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Psychology

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Psychology Courses


PSY 100 Research Experiences in Psychology (1.00 SH). This course aims to introduce students to basic processes in Neuroscience/Psychology research and help them become active and engaged members in the Neuroscience/Psychology community. You will participate in a broad Neuroscience/Psychology research project and become familiar with research ethics, laboratory techniques, basic scientific inquiry, the research process, and scientific communication.

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (ST) (4.00 SH). Principles of human and animal behavior. The study of individual, group and institutional behavior in context. Offered every semester. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 201 Experimental Design and Statistics (4.00 SH). An introduction to experimental research design, methods and statistics for the behavioral sciences. This course includes research ethics training, APA style writing instruction, and data analysis. Students propose research, do peer review, collect and analyze date, and present the results through laboratory modules and term research projects. Prerequisites: PSY 101.

PSY 212 Personality (ST) (4.00 SH). A critical survey of the major theories of personality structure, dynamics, and development. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 213 Psychology of Prejudice (ST) (4.00 SH). This class will apply social psychological theory and research to understand the psychological underpinnings of prejudice. Students will explore the impact of prejudice on members of targeted groups with a particular emphasis on understanding the experience of racism. Grounded in psychological theory and research, students will explore current social issues related to prejudice as well as specific ways to reduce stereotyping and prejudice on both a personal and societal level. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 215 Psychology of Sex (ST) (4.00 SH). This course explores the psychological processes that underlie human sexual behavior. With an eye toward historical and cultural variations, students will explore such topics as sexual attraction, motivation, attitudes, decision making, behavior, and disorders. This course is based on a scientifi c exploration of sexuality; thus students will learn how psychologists study sexuality empirically, and how the results of sexuality research are perceived by the public. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 219 Early Child Development (ST) (4.00 SH). A chronological approach to the principles and theories of child development from birth-11 years of age. This course fulfills the developmental psychology requirement for early childhood education majors.

PSY 221 Childhood & Adolescence (ST) (4.00 SH). A topical approach to principles of human growth and development, with an emphasis on both childhood and adolescence. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 225 Lifespan Development (4.00 SH). A chronological approach to the study of lifespan development from infancy to old age. This course meets the developmental psychology requirement for nursing majors.Offered every spring semester.

PSY 235 Psychology of Women (4.00 SH). This course challenges students to question their existing beliefs about what it means to be male and female in today’s society. We will explore traditional and changing gender roles and their impact. Course topics include an in-depth look at issues related to gender stereotypes, violence against women, interpersonal relationships, childcare and employment. Students will also explore global issues related to gender roles and culture by examining women’s lives in other countries. (Also listed as GS 331.)

PSY 241 Organizational Psychology (4.00 SH). A study of the interaction of individual and structural characteristics which influence productivity and human dignity in all organizational settings. Primarily utilizing case-study methods.

PSY 261 Neural Networks: The Biopsyc Perspe (4.00 SH). An introduction to how biologically-oriented psychology analyzes such topics as memory, intelligence and consciousness as emerging from principles of neurocomputation. A cluster course. Must also register for CS 271.

PSY 262 Neuropsychology of Mind (4.00 SH).

PSY 262C C:Neuropsychology of Mind (4.00 SH). Clustered with PHI-218C - The Neuropsychology & Philosophy of the Mind This course surveys the contributions of psychology and neuroscience to understanding human thought and human nature. Particular attention is paid to scientific approaches in studying consciousness and the field of Clinical Neuropsycholgy. PSY-101 will be helpful, but is not required.

PSY 281 Principles of Learning (4.00 SH). Analysis of the variety of mechanisms by which our behavior and our representations develop from experience. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 291 Adulthood and Aging (4.00 SH). An examination of the theories and research regarding development and change from young adulthood through old age.

PSY 301 Assessment (4.00 SH). This course explores issues related to the assessment of human functioning within a variety of areas, including intelligence, academic achievement, personality and other dimensions of psychological adjustment. The course will focus on major assessment strategies and instruments within each of these areas, as well as principles underlying the construction and effective use of assessment instruments. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 201.

PSY 321 Social Psychology (4.00 SH). Descriptive and experimental examination of the interaction of individuals, small groups and large groups focusing on topics such as attitude formation, conformity, aggression, cooperation, and intergroup relations. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 201.

PSY 341 Behavioral Neuroscience (SD) (4.00 SH). Analysis of how nervous system activity underlies sensory, perceptual and higher cognitive activities including motivation, memory, language, thought, and mental illness. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or BIO 201. (Also listed as NS 341 and BIO 433.) Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

PSY 351 Cognition (4.00 SH). Memory, problem solving, language and intelligence considered from information processing and alternative views. Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 401 Abnormal Psychology (4.00 SH). An examination of the theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding abnormal human behavior with an introduction to the nature, causes and treatment of various psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 431 Abnormal Child Development (4.00 SH). An overview of problems and processes that lead to abnormal development in childhood and adolescence. Included is an in-depth examination of early psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 221.

PSY 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH). Working in a psychology related field under the supervision of a person with at least a master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline. Regular contact with the Westminster College internship instructor is required. A reading list developed prior to actual internship activities, a journal and a paper integrating the readings, internship experience and other college course work are required. Prerequisite: junior level standing.

PSY 600 Senior Psychology Scholarship Exper (4.00 SH). Students will conduct a research project and complete a formal research product (most likely a journal style article). This experience is consistent with our prior model of Capstone for Seniors although more focused on collaborative research than has been done in the past.

PSY 621 Independent Study (1.00 SH). Independent Study (1 SH) Supervised, individual investigation of a topic of special interest, generally in the form of an experimental project. However, any activity which affords an opportunity for learning not usually provided by the classroom situation is seriously considered. Prerequisite: written approval of the department after submission of an application, including a prospectus, to the department at least two weeks before preregistration

PSY 622 Independent Study (2.00 SH). Independent Study (2 SH) Supervised, individual investigation of a topic of special interest, generally in the form of an experimental project. However, any activity which affords an opportunity for learning not usually provided by the classroom situation is seriously considered. Prerequisite: written approval of the department after submission of an application, including a prospectus, to the department at least two weeks before preregistration

PSY 624 Independent Study (4.00 SH). Independent Study (4 SH) Supervised, individual investigation of a topic of special interest, generally in the form of an experimental project. However, any activity which affords an opportunity for learning not usually provided by the classroom situation is seriously considered. Prerequisite: written approval of the department after submission of an application, including a prospectus, to the department at least two weeks before preregistration

 

Supporting Courses


BIO 433 Behavioral Neuroscience (SD) (4.00 SH). Analysis of how nervous systems activity underlies sensory, perceptual and higher cognitive activities including motivation, memory, language, thought and mental illness. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or BIO 201. (Also listed as NS 341 and PSY 341.) Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

NS 341 Behavioral Neuroscience (SD) (4.00 SH). Analysis of how nervous system activity underlies sensory, perceptual and higher cognitive activities including motivation, memory, language, thought, and mental illness. A laboratory is included. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or BIO 201. (Also listed as PSY 341 and BIO 433.) Meets Scientific Discovery Intellectual Perspective requirement (SD).

 

What can you do with a Psychology degree?

Imagine yourself in the human services field, in a research position, in a school system, as a forensic scientist, or holding a position in an industrial or corporate setting.