Psychology Courses

PSY100SS - Exploring Psychology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) In this course students learnhow, using methodologies such asobservation, survey and experimentation, psychological science exploresthe causes and consequences of human action. An overview of majorfindings from the field of psychology such as biological bases ofbehavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect ofothers on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouragedto apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students willconsider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humansis important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
PSY214 - Social Psychology
This course involves the study of the way individuals think about, influence and relate to one another. Topics include: attitude change, social thinking, conformity, obedience, persuasion, prejudice, aggression, altruism, roles, norms and environmental influences on social behavior. The major aim of the course is to encourage an appreciation of the relationship between personal and situational determinants of social behavior.Prerequisite: PSY111, 221, or SOC101.(4 credits)
PSY215 - Research Design and Introductory Statistics
This course acquaints the student with basic empirical research techniques in the behavioral sciences including political science, psychology, social work and sociology. The course aims to enable the student to function as a conductor and a consumer of behavioral science research. Techniques include: observation, questionnaire and survey, interview, single-subject designs, qualitative research, and experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies. Topics include: descriptive and basic inferential statistics, sampling methods and research ethics. Prerequisites: PSY111, SOC101, PSC101, or PSC105, and fulfillment of the general education math requirement. (4 credits)
PSY216WI - Research Design and Advanced Statistics
Skills in statistical analysis and interpretation of psychological researchare developed in this course with emphasis on correlation, regression andanalysis of variance. Basic skills learned in Research Methods I areextended through practice in conducting, analyzing and reporting researchusing statistical software such as SPSS. Prerequisite: PSY215. (4 credits)
PSY221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) This course explores the development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. Children's physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, social, moral and faith development is examined. Psychological research methods for studying children are covered.
PSY224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Adolescents experience many changes in a few short years as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This course explores the major psychological issues and theories in adolescent development with emphasis on cognitive development, self-concept, peer relationships and sexuality, among others.(4 credits)
PSY225 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
This course explores psychological issues and theories in normal adult development, with emphasis on cognitive, social and personality functioning from young adulthood to old age.(4 credits)
PSY230 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This course covers the psychological issues of the work place such as personnel selection and development, organizational psychology and the work environment. The professional activities of I/O psychologists are examined including selection and the placement of new employees, staff training and development, performance management, organizational development, analysis of the quality of work life and ergonomics.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY240 - Helping Skills
This course provides a first exposure to the practice of counseling/helping.A major emphasis will be the skilled helper model, an introductory model ofactive helping/counseling. This model focuses on helping clients understandand manage their problems and develop their unused opportunities andresources. Students will learn and practice the skilled helper model in aworkshop setting that requires a great deal of active participation,self-reflection, journaling, and listening to peers in pseudo-counselingrole-plays. Prerequisites: PSY100SS or PSY221SS. (2 credits; alternate years, consultdepartment)
PSY250CC - Cross-Cultural Psychology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) As human beings we live our lives within the context of culture. Althoughmany aspects of human life are similar across cultures, differences are alsoevident in a variety of dimensions. In this course we examine the wayshumans differ across cultures and how culture impacts the way humans thinkand feel, as well as the way culture changes how we understand ourselves andour stories. Christian faith requires love and respect for others in themidst of the challenges culture can present. Ways Christians can learn fromand love others will be discussed.
PSY260 - Psychology of Personality
Includes theories about the dynamics and structure of personality and current research on personality. The course emphasizes psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic and behavioral views of personality.Prerequisites: PSY111, 221, or both PSY224 and 225.(4 credits)
PSY315 - Learning and Cognition
An introduction to the topics of learning, memory and cognition within the field of experimental psychology. An emphasis will be placed on approaching problems as an "experimental psychologist." Advantages and limitations of the experimental approach and applications of the knowledge base of experimental psychology will be highlighted.Prerequisites: PSY111 and 215.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY319 - Motivation and Emotion
Why do we do what we do? How do we know what we want and what we need? How do we set goals for ourselves and act to achieve them? These are some of the questions that the psychology of motivation and emotion attempt to answer. This course will examine universal and specific motivations and emotions in the context of physiological, cognitive and affective systems. It will also pursue applications of motivation and emotion to the psychology of addiction, health, coping and optimal functioning.Prerequisites: PSY111 and 215.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY360 - Psychopathology
(4 credits) This course will provide a broad survey of what is considered to be disordered in behavior, emotional expression, and cognition in adults. Emphasis will be placed on a scientific view of psychopathology. The two main foci of the course are the (a) description of various behaviors, symptoms, syndromes and illnesses as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, and (b) research and theories concerning etiology including discussion of environmental, biological, social and interactive perspectives. While intervention and childhood disorders will be discussed, they are not the primary focus of this course. Prerequisite: 4 credits of psychology courses.
PSY390 - Psychology Seminar
A study of a selected topic.Prerequisites: PSY111 and four additional credits in psychology.(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY398 - Directed Study
PSY402 - Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
(2 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This advanced seminar provides afirst exposure to the theory and practice of clinical and counselingpsychology. This exposure will include the history of clinical psychologyand counseling psychology, the current state of the profession, ethicaldilemmas, and controversies within the field. We will also touch ontheories of psychotherapy, as well as the integration of Christian faithwith clinical practice.Prerequisite: PSY100SS and four additional credits in psychology.
PSY405 - History and Systems of Psychology
This course is one of the senior capstones to the psychology major. It is an overview of the history and theories which have shaped contemporary psychology. Particular attention is given to the assumptions and presuppositions underlying the discipline, as well as the nature of the discipline and the ways in which thoughtful Christians can integrate their faith with psychological theory and method. Prerequisite: 12 credits of psychology courses and at least junior status. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY406 - Psychology Research Lab
As a culminating experience, senior students conduct a semester-long empirical research project and produce an APA-formatted report. This is substantive project that allows the student to individually explore a self-selected research topic in depth and to experience the research process from initial idea to finished publication-ready manuscript. It challenges the student to think creatively, to integrate knowledge and skills obtained throughout the psychology curriculum, and to produce a worthwhile contribution to the field.Prerequisites: 20 credits of psychology courses including PSY215 and 216.(4 credits)
PSY417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
PSY418SR - Senior Capstone: Psychology, Faith and Values
(4 credits) This course is the senior capstone to the psychology major aswell as one's entire Northwestern education. The course challenges studentsto thoughtfully reflect on and integrate their education in psychology andacross the curriculum with their personal, intellectual, spiritual, andvocational life. In particular, a sizeable literature has developed whichfocuses on the relationship between Christian faith, philosophicalassumptions, and psychology. Through reading, discussing, writing, and oralpresentation, students will examine some of this literature and ask: How cana scientific psychology be compatible with a person-oriented Christianity?How can I integrate my view of the world with psychological theory andmethods? Where do I go from here to serve God and neighbor?Prerequisites: 12 credits of psychology courses and at least juniorstatus.
PSY420 - Directed Research
Directed research involves students in research projects conducted under the supervision of department faculty.Prerequisites: 8 credits of psychology, approval of the research director and the department chair.(1-4 credits)
PSY499 - Honors Research