Lower Division Courses
Fall, spring. An introduction to the basic concepts and problems of psychology. Students are expected to acquire familiarity with the practice of a scientifically based psychology from a variety of perspectives, both academic and applied. This course will not count toward the psychology major. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Winter. This course presents the collected theories and data on human sexuality and intimacy. The concepts of gender and sex will be discussed as will the psychology of relationships. The course will also cover current knowledge of patterns of human intimacy and sexual behavior. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Fall. Alt. years. Prereq.: PSY-100 recommended. A topically oriented study of the basic processes of child development (through puberty). Topics will include attachment, social development, cognitive development and language development. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY and SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Spring. Alt. years. Prereq.: PSY-100 and PSY-204 recommended. A topically oriented study of the basic processes of development during adolescence and young adulthood. Topics will include attachment, social development, cognitive development and language development. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY and SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Spring. An introduction to the study of individuals in group settings. Topics may include attachment/bonding, affiliation, aggression, helping, and development. For each topic studied, there will be discussion of important findings and the research methods used within the field of study. This is the first required course for the psychology major and should be taken not later than the first semester of the sophomore year. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Winter. This course will examine the effects that professional psychology has had on the view of human nature as portrayed in film. Topics will include common presentations of the normal, abnormal, and extra-normal functioning of persons in this medium. There will be consideration of correct and incorrect representations of the categories of abnormality in the current Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. Films will be combined with readings and discussion. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Fall, winter, spring. Prereq.: Permission. Independent study of special topics in psychology for the non-major or major not yet qualified for PSY-494. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for independent work.