Related social science courses: 14-16 credits*
PSY 100SS -
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Self and Society) In this course students learn
how, using methodologies such as
observation, survey and experimentation, psychological science explores
the causes and consequences of human action. An overview of major
findings from the field of psychology such as biological bases of
behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,
personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect of
others on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouraged
to apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students will
consider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humans
is important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
PSY 215 -
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:
PSY100SS, SOC101, PSC101, or PSC105, and fulfillment of the general education math requirement. (4 credits)
Choose four credits:
PSY 221SS -
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.
PSY 224 -
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)
PSY 225 -
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)
Choose four credits:
PSY 216WI -
Research Design and Advanced Statistics
PSY 260 -
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)
PSY 315 -
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)
PSY 360 -
(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.
PSY 390 -
A study of a selected topic.Prerequisites: PSY111 and four additional credits in psychology.(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PSY 402 -
Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology
(2 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This advanced seminar provides a
first exposure to the theory and practice of clinical and counseling
psychology. This exposure will include the history of clinical psychology
and counseling psychology, the current state of the profession, ethical
dilemmas, and controversies within the field. We will also touch on
theories of psychotherapy, as well as the integration of Christian faith
with clinical practice.
Prerequisite: PSY100SS and four additional credits in psychology.
Total credits required: 30-32