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PSYC 101 (3)
Introductory Psychology
An introduction to the basic principles of mental processes and human behavior. Topics include conditioning, development, personality, learning, and adjustment. Psychological theory and research will also be examined.
PSYC185 (3)

Growing & Developing the Adult Life Span
This course is an introduction to the field of Human Aging/Gerontology as an interdisciplinary field of study. The course will be an examination of the biological, psychological, social, spiritual and economic factors and dimensions that make up the aging experiences of individuals as well as how the "aging population" affects the way
we organize our various societies. Cross-listed with SOCI 185 and PSYC 185.
PSYC 201 (3)

Social Psychology
The study of individual behavior in a social context. Emphasis is on group behavior, prejudice, attitude formation and conformity in relation to psychological theories and research dealing with social influence. Crosslisted with SOCI 201. PSYC 205 (3)

Abnormal Psychology
This course is designed to familiarize students with the different approaches to understanding, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Students will also learn about the major categories of disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - 4th ed. (DSM-IV). They should also be able to identify the major philosophical differences in explaining abnormal behavior and discuss the implications of those differences in treatment and public policy. PSYC 207 (3)

Life-Span Development
This course is designed to help students become familiar with developmental psychology. The emphasis is on life-span development. This course will focus on some of the major issues in this area: the contributions of nature and nurture in human development, continuity vs. discontinuity in development, critical periods of development and plasticity. Students will gain an understanding of developmental processes that occur in childhood, adolescence, early adulthood and later adulthood. Students will gain an understanding of how developmental issues may be recognized in their own lives as well as the importance in the study of human behavior. PSYC 215 (3)

Social Gerontology
This course is designed as a multi-disciplinary study of aging with a focus on social issues. Social Gerontology is concerned with the impact of social and cultural conditions on the process of growing old. The course will be geared toward the examination of diverse perspectives with the goal of sensitizing you to dilemmas, debates, and possible solutions to social problems generated by our aging society. We will have guest speakers come into our class sharing their experience in dealing with the these debates and controversies. You will become aware of your own beliefs regarding these issues but also be sensitive to the perspectives of others. Cross-listed with GERO215 and SOCI215 PSYC 275 (3)

Research Methods in Psychology
This course will include discussions of the various research methods used in the field of psychology. Students will examine research designs, treatment of results. They will engage in literature searches, and the preparation of research reports. PSYC 310 (3)

Nonverbal Communications
Students will study nonverbal behaviors and how they repeat, underscore, substitute for and regulate verbal communication in the communication environment and between communicators. Theories and research will be covered. Cross-listed with BUSI310 and COMM310. PSYC 315 (3)

Child and Adolescent Development
This course will cover in detail the concepts of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development as related specifically to children and adolescents. The course of normal development will be emphasized, but there will be reference to aspects of development which may deviate from what is considered -normal‖. The goal of this course is to further learning specific to children and adolescents, that began in Lifespan Development. PSYC 330 (3)

Personality Theories
This course focuses on the theories of personality, methods of study and results of the scientific study of personality. The basic concepts of personality traits and their measurements will be discussed. In addition, the developmental influences and problems of integration will be addressed. PSYC 350 (3)

Aging in Communities
Examines the possibilities and challenges a community faces to encourage and extend resources to people who are aging. All dimensions of aging in place will be explored: social, familial, educational, political, physiological and occupational. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating successful aging friendly solutions various communities have found. Cross-listed with GERO350. PSYC 360 (3)

Aging and the Family
The Age Wave has arrived; the oldest of the baby boomers, the largest generation in our history, are now in their early 60's. Because of modern technology and improved health care, life expectancy has increased significantly since the early 1900's. Leaders in the aging field across the country say that older people are redefining the retirement years, and this cultural transformation is having a tangible impact on the traditional concept of family as a social institution. The possibilities for how to live the older years is also evolving. This course will take a look at what it means to age within the context of a broad range of family ties: marriages, friendships, older parents and children, childless older persons, grandparents and grandchildren, and sibling relationships. Cross-liseted with GERO 360. PSYC 385 (3)

Race, Ethnicity, and Aging
This course is designed to present a broad overview of aging within the framework of race and ethnicity by examining some of the major issues related to our aging society, current research, and theories of aging. It will focus on diversity and some of the multicultural factors that contribute to one's socialization and life-chance differences that may follow ethnic, racial, gender, racial and minority status. Cross-listed with GERO 385. PSYC 399 (3)

Seminar in Psychology
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
Topics vary by semester PSYC 420 (3)

History and Systems in Psychology
PREQUISITE: Senior standing and 20 hours in Psychology.
An historical analysis of the field of psychology from it's beginnings in philosophy and the natural sciences through the 1950s. In addition to lectures, students will engage in presentations and other activities (e.g., class discussions based on student research on the history of psychology. PSYC 497 (3)

Special Topics in Psychology: Conference
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
This class will offer students an opportunity to attend psychology conferences (local, national, and international). Students will attend symposia, invited addresses, poster sessions, and lectures given by some of the leading researchers and theorists in psychology. This course will be offered each year or on alternating years. The venue will change from year-to-year. PSYC 498 (3)

Special Topics in Psychology: Senior Research Project
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
This course is a continuation of PSYC 497. It allows students the opportunity to implement the proposed research study designed in PSYC 497. Students will work with a faculty member to implement the proposed study, analyze the collected data, form conclusions, and complete a formal write up of the study. PSYC 499 (3)

Seminar in Psychology
PREREQUISITE: Approval of Instructor
Topics vary by semester