Psychology

Psychology Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Students can earn a bachelor of science degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of science degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 44 credits

Core Requirements (4 courses, 16 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making, including hypothesis testing. Prepares students for the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological research. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation, qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. Restricted to majors only, unless permission of instructor is granted.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Emphasizes the development of essential foundational knowledge and skills in psychology including critical thinking, information literacy, use of APA style in writing, the application of ethical principles to science and practice, and career exploration and planning. Offered every semester.

Area Requirements (3 courses, 12 credits)

Choose one course from Social or Cultural Bases:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the major theoretical approaches to personality including representative theorists from the psychoanalytic, trait, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic perspectives. Topics include personality dynamics, personality development, and the study of individual differences. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Studies the social determinants of the behavior of individuals in relation to groups and surveys current research findings in such major content areas as attribution, prejudice, conformity, obedience, social cognition, interpersonal attraction, altruism, and aggression. Normally offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines historical, political and social conceptions of self and identity. Explores processes by which self-knowledge, self-awareness, self-conception, self-esteem, self-consciousness, and self-blame are developed, maintained, and transformed at individual, community and global levels. Considers how contemporary views of self and identity affect the theory and practice of psychology.

Prerequisites:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the substantial influence of culture on psychological processes and human behavior. Explores the complex, multi-faceted, intersecting nature of cultural identity and uses a cultural framework to explore and challenge our current knowledge and understanding of major topics in psychology including development, personality, gender, cognition, emotion, social behavior and psychological health.

Choose one course from Neurological and Biological Bases:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior, particularly among humans. Topics examined will include emotion, empathy, theory of mind and joint attention, in-group/out-group relations, altruism and human relationships.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, PSYCH-216 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theory and research on a number of human cognitive processes, including topics of attention, perception, learning, memory, language processing, problem solving, social cognition, emotion, and reasoning. The field of cognition integrates knowledge from the multiple disciplines of neuropsychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and information science. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the organic basis for human and animal behavior. Topics include nervous system structure and function as well as neurological contributions to motivation, emotion, stress, and abnormal functioning. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines how biological, psychological and social factors interact with and affect physical health and well-being. Topics include: the role of stress, coping, and behavioral patterns in acute and chronic illness, the psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems, psychological factors impacting treatment adherence, and social determinants of health, and disparities in healthcare.

Choose one course from Developmental Bases:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in youth (i.e., from conception through adolescence). Surveys major developmental approaches including biological, learning, and contextual/environmental theories. Major focus is on normal development. Normally offered every semester.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan, with attention to the role of culture and context. Explores how various major theories of development can be used to adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and trajectories and considers. Implications for treatment, prevention, and positive development across the lifespan. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the physical, social, and psychological aspects of adult development, with attention to the role of culture and context. Explores age-related changes in mental health, personality, self-image, sexual relations, friendships, work-life, and spirituality. Examines the topics of bereavement, hospice/nursing home care, and death and dying.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of adolescence. Attention is given to identity, parent-adolescent relationships, values, sexuality, and career development as well as psychopathology, drug use and abuse, delinquency, and alienation. Normally offered yearly.

Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)

Choose two of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines contemporary ways of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating psychological consequences resulting from exposure to traumatic stress. Topics include the psychological consequences of war, natural disaster, and interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical and sexual abuse), Combines community service with classroom study and reflection.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual development, typical and atypical sexual behavior, sexual dysfunctions, current research on human sexuality, and relationship issues as they relate to sexuality and intimacy.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the application of psychological theories and principles to organizations and the workplace with attention to the role of culture and context. Topics includes job analysis, recruitment, selection, evaluation, training, retention, and termination. Employee morale, well-being, stress, and hardiness are considered.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines theoretical and empirical approaches that provide insight into Asian viewpoints on socialization practices, family systems, health/well-being, cultural traditions/values, and spiritual philosophy/literature. Explores the diversity among Asian cultures in terms of language, history, religion/spiritual faith, and healthcare practices, all of which play a significant role in shaping the psychological characteristics, interpersonal relationships, and work dynamics of Asians and Asian immigrants.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the theories, concepts, and intervention techniques of sport psychology. Topics include an exploration of the personal and contextual facts that influence performance and the use of psychologically informed strategies used to enhance athletic performance,

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. PSYCH majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the process of the storage of information, including its affective coloration and the role of incentives and rewards. Topics include: principles of classical and operant conditioning; verbal and episodic learning; and traditional and contemporary theory.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the complex interplay of physiological, sociocultural, and psychological influences on the development, maintenance, and treatment of addiction. Topics include an introduction to substances that are commonly abused and compulsive and addictive behaviors, an overview of major theories on the genetic, neurobiological, sociocultural, and psychological determinants of addiction, and a review of evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the processes and behaviors that support and detract from the establishment and maintenance of an effective professional helping relationship. Explores cultural factors that influence relationship building and provides supervised practice of helping skills that promote behavior change and effective problem-solving.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder highlighting the complexities and consequences inherent in labeling human behaviors and experiences as "abnormal." Examines the prevalence and core features of the most common psychological disorders and explores psychological, biological, and sociocultural perspectives on their etiology and treatment.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides an overview of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Examines the prevalence, symptom presentation, etiology and methods of treating disorders from a variety of psychological, developmental, and sociocultural perspectives.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114 and 54 credits or more

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the interface between psychology and the law by exploring the theoretical, conceptual, and applied facets of forensic psychology. Topics include: the assessment of competence, civil commitment, insanity defenses, violence risk assessment, the detection of deception, expert testimony, assessment of child abuse and neglect, child custody/visitation and ethical issues in the practice of forensic psychology.

Note: Psychology Area Requirement courses not used to fulfill the Area Requirement may be completed as electives.

Experiential Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Considers the reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social context and explores the strength-based, systems-oriented, and socially responsible methods that community psychologists use in their work with underserved communities. Uses service-learning to connect knowledge and theory acquired through weekly lectures and discussions on key concepts in community psychology with reflective practice. Specifically, in addition to scheduled class meetings students are required to complete five hours a week (60 hours total) of community service.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-340 or PSYCH-240 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides majors the opportunity to gain a meaningful field experience in a professional setting that is consistent with their academic background and career goals. Using resources available through the psychological department and career services, students are required to secure an approved internship before the course begins. Students are on site a minimum of 6 hours each week of the semester and must accrue at least 60 hours of field experience. Weekly seminar discussions focus on the integration of academic knowledge with the demands of the workplace and advanced professional development Normally offered every semester.

Students who intend to complete PSYCH-350 must secure their own internship position prior to the start of the semester.

Senior Capstone Requirement (1 course, 4 credits)

The capstone requirement should be completed during the senior year by taking one of the following courses:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216. Senior standing. Psych majors only unless permission of instructor.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on, integrate, and showcase the knowledge and competencies they have acquired as psychology majors through the development of a portfolio and the exploration of a contemporary topic in psychology.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; By invitation only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on, integrate, and showcase the knowledge and competencies they have acquired as psychology majors through the development of a portfolio and the exploration of a contemporary topic in psychology. Emphasizes the reading of primary source material, critical thinking, and seminar discussion. Admission by invitation only. Normally offered yearly.

Notes:

  • PSYCH-H428 is by invitation only
  • Advanced Placement Credit-Students who scored a 4 or 5 in A.P. Psychology may count these towards the PSYCH-114 requirement

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Psychology Major Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will...
Students will be able to...
Increase knowledge base in psychology
  • Describe key concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychology's major content domains (social or cultural bases, neurological and biological bases, developmental bases)
  • Describe how the mind and body interact to influence psychological and physical health
  • Articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues, address pressing societal needs, and inform public policy
  • Increase skill in scientific inquiry and critical thinking
  • Read and summarize complex ideas accurately, including future directions, from psychological sources and research
  • Describe the characteristics and relative value of different information sources (e.g., primary vs. secondary, peer reviewed vs. nonreviewed, empirical vs. non-empirical)
  • Locate relevant scholarship (e.g., databases, credible journals) to address psychological questions
  • Interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research
  • Apply knowledge of research skills necessary to be an informed consumer of research or critic regarding unsupported claims about behavior
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Recognize the systemic influences of sociocultural, theoretical, and personal biases on the research enterprise and evaluate the effectiveness with which researchers address those influences in psychological research
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Identify dimensions of cultural identity
  • Recognize potential for discrimination and prejudice in self and others and consider psychology-based strategies for diminishing discriminatory practices
  • Exhibit sensitivity to issues of power, privilege and discrimination
  • Refine communication skills
  • Employ APA writing style and demonstrate effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive, and argumentative writing
  • Exhibit effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive and argumentative presentation skills
  • Tailor length and development of ideas in formats that fit the purpose
  • Interact sensitively and respectfully with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives
  • Develop professional knowledge and skills
  • Describe career options available to psychology majors and understand steps needed to pursue a range of careers
  • Evaluate personal strengths and characteristics of potential work settings or graduate school programs to optimize career direction and satisfaction
  • Engage in ongoing reflective practice
  • Demonstrate self-efficacy and self-regulation in professional settings (i.e., internship or community psychology service)
  • Pursue and respond appropriately to feedback from educators, mentors, supervisors, and experts to improve performance
  • Actively develop alternative strategies, including conflict management, to contend with potential problems
  • Plan, implement, and manage projects

  • Psychology Minor

    Learn more about this minor

    Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Choose one course at the 300-level or above.

    Choose three additional Psychology courses at any level.

    Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

    Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

    Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's in Mental Health Counseling Degree

    Learn more about this accelerated degree

    Degree Requirements

    1. Students admitted to this dual degree program must meet all the requirements of the undergraduate Psychology degree program.
    2. Students must also meet all requirements for the Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
    3. The two graduate courses taken during the senior year will count toward BOTH the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Credit hours will be awarded based on the graduate course description.
    4. Before enrolling in a particular graduate course during the senior year, a student must obtain permission from the MHC graduate program director.
    5. Students are subject to the usual standards for academic standing, i.e., undergraduate standards for undergraduate courses and graduate standards for graduate courses.

    Upon successful completion of all of the degree requirements, a student will receive a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The exact degree (BA/BS and Master’s) will be awarded based on the specific undergraduate program the student completes. A student may permanently exit the dual degree program and opt to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree if all the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree have been met. In this case, the graduate courses taken in the senior year will be counted as 4-credit courses applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements.

    Societies and Honors

    Honors

    To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

    1. Graduate with a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
    2. Complete PSYCH-H555 with a passing grade and a thesis approved by thesis advisor
      1. Note: In order to qualify to enroll in PSYCH-H555, a student must:
        1. Apply to the department before the start of the senior year
        2. Have a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
        3. Have completed PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216 with a minimum grade of B+ in each course
    3. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

    To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

    1. Have a major GPA of 3.75 or higher
    2. Complete PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216 with a minimum grade of B+
    3. Receive an invitation from the honors coordinator in the spring of their junior year
    4. Submit the Intent to Complete a Thesis form to the honors coordinator by the last day of the second semester of junior year

    Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

    The Suffolk University chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, was chartered on April 28, 1978. Psi Chi is a member of the American Association of College Honor Societies. Students meeting the criteria listed below are contacted in the spring semester and invited to join this organization.

    1. Sophomore, junior, or senior class status
    2. Completion of at least three courses in Psychology at Suffolk
    3. Cumulative GPA in the top 35% within CAS class
    4. Psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher

    New members are inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society at a ceremony held in April.

    Psychology Courses

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the field of neuroscience, the study of the organization and function of the nervous system of humans and other animals. Topics include the neuron and neural transmission, the overall function and organization of the nervous system, the development of the brain, neural plasticity, sleep, memory and other higher cognitive functions.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to honor students in the CAS and SBS schools, or instructor permission.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys core theoretical concepts and contemporary empirical research from the major sub-fields of psychology: physiology; perception; cognition; learning; emotion; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114; Restricted to majors only unless with permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the use of statistics as tools for description and decision-making, including hypothesis testing. Prepares students for the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological research. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation, qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Offered every semester. Weekly laboratory sessions are required.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and PSYCH-215 and CAS Honors students only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of the historical background of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation, qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. Offered every semester

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines contemporary ways of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating psychological consequences resulting from exposure to traumatic stress. Topics include the psychological consequences of war, natural disaster, and interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical and sexual abuse), Combines community service with classroom study and reflection.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual development, typical and atypical sexual behavior, sexual dysfunctions, current research on human sexuality, and relationship issues as they relate to sexuality and intimacy.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the field of human sexuality across the life span. Topics include: sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual development, typical and atypical sexual behavior, sexual dysfunctions, current research on human sexuality, and relationship issues as they relate to sexuality and intimacy.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the major theoretical approaches to personality including representative theorists from the psychoanalytic, trait, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic perspectives. Topics include personality dynamics, personality development, and the study of individual differences. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in youth (i.e., from conception through adolescence). Surveys major developmental approaches including biological, learning, and contextual/environmental theories. Major focus is on normal development. Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and CAS Honor students

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in youth (i.e., from conception through adolescence). Surveys major developmental approaches including biological, learning, and contextual/environmental theories. Major focus is on normal development. Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. Restricted to majors only, unless permission of instructor is granted.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Emphasizes the development of essential foundational knowledge and skills in psychology including critical thinking, information literacy, use of APA style in writing, the application of ethical principles to science and practice, and career exploration and planning. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Studies the social determinants of the behavior of individuals in relation to groups and surveys current research findings in such major content areas as attribution, prejudice, conformity, obedience, social cognition, interpersonal attraction, altruism, and aggression. Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the application of psychological theories and principles to organizations and the workplace with attention to the role of culture and context. Topics includes job analysis, recruitment, selection, evaluation, training, retention, and termination. Employee morale, well-being, stress, and hardiness are considered.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theoretical and empirical approaches that provide insight into Asian viewpoints on socialization practices, family systems, health/well-being, cultural traditions/values, and spiritual philosophy/literature. Explores the diversity among Asian cultures in terms of language, history, religion/spiritual faith, and healthcare practices, all of which play a significant role in shaping the psychological characteristics, interpersonal relationships, and work dynamics of Asians and Asian immigrants.

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Introduces contemporary theory and research on mindfulness as a psychological construct. Examines challenges that arise in defining and assessing mindfulness and explores its applications in psychotherapy, education, and business.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development across the lifespan, with attention to the role of culture and context. Explores how various major theories of development can be used to adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and trajectories and considers. Implications for treatment, prevention, and positive development across the lifespan. Normally offered yearly.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the theories, concepts, and intervention techniques of sport psychology. Topics include an exploration of the personal and contextual facts that influence performance and the use of psychologically informed strategies used to enhance athletic performance,

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior, particularly among humans. Topics examined will include emotion, empathy, theory of mind and joint attention, in-group/out-group relations, altruism and human relationships.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, & PSYCH-216. CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research of the neurological processes associated with social behavior, particularly among humans. Topics examined will include emotion, empathy, theory of mind and joint attention, in-group/out-group relations, altruism and human relationships.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, PSYCH-216 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines theory and research on a number of human cognitive processes, including topics of attention, perception, learning, memory, language processing, problem solving, social cognition, emotion, and reasoning. The field of cognition integrates knowledge from the multiple disciplines of neuropsychology, neuroscience, linguistics, and information science. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215 and PSYCH-216

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the organic basis for human and animal behavior. Topics include nervous system structure and function as well as neurological contributions to motivation, emotion, stress, and abnormal functioning. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing. PSYCH majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the process of the storage of information, including its affective coloration and the role of incentives and rewards. Topics include: principles of classical and operant conditioning; verbal and episodic learning; and traditional and contemporary theory.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the complex interplay of physiological, sociocultural, and psychological influences on the development, maintenance, and treatment of addiction. Topics include an introduction to substances that are commonly abused and compulsive and addictive behaviors, an overview of major theories on the genetic, neurobiological, sociocultural, and psychological determinants of addiction, and a review of evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the processes and behaviors that support and detract from the establishment and maintenance of an effective professional helping relationship. Explores cultural factors that influence relationship building and provides supervised practice of helping skills that promote behavior change and effective problem-solving.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, CAS honors students with more than 24 credits

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores and examines basic models of helping and provides supervised practice of helping skills. Format includes lecture, discussion, role play, and video feedback. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines historical, political and social conceptions of self and identity. Explores processes by which self-knowledge, self-awareness, self-conception, self-esteem, self-consciousness, and self-blame are developed, maintained, and transformed at individual, community and global levels. Considers how contemporary views of self and identity affect the theory and practice of psychology.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines how biological, psychological and social factors interact with and affect physical health and well-being. Topics include: the role of stress, coping, and behavioral patterns in acute and chronic illness, the psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems, psychological factors impacting treatment adherence, and social determinants of health, and disparities in healthcare.

    Prerequisites:

    Take PSYCH-114 and Sophomore status required. CAS Honors students only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines how biological, psychological and social factors interact with and affect physical health and well-being. Topics include: the role of stress, coping and behavioral patterns in acute and chronic illness, the psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems, psychological factors impacting treatment adherence, and social determinants of health, and disparities in healthcare.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder highlighting the complexities and consequences inherent in labeling human behaviors and experiences as "abnormal." Examines the prevalence and core features of the most common psychological disorders and explores psychological, biological, and sociocultural perspectives on their etiology and treatment.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the physical, social, and psychological aspects of adult development, with attention to the role of culture and context. Explores age-related changes in mental health, personality, self-image, sexual relations, friendships, work-life, and spirituality. Examines the topics of bereavement, hospice/nursing home care, and death and dying.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of adolescence. Attention is given to identity, parent-adolescent relationships, values, sexuality, and career development as well as psychopathology, drug use and abuse, delinquency, and alienation. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and sophomore standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides an overview of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence. Examines the prevalence, symptom presentation, etiology and methods of treating disorders from a variety of psychological, developmental, and sociocultural perspectives.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, CAS Honors students with at least 24 credits only

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the etiology and symptoms of disorders of childhood and adolescence, as well as current therapeutic approaches. Developmental changes in the incidence of externalizing disorders, such as conduct disorder and attention deficit disorder, and internalizing disorders, such as depression and eating disorders, are addressed. Disorders that affect both behavioral and mental functioning such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and autism may also be included. The role of development in the understanding and treatment of the childhood disorders is reviewed. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114; Psychology majors with 32 or more credits;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the broad range of career options that are available to psychology majors. Provides guidance on the development of internship and job search skills and introduces students to on- and off-campus resources aimed at maximizing their opportunities for success post-graduation.

    Prerequisites:

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the substantial influence of culture on psychological processes and human behavior. Explores the complex, multi-faceted, intersecting nature of cultural identity and uses a cultural framework to explore and challenge our current knowledge and understanding of major topics in psychology including development, personality, gender, cognition, emotion, social behavior and psychological health.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Considers the reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social context and explores the strength-based, systems-oriented, and socially responsible methods that community psychologists use in their work with underserved communities. Uses service-learning to connect knowledge and theory acquired through weekly lectures and discussions on key concepts in community psychology with reflective practice. Specifically, in addition to scheduled class meetings students are required to complete five hours a week (60 hours total) of community service.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114 and 54 credits or more

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the interface between psychology and the law by exploring the theoretical, conceptual, and applied facets of forensic psychology. Topics include: the assessment of competence, civil commitment, insanity defenses, violence risk assessment, the detection of deception, expert testimony, assessment of child abuse and neglect, child custody/visitation and ethical issues in the practice of forensic psychology.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-340 or PSYCH-240 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors the opportunity to gain a meaningful field experience in a professional setting that is consistent with their academic background and career goals. Using resources available through the psychological department and career services, students are required to secure an approved internship before the course begins. Students are on site a minimum of 6 hours each week of the semester and must accrue at least 60 hours of field experience. Weekly seminar discussions focus on the integration of academic knowledge with the demands of the workplace and advanced professional development Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores a specialty area in psychology. Topic varies semester to semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216. Senior standing. Psych majors only unless permission of instructor.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on, integrate, and showcase the knowledge and competencies they have acquired as psychology majors through the development of a portfolio and the exploration of a contemporary topic in psychology.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; By invitation only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Provides seniors the opportunity to reflect on, integrate, and showcase the knowledge and competencies they have acquired as psychology majors through the development of a portfolio and the exploration of a contemporary topic in psychology. Emphasizes the reading of primary source material, critical thinking, and seminar discussion. Admission by invitation only. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114; with instructor permission

    Credits:

    0.00

    Description:

    Provides students the opportunity to observe and participate in an ongoing program of research within the psychology department.

    Prerequisites:

    Sophomore standing. Instructor or Dept Chair permission required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    This independent study course provides students with credit for an unpaid supervised field experience completed during the semester when credit is earned. Students who meet the criteria set by the field site (typically class standing and GPA) are invited by the Psychology Department to apply for these positions when they are available. This course does not fulfill the Psychology major's Experiential Courses requirement.

    Prerequisites:

    JR or SR status; Majors Only; Department chair consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Substantive reading/research in area of special interest directed by a faculty member.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students only; Department chair consent.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Substantive reading/research in area of special interest directed by a faculty member.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-350; Instructor Consent Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors who have successfully completed an internship the opportunity to gain additional field experience in a professional setting. Individual learning goals and objectives will be formulated for each student, based on their placement, interest and career goals. Students are required to secure an approved internship before the course begins.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-350; CAS Honors; Instructor Consent Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Provides majors who have successfully completed an internship the opportunity to gain additional field experience in a professional setting. Individual learning goals and objectives will be formulated for each student, based on their placement, interest and career goals. Students are required to secure an approved internship before the course begins.

    Prerequisites:

    Take PSYCH-114, PSYCH-215, and PSYCH-216; Instructor Approval Required

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    An individual program of reading, research, and writing on an approved topic under the supervision of a Psychology faculty member. Students must be candidates for Honors in Psychology who plan to prepare a thesis for submission to the honors committee. Admission by invitation only.