PSYC 3075 Stress Management (3) (THAI) Introduces students to the major sources of stress in contemporary society and presents approaches to gain control over their personal responses to stress. Specific strategies for reducing stressors and managing stressful life events are covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3) (ATH, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Introduces the student to psychopathology. Includes a consideration of factors (physiological, psychological, and sociocultural) that influence the development of mental disorders. Surveys the major diagnostic categories, including symptomatology, demographics, etiology, and treatment approaches. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3175 Community Psychology (3) (THAI) Community psychology views knowledge and understanding of the social context in which individuals and families live as necessary to understanding those individuals. From this framework, it is not possible to effectively intervene with an individual who is experiencing problems without also understanding and intervening in aspects of the community that are involved in the identified problem. Community psychology has four main components: prevention and competence promotion, community building with citizen participation and empowerment, human diversity, and strong research to evaluate programs. Among key values in the field of community psychology are individual wellness, the importance of a sense of community, and social justice. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3) (THAI, VIE) Focuses on basic learning theory (e.g. classical conditioning, operant conditioning) within the context of applied clinical, educational, family, and social settings. Compares human abilities with the learning capacities of various animal species. Focuses on techniques to change behavior patterns based on human and non-human investigations in the psychology of learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3) (GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Focuses on fundamental phenomena and basic literature in cognition; compares human language abilities with the learning capacities of various animal species; integrates important theories and research methods with major topics including pattern
statistical aids to the decision-making process. Course covers descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, and inferential statistics such as the t-test and analysis of variance. GCP Coding: (QL) PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3) (GHA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Research is at the heart of the behavioral and social sciences. This course will cover the basics of quantitative and qualitative research design. In addition, students will be provided with the means to critically analyze and assess the ethics of research findings. Lastly, students will be given the opportunity to create a research proposal. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3) (THAI) Approaches adulthood from an interdisciplinary perspective, stressing the interaction of psychological, sociocultural, and biological aspects of human development. Examines theoretical models of development, such as stage and process theories of change. Compares research methods of observing adult behavior and reviews recent studies of adult development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3000 Topics in Psychology (3) (GVA, LEID, THAI, THAI, VIE) Analyzes in-depth issues and topics in the field of psychology. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3025 Psychology and Ethics (2) (GVA, GHA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Psychology and Ethics is designed to introduce students to ethical sensitivity, reasoning, decision-making, motivation, and implementation within the discipline of psychology and related fields. The class will examine: historically why ethics are a foundational and necessary aspect of psychology and related professions; ethical guidelines and professional ethics code as they relate to various professional endeavors including research, therapy, consultation, and teaching; how to engage in ethical decision-making processes; and how to apply ethical guidelines to complex professional and global dilemmas. The purpose of this course is not to provide answers but assist students in learning how to come to ethical decisions and behaviors as well as identifying factors impacting ethical motivation and the implementation of decisions. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor.
achievement, personality, and gender behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3) (VIE) Examines the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social changes of adolescence. Lectures and class discussions consider the characteristics and problems of contemporary adolescents and implications for emerging adulthood. Special issues such as addiction, adolescent-parent relationships, and achievement are considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3) (ATH, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Studies the development of the individual from conception through adulthood. Examines intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of behavior in terms of the complex interaction of heredity and environment. Content includes the application of prominent theories of human development to the individual’s development over the life span. Reviews current research in critical areas of human behavior (e.g. attachment, aggression) and uses it to enhance the student’s understanding of the human developmental process. PSYC 2450 Psychology of Interpersonal Communications (3) (THAI) Examines the behavioral and social sciences theories of communication with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships. The course focuses on developing awareness of communication techniques and more accurate perception of self and others. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2600 Social Influence and Persuasion (3) (THAI) Examines the factors that facilitate conformity, techniques to ensure compliance, and the conditions that produce obedience to authority. Strategies utilized by salesmen, politicians, lawyers, special interest groups, and the media will also be examined. The course also explores the nature of propaganda, use of subliminal messages in advertising, and role of social influence and persuasion in cults. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3) (GHA, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Designed to aid the student in learning how to “make sense” of a body of numbers; how to summarize and extract information from numbers; how to detect, measure, and use relationships between variables; and how to use
PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3) (GVA, VIE) Examines how people influence and are influenced by their social setting. Examines the social nature of individuals (attitudes, attitude change, prejudice), dyads (human relations), and small groups (conformity, decision making, leadership). Students are encouraged to apply theories and research to issues of personal concern. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3625 Motivation and Emotion (3) (THAI, VIE) Explores the processes and principles essential for understanding motivation and emotion. The course will examine the psychology of emotion and motivation with an overview of research and theory from diverse perspectives (e.g., humanistic, behavioral, social, cognitive, biological, environmental). Includes a critical review of research and application of these theories to human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3700 Altruism and Aggression (3) (THAI) Examines antecedents of aggressive behavior — why people aggress and what steps can be taken to prevent or control this destructive behavior. Topics to be covered may include child abuse, racially-based violence, terrorism, antisocial personalities (i.e., psychopath), sexual aggression, spousal abuse, drugs and aggression, and the media’s impact on violence. Also explores the conditions that lead to helping behavior. The role of empathy, gender, race, and attractiveness in bystander intervention will be examined. The concept of true altruism (i.e. helping without regard to potential rewards) will also be debated. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3) (THAI) Provides a survey of current theories of human judgment and decision making. Includes an examination of judgment and decision making under a variety of social conditions. Student examines how people make personality judgments about themselves and others; how people attribute causation to human behavior; and how people make estimates about uncertain outcomes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3) (GVA, LEID) Examines the structure, dynamics, and development of personality and explores the assumptions about human nature that underlie the various theories about personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor.
POLT 3400 Comparative Politics (3) (GVA) Examines political institutions and issues in two or more political systems, or focuses in-depth on the politics of a country or geographic area. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: POLT 1080, POLT 2250, or permission of the instructor. POLT 4100 Advanced Studies in International Politics (3-4) (ATH, GHA) Allows students to pursue advanced studies in international politics or one of its subfields. Specific subject matter varies from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of political science (international or comparative focus) or permission of the instructor. POLT 4300 Advanced Studies in American Politics (3-4) (ATH) Allows students to pursue advanced studies in a variety of subfields of American politics. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of political science, including a prior course in American politics, or permission of the instructor. PSYC 1000 Learning Strategies (1-3) (GHA, LEID) Provides students with a structure for discovering and developing the learning strategies and the time management techniques necessary for becoming self- directed learners. The course content is focused on developing new ways of analyzing, integrating, and applying learning strategies to various learning situations, and developing modes of communication and critical thinking that encourage lifelong learning. This course is not applicable to a major or minor in psychology. PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3) (ATH, GHA, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Introduces the breadth and diversity of contemporary psychology. Provides a foundation from which the student might progress to more advanced, specialized courses. Topics include learning, perception, biopsychological processes, childhood and development, adjustment and mental health, and social behavior. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (CRI) PSYC 1500 Psychology of Adjustment (3) (THAI, VIE) Designed to facilitate the application of psychological principles to personal experience. Adjustment is viewed as an active two-way process between the individual and his or her environment. Class members study the physiological and psychological determinants of behavior, with emphasis on relevant research. Organized around the themes
of behavior, interpersonal relationships, and processes of psychological growth. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (ETH) PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1) (GHA, GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Provides students with career information for the field of psychology. Students are given guidance on how to search for and apply to graduate programs and internships, create personal statements, develop a résumé, and find jobs within the field of psychology. Designed to be taken in a student’s freshman or sophomore year. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 2000 Issues in Contemporary Psychology (1-4) (VIE) Introductory-level course designed to provide a brief, intensive overview of specific areas of contemporary psychology. Uses a number of approaches to provide students with a chance to explore how psychological principles are applied to a specific topic or area of interest. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. PSYC 2125 Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (3) (LEID) The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the psychological and social issues relevant to sexual orientation and gender diversity. Students will be encouraged to think critically about topics such as developmental issues, identity, families, relationships, intersections with race and ethnicity, mental health, physical health, minority stress, work and career concerns, and attitudes toward minority communities. Throughout the course, cultural and international issues will be discussed, and an emphasis will be placed on an empirical approach to the science and practice of psychology. Cross-listed with WGST 2125. PSYC 2150 Psychology of Sleep (3) (VIE) Sleep inhabits one third of our life. Sleep is not a passive behavior. On the contrary, it is quite active. This course focuses on sleep as a part of the daily sleep/wake cycle. This course examines the history of sleep and sleep research, developmental aspects of sleep, physiological bases of sleep, the functions of sleep, the effects of various drugs on sleep, sleep disorders, and dreaming. GCP Coding: (PNW) (CRI) PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3) (GHA, GVA, VIE) Examines physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of the child from conception to adolescence. The complex interaction between heredity and environment is considered. Emphasizes language development,
POLT 1550 Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate (3) (THAI, VIE) Introduces students to the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills. Students research one or more contemporary public policy issues and are expected to attend and participate in campus debates on those issues. The course is open to students of all majors. GCP Coding: (SSHB) (CRI) POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World (3) (GVA) Examines the politics of those countries customarily considered part of the affluent north. Topics may include evolution of political party systems, the evolution of communist systems, environmental and peace movements, economic integration of countries, planning and market mechanisms, trade policies, ethnic conflicts, governmental influence in collective bargaining systems, the welfare state, and tax revolts. May be repeated for credit if content differs. POLT 2300 Politics in Film and Fiction (3) (THAI) Students in this class learn about key concepts and theories in politics such as the origin and role of government, ideologies, political interaction, revolution and justice using the lens of fiction found in film, novels, television, comics and games. POLT 2550 Politics of the Developing World (3) (GHA, GVA, LEID) Focuses on how the majority of the world’s people — those living in the poorest nations — are governed. Topics include colonialism and neocolonialism, tradition and modernity, dependency, and the nature of contemporary revolution in the Third World. May be repeated for credit if content differs. POLT 2600 Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science (3) (LEID, THAI) Introduces the student to the research methods, models, and frameworks of contemporary political analysis. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Content and methodology are at an introductory level. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and filing of official form. POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy (3) (GVA, LEID, THAI, VIE) Examines the techniques and problems of foreign policy decision making in the contemporary nation-state system. Prerequisite: INTL 1050 or POLT 1050. POLT 2610 Reading Course: Introductory (1-6) (ATH)
recognition, perception and information processing, attention, short- and long- term memory, discrimination, concept learning, creativity, and decision making. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3475 International Psychology (3) (ATH) Assumptions, theories, methods, and interventions of traditional western psychology are critically examined for relevance to people outside the Western world. Recommendations for training global psychologists are reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3525 Memory (3) (LEID) Course provides an introduction to the basic issues of human memory and theories about how it works, succeeds, and fails. This course will examine the neuroscience of memory as well as the many proposed types of memory including: sensory, short-term, working, long-term, episodic, semantic, and autobiographical. We will also discuss the relationships between memory and reality, memory and development, as well as memory and amnesia. Through an integration of lectures, discussions, and interactive demonstrations, this course will focus on fundamental phenomena and basic literature in learning and memory within the context of both animal and human research. Major topics include habituation, the physiological bases of learning and memory, classical and instrumental conditioning, information processing, short- and long-term memory, concept learning, explicit and implicit learning, and individual differences in learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3) (GVA) Examines the contributions of philosophy, physics, physiology, and other disciplines and intellectual traditions to the development of the subject matter, problems, and methodology of contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 1100, PSYC 2825, and 6 credit hours of psychology; or permission of the instructor. PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3) (GVA, LEID, VIE) Examines the basic theoretical foundations of individual and organizational behavior, exploring the diversity of organizational structures and how various structures affect the individual. The course focuses on the individual within the organizational setting, group and interpersonal relations, and the psychology of work. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 or permission of the instructor.
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