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1 Psychology Chair: Basma Faour, Ed.D. The Department of Psychology offers a B.A. program in General Psychology and M.A. programs in General Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Marketing and Advertising Psychology. UNDERGRADUATE The undergraduate degree in Psychology prepares students to: - Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. - Apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. - Use critical thinking and ethical, scientific inquiry to value empirical evidence. - Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural diversity. - Develop insight into their own and others behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and selfimprovement. - Emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. In order to proceed to a Psychology major, a student must earn a score of 70 or above in PSY 201. In addition, PSY 201 and PSY 202 are to be taken during the Sophomore year. No student may be considered eligible for majoring in Psychology if he/she has not successfully completed PSY 201 and PSY 202. To ensure the successful completion of a B.A. in Psychology, a student must satisfy all of the following: - the general education requirements of the University - a minimum of 43 credits in the Department of Psychology as listed below. The Department also offers a minor. A minor in Psychology requires 18 credits: PSY 201, PSY 220, PSY 221 or PSY 222, PSY 237, and two other courses chosen from the following: PSY 202, 204, 212, 218, 228, 230, 232, 235. No courses required by the major of a student are counted towards the minor declared by that student. In case a student has taken the minor course Haigazian University

2 requirements to complete his/her major or university requirements, the student must take additional courses from the minor to complete the credit requirement of the minor. Students minoring in Psychology should complete at least 15 credits of their minor at Haigazian University and maintain a minor average of at least 70. Students minoring in Psychology should score a minimum grade of 70 in PSY 201. General Education Core requirements for all HU students are listed on page 58. (30 cr.) Core Requirements (40 cr.) PSY 201 General Psychology 3 cr. PSY 202 Basic Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 cr. PSY 204 Psychology of Personality 3 cr. PSY 212 Biological Psychology 3 cr. PSY 218 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr. PSY 220 Social Psychology 3 cr. PSY 221 Psychology of the Child 3 cr. or PSY 222 Psychology of Adolescence 3 cr. PSY 228 Experimental Psychology 4 cr. PSY 230 Psychology of Perception 3 cr. PSY 232 Psychology of Learning 3 cr. PSY 235 Cognitive Psychology 3 cr. PSY 237 History and Systems 3 cr. PSY 295 Senior Seminar 3 cr. Holders of Lebanese Literature and Humanities Baccalaureate, Economics and Sociology Baccalaureate, and Technical Baccalaureate are required to take MAT 100. Electives One Psychology elective in the Department. 3 cr. Undergraduate Psychology Courses PSY 101 Psychology of Everyday Life This course is a general overview of basic subject matter in psychology. It covers psychological principles and findings as they apply to everyday life, in topics of direct relation to everyday life, such as. perception, motivation, Haigazian University

3 emotions, learning, stress, self-esteem, and social behavior. The approach is hands on, small projects. PSY 201 General Psychology An introduction to the various fields of Psychology in which students will explore the diverse theories and psychological schools as they apply in the various fields of psychology, e.g. development, learning, perception, abnormal, etc. Special attention is given to current research and findings with emphasis on the scientific method as a mode of thinking. PSY 202 Basic Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences Basic descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to the social and behavioral sciences. Concepts are presented in the context of research reporting format. Not open to students who are required to take a statistics course in their major. PSY 204 Psychology of Personality Examination of theories of personality and factors that influence personality development. An introduction to psychometrics. Current research findings are emphasized in evaluating the contributions and shortcomings of these theories. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 212 Biological Psychology A study of the physiological basis of behavior: the basic anatomy and function of the nervous system (basic units, neural conduction, brain centers, and cortical areas), the neurological bases of perception, motivation, and cognitive functions, the sensory system (receptors, transduction, and neural pathways), and the interrelations between the three systems in behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 201; open to Biology students of Junior Standing. PSY 218 Abnormal Psychology An examination of the patterns of behavior classified as abnormal in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA. A general view of the various theories. Emphasis is on the research of contributing factors; biological, psychological, and socio-cultural. Current trends in psycho-therapy and their respective effectiveness. Prerequisite: PSY201. PSY 220 Social Psychology A study of behavior with respect to social setting and how these two reciprocally influence each other. An examination of the characteristics and effects of social influences (social norms, reference groups, crowding, persuasive communication) on personal attributes (social information Haigazian University

4 processing, beliefs, attitudes, values), and the resultant social behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 221 Psychology of the Child (Equivalent to ECE 207) A broad coverage of all aspects of the development of the child (birth to prepuberty). Emphasis on theories of cognitive and psycho-social development in accordance with their current status and implications for parenting, day care, and schooling. Prerequisite: PSY 201. Students do not receive credit for both PSY 221 and ECE 207. PSY 222 Psychology of Adolescence (Equivalent to EDU 235) A detailed study of the adolescence experience (puberty to emerging adulthood). The influence of psycho-social factors and peer group effects on identity search and personal development, especially as related to family systems, schooling and academic achievement. Theories and empirical evidence are related to all dimensions of adolescent development. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 223 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging A comprehensive study of the developmental processes through early, middle, and late adulthood. The course emphasizes consequences of physical, emotional, and occupational changes for the well-being of the individual and society, including relevant cross-cultural research. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 225 Human Growth and Development throughout the Life Span A broad overview of the development of the individual from birth to old age. The course considers the characteristic physical, social, and psychological developmental aspects of each phase with reference to biological and environmental factors contributing to the achievement of developmental tasks. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 228 Experimental Psychology (3,2; 4 cr.) A basic course designed to promote appreciation of the role of controlled experimental research in psychology. It includes research methods, designs, and the underlying statistical logic. Group and individual work on formulating hypotheses, designing and conducting laboratory and field experiments, analyzing results, and writing a research report. The emphasis is on studies concerned with human rather than animal research. Prerequisite: PSY 201 and 202. Haigazian University

5 PSY 229 Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology (3 cr.) Industrial/organizational psychology is a field with a strong scientific base and an applied orientation, the course demonstrates the connection between psychological theory and application: theoretical concepts are shown to lead to useful interventions. The course is designed with the student in mind. Whenever possible, the course draws on examples and illustrations from the world of work that students understand - making for an introductory text appealing to a wide range of students with varying academic backgrounds. An examination of psychological principles and techniques in their application to various aspects of industry and business. Prerequisite: PSY 201. Open to business students of Junior Standing. PSY 230 Psychology of Perception A basic course in the scientific study of the perceptual processes. An overview of current knowledge about stimulus characteristics, the anatomy and physiology of the sense organs, and the psychological and neurological processes involved in the interpretation of sensory input. Included is the role of learning in perceptual development, perception of space and form, constancies and illusions for all sensory modalities. Prerequisite: PSY 212. PSY 232 Psychology of Learning A systematic consideration of how people and animals learn and the way such learning influences behavior. The student will be exposed to the principles of associative (classical and operant conditioning) and cognitive learning and their implications for understanding normal and deviant behavior. Applications of learning principles in education, therapy, industry, and advertising. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 235 Cognitive Psychology A survey of current work and theories on the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge with emphasis on perceptual vigilance, attention, concept formation, problem solving, memory, and information processing in the context of the latest neurological and cognitive findings. Prerequisite: PSY 201. PSY 237 History and Systems A course covering the development of psychology from its origin in philosophy to current schools of thought, emphasizing interdisciplinary interactions and influences. Prerequisite: Senior Standing*. * Senior Standing refers to completion of 24 credits in the major and a total of 60 credits of Sophomore and above Haigazian University

6 PSY 242 Stress Management An understanding of the stress response (physiological, emotional, and cognitive) and its relationship to well-being. Exposure to the various strategies and techniques of coping, their rationales and their shortcomings. Brief handson techniques for stress reduction are practiced during class. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. PSY 245 Environmental Psychology This course provides an overview of theories and applications about factors of environmental living conditions (natural and human-made)and their effect on the quality of life and the resulting adaptive or non-adaptive behavior. Emphasis is on the reciprocal influences between the human and the environment. Awareness and prevention behaviors are skills to be acquired through this course. PSY 292 Selected Topics Directed indepth reading or research project on a special subject. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. PSY 295 Senior Seminar Intensive study of one specific area followed by a project undertaken by the students individually or in groups under the tutelage of the instructor. Prerequisite: Senior Standing and consent of advisor. Haigazian University

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