Psychology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

For course syllabi from before 2011, please see our syllabus archive.

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 100: 3 Credits

Basic Concepts in Psychology

Introduces psychology as scientific discipline. Examines concepts and methods in learning, motivation, development, personality, and measurement. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Doris Bitler Davis — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Lecture Hall 1
  • Section 002 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Enterprise Hall 80
  • Section 003 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Lecture Hall 1

200-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 211: 3 Credits

Developmental Psychology

Review of major developmental theories including perspectives of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 231: 3 Credits

Social Psychology

Study of human behavior development in a social matrix, including such topics as socialization, cultural behavior, group norms, and attitude formation. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

300-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 300: 4 Credits

Statistics in Psychology

Descriptive and inferential statistics in design, analysis, and interpretation of psychological research with practical application using computers in laboratory. Read More »

15 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 301: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Psychology

General research design in psychology, with an emphasis on experimental design and control. Topics include use of human participants in research, reliability and validity, observational methods, and survey and longitudinal designs. Read More »

15 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 304: 4 Credits

Principles of Learning

Principles of animal learning, including such topics as classical and operant conditioning, discrimination learning, and animal cognition. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 309: 4 Credits

Sensation, Perception, and Information Processing

Principles of perception, including topics such as psychophysics, perceptual organization, perceptual learning, and perceptual constancies. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 313: 3 Credits

Child Development

Study of human psychological development from conception to adolescence including such topics as genetic factors, emotional and intellectual growth, and environmental influences. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Timothy W Curby — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Innovation Hall 132
  • Section 003 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Innovation Hall 132

PSYC 314: 3 Credits

Adolescent Development

Study of the biological and cultural changes accompanying adolescence, including the effect of these changes on emotional, intellectual, and social development. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1007
  • Section 002 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Innovation Hall 204

PSYC 317: 3 Credits

Cognitive Psychology

An in-depth overview of important topics in cognitive psychology, including memory, attention, pattern recognition, problem solving, reasoning, and psycholinguistics. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 320: 4 Credits

Psychological Tests and Measurements

Examination and application of principles underlying the theory, interpretation, and administration of psychological tests, including a study of tests of intelligence, achievement, and ability. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 321: 3 Credits

Counseling Psychology

Review of the theories and methods in psychological counseling. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1110
  • Section 002 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Innovation Hall 208

PSYC 322: 3-5 Credits

Behavior Modification

Examination of experimental principles of human and animal learning within theoretical framework of applied behavior analysis, including design, implementation, and evaluation of operant intervention programs across a wide variety of human situations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Innovation Hall 209

PSYC 324: 3 Credits

Personality Theory

Introduction to classical and contemporary theories of personality, and comparative evaluation of major theories in terms of relevant studies. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Innovation Hall 208
  • Section 003 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson B222

PSYC 325: 3 Credits

Abnormal Psychology

Study of development of abnormal behavior patterns, including such topics as methods of diagnosis and prevention of serious mental disorders such as psychosomatic disorders, psychoses, character disorders, and mental retardation. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 326: 3 Credits

Therapeutic Communication Skills

Introduction to understanding and use of basic therapeutic communication skills used in clinical and counseling psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 327: 3 Credits

Psychology in the Community

Individual placements in applied psychology settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael E Hurley — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson A210

PSYC 328: 1 Credits

Psychology in the Community Laboratory

Consists of a one-hour service learning component linked to selected psychology courses. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 333: 3 Credits

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Examination of application of psychological principles and methods to problems commonly encountered in business and industry. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 335: 3 Credits

Psychology of Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and innovation take place in many domains such business, science and the arts. Learn the distinction between creativity and innovation. Apply findings from the scientific literature about the antecedents of creativity and innovation including emotions, cognition, individual differences, and social contexts. Experiment with ways to enhance your creativity and skills for innovation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 340: 3 Credits

Human Factors Psychology

Reviews history and current practice of optimal product and system design as a function of psychology. Includes a brief history of human factors psychology, a review of human memory and attentional systems as they relate to product and system design, and an introduction to current methods used to analyze and redesign products and systems for optimal human interaction. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Carryl Baldwin — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson B224

PSYC 362: 3 Credits

Psychology of Gender

Behavior and attitudes of women; influence of chromosomes and hormones on behavior, influence of culture on sex role differentiation, and theories of sex role development. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 372: 3 Credits

Physiological Psychology

Survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 373: 1 Credits

Physiological Psychology Laboratory

Functional anatomy and physiology of the brain, including dissection of brain and eye, and a demonstration and practice in research methods for studying physiological mechanisms underlying behavior. Read More »

6 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 375: 3 Credits

Brain and Sensory Processes

First half of comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including basic neuroanatomy, neural and synaptic transmission, neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior, and biological mechanisms of drug action. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Craig McDonald — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B208

PSYC 376: 3 Credits

Brain and Behavior

Second half of a comprehensive survey of neuroscience, including neural mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal behavior. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jennifer Brielmaier — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206
  • Section 002 — Jennifer Brielmaier — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — East Building 201

PSYC 379: 3 Credits

Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology

A review of important landmarks in cross-cultural research, showing how this research impacts psychology as a discipline. Emphasizes an empirical approach to cross-cultural study and includes topics such as theoretical and empirical developments in cross-cultural psychology, development of coherent schema's to guide cross-cultural research and interventions, comparison of psychology's goals and assumptions in Western and other cultures, and integration of course materials into educational and career goals of students. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 399: 2 Credits

Professional Issues in the Social Sciences: From College to Career

Emphasizes development and readiness for a profession in the social sciences through self-assessment and professional skill acquisition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 405: 3 Credits

Mystery, Madness, and Murder

Multidisciplinary approach to taboo topics that fascinate and frighten us. Instructors from disciplines across the arts and sciences bring expertise and diverse perspectives to provocative issues such as cannibalism and serial murder. Students learn to think critically and objectively while examining use in myth, literature, and popular culture. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 414: 3 Credits

Behavior Disorders of Childhood

Review of the theories, methods, and research dealing with emotional and behavioral disorders of children. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 415: 3 Credits

Psychological Factors in Aging

Examination of the sensory, perceptual, intellectual, and personality changes that occur in older people. Common adjustment problems as well as more serious adjustment difficulties are discussed. Applications of various personality theories of aging. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 417: 3 Credits

Science of Well Being

This course will examine and interpret the latest research in social, personality, and clinical psychology on well-being, character strengths, and personal growth. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which scientists generate hypotheses regarding the nature of positive psychological traits and processes and the methods by which these ideas are tested. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jerome Short — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B224

PSYC 418: 3 Credits

Death, Dying, and Grieving

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

PSYC 427: 3 Credits

Community Engagement for Social Change

Explores social problems and interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social aspects of addressing them. Addresses both theoretical aspects of social problems through readings and class discussion and application through community service. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 435: 3 Credits

Personnel Training and Development: A Psychological Perspective

Overview and critique of training methods used in industry from viewpoint of psychological theory, including simulations, on-the-job training, supervisory/leadership skills training, computer-assisted instruction, and programmed texts. Principles of needs analysis, program development, and program evaluation are discussed within framework of industrial psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 461: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 465: 3 Credits

History and Systems in Psychology

Historical background and major theoretical systems in modern psychology. Approaches include behaviorism, cognitive/information processing approaches, and psychodynamic theories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 466: 3 Credits

Psychology of Intimate Relationships

Advanced survey of theories and research related to intimate relationships, including romantic relationships and those among family members and friends. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 490: 3 Credits

Psychology Honors I

Review of topics and issues in psychology, including historical overview, theory and supporting data, and influences on behavior. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Linda Doss Chrosniak — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Research Hall 201

PSYC 492: 3 Credits

Psychology Honors III

Completion of final honors project or thesis. Students must complete project or thesis, and present oral defense to committee and poster to class. Students also expected to prepare proposal to present project or thesis at regional or national conference, or prepare manuscript for publication in appropriate journal. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 461: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics

Selected topics reflecting interest in specialized areas. Read More »

8 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Graduate

500-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 518: 3 Credits

Death, Dying, and Grieving

Advanced survey of processes of grieving and their relationship to death and dying. Topics include ways of dying, effects of death on loved ones, and care for the terminally ill. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rebecca Susan Morse — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

PSYC 562: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Human Experimental Psychology

Hands-on approach to selected current and/or classical human experimental psychology research methods. Course topics include experimental design, including psychophysical and physiological experimentation. In addition, mathematical, cognitive modeling and simulation, as well as advanced statistical techniques will be covered. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 592: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

600-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 612: 4 Credits

Advanced Statistics

Open only to degree students. Integrates basic psychological statistics with overview of research methodology including experimental, quasi-experimental, field approaches, and measurement issues from advanced perspective. Lab work includes use of computer packages for data handling and analyses. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 617: 3 Credits

Child Psychopathology

Intensive survey of major types of psychopathological disturbances of infancy and childhood. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Ellen Rowe — 01:00 PM to 03:40 PM R

PSYC 631: 3 Credits

Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation

Study of administration, scoring, and interpretation of standard tests used by industry for selection and assessment of personnel. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 633: 3 Credits

Evaluative Research in Psychology

Examines research techniques specifically designed to evaluate human effectiveness of organizations and mental health programs. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 644: 3 Credits

Methods for Social Research

Examines issues in basic and applied social science methodology including internal validity, causal generalization, and construct validity. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 323

PSYC 645: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

Hands-on approach to selected current or classical human factors/applied cognition research methods; exact methods announced in advance. Potential methods include cognitive task analysis, usability evaluation methods, critical incident analysis, reliability analysis, workload measures, verbal protocol analysis, and engineering models of human performance. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 666: 3 Credits

Cognitive and Perceptual Development

Survey of theory and research on development of perception, memory, concepts, problem solving, intelligence, and academic skills in children. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 668: 3 Credits

Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches

Presents comprehensive overview of current theoretical and empirical approaches to personality. Emphasizes areas of special relevance to clinical, developmental, and industrial/ organizational psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 669: 3 Credits

Social and Emotional Development

Surveys theory and research relevant to development of social relationships, emotional expressiveness and regulation, aggressive and altruistic behaviors, sex roles, and morality. Emphasizes influences on such development, including parents, other adults, peers, siblings, and broader culture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 671: 3 Credits

Role and Function of the School Psychologist

Considers roles, functions of school psychologist in educational environment, including certification and ethical standards, issues, and trends. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 703: 3 Credits

Social Bases of Behavior

Surveys social influences on behavior, including group processes, person perception, and attitude formation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Eden B King — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M — Robinson A245

PSYC 710: 4 Credits

Psychological Assessment

Study of major instruments used in clinical assessment and nature, problems, and predictive value; administration and scoring of major techniques for evaluation of personality; and principles of interpretation of these procedures. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 734: 3 Credits

Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 750: 1 Credits

School Psychology Practicum I

Practical experience in school psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 751: 2 Credits

School Psychology Assessment Practicum II

Practical experience in school psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 754: 3 Credits

Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques

Reviews psychological applications of regression techniques in variety of contexts including experimental, field, and survey settings. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 756: 3 Credits

Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology

Surveys multivariate statistical techniques as applied to psychological research. Emphasizes analysis of complex designs and interpretation of multivariate data analyses resulting from computer processing. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 768: 3 Credits

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science

Emphasizes current research in cognitive science. Topics may include computational cognitive models, nature of expertise, diagrammatic reasoning, display-based problem solving, visual attention, decision making, goal-based versus event-based cognition, and situated action. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 792: 1-6 Credits

Practicum in Developmental Psychology, Biopsychology, and School Psychology

Supervised experience in developmental psychology, biopsychology, or school psychology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 794: 1-6 Credits

Developmental Assessment

Introduces considerations and methods needed for evaluating young children (ages two - six). Focus on the skills necessary for formulating, conducting, and reporting comprehensive developmental evaluations. Emphasizes evaluation of preschool children and includes information relating to infants, as well as older children functioning at lower developmental levels. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Dawna M Thompson — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T

800-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 811: 4 Credits

Psychological Assessment II

Second of required two-course sequence that provides comprehensive coverage of principles, strategies, and techniques of psychological assessment. Emphasizes empirically supported methods. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

PSYC 830: 3 Credits

History, Systems, and Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy

Review of history, systems, and theories of clinical psychology emphasizing traditional theories of personality and psychotherapy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 833: 3 Credits

Social And Cognitive Foundations Of Clinical Psychology

Review of theory and research in social psychology (particularly social cognition) relevant to understanding psychological adjustment, adjustment problems, and clinical interventions. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 861: 3 Credits

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth

Teaches the selection, evaluation, and application of empirically supported interventions for children and adolescents with a focus on cognitive-behavioral interventions.¶ÿ Instruction in evidence based assessments, cognitive-behavioral case conceptualization, outcome evaluation, and consultation.¶ÿ Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with youth. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 862: 3 Credits

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults

Teaches the principles of cognitive-behavioral theory, conceptualization and psychotherapy techniques for psychological problems with adults.¶ÿ Supervision of cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 881: 1-3 Credits

Practicum in Clinical Psychology

Supervised clinical work in a professional psychological services setting. Usually includes practice in psychological assessment and clinical interventions, but can also include supervision, consultation, and program evaluation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 885: 0 Credits

Clinical Externship

Individual placements in psychological assessment or psychotherapy service settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 890: 1-3 Credits

Seminar in Professional Psychology

Each section limited to students in one concentration of MA or PhD program. See area coordinator for requirements for section in each track. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 892: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Psychology

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

900-Level Courses in PSYC

PSYC 998: 1-6 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Work on research proposal that forms basis for doctoral dissertation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 999: 1-9 Credits

Doctoral Dissertation

Research on approved dissertation topic under direction of dissertation committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PSYC

PSYC 592: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics

Special topics reflecting interests in specialized areas. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PSYC 678: 1-6 Credits

Topics in School Psychology (not currently offered)

Selected topics reflecting specialized area of school psychology.

PSYC 734: 3 Credits

Seminar in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

Emphasizes current research and application of human factors, ergonomics, applied cognition, and applied perception. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PSYC 737: 3 Credits

Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction (not currently offered)

Emphasizes current research and development in human-computer interaction, cognitive systems engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and cognitive engineering.

PSYC 757: 3 Credits

Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis (not currently offered)

Focuses on noncognitive individual differences that predict performance. Published work discussed in seminar format with emphasis on conceptual development, methodological adequacy, and new directions.

PSYC 892: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Psychology

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in psychology. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled