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Psychology Courses

PSY:

101 Introduction to Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring

3 credit hours

The scientific study of human behavior with emphasis on learning, perception, and motivation. A basic course for further work in psychology and related fields.


301 Survey of Human Development Theory (also Soc 301, SSci 301)

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or SSci 101; Soc 203

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

The course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major theories and stages of human growth and development from prenatal through geriatric stages. The major factors that influence human development will be examined, such as: family, community, education, socioeconomic status, culture and ethnicity. Other topics include: Cognitive, physical, psychological and spiritual milestones in development; as well as theories about human intelligence and its assessment.


320 Adolescent Psychology (also Educ 320)

Prerequisite: Psy 101 or permission of instructor

Offered: Fall, even years

 3 credit hours

This course is an examination of the adolescent in view of modern research of mental, physical and emotional changes that occur. Interrelationships of development, adolescent interests, social consciousness, behavior and the major contexts of adolescent development are studied.


330 Abnormal Psychology

Prerequisite: Psy 101 or permission of instructor

Offered: Fall, odd years

 3 credit hours

A study of the major mental disorders as classified by the American Psychiatric Association. Emphasis is on symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment of the disorders.


365 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (also Soc 365)

Prerequisite: Soc 101 or Psy 101

Offered: As needed

3 credit hours

This course presents a sociological perspective to the study of mental health and illness. The sociological perspective emphasizes what we “know” to be mental health and illness is socially constructed, which varies by place (i.e., country) , group (i.e., status position) and time (i.e., historically). As such, we attempt to answer three fundamental questions throughout this course: First, what is mental illness? That is, how mental illness is defined and experienced. Second, how do social factors influence the definition of and prevalence of mental illness? Finally, how should society prevent and respond to mental illness? That is, how does society react to those thought to be mentally ill and how is treatment structured. This course examines the sociological theories and research used to answer these three questions.