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Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 354 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300. An examination of the interplay of individual, ethnic, and cultural factors in psychosocial growth and well-being. The aim is to apply analysis of cultural factors to make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Issues of globalization, diversity, cultural bias, and cross-ethnic communication are addressed.

Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 300 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and STAT 200. A survey of research methods focusing on the fundamentals of research design and behavior. The aim is to apply research methodologies critically and creatively to communicate effectively about the domains of psychology. Topics include scientific writing using APA style, evaluation of research literature, and ethical issues in research. Practice is provided in asking research questions, formulating research hypotheses, designing and conducting a simulated research study, and presenting results. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSYC 300 or PSYC 305.

Introduction to Counseling Psychology

PSYC 432 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300 and PSYC 335. A survey and critical analysis of research and intervention strategies developed and used by counseling psychologists. The goal is to evaluate current trends in content and methodology. Topics include counseling protocols in various applied settings.

Special Topics in Social Psychology

PSYC 308 | 1 - 3 Credits

Course Desc: Seminar discussion of topics of current interest. Areas explored may extend or augment those covered in more general topical courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Psychology of Gender

PSYC 338 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. A survey of the biology, lifespan development, socialization, personality attributes, mental health factors, and special considerations associated with gender. The aim is to apply knowledge of cultural and historical influences relating to gender. Topics include conceptions of gender, gender roles, and gender similarities and differences.

Memory and Cognition

PSYC 341 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300. An introduction to basic models, methods of research, and findings in the fields of memory, problem solving, and language. The objective is to apply knowledge of cognitive processes to a variety of situations including organizational and educational settings. Both applications and theory are explored.

Lifespan Development

PSYC 351 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300. An integrated study of the biological, socioemotional, and cognitive development of humans from conception through death. The aim is to apply knowledge of lifespan development to interpersonal, community, and organizational relationships. Emphasis is on the interaction of nature and nurture on one's physiology, capability, and potential at each progressive stage of development.

Biological Basis of Behavior

PSYC 301 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300. An introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological processes that determine behavior. The objective is to use scientifically valid resources to communicate effectively about the biological basis of behavior. Topics include the acquisition and processing of sensory information, the neural control of movement, and the biological bases of complex behaviors (such as sleep, learning, memory, sex, and language), as well as the basic functioning of the nervous system.

Special Topics in Professional Psychology

PSYC 309 | 1 - 3 Credits

Course Desc: Seminar discussion of topics of current interest. The goal is to attain specialized knowledge in a particular area of professional psychology. Topics may extend or augment those covered in more general courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Theories of Personality

PSYC 335 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Formerly PSYC 435.) Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Recommended: PSYC 300. A study of major theories and perspectives on personality. The goal is to explain and evaluate major concepts in personality. Topics include trait, psychodynamic, behavioral, and humanistic theories. Methods of personality research and relevant findings are also introduced. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSYC 335 or PSYC 435.

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