Jan 15, 2021  
2016-2017 Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Psychology

  
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    PY 2375 - Personality Theories


    A review of the major theories of personality development and personality functioning. In addition to covering the details of each theory, the implications and applications of each theory are considered.

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 2450 - Lifespan Development


    This course focuses on physical, cognitive, social, personality and moral development over the lifespan. Students will be introduced to human development concepts, issues and theory with emphasis on interrelationships between individuals, families, schools, communities, and culture.

    Prerequisite(s):   

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 2575 - Introduction to Counseling Theories


    This course serves as a general introduction to the primary theoretical perspectives that guide the works of counseling psychologists. It introduces students to the process of counseling and psychotherapy.

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 2620 - Multicultural Issues in Psychology


    This course will impart a basic understanding of psychological concepts about identity and culture and how they affect interactions with others. The course focuses on a multicultural perspective for understanding and working with diverse populations, and will examine theoretical and research literature concerning gender, race/ethnicity, relation, etc. in the provision of psychological services.

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3034 - Adolescent Psychology


    This course studies the development and behavior of adolescents with a focus on understanding the adolescent in terms of family, peers, school, culture and the community at large. Identity development, delinquency and sexuality will all be examined with an emphasis on how to provide services to the adolescent in need.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology  or Permission of Instructor.

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3055 - Substance Use and Abuse


    An introduction to the elementary dynamics of substance use, abuse, dependency and treatment. The course is designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of information needed by the prospective professional in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology . Suggested BY 1116 - Biological Science I .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3380 - Introduction to Counseling Techniques


    This course includes information relating to stages in the counseling process, interviewing skills, counseling objectives, and appropriate strategies. Students actively learn various counseling techniques using the mediums of role playing, peer critiques, videotaping, and discussions. Ethical considerations are emphasized.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology  and PY 2575 - Introduction to Counseling Theories .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3390 - Measurement and Assessment in Psychology


    This course involves discussion of the theory and application of psychological tests of intellectual functioning, achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes and personality. Multiple testing contexts are discussed, including educational and psychological research, counseling and guidance, and private industry.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3465 - Methods of Psychological Research


    This course examines research methods used to study human behavior. Research design, including experimental, correction and survey methods are examined. Course topics include: the design of psychological experiments, data collection, data analysis and interpretation and preparing a research report. Students use SPSS statistic software to conduct literature reviews, analyze data, and write research reports in the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology  and MP 3231 - Statistics for Science , or Permission of Instructor.

    3 hours Lecture and 3 hours Laboratory
    4 credits
  
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    PY 3680 - History and Systems of Psychology


    A study of the history of psychology, including early and modern schools of thought, important trends, famous psychologists, as well as recent developments in the field.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 3750 - Child Development


    This course involves theory and research on psychological development from conception to adolescence. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes will be studied.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology  or Permission of instructor.

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 4014 - Abnormal Psychology


    This study of abnormal psychology in American society, including its occurrence, condition, and treatment, emphasizes the maintenance of good mental health. Topics include mood disorders, substance abuse, brain disorders and dream analysis.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture
    3 credits
  
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    PY 4040 - Developmental Disabilities


    This course provides an overview of developmental disabilities, delays, and disorders from a life-span perspective. Topics include individual progress, services, and policies with attention to both family support and school-based principles of inclusion for youth. The course includes observation of youth with developmental disabilities.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 4045 - Senior Seminar


    Under faculty direction, students explore topics in psychology. This tutorial approach culminates in the preparation of a paper of considerable length with an oral defense/ presentation. 3 hours Lecture - 3 credits

    3 Hours Lecture
    3 Credits
  
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    PY 4203 - Social Psychology and Human Interaction


    The scientific study of how people interact, communicate, influence, interpret and relate to one another. The course focuses on the way an individual relates to groups as well as how various groups affect the individual. Topics include: prejudice, groupthink, attitude inoculation, polarization, eyewitness testimony, altruism, aggression, bargaining, mediation, arbitration, and conciliation.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 4372 - Couples and Family Counseling


    This course is designed to introduce systems theories that are utilized in couples and family counseling. Topics include family development, and the issues, concepts and interventions associated with major family therapy models.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology  

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
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    PY 4583 - Introduction to Behavior Modification


    An introduction to the concepts, theories and applications of learning theory and behaviorism as they are applied to a variety of treatment conditions and applications in a variety of settings, with special emphasis on school settings.

    Prerequisite(s): PY 2036 - Introduction to Psychology .

    3 hours Lecture and Discussion
    3 credits
  
 

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