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PSY 125 General Psychology and introduction to the Profession (for Psychology Freshmen)

6 credits

No Prerequisites

In the General Psychology course you will acquire some basic knowledge of this broad discipline.You will also learn some necessary principles about psychological research design and psychological experiments. The basic points of classical and operant conditioning will be also interesting for future professionals.   You will be exposed to a variety of topics starting from main psychological paradigms. And, of course, this course will provide a background for more advanced courses of Psychology Department.

 

PSY 127 Anatomy and Physiology of Central Nervous System

 6 credits

No prerequisites

The present program includes modern scientific achievements of the analysis of activity, including the physiological and functional systems of an organism, unites analytical and synthetic physiology. It consists of three basic parts: the general, individual physiology and physiological bases for the behavior of a person.

  

PSY 334.1 Psychology of Personality

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

This course is an introduction to basic psychological approaches to understanding the human personality. The course will survey classical comprehensive theories and relatively recent concepts and research on personality. The course is a platform for further study in clinical and counseling psychology, and other advanced courses within the field of mental health issues.

 

PSY 211.1 Social Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

The main goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the way people perceive, influence and relate to each other. Students gain understanding of a number of different theories that explain the basis of human social behavior. Students also develop their critical and analytical skills through discussions and writing academic and creative papers.

  

PSY 234.1 Experimental Psychology and Practicum

6 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 232 or SOC 324; PSY 125

   This course has three main goals:

  1. Students will understand the basics of social research. Core research concepts are presented including problem specification, design, measurement, sampling, qualitative and quantitative research, clinical research (multi-subject and single subject), data management and data analysis, research implementation, interpretation and dissemination.
  2. Students will understand how research is used in evidence-based practice. This includes the ability to frame empirically answerable questions, locate data relevant to those questions, critically evaluate such data and apply it to practice situations.
  3. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the research process through designing and executing a research project. "Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand" – Chinese Proverb

 

PSY 238.1  Developmental Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

Developmental psychology course provides an introduction to the milestones of human development from conception to death. It addresses the issues of physical, cognitive, and social growth of people with special attention to the various cultural contexts of development and rich diversity of individuals. I hope that this course will help you to understand better human psychology at different age, factors that influence our development and that you will be able to apply concepts and information you receive here not only in other courses, your professional careers but also in your personal life.

  

PSY 290.1 History and Methodology of Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

In a sequenced order the main problems of psychological science are presented as interrelated and having deep historical roots. The purpose of the course is to provide an idea of psychology’s development from ancient times to the second part of the 20th century. Special attention is paid to the development of psychology in the U.S.A. Students must have an exact idea of what concepts of behaviorism, psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology, cultural and historical psychology, and cognitive psychology mean to a contemporary psychologist.

 

PSY 310.1 Psychophysiology and Cognitive Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

Cognitive psychology studies a variety of topics dealing with human cognition. What is perception, what is thought and how is that people are able to think and memorize something, what attracts and grabs our attention, do animals have their own language and consciousness… those and many other questions will be in a focus of our interest during our course activities.  You will also learn how our cognition relates to brain structures and will be intrigued by the split brain phenomenon. Our course is not going to be extremely easy to deal with, but we really hope the process not to be only challenging, but also supportive.   Course goals are: to create a model of  the basic cognitive concepts, such as “attention”, “perception”, “imagination”, “memory”, “problem solving” and a variety of others; not only to ask good questions (“What is thought” is one of them), but also learn how to find a plenty of possible good answers; to learn what is experimental design in cognitive psychology. 

 

PSY 337.1 Psychological Tests

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

According to Anna Anastazi, psychological testing “actually is an objective and standardized measurement of behavior sample. In this sense, a psychologist goes the same way as any other experimenter who makes conclusions based on analysis of only a small part of any phenomenon.” This course is not meant to cover as many techniques used in psychological tests nowadays as possible. It is built to help students understand the main principles and methodology of psychological testing.

 

PSY 342 Introduction to Organizational Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

The course provides an overview of the field and intends to acquaint students with the applications of psychology to work settings. Organizations play vital roles in our lives. Healthy and sound functioning of organizations is important for social stability. Our experiences in organizations may deeply affect the quality and style of our lives. This course examines issues in personnel selection, assessment and testing, performance appraisal, theories of motivation, job satisfaction, models of leadership, organizational design, communication, and group dynamics, and the methods used to conduct research in these domains.

   

PSY 383.1 Introduction to Counseling

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 125

Counseling is one of the most important fields of applied psychology. It refers to the sphere of mental health professions. Oft en counseling is called a helping profession because of its general role in helping individuals reduce their suffering and improve their effectiveness. The American Counseling Association’s Governing Council approved a definition of professional counseling as “the application of mental health, psychological, and human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral and systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth, and career development, as well as pathology” (Harold. L. Hackney, L. Sherilyn Cormier, 2001). This course is a survey course designed to increase students’ awareness of the field of counseling through the classical approaches. Students learn to recognize the general principles of counseling psychology and what mental health professionals do; to describe various psychotherapy approaches, the main therapeutic skills clinicians need, potential difficulties and pitfalls during counseling process from its first session to termination; to present the role of therapists and their patients in treating of psychological disorders; and to develop a cohesive understanding of the content of therapy.

 

PSY 391.1 Abnormal Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 122

Abnormal Psychology is the field of applied psychology that makes a subject for scientific study the psychology of abnormal, maladjusted emotionally disturbed behavior. This course introduces models of mental abnormality as well as to description of major mental disorders. The format of course is based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Edition). Students learn to define and evaluate criteria for abnormal behavior and specific psychological disorders; to recognize or identify common psychological disorders; to outline basic principles of treatments for specific psychological disorders; and to be oriented in International Diagnostic Classification Systems in particular the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-TR).

 

PSY 232.1 Mathematical and Statistical Methods in Psychology

6 credits

Prerequisite MAT 133

This course covers the basic principles of collecting, organizing, and analyzing psychological data. These include basic descriptive (e.g., means, standard deviations) and inferential statistics (t-tests, correlation, regression, ANOVA). This class aims to provide you students with the basic statistical concepts and necessary skills needed for the laboratory research, survey work and to provide adequate quantitative background for understanding psychological literature. The special emphasis of the course will be on the use of a statistical software package SPSS.

 

PSY 411.1  Senior Thesis Seminar

6 credits

Prerequisite PSY 122, PSY 232.1, PSY 234.1

Senior Thesis Seminar implies participation of fourth-year students in the classes. It promotes goal-oriented work on the senior thesis and its timely completion; understanding of the methodological principles of the modern psychology and their actual realization in the practice of the scientific research; reconstruction of the knowledge, which barriers the foremost meaning for project realization and future professional choice of the student; and effective work on fundamental and modern literature required for the project’s completion.

 

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