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)
Prereq.: Permission. An exploration of the psychology of the dying person and the psychological impact that death has upon survivors. The course will involve discussions based on readings and presentations by expert speakers such as morticians, physicians, hospice personnel, lawyers, counselors, philosophers, clergy, artists, and psychologists.
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. (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. (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)
Fall, spring. Prereq.: Education concentration or permission. A study of the psychological principles applicable to educational theory and practice. This course fulfills a state requirement for teacher certification. (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.
An introduction to the field of Positive Psychology which is defined as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Readings and discussion will focus on the three core components of the field; positive emotions, positive individuals traits and positive institutions. (SOCIAL SCIENCES)