Psychology

PSY 1180: General Psychology: Individual in Growth (5)

Offerings

General psychology introduces students to the scientific study and assessment of mental processes and behavior. The course is a survey of the diverse field of psychology, which includes an overview of the major sub-fields of the discipline. Topics include: a brief history of psychology, the physiological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, psychological development throughout the lifespan, learning theory, motivation and emotion, personality theory, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and treatment of psychological disorders. Readings and class discussions will consider the interplay between psychology and faith. Additionally, the science of psychology and its ways of knowing will be explored throughout the quarter with writing assignments and a research requirement.

Attributes: WK Social Sciences Restrictions: Senior students are excluded.

PSY 1181: General Psychology: A Health Sciences Approach (5)

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With an intentional focus on the behavioral and social sciences competencies expected within the health sciences, this course introduces students to the scientific study and assessment of mental processes and behavior. The course is a survey of the diverse field of psychology, which includes an overview of the major sub-fields of the discipline. Topics include: a brief history of psychology, the physiological and biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, psychological development throughout the lifespan, learning theory, motivation and emotion, personality theory, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and the biological underpinnings of psychological disorders as well as treatment. Readings and class discussions will consider the interplay between psychology, biology, and faith. Additionally, the science of psychology and its ways of knowing will be explored throughout the quarter with interactive activities/assignments and a research requirement.

Attributes: WK Social Sciences

PSY 1200: Psychology as Vocation (1)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180 (may be taken concurrently). Provides an overview of the various career paths in psychology within the context of the concept of vocation, for the purpose of helping students discern their calling in psychology and psychology-related fields. Major topics are specialization within the sub-disciplines of psychology and preparation for those sub-disciplines, including volunteer or research experience, testing requirements, the application process, and necessary education or coursework. In addition to describing the practical aspects of the different sub-disciplines of psychology, the course will address the meaning of calling and vocation and the implications of being called to serve one's community as a psychologist. This course is required of all psychology majors, but is open to any student interested in psychology.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180 can be taken concurently: C- or better

PSY 2200: Community Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: PSY 1180. Community Psychology seeks to identify, assess, and remedy social, behavioral, and mental health issues that arise within a social context. This course will provide an introduction to how social systems cause or contribute to social problems and mental health issues. Special attention will be paid to the influence of social systems on counseling, clinical, and social services outcomes. The course will also include an overview of how social action programs, community mental health, and changes in public policy can improve social services and behavioral and mental health outcomes. The course will cover topics such as: social oppression, health inequalities, ecological perspective, cross-cultural competence, empowerment, social action, and community service.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better

PSY 2210: Health Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: PSY 1180. This course will provide an introduction to the field of Health Psychology. The course will include an overview of how medical issues can impact psychological function as well as how psychological functioning can impact medical health outcomes. The course will cover topics such as: theories or models of health behavior change, emotional health and illness, cancer, and chronic pain. In addition, a review of current health care systems and health policy as they influence mental and physical health outcomes will be discussed.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better

PSY 2220: Sports Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: PSY 1180. This course will provide an introduction to the field of Sports Psychology. The course will include an overview of how psychological factors can impact the performance and well-being of athletes and teams. The course will cover topics such as: motivation and feedback, self-confidence, competition, anxiety and arousal, effective communication, team dynamics, leadership, and goal setting. In addition, a review of issues related to sports and mental health, aggressive behavior, and character development will be discussed.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better

PSY 2360: Introduction to Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (5)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180, and Math Placement Level B or a C- or better in MAT 0145. Presents an introduction to data analysis and research in social and behavioral science. Explores, at an introductory level, descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., correlation, regression, hypothesis testing, chi-square, experimental / ANOVA analyses) and research applications of those techniques. An emphasis is placed on analysis and handling of real data, processes of discovery in social and behavioral science, understanding published research, and developing professional skills with statistical software.

Equivalents: CRIM 2360, SOC 2360 Attributes: WK Quantitative Reasoning Restrictions: Psychology, Sociology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (Math Placement Level: B or better OR MAT 0145: C- or better) AND (Math Proficiency Exam: 36 or better

PSY 2361: Research Experience in Psychology (1-3)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Provides introductory experiences in the conduct of actual empirical research in social and behavioral science. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits.

Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 2402: Psychology and Christian Faith (3)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. This course examines potential relationships between theories of psychological science and Christian theology. A variety of topics will be considered from the perspectives of each discipline. For example, the course will consider psychological theory and research about the self-conscious emotions of guilt and shame, as well as Biblical analyses of these experiences. We will also consider recent insights from trauma theory, religious coping research, and research about spiritual struggle, in light of theological analyses about suffering and Biblical portrayals of anger toward God. Other topics may include the relationship between religion / spirituality and health, as well as the psychology of evil and Christian portrayals of sin.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 2422: Psychology of Personal Growth and Civic Development (3)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Provides an introduction to principles of human growth and holistic character development, building upon positive psychological research into happiness, well-being, and virtues. Emphasis is on practical application toward personal development that involves civic engagement with significant social issues.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 2470: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Surveys human development from conception to death, focusing on the interacting processes of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development within social and cultural contexts, including developmental tasks and transitions associated with developmental stages.

Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3360: Psychological Disorders (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Examines the history, causes, and symptoms of abnormal behavior with reference to modern methods of assessment and treatment. Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding maladaptive behavior.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Applied Human Biology, Criminal Justice, Exercise Science, Human Dev & Family Studies, Indiv and Fam Development, Music Therapy, Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3388: Brain and Behavior Exploration (5)

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This course provides an introduction to functional neuroanatomy. Students will explore the brain and its important roles in human behavior through systematic dissection of the sheep brain and the use of interactive computer software. Students will engage in discussion of case studies, newsworthy events, and other real life examples to illustrate the functionality and behavioral relevance of the brain regions explored in the course.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only.

PSY 3410: Cross-Cultural Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Surveys research and theories on culture and psychology. Focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of Western and non-Western worldviews and their relation to various psychological topics, such as mental health, personality, spirituality, and emotion. Highlights both empirical and experiential approaches to studying cultural issues in psychology.

Attributes: Cultural Understand&Engagement, Upper-Division Restrictions: Global Development Studies, Psychology, Soc Justice/Cultural Studies Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3438: Social Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Examines human thought, emotion, and behavior in social contexts. Major topics include impression formation, social cognition, attribution, self, attitudes, persuasion, prejudice, conformity, group behavior, aggression, helping, attraction, and interpersonal relationships. SOC 4440 may be substituted for PSY 3438 in the psychology major, although PSY 3438 is the recommended course. Students may not receive credit for both PSY 3438 and SOC 4440.

Equivalents: SOC 4440 Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology, Sociology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3439: Motivation and Leadership (5)

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Presents the theories and principles of motivation and leadership with practical applications in business, church, community and educational settings.

Equivalents: BUS 3439 Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: : or better

PSY 3442: Personality and Individual Differences (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Personality psychology is the study of the individual characteristics that make each person unique. This class will focus on current major theories and research in personality science, which will then be used as a way to understand other topical areas in psychology, such as well-being, emotionality, religiosity, preferences, cognition, and more. Students will have the opportunity to explore personality through application exercises and projects.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3448: Tests and Measurements in Psychology (5)

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Prerequisites: PSY 1180 and PSY 2360 or equivalent. Explores the nature and use of measurement and evaluation, psychometric theory and standardized testing. Develops concepts and skills in the development, selection, administration and interpretation of psychological and educational tests and nontesting means of evaluation.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better AND (PSY 2360: D or better OR SOC 2360: D or better)

PSY 3460: Child Developmental Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Surveys child development from conception through late childhood, focusing on physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development. Child development within various social and cultural contexts will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to examine the main theories and concepts in relation to applied challenges and controversies in child development. Finally, students will gain an understanding of various methodologies used to assess child development.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3465: Ethics in Practice (5)

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Prerequisites: PSY 1180 and 3360. This course will provide an introduction to ethical and legal issues pertaining to the social sciences with specific focus on counseling, clinical, and social services contexts. The course will include an overview of different models of moral responsibility and decision making as well as various codes of conduct or standards of care. The course will cover topics such as: privacy and confidentiality, professional boundaries, multiple relationships, sensitivity to diversity, professional competence, and record keeping.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better AND PSY 3360: D or better

PSY 3475: Adolescent Developmental Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Provides an overview of adolescent development focusing on the interaction of the physical, cognitive, emotional, moral, social, familial, educational and vocational dimensions within social and cultural contexts. Includes an introduction to the observation, measurement and evaluation of adolescents.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3480: Adult Developmental Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Surveys adult development from emerging adulthood to dying and death. Focuses on the interacting processes of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development within social and cultural contexts, including developmental tasks and transitions associated with adult developmental periods.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3588: Psychological Research Methods (5)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and PSY 2360 (or equivalent course). Explores the nature of scientific inquiry, the variety of psychological research methods, the design of internally and externally valid studies, and the application to designs of statistical techniques. Develops skills in locating, interpreting and evaluating published research. Students may not receive credit for both SOC 3751 and PSY 3588.

Equivalents: SOC 3751 Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology, Sociology Majors only. Freshman students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 2360: C- or better OR SOC 2360: C- or better) OR (MAT 2360: C- or better OR MAT 1360: C- or better)

PSY 3700: Learning and Behavior (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. This course explores the contribution of biological influences on the development of behaviors and the effects of learning on adaptations in behaviors. Topics includes habituation and sensitization, classical conditioning, instrumental or operant conditioning, social learning, stimulus control, foraging and choice, motivation and verbal learning. Course content will be presented using both human and animal research models. Discussion includes biological and neurological explanations of learning and behavior. In addition, special attention will be paid to the relevance of learning principles to applied settings such as education and therapy.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 3800: Cognitive Psychology (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. This course examines mental processes and their relationship to behavior from a cognitive psychology perspective. Topics include sensation and perception, memory, encoding and retrieval, concept formation, choice, decision making, problem solving, language, and metacognition. Course content will be presented using both human and animal research models. Discussion includes biological and neurological explanations of cognitive processes. In addition, special attention will be paid to the application of cognitive processes to therapy.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4100: Advanced Research Methods:Social Psychology (5)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Social Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 3588: C- or better OR SOC 3751: C- or better) AND (PSY 3438: C- or better OR SOC 4440: C- or better)

PSY 4101: Advanced Research Methods: Animal Behavior (5)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with nonhuman subjects. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics, Learning and Behavior, and Cognitive Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND PSY 3588: C- or better

PSY 4102: Advanced Research Methods: Cognitive Psychology (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Cognitive Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND PSY 3588: C- or better

PSY 4103: Advanced Research Methods: Cross-Cultural Psychology (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Cross Cultural Psychology to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND PSY 3588: C- or better

PSY 4104: Advanced Research Methods: Psychology and Christian Faith (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Psychology and Faith to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND PSY 3588: C- or better

PSY 4105: Advanced Research Methods: Personality and Preferences (5)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in 3588. Restricted to Psychology majors who have applied to graduate in the current academic year. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and Personality and Individual Differences, to design, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Junior, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 3588: C- or better OR SOC 3751: C- or better)

PSY 4106: Advanced Research Methods: Developmental Psychology (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in 3588. Restricted to Psychology majors who have applied to graduate in the current academic year. The objective of this course is to further students' knowledge of research methods in psychology by requiring students to conduct ethically sound research with human participants. Students will draw from material learned in previous psychology classes, especially Psychological Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics and the various Developmental Psychology offerings, implement, and present unique empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. This course is designed for Seniors who have already applied to graduate. Banner must reflect that the student has applied to graduate by summer of the year they register.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 3588: C- or better OR SOC 3751: C- or better)

PSY 4110: Psychopharmacology (5)

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Prerequisites PSY 1180 and 4488. This course will provide an introduction to the neurobiology of drug action. The course will include an overview of how drugs can be used to treatment various mental and physical health issues. In addition, the course will cover side effects of drug use as well as the effects of substance abuse. The course will cover topics such as: a discussion of various psychoactive agents such as stimulants, sedative/hypnotic, hallucinogens, marijuana, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, cognitive enhancers, antianxiety, etc. pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug therapy for mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: D or better AND PSY 4488: D or better

PSY 4428: Advanced Statistical Analysis (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 2360. An advanced course in statistical analyses, particularly relevant for students with interests in conducting social and behavioral research. Topics include multiple regression, factor analysis and advanced applications of analysis of variance.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 2360: C- or better OR MAT 1360: C- or better)

PSY 4470: Counseling Theory and Practice (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Provides an overview of the major approaches and techniques of psychological counseling, incorporating research on the process and efficacy of counseling interventions. Incorporates experiential introduction to basic counseling strategies through the use of guided role play with peers.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4485: Psychobiology of Women (5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Addresses how endocrinology, anatomy and physiology influence female behavior, affect and quality of life during several time segments across the life span. Issues such as the physical and psychological development of the female, the bi-directional relationship between hormones and behavior, pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, and menopause will be addressed in both a physical and social context.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4488: Behavioral Neuroscience (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. The biological bases of behavior are explored through essential concepts in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology within the context of behavioral processes. Introduction to sensation and perception provided. The nervous and endocrine systems are presented as a foundation for behavior.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4899: Senior Seminar in Psychology (3)

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Prerequisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and in PSY 3588 or SOC 3751 and at least 40 credits completed in psychology. A capstone experience in psychology integrating psychological theories and research in the context of the liberal arts and the Christian faith.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND (PSY 3588: C- or better OR SOC 3751: C- or better)

PSY 4900: Independent Study (1-5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180. Students will carry out an extensive exploration of a topic in psychology. Study is under supervision of a psychology faculty member in the Department of Psychology, and builds on previous course preparation in psychology. Objective is to provide greater depth in analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the topic of interest. Substantial reading and writing expected. Credits may not be applied toward the minimum 30 needed to complete the minor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4910: Topical Seminar in Psychology (1-5)

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Seminar style course designed to consider contemporary and controversial issues in psychology. Not offered every year.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: : or better

PSY 4940: Internship in Psychology (1-5)

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Prerequisite: A C- or better in PSY 1180 and a minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Provides psychological field experience in the community. Arrangements with internship sites must occur before the quarter of participation (see www.spu.edu/depts/spfc/undergradpsych/internships/index.asp for further details). The internship must involve learning about application of a specific psychology subfield (e.g. abnormal, developmental, cross-cultural psychology) in community settings. It must be supervised by someone with graduate training in a psychology-related field (or comparable expertise, as permitted by the director of internships). Twenty-five hours of field work will be completed for each credit, with a minimum of 50 total on-site hours required during the first quarter one interns at a particular site. Participation in a biweekly seminar with the faculty director of internships is also required. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better

PSY 4970: Independent Research (1-3)

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Prereqisites: A C- or better in PSY 1180, PSY 2360 or equivalent, PSY 3588. Student will carry out empirical research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member and synthesize the findings in a written research report. Objective is to apply skills in research methods and data analysis. Credits may not be applied toward the minimum 30 needed to complete the minor. Credit variable up to a maximum of three per term. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Psychology Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded. Prerequisites: PSY 1180: C- or better AND PSY 3588: C- or better AND (PSY 2360: C- or better OR SOC 2360: C- or better)