Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Introductory Psychology (SPY 110)
An introduction to the history, concepts, principles, and problems of modern psychology including experiential study. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.
Professional Seminar in Psychology (SPY 130)
An introductory course for majors to build critical thinking and information literacy skills and to explore the discipline’s values, ethics, career options, and writing style. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Social Psychology (SPY 215)
A scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include attitude formation and change, self, gender, culture, conformity, obedience, group dynamics, prejudice, aggression, attraction, and altruism. Students develop a research proposal in APA style. Writing Intensive course. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)
The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Adult Development (SPY 235)
A study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development throughout adulthood. Includes collection and analysis of adults’ life histories. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Industrial & Organizat'l Psychology (SPY 265)
Study of the psychological principles operating in industry with specific emphasis on organizational psychological factors such as motivation, decision-making, interpersonal communication, personality assessment, selection, placement, and employee development; interviewing and morale; human relations, consumer, and advertising research. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.
Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)
Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Sports Psychology (SPY 275)
Covers various psychological principles associated with sports. Discussions of psychological variables that hinder or enhance athletic performance. Bridges the gap between theory and real world situations. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)
Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Special Topics in Psychology (SPY 315)
In-depth study of a topic from a subfield of psychology. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.
Motivation and Emotion (SPY 340)
Survey of theories and research in motivation and emotion including physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social approaches. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Psychology of Crime and Delinquency (SPY 345)
Conceptualizes crime and delinquency from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Review of research on common risk and protective factors. Emphasizes thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes displayed by criminals and analyzes the development of criminal behavior with sensitivity to multiple ecological systems that impact people. Empirically supported strategies for intervening with criminals are covered. Prerequisite: SCJ110. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Biological Psychology (SPY 350)
A study of the biological basics of behavior including the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Special topics include physiological processes related to emotions, gender, psychological abnormality, and perception. Satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SPY110. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Personality Theory (SPY 370)
A consideration of the research and theory aimed at understanding those characteristics of the person which are related to his or her distinctive ways of experiencing or behaving. Major theoretical perspectives on personality such as trait theories, social learning theory, psychoanalytic theories, and phenomenological theories are examined. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
History and Systems of Psychology (SPY 390)
A study of the ideas of the major schools or systems of psychology and the people associated with those ideas. The course is intended to provide an understanding of the issues that have been important to psychology and an understanding of the discipline as it exists today. Juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Psychology Research & Applications (SPY 402)
In this course students apply principles of research by developing a research project or providing a critique of a public policy based on existing psychological research. Prerequisite: SSS251. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.
Psychology of Sex and Gender (SPY 405)
Examines both human sex (the biological identification as male/female) and gender (the social construct of feminine/masculine) from a psychological perspective. Emphasis on examining biological, psychological, and social factors that influence sex and gender similarities and differences in areas such as development, aggression, achievement, communication, relationships, employment, and physical and mental health. Juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: SPY110. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Internship (SPY 430)
An individually planned learning experience that provides an opportunity for exploring career possibilities or for enriching an academic program. A contract specifying the learning goals, activities, setting, and method of evaluation is developed in advance between a faculty member and the student. Pass/Fail only. Permission required. Fall, spring, J-term, and summer. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.
Race, Class, and Gender (SSO 200)
Reviews research on cultural definitions of race, class, and gender and their consequences for social life; institutional stratification and efforts to reduce inequalities; and attempts to revise the meaning of race, class, and gender in American culture. Spring semester and ADP Session 1. 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.
Research Methods (SSS 251)
Introduces students to the procedures that are used in conducting research in the social sciences. Provides practice in designing research studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.