - Counseling in Spanish (3 credits)

Development of interviewing and counseling skills in Spanish. Emphasis on proper use of language and culturally sensitive and appropriate delivery of services. Course will be taught in Spanish and all assignments must be completed in Spanish. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, SPAN 3302. Offered: Fall.

PSYC 3335 - Counseling I: Theory and Skills (3 credits)

Introduction to counseling theory; practice of basic counseling skills such as paraphrasing, empathizing, reflecting and clarifying, summarizing, probing, challenging, goal setting, problem solving and applying ethical and legal standards. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 3336 - Counseling II: Group Leadership (3 credits)

Theoretical and practical aspects of counseling to enable student to facilitate educational, self-help, support, experiential, growth, task-oriented, and counseling groups. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, and PSYC 3334 or PSYC 3335. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 3341 - Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

Introduction to the structures and functions of the brain and nervous systems and how they influence psychological processes and behavior. Includes topics such as differential functions of the brain hemispheres, genetic influences and the effects of hormones and drugs on behavior. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 3350 - Forensic Psychology (3 credits)

Same as FORS 3350.

PSYC 3375 - Psychology in the Classroom (3 credits)

Introduction to broad, substantive areas related to learning and teaching, including, but not limited to: student characteristics, learning, the influence of the learner's beliefs on motivation, culture and cognitive/social/emotional development as applied to the classroom setting with an emphasis on elementary and adolescent development. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305 or permission of the instructor. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 3381 - Statistics (3 credits)

Basis statistical procedures which describe, summarize and analyze information; analysis of data from a wide variety of fields and professional situations. Same as POLS 3320. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314 and three semester hours in college-level mathematics (MATH 1301, MATH 1304, MATH 1411). MATH course must be completed prior to registration: grade of D or higher. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 4191-4991 Practicum: Psychology (1-9 credits)

Experiential learning course in which psychological theories and basic counseling skills are applied in working with individuals, families and groups; students are assigned to agencies under professional supervision and complete a final paper integrating counseling theory and technique with applied experience. Psychology major or consent of instructor. May be repeated, may not earn more than nine hours total. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, PSYC 3334 or PSYC 3335, PSYC 3336. Fee: $15. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 4310 - Latino Psychology (in English) (3 credits)

Overview of historical foundations of contemporary Latino psychologies and current state of knowledge in Latino psychology research and practice. Emphasis on issues such as acculturative stress, oppression and discrimination, culture-bound values, ethnicity and ethnic identity development, and gender issues. Students will examine personal attitudes, experiences, and beliefs as they relate to the competent and ethical delivery of services to Latino populations. Prerequisites: PSYC 1305. Offered: Spring.

PSYC 4311 - Latino Psychology (in Spanish) (3 credits)

Overview of historical foundations of contemporary Latino psychologies and current state of knowledge in Latino psychology research and practice. Emphasis on issues such as acculturative stress, oppression and discrimination, culture-bound values, ethnicity and ethnic identity development, and gender issues. Students will examine personal attitudes, experiences, and beliefs as they relate to the competent and ethical delivery of services to Latino populations. Prerequisites: PSYC 1305, SPAN 3301. Offered: Spring.

PSYC 4330 - Violence in Communities and Families (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 4330, SOWK 4330.

PSYC 4351 - Theories of Personality (3 credits)

Classic and contemporary theories of personality with emphasis on origins, development and dynamics of personality. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall.

PSYC 4381 - Intermediate Statistics (3 credits)

This course is designed to extend coverage, beyond that provided in PSYC 3381, of the statistical analysis commonly used in the behavioral sciences and other fields. Topics may include repeated measures analysis of variance, factorial analysis of variance, linear regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, and some nonparametric procedures. The focus is on conceptual understanding, selecting the appropriate statistic for a research design, using SPSS for data analysis, and interpreting the results of the analysis. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, PSYC 3381 or permission of the instructor. Offered: Spring.

PSYC 4483 - Psychological Research Methods (4 credits)

Course designed to familiarize students with methods employed in conducting quantitative psychological research through examination of experimental and correlational designs and application of appropriate statistical tests. Students design a study, conduct a literature review, collect and statistically analyze data, write an APA-style report, and orally present their work. Technical writing lab required (PSYC 4483L). Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 3381. Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 5161-5361 Selected Topics in Psychology (1-3 credits)

In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and advanced standing.

PSYC 5314 - Independent Research (3 credits)

Students partner with a faculty member in this experiential learning course working on existing research projects or developing and implementing new ones. The personalized research experience fosters intellectual growth, develops problem-solving skills, and builds the student's confidence in the research setting. Written report of student's work is required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

PSYC 5315 - Child Welfare (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 5315, SOWK 5315.

PSYC 5316 - Services to Women and Children Exposed To Violence (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 5316, SOWK 5316, WMST 4316.

PSYC 5330 - Violence Prevention and Intervention (3 credits)

Overview of strategies of dealing with violence, including development of skills necessary to intervene with people whose lives have been affected by violence. Same as SOCI 5330, SOWK 5330. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305 or equivalent. Offered: Spring, Summer.

PSYC 5363 - Mental Health and Aging (3 credits)

Overview of mental disorders that commonly affect the elderly population, as well as assessment and treatment/interventions. Prevention and mental health programs that promote the quality of life of elders, mental health policy, and implications for the education and training of professionals who work with elders will also be addressed. Same as GERO 5363. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, PSYC 3335. Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.

PSYC 5365 - Death, Dying and Grief (3 credits)

Designed to acquaint students with a variety of issues related to the needs and dynamics of dying and grieving persons, as well as one's own role as a concerned caregiver, family member, friend or professional. The first portion of the course will focus on death and the process of dying. The second portion of the course will focus on grief and bereavement, exploring dimensions of and means to supporting and helping others as they grieve. Prerequisite: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall.

PSYC 5366 - Psychology of Aging (3 credits)

Same as GERO 5366.

PSYC 5367 - Aging and Health (3 credits)

Same as GERO 5367.

PSYC 5368 - Sociology of Aging (3 credits)

Same as SOCI 5368, SOWK 5368, GERO 5368.

PSYC 5371 - Adult Learning: Theories and Techniques (3 credits)

Examination of the principles of learning as they apply to the adult in the nonacademic setting; emphasis on methods of program design and implementation. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305. Offered: Fall.

PSYC 5380 - Research Practicum in Psychology (3 credits)

Experimental learning course in which students assist psychological researchers in conducting a research project. Duties may involve research design, literature review, data collection and statistical analysis. Written report of student's work required. Psychology majors only. May be repeated, may not earn more than nine hours total. Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, PSYC 1305, PSYC 3381, PSYC 4483. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 5381 - Human Behavior in Complex Organizations (3 credits)

Analysis of human behavior in complex organizations such as those found in government, education, business; dynamics of human interaction within context of large bureaucratic structures; effects on individual and on organization itself. Offered: Spring.

PSYC 5385 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)

Introduces application of scientific methods, theory and psychological principles in business and industry. Topics include motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and communication theory, organizational structure, performance appraisal, personnel testing and selection, training, workplace design, and work environment. Prerequisite: PSYC 1305.

PSYC 5410 - Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (4 credits)

Familiarizes students with biofeedback practice from several points of view: Theoretical, electronic, psycho-physiological and operation. Focuses on the introduction to and operation of biofeedback instruments. Introduction to clinical applications is reviewed. Clinical literature reviews and specific cases are presented. Lab provides students with hands-on instruction and practice with biofeedback instrumentation and skills. Three lectures and three lab hours per week. Offered: Fall.