Psychology Courses

PSY 111. General Psychology 3
A survey course designed to introduce students to the field of contemporary psychology, including the principles
and perspectives of biological, behavioral, cognitive, socio-cultural, developmental, and clinical approaches.
Fulfills Social Scientific requirement of the Foundations and Perspectives general education curriculum. Required
for Psychology and Art Therapy Major.

PSY 121. Introduction to Art Therapy 3
This course is designed to give a working understanding of the principles of art therapy, including history, theory
and practice, current trends, as well as exposure to different settings and populations. By the end of this course,
each student should understand how art therapy is similar to and different from other types of psychological
counseling. They should also have a working understanding of how to use their art skills within typical art therapy
scenarios. Prerequisite: None. Offered fall. Required for Art Therapy Major.

PSY 212. Lifespan Development 3
A comprehensive survey across the entire human lifespan (conception to death) will examine an individual’s
social, cognitive and physical development. Psychological and biological factors of the individual are examined
within the context of cross-cultural comparisons with a special emphasis on applying developmental psychology
principles in everyday life. Prerequisite: PSY111

PSY 220. Behavioral Science Statistics 3
An introduction to statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, sampling theory,
statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Prerequisites: PSY111, MTH107 or equivalent.
Offered fall/spring. Required for Psychology Major & Art Therapy Major.

PSY 225. Research Methods in Psychology 3
This course is an applied introduction to the skills and methods used to conduct social science research. Students
will learn the basic principles of research methodology including study design, data collection, statistical analysis,
and report writing. As a result of this course, students will be able to critique existing research designs, propose
alternatives to poor research designs, and create new research designs. They will gain those skills through
homework assignments, quizzes, and research report writing. Class time will be devoted to discussion of assigned
reading, homework, and individual and group project work. Prerequisite: PSY 220. Offered fall/spring. Required
for Psychology Major & Art Therapy Major

PSY 301. Cognition 3
This course is designed to introduce students to cognitive psychology with an emphasis on cognitive methods.
Cognitive psychology examines internal mental processes such as attention, memory, language, and reasoning.
By the end of this course, students should understand the historical and current theories of attention, memory,
language, and reasoning by knowing 1) the relevant research, and 2) the methods used to measure these internal
mental processes. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered fall. Fulfills: Group D option for Psychology Major.

PSY 302. Physiological Psychology 3
This course explores the biological structures and processes which underlie and produce human behavior.
The focus is on motivation, emotion, perception, and cognition and how these events are affected by neural,
metabolic, homeostatic, and evolutionary processes. Prerequisites: PSY 111 & NS 111 or BIO 113. Offered even
year spring. Fulfills group D option for Psychology Major.

PSY 308. Social Psychology 3
An overview of social psychological theory and research, both classic and contemporary, and a focus on how
our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced (positively and negatively), controlled, or limited by past or
present social interactions with other people, social structures, and social institutions. This course focuses on the
complex relationships between society and the individual, paying particular attention to how being a part of a
group profoundly affects our thoughts and actions. Prerequisite: PSY 111 or SOC111. Offered spring. Fulfills: Group
B option for Psychology Major.

PSY 310. Intelligence & Creativity 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the issues and research of intelligence and creativity. Students
will examine the concepts of intelligence and creativity from various perspectives including historical,
measurement and testing, multicultural definitions, roles in society including education, military, and business,
and current trends in cognitive and physiological research. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered odd-numbered years,
spring. Fulfills: Group D option for Psychology Major.

PSY 311. Personality Theory 3
An analysis of the major psychological theories of human nature including psychodynamic, interpersonal,
behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and trait theories. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered in even-number years, spring.
Fulfills: Group A option for Psychology Major.

PSY 312. History, Philosophy, and Systems 3
The development of systematic psychological thought from its ancient philosophical and religious roots through
Renaissance conceptualizations and to those modern scientific and philosophical approaches which define
today’s boundaries of the discipline. Prerequisite: PSY 111 and a 200-level psychology course. Offered in even
number years, spring. Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major.

PSY 313. Child Psychology 3
The focus of this course is on human social, cognitive, and physical development, from conception through the
middle years of childhood. The impact of both psychological and biological factors on the child are investigated.
Cross-cultural comparisons of child development will be integrated throughout the course. Additionally, this
course will explore the topics of pregnancy and birth. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered fall and spring. Fulfills: Group
C option for Psychology Major, Option for Art Therapy Major.

PSY 314. Adolescent and Adult Development 3
The focus of this couse is on social, cognitive, and physical development, from the onset of puberty through late
adulthood. The impact of both psychological and biological factors on the individual are investigated.Crosscultural
comparisons of adolescent and adult development will be integrated throughout the course. Additionally,
this course will explore the topics of death and dying. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered fall and spring. Fulfills: Group
C option for Psychology Major, Option for Art Therapy Major.

PSY 316. Language, Culture, and Psychology 3
The study of language use in cultural contexts as an entryway into understanding human beings. Topics include
language acquisition and development, connections between language, cognition and behavior, the relationship
between the individual and culture, the power of language and the relationship between power and language,
language prejudice and cultural diversity, and the role that language and culture play in human suffering and
clinical treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered in odd-numbered years, spring. Fulfills: Group B option for
Psychology Major.

PSY 317. Psychology of Gender and Sexuality 3
This course introduces scholarly debates about gender and sexual identities. We examine how people experience
gender - what it means to be a man or a woman - and sexuality in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. The
course is a combination of discussions, debates, and research regarding gender and sexuality from physiological,
psychological, and sociological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered in odd-numbered years, fall. Fulfills:
Group B option for Psychology Major.

PSY 318. Abnormal Behavior 3
An introduction to psychopathology with a focus on the clinical features of the major psychological disorders in
the DSM classification system. Emphasis is on the causes, characteristics, prevention, and treatment of the major
disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered fall and spring. Fulfills: Group A option for Psychology Major, Required for
Art Therapy Major.

PSY 319. Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
An overview of the different theories and techniques of therapy and counseling that work towards the opening of
psychic possibilities and the alleviation of human suffering. An examination of the different approaches’ models
of personality development, etiology of psychopathology, and conceptions and tools of healing. The approaches
include psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, existential-phenomenological, interpersonal-humanistic, cognitive,
behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, eastern psychology, multicultural counseling, and group therapy including
family therapy. Prerequisites: PSY 111. Offered: Fall. Fulfills: Group A option for Psychology Major, Required for Art
Therapy Major.

PSY 320. Fieldwork in Psychology 3
Students will complete a 90-hour fieldwork placement with a community agency involved in social services
(e.g. group homes, mental health centers, at-risk prevention programs, schools, hospitals). The course also
involves discussion of fieldwork, focus on current issues in the practice of psychology, and professional skills.
Prerequisites: PSY 111. Offered: Fall and Spring.Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major, Option for Art
Therapy Major.

PSY 321. Art Therapy in Groups 3
This course is designed to give a working understanding of the principles of art therapy as they are applied in
group settings. This course exposes students to a basic understanding of group dynamics with an emphasis on the
role of art making in a group setting. Topics covered will include group leadership, the developmental stages of
groups, exposure to different theoretical orientations related to materials and processing the art. This course will
also introduce students to multicultural issues in groups. Prerequisite: PSY 121. Offered: Spring. Fulfills: Required
for Art Therapy Major

PSY 327. Special Topics 3
Options for students to study a wider variety of topics than can be taught on a regular basis. The topic for a
semester will be announced through the department. Prerequisite: PSY 111. Offered: Fall or Spring, according to
demand.Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major, unless otherwise specified.

PSY 333. Forensic Psychology 3
An overview of the field of forensic psychology focused on the interaction between the psychological and legal
professions. Psychological issues underlying criminal behavior will be emphasized. The course will also address
the use of psychology in civil and criminal court proceedings as well as in criminal investigations. Prerequisite:
PSY 111 or SOC 111. Offered: Odd Year Fall. Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major.

PSY 457, 458. Directed Readings 3
Readings chosen by the professor in collaboration with the student. A reading and examination plan must
be completed, approved and copied to the department chair prior to the registration day of the semester in
which the course is undertaken. Prerequisite: PSY 111 plus six additional hours in psychology and permission of
instructor. If the student makes reports on readings without taking exams, course will be graded S/U. Offered: Fall,
Spring, or Summer. Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major.

PSY 461. Internships 3
Fieldwork off campus in applied psychology. This experience must be arranged and coordinated through the host
agency involved and a supervising faculty member in psychology. Students should make arrangements well in
advance of the semester in which the work is to be done. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: PSY 111, 12 additional credit
hours in Psychology, and a proposal copied to the program chair describing the work to be undertaken. Offered:
Fall, Spring, and/or Summer. Fulfills: Elective option for Psychology Major, Option for Art Therapy Major.

PSY 470. Senior Thesis and Seminar 3
Designed to summarize and synthesize students’ study in the field and to give them the opportunity to
investigate, discuss and write a thesis on a key issue. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor;
PSY 225, and one course from each of the subgroups A-D. Offered: Fall. Fulfills: General Education Practicum;
Required for Psychology Major & Art Therapy Major.

PSY 471. Research Activity 3
Advanced participation in planning, design and conduct of research with faculty supervision. A written report or
scholarly paper must be submitted to the department at the end of the project. Prerequisites: PSY 225, a written
proposal copied to the program chair describing the research planned. Offered: Spring. Fulfills: Elective option for
Psychology Major.