Psychology

Psychology Major

Learn more about this major

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 41 credits

Core Requirements (3 courses, 12 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. Required for psychology majors. 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. Required for psychology majors; should be taken before the junior year. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114 and PSYCH 215

Credits:

4.00

Description:

First provides an overview of the historical background and conceptual foundation of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation, qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. The experimental method and principles of experimental design are emphasized. The laboratory component of the class helps familiarize students with practical issues that arise when implementing an empirical research study. Required for psychology majors; should be taken before the junior year. Offered every semester.

Area Requirements (3 courses, 12 credits)

A) Choose one course from Group A:

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114

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:

Focuses on the processes by which self-knowledge, self-awareness, self-conceptions, self-esteem, self-consciousness, and self-blame are developed and maintained. May also include consideration of: identity and the life story; biography, narrative, and lives; cognition and personality; cultural conceptions of self; and self psychology. Normally offered alternate years.

B) Choose one course from Group B:

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:

Surveys theory and research in health psychology and behavioral medicine. Examines the bidirectional effects of social and behavioral processes on physical health and functioning, including topics such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Psychological and physiological perspectives on stress and coping are a primary focus throughout the semester. Normally offered yearly.

C) Choose one course from Group C:

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 development across the lifespan, from prenatal development through old age. Addresses biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development, with attention to the role of culture and context. Reviews major theories of development and how such theories provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the development of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and trajectories. Also addresses implications for treatment, prevention, and positive development across the lifespan.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114 and Sophomore Standing.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys theory and research about the physical, mental, and psychological aspects of life-span development. Age-related changes in mental health, personality, self-image, sexual relations, friendships, career development and spirituality are explored. Aging may also be explored as a global, demographic and cross-cultural issue. Research surrounding death and dying, bereavement, and hospice/nursing home care is also presented. Normally offered alternate years.

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, 6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Examines trauma from a historical, feminist, sociocultural and developmental perspective. This course will consider contemporary ways of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating psychological consequences resulting from exposure to traumatic stress. Classic and current reading materials will introduce students to leading theoretical models. Topics include war, natural disasters, child abuse, and rape. Prerequisite: PSYCH 114. 1 term - 3 semester hours. Normally offered alternate years.

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. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

Take PSYCH-114;

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Focuses on diversity concerns in various aspects of the psychology of the workforce. This 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. Students critically analyze similarities and differences between Asian and Western psychological perspectives of health and work through didactic and experiential learning components. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity Requirement and may fulfill the Expanded Classroom Requirement. Normally offered alternate years.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course, students will learn the theories, concepts, and intervention techniques of sport psychology. Topics covered will include introduction to the field of sport psychology, looking at the personal factors that affect performance and psychological development in sport. We will explore the factors that influence behavior, group interaction and processes, and the use of psychological techniques to help perform more effectively.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114 and Sophomore standing

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines patterns of addictive behavior with an emphasis on physiological etiology. Social, historical, and other psychological perspectives are also discussed. Populations at high risk, the consequences of addiction, and research on interventions and treatment will also be addressed. Normally offered yearly.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114 and Sophomore standing

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 or permission of the instructor

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder and focuses on description and etiology of various mental health problems from a variety of different theoretical perspectives. Students develop familiarity with the DSM classification system and major disorders described within it, including mood and anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and personality disorders. Normally offered each semester.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH 114 and sophomore standing

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. 54 credits or more only.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The interface of psychology and the law will be examined in the context of forensic psychological evaluations performed for courts, attorneys and related agencies or facilities. Topics ranging from the role of psychologists in the courtroom, standards of practice, the detection of deception, civil commitment, and ethical issues in forensic psychology will be discussed. Legal standards and the assessment of competence to stand trial, insanity defenses, child abuse and neglect, and child custody/visitation will be explored. This course will review the theoretical and conceptual aspects of the psycho-legal issues in question as well as the practical applications of the skills and knowledge domains needed to perform forensic psychological evaluations. The study of relevant laws and regulations as applied to the interface of psychology and the law will be considered. Discussion will include specialized forensic topics such as expert testimony, the evaluation of sexual offenders, violence risk assessment, and forensic psychological testing.

Experiential Requirement (2 courses, 5 credits)

Prerequisites:

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

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Professional Development in Psychology is a one-credit hybrid course designed to enhance your understanding of career options that are available to psychology majors and provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure an internship. Through class discussions, readings, and engaging assignments, students will learn about multiple career paths open to psychology majors, develop internship and job search skills, discover on and off-campus resources related to career development, and gain knowledge aimed at maximizing their opportunities for success post-graduation.

Choose one of the following:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

In this course, students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Explores the efforts of psychologists to enhance the well-being of groups and communities. Complementing clinical approaches, community approaches have implications for both theory (e.g., environmental and/or person-environment theories) and practice (e.g., prevention-oriented paradigms targeted to groups and social systems). Students will be expected to attend weekly two-hour lectures to examine key concepts within the field (e.g., competence building, empowerment) as well as to engage in weekly community service activity. Normally offered every semester. This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement.

Prerequisites:

PSYCH-340 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor. This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

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. Students are on site a minimum of 6 hours a week and must accrue at least 60 hours of field experience. Seminar discussions focus on career exploration, the integration of academic knowledge with the demands of the workplace, and professional issues, including ethics, self-reflection, and cultural sensitivity. Students are required to secure an internship before the course begins. Normally offered every semester.

Those 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, & PSYCH 216; Senior standing.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Presents the historical context for the development of core ideas, theoretical positions, and research in the field of Psychology. The interconnections between systematic orientations and domains of psychology are examined along with their relation to contemporary concepts and issues in the field of psychology. Offered every semester.

Prerequisites:

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

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines both historical and contemporary theories in the field, along with current empirical research. Emphasizes the reading of primary source material, critical thinking, and seminar discussion. Assessment and measurement issues emphasized, along with substantive writing, typically in the form of an empirical research proposal or a critical review of the theory and research in a focused domain. Admission by invitation only. Normally offered yearly.

Note: PSYCH-H428 is by invitation only.

 

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 Learning Goals & 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
  • Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domain
  • Describe applications of psychology
  • Increase skill in scientific inquiry and critical thinking.
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena (e.g., learning, cognition, emotion)
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research
  • Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry with demonstrated understanding of diverse populations
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  • Establish and enhance interpersonal work relationships
  • Learn communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive, and argumentative writing
  • Exhibit effective scientific, persuasive, descriptive and argumentative presentation skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively interact with others on group projects and in classroom discussion
  • Receive skills necessary for professional development.
  • Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  • Demonstrate self-efficacy and self-regulation with psychologically related work
  • Refine project management skills
  • Demonstrate an increased ability for teamwork
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

  • 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. Required for psychology majors. 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 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

    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 Program in Psychology

    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 your senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

    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. At Suffolk University we invite the top ten percent of our junior and senior class to join. Students will be contacted in the spring semester with an invitation. Criteria for membership include:

    1. Junior or senior class status
    2. Completion of at least five courses in Psychology at Suffolk
    3. Cumulative GPA in the top 10% of juniors and seniors

    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. Neuroscientists examine how individual neurons function as signaling devices, how groups of neurons operate as circuits to produce fundamental units of behavior, and how much larger systems in the brain subserve complex functions such as memory and consciousness. 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. Normally offered alternate years.

    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. Required for psychology majors. 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. Required for psychology majors. 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. Required for psychology majors; should be taken before the junior year. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Must be taken concurrent with PSYCH-215

    Credits:

    0.00

    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. This lab portion of the course will help familiarize students with the computer software to be successful in the field and course.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114 and PSYCH 215

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    First provides an overview of the historical background and conceptual foundation of psychology as a science before introducing students to research methods employed in psychology including naturalistic observation, qualitative, correlational, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. The experimental method and principles of experimental design are emphasized. The laboratory component of the class helps familiarize students with practical issues that arise when implementing an empirical research study. Required for psychology majors; should be taken before the junior year. Offered every semester.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Examines trauma from a historical, feminist, sociocultural and developmental perspective. This course will consider contemporary ways of conceptualizing, assessing, and treating psychological consequences resulting from exposure to traumatic stress. Classic and current reading materials will introduce students to leading theoretical models. Topics include war, natural disasters, child abuse, and rape. Prerequisite: PSYCH 114. 1 term - 3 semester hours. Normally offered alternate years.

    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. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114

    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; CAS Honors

    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; Restricted to 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

    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:

    Take PSYCH-114;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Focuses on diversity concerns in various aspects of the psychology of the workforce. This 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. Students critically analyze similarities and differences between Asian and Western psychological perspectives of health and work through didactic and experiential learning components. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity Requirement and may fulfill the Expanded Classroom Requirement. Normally offered alternate years.

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Over the past few decades, there has been a surge of interest in the investigation of mindfulness (intentional and non-judgmental awareness of the present moment) as a psychological construct. In this course, we will consider different definitions of this construct, examine the neuroscience behind mindfulness-based practices, and explore its practical applications in a variety of areas including psychotherapy, education, and business. To enhance experiential learning, students will engage in, and reflect on, several common mindfulness practices derived from exercises from evidence-based programs

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines development across the lifespan, from prenatal development through old age. Addresses biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development, with attention to the role of culture and context. Reviews major theories of development and how such theories provide conceptual frameworks for understanding the development of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and trajectories. Also addresses implications for treatment, prevention, and positive development across the lifespan.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will learn the theories, concepts, and intervention techniques of sport psychology. Topics covered will include introduction to the field of sport psychology, looking at the personal factors that affect performance and psychological development in sport. We will explore the factors that influence behavior, group interaction and processes, and the use of psychological techniques to help perform more effectively.

    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 patterns of addictive behavior with an emphasis on physiological etiology. Social, historical, and other psychological perspectives are also discussed. Populations at high risk, the consequences of addiction, and research on interventions and treatment will also be addressed. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114 and Sophomore standing

    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:

    Focuses on the processes by which self-knowledge, self-awareness, self-conceptions, self-esteem, self-consciousness, and self-blame are developed and maintained. May also include consideration of: identity and the life story; biography, narrative, and lives; cognition and personality; cultural conceptions of self; and self psychology. Normally offered alternate years.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114 and Sophomore Standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys theory and research in health psychology and behavioral medicine. Examines the bidirectional effects of social and behavioral processes on physical health and functioning, including topics such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Psychological and physiological perspectives on stress and coping are a primary focus throughout the semester. Normally offered yearly.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114, and Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces the concepts of psychological disorder and focuses on description and etiology of various mental health problems from a variety of different theoretical perspectives. Students develop familiarity with the DSM classification system and major disorders described within it, including mood and anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and personality disorders. Normally offered each semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114 and Sophomore Standing.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys theory and research about the physical, mental, and psychological aspects of life-span development. Age-related changes in mental health, personality, self-image, sexual relations, friendships, career development and spirituality are explored. Aging may also be explored as a global, demographic and cross-cultural issue. Research surrounding death and dying, bereavement, and hospice/nursing home care is also presented. Normally offered alternate years.

    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:

    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:

    1.00

    Description:

    Professional Development in Psychology is a one-credit hybrid course designed to enhance your understanding of career options that are available to psychology majors and provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to secure an internship. Through class discussions, readings, and engaging assignments, students will learn about multiple career paths open to psychology majors, develop internship and job search skills, discover on and off-campus resources related to career development, and gain knowledge aimed at maximizing their opportunities for success post-graduation.

    Prerequisites:

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Exposes students, particularly those interested in helping and service careers, to the terminology and approaches used in the study and critical discussion of culture and diversity. This course will be useful for students seeking to develop sensitivity, respect, and understanding of the meaning that individuals attach to their own definitions of culture. While topics relevant to specific, ethnic, racial, gendered and differently abled groups will be covered to varying degrees in each semester, attention is also given to culture as a personal and societal construction. Normally offered alternate years. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity Requirement.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course, students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Explores the efforts of psychologists to enhance the well-being of groups and communities. Complementing clinical approaches, community approaches have implications for both theory (e.g., environmental and/or person-environment theories) and practice (e.g., prevention-oriented paradigms targeted to groups and social systems). Students will be expected to attend weekly two-hour lectures to examine key concepts within the field (e.g., competence building, empowerment) as well as to engage in weekly community service activity. Normally offered every semester. This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114. 54 credits or more only.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The interface of psychology and the law will be examined in the context of forensic psychological evaluations performed for courts, attorneys and related agencies or facilities. Topics ranging from the role of psychologists in the courtroom, standards of practice, the detection of deception, civil commitment, and ethical issues in forensic psychology will be discussed. Legal standards and the assessment of competence to stand trial, insanity defenses, child abuse and neglect, and child custody/visitation will be explored. This course will review the theoretical and conceptual aspects of the psycho-legal issues in question as well as the practical applications of the skills and knowledge domains needed to perform forensic psychological evaluations. The study of relevant laws and regulations as applied to the interface of psychology and the law will be considered. Discussion will include specialized forensic topics such as expert testimony, the evaluation of sexual offenders, violence risk assessment, and forensic psychological testing.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH-340 and Junior Standing. Restricted to majors only unless permission of instructor. This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

    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. Students are on site a minimum of 6 hours a week and must accrue at least 60 hours of field experience. Seminar discussions focus on career exploration, the integration of academic knowledge with the demands of the workplace, and professional issues, including ethics, self-reflection, and cultural sensitivity. Students are required to secure an internship before the course begins. Normally offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114,PSYCH 215, PSYCH 216 and senior standing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Presents the historical context for the development of core ideas, theoretical positions, and research in the field of Psychology. The interconnections between systematic orientations and domains of psychology are examined along with their relation to contemporary concepts and issues in the field of psychology. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior status and permission of department chair required.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An overview of the various group counseling formats utilized in schools, and related theories. Issues related to the development and implementation of small counseling groups (e.g., group dynamics and processes for group member selection) and larger educational and prevention-based groups (e.g., fostering positive mental health, career-related programming, anti-bullying) will be explored and discussed.

    Prerequisites:

    PSYCH 114, PSYCH 215, & PSYCH 216; Senior standing.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Presents the historical context for the development of core ideas, theoretical positions, and research in the field of Psychology. The interconnections between systematic orientations and domains of psychology are examined along with their relation to contemporary concepts and issues in the field of psychology. Offered every semester.

    Prerequisites:

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

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines both historical and contemporary theories in the field, along with current empirical research. Emphasizes the reading of primary source material, critical thinking, and seminar discussion. Assessment and measurement issues emphasized, along with substantive writing, typically in the form of an empirical research proposal or a critical review of the theory and research in a focused domain. Admission by invitation only. Normally offered yearly.

    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:

    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.