|Department||Number||Title / Description||Credits|
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS110||Introduction to Psychology|
A survey course which discusses the main subfields
of psychology as the science of behavior and mental process. Gives attention to history, personalities, and past and current research findings of the field and how they are applied to everyday life. Offered fall and spring.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS240||Lifespan Development|
Studies human growth and development from a
predominantly psychological perspective throughout the life span and research findings
and current perspectives on physical, intellectual, personality, and social development from
conception to death. Offered fall and spring.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS251||Statistics for the Social Sciences|
Introduces descriptive and inferential
statistics, emphasizing the understanding of and skills in the processes of organizing,
calculating and interpreting quantitative information. Also serves as a forum for initiating
the process for ongoing psychological research. Fulfills Math requirement for Social Science
majors. Offered fall and spring.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS252||Data Interpretation for Education Majors|
Designed to provide students with the essential knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics in the field of education. It prepares students to be knowledgeable consumers of social research statistics and to do further work in statistics and research. This 1 credit option is designed to provide a Lab experience for students where they will develop their skills for data interpretation, particularly as it is applied to work in K-12 schools. For Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education PreK-8 and 5-12 majors only. Offered spring.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS312|
Cross listed as SW312
|Marriage and Family Relations|
contemporary marriage and family relations in our changing society. Utilizing a
developmental framework, it focuses on the tasks that individuals, couples, and
families must accomplish at different points during the family life cycle and
the crises with which they may be challenged. Students are introduced to the
kinds of skills and support that assist people as they form and maintain the
most important relationships. Cross-listed as SW312. Offered
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS313|
Cross listed as SO313
Seeks to understand the nature and causes of
individual behavior in social situations, for the purpose of finding ways to improve the
quality of life in society. Explores issues such as: social perception and cognition, attitude
formation, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction, altruism, aggression,
group behavior, and environmental and organizational psychology. Encourages application
to a contemporary issue. Prerequisite: PS110 or SO110. Cross-listed as SO313. Offered
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS314|
Cross listed as SO314
Studies group theory and reflective
experiencing of group dynamics and processes in a class format that emphasizes
participation in different kinds of group activities. Topics include group
communication, membership, norms, goals, leadership, problem solving and group
evolution. Applications are made to a variety of settings, e.g. business,
church, therapy, and education. Prerequisite: PS313/SO313.
Cross-listed as SO314. Offered in alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS315|
Cross listed as SO315
An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the
dynamics and challenges of life and ministry in the city. Readings and lectures from varied
theoretical perspectives (theological, psychological, sociological, economic, and political)
are combined with exposure to various urban ministry models through site visits and field
experience. Includes travel and a special course fee to cover travel expenses. Prerequisite:
Sophomore standing. Cross-listed as SO315. Offered varying years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS330|
Cross listed as SW331
Provides students with an overview of
substance abuse from a systems perspective. Explores the major theories of
addiction, the physiological and psychological results of substance abuse,
commonly used substances and their effects, and the latest treatment
developments and research findings. Cross-listed as SW331.
Offered in alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS331||Theories of Personality|
Examines personality structure, dynamics and development with emphasis on major theoretical perspectives and methods of research.
Attention is given to the comparative analysis of the major theoretical models. Prerequisites: PS110, PS240, or permission of instructor. Offered annually.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS342||Child Development|
Studies child development from birth up to
preadolescence. Attention is given to a variety of perspectives - biological, cognitive, emotional and social development. Theories of child development and current research
are addressed in order to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the
nature, challenges and potential in child development. Also considers specific contexts,
such as the family, peer relationships, school and community life. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS343||Adolescent Development|
Studies adolescent development from a variety
of perspectives – biological, cognitive, emotional and social. Theories of adolescent
development and current research are addressed in order to provide the student with a
comprehensive understanding of the nature of adolescent development, fundamental
changes and contexts as well as challenges and opportunities posed by our current society.
Attention is given to the dynamics of family life and the intergenerational interactions. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS351|
Cross listed as SO351
|Methods of Social Research|
Develops research skills with emphasis
on social research as a scientific inquiry and problem-solving tool in explaining human
social behavior. Students learn how to formulate problems for research and implement
appropriate research methods. Prerequisite: PS251 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed
as SO351. Offered fall and spring.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS352||Junior Psychology Seminar|
Guides the psychology major in preparing
for the senior comprehensive exam in psychology. A secondary purpose is to provide a
resource in career planning for students as they move toward specific post-graduation
goals of either seeking psychology-related employment or applying for graduate school
in psychology. Both individual and group activities are scheduled in order to facilitate
the senior comprehensive preparation and career planning. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Offered annually: Spring
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS353||Psychology of Learning|
An in-depth study of methods and results of
psychological research on learning and memory with an emphasis on the basic issues of
acquisition and performance in humans and animals. Examines the processes by which
people acquire, store and use information. A lab is included. Prerequisites: PS110, PS240.
Offered in alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS372||Abnormal Psychology|
Studies psychological disorders with emphasis upon
historical, etiological, descriptive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and experimental approaches. Prerequisites: PS110, PS240. Offered annually.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS392||Counseling Psychology|
Introduces basic counseling skills such as active and
reflective listening. Exposes current models for counseling intervention. Presents the
affective behavioral and cognitive paradigms with discussion of their relative strengths
and weaknesses. Prerequisites: PS110, PS240. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS430|
Cross listed as SO430, CJ430
Supervises a practical experience in a vocation closely related
to the student’s interest and/or future plans in psychology. Readings, written assignments
and group meetings assist the student in reflecting on and integrating the knowledge
gained from involvement at an approved placement site. Prerequisite: Attendance at
a pre-placement meeting. Recommended for Junior year. Cross-listed as SO430, CJ430.
Offered fall and spring. Offered summer with special permission by department head.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS432||Physiological Psychology|
Introduces physiological structures and functions
that are of interest to behavioral science. Emphasizes sensory processes, the central
nervous system, higher cognitive functioning, and the neuropsychological perspective of
behavioral disorders. Prerequisites: PS110, PS240. Offered in alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS434||Cognitive Psychology|
Describes and evaluates topics dealing with human
learning, thinking, reasoning, concept formation, memory and language. Various
theoretical approaches are contrasted in light of established and current research in
the field. Special emphasis is placed on the process of moving from research to an
understanding of basic cognitive principles within class demonstrations of various research
methodologies. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS450a||Advanced Research Methods|
Familiarity with basic research methods and
statistics is assumed. Exposes students to current research paradigms in
psychology, placing special emphasis on the process of empirically testing
theory. Both experimental and non-experimental research methods are examined. A
major course requirement is the production of an individual research project
proposal that will include designing a study and APA report writing.
Prerequisites: PS251 and PS351. Offered alternate years.
Must be followed by PS450b Advanced Research Seminar in order to meet B.S.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS450b||Advanced Research Seminar|
This course is taken following Advanced Research Methods, and requires that students carry out the data collection and analysis for their research projects as proposed in the previous course. In addition, students will orally present the results of their study to psychology faculty and peers. Prerequisites: PS251, PS351, PS450a. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS451|
Cross listed as SO451
|Quantitative Research and Data Analysis|
Introduces the concepts and
procedures employed in quantitative research in the social sciences. Explores several data
analyses (from univariate to multivariate analyses) with the use of the computer (both
mini and micro). Utilizes SPSS and practices writing quantitative results in APA format. Prerequisite: PS251.
Cross-listed as SO451. Offered alternate years
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS453||Senior Psychology Seminar|
Guides the psychology major in his/her
preparations for the comprehensive examination in psychology. Continues facilitating the
career planning begun in Junior Psychology Seminar, for post graduation goals of either
seeking psychology related employment or applying for graduate school in psychology. Prerequisite: PS352 Junior Psychology Seminar. Offered annually.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS472||Psychology of Religion|
Examines religious experience, belief, and behavior
from a psychological perspective. In a seminar format, students read primary source
material to examine the lives and theories of several leaders in the field, research and
reflect on selected topics of interest to both psychologists and theologians, and evaluate
one’s own role as a psychological interpreter of religion. Prerequisites: PS110 and
Sophomore standing. Offered in alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS493|
Cross listed as BA493
|Seminar in Personal Financial Management|
Introduces managing personal
finances. Topics include investing, retirement planning, career planning, money
management and budgeting, taxes, consumer credit, and purchasing strategies (home,
auto, insurance). Cross-listed as BA493. Offered alternate years.
|Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice||PS499/399/299/199||Research in Psychology|
Designed for the advanced Psychology major who desires to continue supervised work on a research project. Students, in consultation with a Psychology faculty member, develop goals for the project including literature review, data collection tools and procedures, data analysis and method of presentation. Can be taken for 1-3 credit hours per semester. Students who take PS399 or PS499 for 3 credits may be allowed to substitute this course for PS430. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair of the Department of Psychology.