Psychology Course Offerings

Psy 200: Understanding Human Behavior
3 hours credit
A course designed to introduce the general student to the major topics and themes of psychology. A focus will be given to applying psychological principles to help students better understand themselves and others. Offered every semester.

Psy 210: Writing for Psychology
1 hour credit
A foundational course designed to introduce psychology majors to literature research and APA style writing for psychological research papers and reports. Offered every semester.

Psy 220: Courtship, Marriage and the Family
3 hours credit
An introductory study of dating, courtship and marriage, preparation for marriage; the selection of a marriage partner, the roles of members of the family, family rituals, and patterns of interaction. Offered Fall semester.

Psy 230: Crisis Intervention Counseling
2 hours credit
A survey of principles and techniques for telephone counseling. Designed especially to prepare non-professionals for crisis intervention based on Christian values within the limits of telephone contact. Offered Fall semester.

Psy 302: Personality Theory
3 hours credit
A survey of the major theories on how personality develops. Theories are examined from a Christian perspective and students are encouraged to formulate their own theoretical point of view. Offered every semester.

Psy 310: Child Development
3 hours credit
A review of the origin and principles of behavior in infancy and childhood; physical, intellectual, social, emotional and language development in the normal child. Offered every semester.

Psy 311: Adolescent Development
3 hours credit
A review of the principles of behavior of the adolescent; the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development specific to this period of maturation. Offered every semester.

Psy 312: Educational Psychology
3 hours credit
A study of the psychological foundations for learning and the procedures by which learning is accomplished. Also covered is an evaluation of teaching methods and learning tools. Offered every semester.

Psy 313: Adult Development
3 hours credit
An introductory course in adult developmental psychology, emphasizing the important psychological and developmental issues, changes and adjustments that occur physically, cognitively and socially during adulthood. Offered every semester.

Psy 318: Psychology of Identity
3 hours credit
A study of contemporary post-adolescent personality development, organized around Erikson’s fifth and sixth stages, with emphasis on middle adult outcomes of the post-adolescent identity crisis.

Psy 325: Research Methods and Statistics I
3 hours credit
The first of a two-course sequence covering research methods and statistics for the behavioral sciences. This first section covers primary statistical and research methods, how and when statistics are used, and also helps the student to better understand and evaluate research studies. (Prerequisite: PSY210) Offered every semester.

Psy 326: Research Methods and Statistics II
3 hours credit
The second course in the research sequence covering how research is done, pitfalls in research, how to design research studies, collecting and analyzing data, and writing research reports. (Prerequisite: PSY325) Offered every semester.

Psy 330: Social Psychology
3 hours credit
A study of social dynamics, interpersonal relationships, and the influence of the social environment on behavior. Offered every semester.

Psy 340: Gerontology
3 hours credit
An analysis of aging as a social process in modern society. Areas included are theories of the process of aging, the various issues and problems of being older, and the experience of death and dying.

Psy 341: Learning and Cognition
3 hours credit
Explores the many types of learning from simple conditioning to more complex forms of cognitive behavior. Offered every semester.

Psy 350: Psychology of Sport &Human Performance
3 hours credit
This course presents the application of behavioral principles, motivational research, personality factors and cognitive processes to the area of sport. It introduces students to this discipline and provides knowledge to enhance their own performance and the performance of others.

Psy 352: Drugs and Behavior
3 hours credit
A study of the basic principles of drug effects and influences on the behavior of the individual and on society. Emphasis will be given to substance abuse and common psychotherapeutic drugs.

Psy 370: Industrial and Organizational Psychology
3 hours credit
An introduction to how psychology is applied to the world of work, with a focus on the practice and application of skills in the workplace.

Psy 380: Physiological Psychology
3 hours credit
A course designed to give an overview of physiological psychology with specific emphasis on the brain and its functions, and to explore the many ways biology influences human experience. Offered every semester.

Psy 399: Honors Independent Study
1-3 hours credit
Supervised, intensive research on a pre-approved topic in psychology or supervised work in a particular area of psychology in a professional setting. Prerequisite: completion of six additional hours in psychology; approval of faculty instructor (and supervisor at field work site).

Psy 401: Abnormal Psychology
3 hours credit
Examines the causes, symptoms, classification, diagnosis and treatment of the many types of mental disorders. Offered every semester.

Psy 412: Human Services Practicum I
3 hours credit
Supervised field work involving placement of student in a human services agency for practical experience. (Prerequisite: SOC 311 and 312)

Psy 413: Human Services Practicum II
3 hours credit
Supervised field work involving placement of student in a human services agency for practical experience. (Prerequisite: PSY/SOC 412)

Psy 423/424: Advanced Independent Research
1-3 hours credit
Supervised undergraduate research work to provide students hands-on research experience and to prepare them for doctoral study in psychology. Students will conduct all aspects of a selected research project and thorough evaluation of research literature related to the project. (Prerequisite: PSY 326) Registration by approval of application and permission of instructor.

Psy 431: Multicultural Counseling
3 hours credit
An exploration of the lives, issues and potential counseling problems of various cultural groups. (Prerequisite: PSY 302)

Psy 442: Tests and Measurements
3 hours credit
A study of the theory and principles of diagnostic testing which give teachers and counselors direction for their educational and guidance efforts.

Psy 451: Theories of Counseling
3 hours credit
A survey designed to acquaint the student with the underlying principles, major theories and methods commonly employed in individual counseling. (Pre-requisite: PSY302) Offered Fall semester.

Psy 452: Techniques of Counseling
3 hours credit
A course that deals with becoming and being a counselor by examining the various agencies, styles, techniques, problems and categories of counseling. (Pre-requisite: PSY451) Offered Spring semester.

Psy 453: Counseling Field Experience I
2 hours credit
Supervised work experience in a social agency or community program which provides counseling services. (Prerequisite: PSY451 and permission of instructor.) Offered Fall semester.

Psy 454: Counseling Field Experience II
2 hours credit
Supervised work experience in a social agency or community program which provides counseling services. (Prerequisite: PSY452, PSY 453 and permission of instructor.) Offered Spring semester.

Psy 460/470: Practicum in Teaching Psychology
1–3 hours credit
A practicum which gives qualified students the opportunity to gain teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of psychology, and acquire skills that make them more attractive to graduate schools. (Prerequisite: successful completion of 12 hours of required PSY courses. Registration requires approval of application and approval of instructor.)

Psy 480/490: Special Topics in Psychology
1-3 hours credit
Special seminars on specific issues related to psychology, taught on an occasional basis by lecturers with qualified training.

Psy 495: Capstone for Seniors
3 hours credit
A course designed to be a culminating experience to the psychology program. Among the topics covered are: integrating psychology and Christian faith, preparing for graduate school, exploring career options, and discussion of various ethical and professional issues. (Prerequisite: successful completion of 24 hours of required PSY courses.) Offered every semester.