Principles of Psychology (3)
Scientific study of human behavior, including historical foundations, methodology, physiological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, and cognition.
Note: 21:830:101 and 102 may be taken in either order.
Principles of Psychology (3)
Scientific study of human behavior, including development, personality, social influences, abnormal behavior, and therapy.
Note: 21:830:101 and 102 may be taken in either order.
Statistical Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (4)
Basic statistical methods in the psychological sciences, starting with basic probability, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. Methods are put in the context of basic experimental research in the cognitive and behavioral sciences. Includes such methods as z-tests, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and correlation.
Prerequisites: Fulfillment of math proficiency general education requirement and 21:830:101,102.
Experimental Methods for the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (4)
Basic methods and paradigms in the cognitive and behavioral sciences. Research from areas of psychology in psychophysics, learning, memory, and perception are used to illustrate basic paradigms used in the cognitive and behavioral sciences. Students conduct experiments, analyze data, and write reports in standard psychology formats.
Cognitive Processes (3)
study of human cognition. Topics include perception, attention, memory,
knowledge representation, language, problem solving, thinking, and
reasoning. How is the world represented, and what are the processes
underlying those representations? Considers the real-world implications
of laboratory findings.
Critical Thinking in Psychology (3)
Scientific method in the context of popular ideas about psychology. Examination of the best scientific evidence concerning ESP, astrology, hypnosis, and other claims of paranormal powers. Analysis of controversial topics at the intersection of psychology and public policy, such as child rearing and the nature/nurture debate.
Health and Social Justice I, II (3,3)
Explores health issues in the light of disparities due to socioeconomics, education, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, culture, ability, and other factors. Topics covered include: alcohol and drugs, AIDS, abortion, contraception, public health, sexual assault, depression, stress, environmental justice, healthy relationships, education, women's and men's health, leadership, and many more issues. Students practically apply what they learn to real-life situations. (Different aspects of each topic will be emphasized during parts I and II, which may be taken independently of each other.)
Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
Examines the role of one's culture in
various aspects of identity and development. Students examine the role of culture in psychology, look at the way in
which psychologists have traditionally examined culture, and explore practices
in various cultures throughout the world. This course will emphasize many real-world applications of
cross-cultural psychology and will explore topics such as interpersonal
relationships, social behaviors, and ethnocentrism.
Developmental Psychology (3)
This course explores the development of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional capacities in children from birth to adolescence. Topics include language, intelligence, social behaviors and attitudes, moral development, emotional development, attachment formation, parenting, and atypical development. Major theoretical perspectives and current empirical work on development are critically evaluated.
Psychology of Adolescence (3)
Explores all aspects of human development throughout the stage of
adolescence. Covers adolescent behavior; physical,
psychological, cognitive, and social development; family, peer, and
environmental influences; and special issues that may be faced by adolescents. The course will include a brief overview of the developmental stages of
childhood and emerging adulthood, as well as current research related to
Cognitive Development (3)
Explores patterns of thought characteristic of infants and children, and investigates how those patterns change with age. Covers traditional and current theoretical explanations for pattern of stability and change in children's thinking.
Prerequisites: 21:830:101,102, and 304 or 323.
Psychology of Learning (3)
Explores the key principles and research involved in learning. Learning
can be seen as an adaptive strategy to deal with variations in the
environment. Learning processes are thus ubiquitous in the human and
animal worlds, influencing a host of behavioral and cognitive skills.
The course examines behaviorist, cognitive, and neuroscientific
approaches to the problem of learning and seeks to integrate these
perspectives into a coherent, unified theoretical framework.
Social Psychology (3)
Psychological study of the individual's social interaction; theories of
interaction and the empirical research employed in the investigation of
topics such as attitude formation and change; group structure and
process; and motivation, learning, and perception in a social context.
Group Processes (3)
Almost universally, humans are born into groups. Class explores issues of individuality and conformity and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of each. Factors to be considered will be age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and religion.
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination (3)
What is the nature of stereotyping,
prejudice, and discrimination (SPD)? Who
expresses SPD? What are the social
cognitive processes underlying SPD? How early in development does one express
SPD? What are the detrimental effects of
SPD on health and education? Finally,
can SPD and its detrimental effects be attenuated? These are a few of the fascinating questions
that social psychologists ask in their quest to understand SPD. To address these questions, this course will
examine SPD-related theories and evidence.
Because social psychologists use the scientific method, students will
also critically evaluate the merit of social psychological research on SPD. In other words, what differentiates
psychological science from "pop psychology" when studying SPD? Finally, throughout the semester, we will
link the social psychology of SPD with the real-life experiences of
Approaches to Psychotherapy (3)
Focuses on the tools needed to be an effective counselor along with the various perspectives utilized to identify and understand individual behavior. Strategies and techniques of psychotherapy, models of human behavior, and perspectives of personality that can influence the psychotherapeutic process will also be examined. The theoretical orientations discussed will include psychoanalytic, trait and factor, humanistic, and behavioral approaches. These perspectives will be examined within the context of contemporary psychology, and the application for the multicultural and diverse populations of the 21st century.
Psychology of Language (3)
Research investigations of language behavior as an aspect of intellectual functioning; comparative study of human and animal communication; biological and neurological determinants of language; innate versus acquired mechanisms; information theory; encoding and decoding phonological skills; and language models and theories evaluated, including mathematical models, learning theorists (e.g., Skinner, Osgood), and the transformational linguistics of Chomsky.
Prerequisites: 21:830:101,102, and either 304 or 372.
Positive Psychology (3)
The growing field of positive psychology is having a robust impact on the traditional practice of Western
psychotherapy. The positive psychology movement began as an attempt to reduce
the focus on deficiencies and dominance of the "clinical approach" of "negating
the negative" while ignoring human strengths in psychological research and
theory. In this class we will review the rapidly growing research on
flourishing, a major tenet of positive psychology, which includes the factors
contributing to: psychological well-being, life satisfaction, positive
emotions, everyday happiness, virtues and strengths, optimism, resilience,
wisdom and excellence, and vital engagement in everyday life. The primary
emphasis will be on practical, applied, positive psychotherapeutic
The Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3)
Psychological, biological, and cultural aspects of the life cycle from young adulthood to the later years; becoming a person and becoming partners; experimenting with lifestyles; deciding about children and how to relate to them; middle years--changes, crises, new opportunities; retirement and leisure compared with the work ethic; facts and fallacies about old age; and death and how we deal with it.
Prerequisite: 21:830:102. Recommended: 21:830:323.
Family Processes (3)
Explores the many day-to-day and larger issues that families
experience, such as births, deaths, graduations, unemployment, and
divorce. It investigates how families experience these challenges and
the strategies they use to cope with them. It also asks how families
cope with chronic difficulties such as alcohol or drug addiction and
mental health problems. What factors cause some families to recover and
grow stronger in the face of challenge while other families flounder
and even break apart?
Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
Short stories, plays, projective testing, paintings, and material from
clinical interviews to introduce normal, creative, and pathological
personalities; increases sensitivity to the situational, psychological,
and historical determinants of human personality.
Professional Writing (3)
course will help prepare students planning on pursuing a graduate degree in
psychology. Students will be required to read and critique peer-reviewed
journal articles and to write about subfields of psychology in a professional,
clear manner. Students will learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it,
literature reviews, and will be given the opportunity to explore a subfield of
psychology in depth that is of most interest to their future professional
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychopathologies, their probable causes, and usual behavioral manifestations; theories of pathology and research techniques employed in the investigation of abnormality.
Fieldwork in Psychology (3,3)
Fieldwork at accredited agencies under the supervision of a departmental faculty member and an agency supervisor. Consult the advisers to determine the number of hours required for participation at an agency; advisers have a current listing of accredited agencies participating in this program.
Prerequisites: 21:830:101,102; junior or senior standing; and permission of instructor.
Psychology of Personality (3)
Major theoretical and experimental contributions to the understanding of normal personality and its development; relative adequacy of different theories in dealing with specific empirical data.
Classical problems of perception--the constancies, form perception and the illusions, the perception of movement, neutral color, direction, and orientation; important theoretical issues of perception.
Psychology of Women (3)
Psychological roles of women in the human situation, traditional and contemporary; functions fulfilled by, and problems inherent in, the subordination of Eve to Adam; wider social-psychological implications of the new feminism. Examines novels, films, and journalistic, social-philosophic, psychoanalytic, and anthropolitical materials.
Prerequisites: 21:830:102 and either 323 or 354.
Psychopathology of Childhood (3)
At any moment, about 15 to 20 percent of all children and adolescents are experiencing some form of psychopathological disorder, such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity, or autism. Many more experience "sub-clinical" levels of psychopathology, which impact functioning but do not result in a serious degree of impairment. This course will explore three broad issues in understanding psychological disorders in children and adolescents: What are these disorders and how common are they? What are the identified "causes" of these disorders? How can professionals intervene to prevent or treat these disorders?
Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3)
Current theory and research in abnormal psychology; psychological and biochemical theories of psychopathology; examination of methods and findings of relevant experimental data.
Prerequisites: 21:830:363 and permission of instructor.
Psychology of Men (3)
Examines men and their masculinities from evolutionary, developmental,
psychological, multicultural, and biological perspectives. Topics include parent-child
relationships, risk-taking, achieving manhood, romantic and sexual relationships,
fatherhood, intermale and dating/spousal violence, help-seeking, aging, and bereavement.
Psychology of Emotion (3)
Examines the nature of emotions, where and how they arise, and the functions that they serve. The class examines how emotions are defined, and their evolutionary, physiological, cultural, and developmental roots. The class also explores how emotions affect memory, thinking, problem solving, coping and communication, and social relations. The nature of specific emotions, including hostility, disgust, fear, and love, is discussed.
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience, and
brain imaging used to investigate brain systems and mental
representations underlying sensation and perception, movement, memory,
and language. Brain anatomy, neurophysiology, and relation of brain and
cognitive states to our experience of the world.
Prerequisites: 21:830:304, 484.
Neuroscience of Decision Making (3)
Introduction to research on behavioral and neural mechanisms involved in how we make decisions. The class is organized into four basic sections covering the integration of ideas from psychology, neuroscience, and economics that inspire research in the new discipline of neuroeconomics.
Prerequisites: 21:355:102 and 21:830:102 or 21:355:104 and 21:830:102.
Theories of Interpersonal and Social Conflict (3)
Major theoretical perspectives of interpersonal and social conflict, and the application of these perspectives to describe and understand personal conflicts and those in the world at large. Design research to explore and evaluate hypotheses derived from one or more of these perspectives.
Humans grow and change dramatically between conception and the age of 2 years. This course surveys classic and current research and theory in the study of infant development, including physical, neurological, perceptual, cognitive, communicative, emotional, and social development. It examines how development during the first two years provides the foundation upon which all psychological capacities are built. Also addresses current controversies in infant development and their relation to parenting, public policy, and law.
Laboratory in Social Psychology (3)
An introduction to nonexperimental methods in psychological research including observations, interviews, the use of psychological tests, and available data. Students gain practical experience in designing a survey, administering a questionnaire, entering the data, and analyzing it using SPSS, a computer program widely used in clinical, educational, and social research.
Prerequisites: 21:830:301,302, or permission of instructor.
History and Modern Viewpoints in Psychology (3)
Critical study, with historical background, of the major schools of psychological thought and theory and their relation to current theoretical approaches in the discipline. Theories covered include existentialism, structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt psychology, behaviorism and learning theory, psychoanalysis, and cognitive psychology.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing in the major and 21:830:101,102.
Health Psychology (3)
Psychological influences on health, illness, and the improvement of the health care system. Impact of judgments, attitudes, and beliefs on health; emotions and emotional control on health and coping; effects of gender, culture, and individual differences; interpersonal and organizational conflict in health care settings; patient-practitioner interaction; and management of chronic illness.
Media Psychology (3)
Introduces students to the emerging field of media psychology. The
course is designed to explore media research in each of the major schools of
thought in psychology. As an interdisciplinary field of study, it includes
cultural media studies and neuroscientific research on the biological systems
and media and technology. Covers the history and research methods of
media effects, critical theory of the media, and neuroscience.
Attachment Theory (3)
Effects of early childhood rearing on subsequent cognitive abilities, interpersonal and romantic relationships, coping styles, separation, loss, and mourning. Attachment theory examined from psychological, psychoanalytic, evolutionary, and ethological perspectives.
Psychology of Sexual Orientation (3)
Examines the development and psychological implications of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sexuality. Students will examine psychological research on these topics and compare and contrast scholarly work with popular media depictions of these topics. Also examines how the implications of culture, gender, and race intersect with sexual orientation and sexuality.
Physiological Psychology (3)
Physiological basis of behavior; basic structure and function of the nervous system; physiological basis of motivation and emotions; relations between hormones and behavior; physiological aspects of perception and learning; organization of the cerebral cortex; psychosomatics.
Pain and Pleasure (3)
This course examines the neural basis of pain and pleasure. It focuses on the neural pathways, brain systems, neurotransmitters, and drugs that generate, enhance, and inhibit pain and pleasure.
Special Issues in Psychology (3)
This course title is used for psychology electives, and topics and prerequisites will vary each semester.
Research in Psychology (BA,BA)
Design and execution of an original research project under supervision; project may be a psychological experiment, an attitude survey, or a library study; learning how to do research by means of firsthand experience.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
Individual Study in Psychology (BA,BA)
Exploration of contemporary and classical problems in psychology through planned readings and discussions with a faculty member; emphasis on going beyond textbooks and learning to think about psychological issues in depth. Students prepare a written report summarizing their project.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor.
The Emotional Brain (3)
What are emotions? Neural substrates examined from neurobiological perspectives. Individual and social functions of emotions, emotional intelligence.
Senior Thesis (BA, BA)
Required for successful completion of honors in the major in psychology. Students design and execute a two-semester original research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may choose to conduct a nonresearch project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may choose to conduct a nonresearch-oriented project in which the student engages in a creative, original, scholarly endeavor within psychology. Students produce a formal, APA-style document summarizing their project, which is evaluated by two faculty members.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing in the major and permission of instructor.