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Psychology Courses

PY 101
Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
This course focuses on the scientific study of human behavior and provides an introduction to a wide range of topics studied in psychology. Topics include the science of psychology, behavior in social and cultural contexts, growth and development, learning, thinking and intelligence, personality, psychopathology, and treatment. A weekly two-hour laboratory provides scientific and practical experience with psychological phenomena. Fall and Spring. Group: III. Lab.  Scientific Understanding Thematic Course

PY 110
Lifespan Development
Introductory level, interdisciplinary survey of human development presenting the lifespan from conception through old age, as a continuum. Focuses on the biological and psychological aspects of individual development, including sociological and cultural influences when appropriate. Group: III. Offered selectively.

PY 115
Psychology of Women
This course focuses on women’s biological, psychological, and social development. It examines the effects of female physiological development, gender differences, gender role development and stereotyping, and how being a woman influences personality and other aspects of development throughout the life cycle. Group: III. Offered selectively.

PY 206
Social Psychology
This course focuses on the scientific study of how a person’s behavior is changed by interaction with others. Topics include interpersonal attraction, conformity, prejudice, attitude-changing behavior in groups, and leadership. Fall, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101    Group: III.  Social Systems Signature course.

PY 211
Theories of Personality
This course focuses on the psychological study of personality. After considering the nature of personality theory, it considers specific and representative theorists, including Freud, Jung, Adler, Murray, Horney, Sullivan, Allport, Skinner, and Rogers. Case studies supplement theoretical considerations. Fall, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 216
Child Development
This course examines research and theory concerning the physical, cognitive, personality and social development of the child from conception through the end of childhood. Spring. Prerequisite: PY 101 or permission. Group: III.

PY 217
Childhood Disabilities
This course investigates the emotional, intellectual, and physical disorders of childhood: their causes, descriptions, and treatment. Topics include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, learning disorders, ADHD, language disorders and autistic disorders, and mental retardation. Case studies will be used to supplement and illustrate various childhood disabilities. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 216 or permission. Group: III.

PY 220
Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology is the area of psychology that studies human behavior in the workplace. This course introduces students to the psychological research and theory involved in the study of how people behave, think about, influence, and interact with each other in the workplace, with an emphasis on factors related to job performance. Topics such as personnel, employee motivation and satisfaction, group processes and leadership, performance evaluation, and organizational change/development will be discussed.

PY 221
Counseling and Interviewing
This course will introduce students to the helping process. This will be done by integrating theory with practice using a multicultural approach. Students will be taught the basic elements of interviewing, along with good listening and responding skills. Issues of self-awareness, confidentiality, and ethics will be addressed. Fall.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status. Group: II.

PY 222
Introduction to Expressive Therapy
This is an introductory course on the history, theory, and practice of expressive therapies. The course will provide a comprehension overview of the theories, principles and practices exercised within the multitude of expressive therapies used in current day practices within the therapeutic world. Discussions around adaptation to particular populations will occur following hands-on experiential activities. All modalities will be covered and adapted to populations of interest that fall into the helping world of counseling and therapy. Fall.

PY 224
Group Dynamics
This course looks theoretically and practically at behavior in primary and secondary groups. Students learn skills to analyze processes and to improve group effectiveness. Topics explored include leadership, communication processes, group development, decision making, conflict, and group maintenance. Fall or Spring.  Social Systems Thematic Area Course. Group II.

PY 231
Abnormal Psychology
What is “normal” and “abnormal” behavior? This course applies theories and case studies to an examination of thought disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and problems of adjustment, concluding with a consideration of techniques for promoting mental and emotional health. Spring.  Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 234
Cross-Cultural Psychology (S-L option)*
This course exposes students to the profound effect of culture on individual development. It provides a balance to Western-centered theory and research, and emphasizes how culture shapes recognition, personality, social relations, and child-rearing. It includes techniques on interaction with individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, research methods used in cross-cultural psychology, and ethnocentric biases in conducting research. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101 or AN 101. Group: III.  Social Systems Signature course.
*Designated as a Service-Learning option course. See the Service Learning course section

PY 250/350
Forensic Psychology
Forensic Psychology is an undergraduate course that provides an introduction into the interface between psychology and the law, and to see how forensic psychologists contribute to the legal systems. The purpose is to encourage students to take the perspective of the psychologist, focusing on the individual’s role and responses within the legal systems. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, lie detection, criminal profiling, jury selection, eyewitness testimony, competency to stand trial, and the insanity defense. Offered: Summers and selectively.   Prerequisites (for 350 only): PY101 or permission of instructor. Group: III

PY 264
The Psychology of Adolescence and Young Adulthood
This course will examine the impact of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth on adolescent development. Topics to be addressed are the effects of peers, family, school, and work on adolescent development, as well as key issues and concerns facing today’s adolescent. Using case studies and various theoretical perspectives students will be able to analyze adolescent behavior. Fall, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 270
Sport Psychology
Designed to provide the student with a general understanding of how athletes can be assisted in preparing for team and individual competition. The course provides the student with an overview of sport and exercise psychology, bridges the gap between research and practice, and conveys fundamental principles of professional practice. The student studies issues such as motivation, stress and anxiety, competition and cooperation, leadership and goal setting. Offered Selectively. Group: III.

PY 305
Personality and Social Development in Children
This course explores the process of socialization of the child, with particular emphasis on the development of such personality characteristics as aggression, altruism, achievement, attachment, self-control, and morality. The socializing effects of family, child-rearing practices, social class, ethnicity, peer relations, schooling, and broader cultural influences are also examined. Offered Selectively.
Prerequisite: PY 216 or permission. Group: III.

PY 320
Physiological Psychology
This course examines various human behaviors and the role of neural mechanisms in evoking and controlling such behaviors. Topics include thirst and hunger, sleep and arousal, sexual behavior, emotion, aggression, learning, memory, and mental disorders. It introduces issues of human genetics and medical conditions as appropriate. Emphasis is placed on current research into these behaviors in the fields of biology, psychology, and medicine. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 328
Psychological Testing
This course examines the principles of test construction, ethical issues in testing and specific tests, among them: tests of intelligence, personality, aptitude, and occupational skills. Students become familiar with the administration and scoring of examples of commonly used assessment devices. It is useful for both Psychology and Manage-ment majors. Spring, alternate years.   Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 340
Research Design and Applied Statistics (5 credits) (S-L)*
This course introduces students to research methods and statistics used to answer questions posed in applied settings. The basic principles of research design including the posing of hypotheses, development of operational definitions and research measures along with selection of appropriate statistical analyses will be taught with the aim of applying these skills in a real world setting. Using a community-based research model students are partnered with community members to design a research proposal to answer questions posed by the community. Students learn various research designs, data collection techniques and appropriate statistics to develop a proposal to be carried out in PY 341: Community Based Research Practicum. There is a weekly two-hour lab. Fall.
Prerequisites: PY 101 Group: III. Lab. This course satisfies the QR requirement.
*Designated as a Service-Learning course. See the Service Learning course section

PY 341
Community-Based Research Practicum and Applied Statistics (S-L)*
(5 Credits)
Students apply the principles of good research methods and statistics to community-based projects developed in PY 340: Research Design and Applied Statistics, and increase their knowledge of specific methods of relevance to the projects and the field of psychology. The major assignment for the semester is the completion of the research project from the proposal phase to data collection, culminating in the production of an APA research report and presentation to the community. There is a weekly two-hour lab. Spring.
Prerequisite: PY340.
*Designated as a Service-Learning course. See the Service Learning course section

PY 345
Psychology of the Family: Theory and Practice
This course studies the structure, systems, functions, and development of the family, as well as the roles individuals play within its context. Topics include the definition of family, family-system theory, diverse family structures, dysfunctional families, and family therapy. It also examines families in the larger societal context. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 348
Cognitive Psychology
Contemporary psychology assigns a key role to the scientific study of the “mind.” Theories and research on thinking, perception, attention, memory, categorization, and problem-solving will be examined in this course. Students will apply findings from the field and consider the influence of culture and gender on cognition. PY 348 fulfills the “psychology as a natural science” requirement for Psychology majors. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 364
Adult Development and Aging
This course explores the impact of psychological, social, and physiological changes on the ongoing development of the adult personality. It examines theories of adult socialization and aging as they apply to contemporary society. Offered Selectively.
Prerequisite: PY 101. Group: III.

PY 490
Senior Seminar
This course is an intensive examination of a major topic in psychology. Through reading research articles and theoretical papers, students critically examine selected topics in psychology, aiming to integrate a variety of methodologies and conceptual approaches to the subject. An emphasis is placed on perspectives that integrate experiences across the life span. There is a major term paper and presentation exploring in-depth one topic of the student’s choice. Fall.
Prerequisite: Senior status.

PY 495
Senior Internship (6 credits)
This course provides students with firsthand experience in professional settings related to some aspect of the discipline (e.g., clinical, research, educational). At an appropriate site, students apply and evaluate skills and theories learned in psychology classes, as well as acquire new skills. It involves 16 hours a week at the placement site, a weekly seminar focusing on common, work-related issues, relevant readings, and individual presentations. Spring.
Prerequisites: Senior status.

PY 497
Senior Internship II
The skills and abilities learned in PY 495 are used at a different site at the same level of performance, or continued experience at the same site extends and expands the student’s experience. Requires 16 hours per week at the placement site, a journal, a weekly meeting with the faculty sponsor, relevant readings, and a paper relating experience to readings. Spring, after taking PY495.
Prerequisites: PY 495 and permission of the B.A. Coordinator.