PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

This is a basic course in the psychology sequence. Topics covered in this course include background and methods, learning theories, brain and nervous system, personality, perception, intelligence, motivation, emotions, thinking and problem solving, human development, abnormal behavior and social interaction.

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PSY 302 Psychology of Childhood

A study of development from the prenatal period to adolescence. Required of students in elementary education. Prerequisite: PSY100

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PSY 306 Behavior Modification

The principles of operant conditioning and applications to the understanding and control of behavior in everyday life situations including the classroom. Prerequisite: PSY100

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PSY 308 Human Development

Provides a life span approach focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual characteristics of individuals. Emphasis will be placed on psychological stages and needs. Prerequisite: PSY 100

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PSY 310 Psychology of Personality

Applies major contemporary approaches to the study of personality. The theories of Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Allport, Jung and other leading contributors are investigated. Consideration given to the structure, dynamics, and development of personality. Assessment methodology and current issues are included. Prerequisite: PSY100

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PSY 312 Psychology of Human Adjustment

This course applies traditional and contemporary psychological theories to life span development. Integrates personality and learning theories within the social, cultural and cognitive contexts. A blend of humanistic, developmental and interpersonal theories are applied to the individual's adjustment to everyday life. Prerequisite: PSY100

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(Course is cross listed with HUS 362.)  This course is designed to teach students how to recognize and implement appropriate environmental strategies that support early literacy development and appropriate early experiences with books and writing. Emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing readiness. Prerequisites:  HUS 160 and PSY 302 or equivalents or instructor permission.

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PSY 400 Abnormal Psychology

This course covers the history, scope and classification of mental illness and the effectiveness of treatment methods. Topics include schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, behavioral disorders, social deviance and anxiety-related disorders. The biological and environmental determinants of abnormal behaviors are addressed. Prerequisite: PSY 100

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PSY 415 Cross-Cultural Psychology

The course is an introduction to the field, methods, and controversies found in cross-cultural psychology. It begins with an emphasis upon a conceptual understanding of culture as context for developing psychological practices. An overview of professional activities and resources in the field will be completed. The second part of the semester will focus upon core topics (e.g. self, normal development, etc.) and the third part will emphasize student projects. Prerequisite: Two previous psychology courses with at least one at the 300 level or permission of instructor.

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