1 1 Undergraduate Student HandbooK for Psychology Bachelor of Arts Degree Students Edition
2 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome PAGE Mission Statement 1 The University of Hartford 1 General Information 2 Student ID 2 Parking Permit 2 Account 2 Closings and Announcements 3 Bookstore 3 Psi Chi 3 Other Department Activities 3 Registration 4 Academic Calendar 4 Registration Process 4 Continuous Registration 4 Course Withdrawal 5 Overrides 5 Tuition and Fee Payments 5 Academic Resources 5 The Center for Reading and Writing 5 English Language Institute 5 Learning Plus Program 5 Coordinator for Students with Medical, Physical, and 5 Psychological Disabilities Campus Information Sources 6 University of Hartford Website 6 U Notes 6 University Media 6 The Informer 6 STN Ch2TV, WSAM & WWUH Radio 6 Career Services Office 6 The Center for Professional Development 6
3 3 Table of Contents (Cont) Schedule of Classes and Course Offerings 6 Schedule of Classes 6 Academic Calendar 6 Final Exam Schedule 6 Course Evaluations 7 Independent Study 7 Academic Program for BA Degree in Psychology 8 Requirements for the Major 8 Requirements for the Minor 9 Writing Requirements 9 Psychology Course Electives 10 Suggested Curriculum for a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology 11 Psychology Honors Program 12 Requirements 12 Course Descriptions 13 Research Opportunities and Resources 17 Mortensen Library 17 Computer Labs 18 Internships and Work Co-ops 18 Graduation 19 Requirements 19 University Grading System 19 Significant Dates 19 Graduate Degree Evaluation 19 Graduation Fee 19 Thinking About Graduate Study 20 Suggestions for Applying to Graduate School 20 How to Get the Best Recommendation 21 Information about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) 22 Fees and Expenses 23 Registration 23
4 4 Table of Contents (Cont.) Parking 23 Dining 23 Student Support Services 23 Technology 23 Health Insurance 23 Active Status 23 Graduation 23 Transcripts 24 Cultural Opportunities 24 Sports Center 25 Dining Facilities 25 Policy on Academic Honesty 26 Student Appeal Procedures 28 Course Grade 28 Policy on Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 29 Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 29 Campus Address and Telephone Directory 31 Campus Quick Reference Website Directory 33 Full-time Faculty Contacts and Interests 34 Psychology Quick Reference Directory 36
5 WELCOME Welcome to the Department of Psychology at the University of Hartford. You have selected a strong program in your field which places great emphasis on conceptual as well as applied aspects of psychology. We value your contribution to the Department and want you to make full use of the facilities and services that are available. Get to know your faculty, advisors, staff, and fellow students. Attend as many curricular functions as you can. Be connected with your program and, most definitely, learn as much as you can while pursuing your degree. This handbook is intended to be used in conjunction with the University s Undergraduate Bulletin and the Source, published yearly by the University of Hartford. We have attempted to ascertain all of the appropriate regulations, dates, and other information available at the time of publication. It is the responsibility of each student to be fully aware of, and adhere to, the regulations and requirements of both the University of Psychology as presented in the Bulletins. The Bulletin is available on line at Also available is the Source: Student Handbook at
6 1 DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY MISSION STATEMENT The Department of Psychology at the University of Hartford is strongly student-centered and committed to engaging students in the understanding of behavior, cognition, emotion, and social interaction. Major emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking and analytical skills so students become adept at formulating meaningful questions, implementing strategies to enhance growth and development, and solving problems of individual and group behavior. Students are encouraged to understand, appreciate, and embrace diversity and the need for community involvement. The department promotes self-awareness and life-long learning aimed at developing well-rounded, resourceful, ethical, competent, and compassionate graduates at all levels of education. UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD The University of Hartford is an independent, comprehensive university that provides educational programs in liberal arts and professional disciplines for undergraduate and graduate students. Professional education is designed to provide concentrated knowledge and depth in a field in order to develop entry-level professional skills for productive career outlets and continuing professional growth. The University of Hartford is composed of seven schools and colleges. Graduate programs in psychology are administered within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is committed to being a center of excellence in the teaching and learning of the basic elements of the humanities, social sciences, and physical and natural sciences. The University of Hartford is licensed and accredited by the State of Connecticut to award the following degrees in the Psychology Department: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Master of Arts in Clinical Practices in Psychology Master of Arts in General Psychology Master of Science in Organizational Psychology Master of Science in School Psychology/Sixth-year Certificate Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology The Department of Psychology, following the general policy of the University of Hartford, admits students without regard to race, gender, creed, color, age, physical ability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, color, age, physical ability, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or scholarship and loan programs, and athletics and other University-administered programs.
7 2 GENERAL INFORMATION FOR MATRICULATED STUDENTS STUDENT ID All students are required to have a student ID card (Hawk Card). Your student ID number allows you to register for classes and use the various resources of the University. ID Office Location: North side of Gengras Student Union ID Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9-4:30; Friday, 9-3. The ID office will be open until 7 pm during the first two weeks of the semester. PARKING PERMIT In order to park a vehicle in any University parking are all students must register the vehicle with the Department of Public Safety and obtain a current parking permit. The vehicle is required to have the permit displayed in the vehicle at all times, and to be parked in its assigned parking lot. To purchase a parking permit, log onto the Self-Service Center, and click on the Public Safety/Parking link. Then click Purchase a Permit, and enter vehicle information. Click on self-service center and follow the links. You will be billed for your parking permit. The parking fee will show up on your electronic billing statement. After completing the online process, print out a temporary permit, which is good until Sept. 14 or Feb. 8 (depending on the semester) at 8 a.m. Bring your temporary permit, vehicle registration, and University ID to the Department of Public Safety office before those dates, where you will be assigned to a specific parking lot and receive a permanent permit to display in your car. A copy of the rules and regulations for motor vehicles on campus may be viewed at Any questions regarding these rules or permits should be directed to the Public Safety Office at ACCOUNT Once you register for your classes, you will automatically receive an account. It is very important that you use your University account rather than another account that you may have. The Department of Psychology, faculty and other students use this account to communicate with you. You will also need it for Blackboard access. The process is as follows: Day 1 Register for classes Day 2 The next day the Registrar s Office will send your information to Information Technology Services (ITS) Day 3 Your account will be set up Day 3 That same day a letter will go out with your account user name and temporary password, along with instructions Day 4 The next day your Blackboard account will be ready For Computer Services hours and summary of services, please check: If you have questions, call (860)
8 3 CLOSINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS BOOKSTORE The University is a highly residential institution, and it is critical that the University maintain its operations and schedules. Generally, the University will not close except under unusual circumstances. In event of an extremely severe storm or other emergency conditions, announcements are made on local TV and radio stations. Recorded information is also available by calling , or go to the University website at Generally, evening closings are not announced until at least 2 P.M. Textbooks are located in the lower level of the bookstore in the Harry Jack Gray Center. The bookstore is open special hours during the first two weeks of each term. Bring your schedule with you in order to get the proper books for your section and class number. Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00-7:00; Friday, 9:00-4:00; Saturday, 11:00-4:00; Sunday, Closed Phone: Website: PSI CHI Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, has an active chapter at the University. The purpose of the organization is to honor student excellence and to promote psychology on campus. Psi Chi members work actively with Psych Society, the psychology club, to engage students and the greater community to enjoy and explore the exciting field of psychology. Joining Psi Chi requires that the student is at least a second-semester sophomore, has taken three psychology courses, and has a 3.00 GPA or higher in both psychology courses and in cumulative grades. Students who qualify for membership are encouraged to join this association, not only for immediate benefits, but for future professional opportunities especially with regard to graduate school and employment. Membership in Psi Chi may enhance a student s application to graduate school by demonstrating motivation and involvement, and there are intrinsic benefits of interacting with other students in these groups. PSYCH SOCIETY Psych Society, the psychology club, at the University is an active club that works along with Psi Chi to promote psychology awareness on campus. The Psych Society is open to all students and it engages students and the greater community to enjoy and explore the exciting field of psychology through activities, talks, discussions, community service activities, and more. We encourage students to get involved in Psych Society early in their coursework and to connect to the many opportunities available to members. OTHER DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES The Department sponsors and supports numerous professional and social activities throughout the year. Watch for announcements regarding upcoming events such as brown bag lunches on various topics, colloquia, holiday and commencement celebrations, and others. Scheduled activities will be posted in the student lounge (E 205) across from the Psychology Office. The Department also has its own Facebook page. We post information of interest to students every week, as well as pictures of student events. Appropriate items can be posted through Cheryl Hoffert in the main psychology office, E203, Our Facebook address is
9 4 REGISTRATION ACADEMIC CALENDAR The academic calendar lists critical dates during each semester for class withdrawals, registration, final exams, etc. This calendar can be found each semester at: REGISTRATION PROCESS Registration for the spring semester takes place during the month of November. Registration for the fall semester takes place during the month of April. The schedule for registering for classes is set by the Registrar s Office. Each student has a specific date to register. The month prior to registering for classes you need to: Review courses online at Schedule an appointment with your advisor close to your registration date. Select alternate as well as primary courses and check online for closed classes Resolve holds on your account before registering: Make payments on past due balances at SASC To discuss a past due balance, contact the Bursar s Office. Register for your courses on your assigned date For returning students, there are two registration options to choose from: You may register in person at the Student Administrative Service Center (SASC) located in the Computer Center (CC), 2 nd Floor. All paper registration forms require both student and advisor signatures. Please call the SASC center at (860) for questions regarding registration or registrar issues. With an online registration PIN obtained from your advisor (matriculated students only), you can register for each semester online. Students can also check grades and schedules of classes, and download needed forms (e.g., transcript request form) through the Self-Service Center at the following site: CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS Degree candidates are expected to maintain continuous registration (excluding summer/winter) until all degree requirements are satisfied. Failing to register for one semester or more breaks the student's registration and requires that the student seek re-admission. A student who is re-admitted after the lapse of one semester may resume the degree requirements listed in the Bulletin. Re-admission requirements must be met, except in special circumstances such as military service or extended illness. A matriculated student may request a one-year leave of absence. For approved off-campus study programs or other personal reasons, a matriculated student may be granted a leave of absence and remain on active status for up to three semesters. In order to do this, the student must secure permission from the faculty advisor and the Dean of the college/school and register each semester for "Active Status" with the code BACT.
10 5 COURSE WITHDRAWAL Once registered in a given semester, students may drop a course, prior to the withdrawal deadline, with the signature of their advisor. OVERRIDES INTO FULL CLASSES The department decided several years ago that part-time faculty should not have the burden of deciding whether or not students could join a class that was already full. Our general policy is that there are no overrides. However, we do make exceptions. If you have students wanting to join your full class you should send them to the Psychology Office in East Hall to request an override into the class. They may or may not receive an override as there are several factors that go into that decision. Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley-Student Services, Jessica Nicklin-Undergraduate Director, Jack Powell-Co- Chair and Mala Matacin-Co-Chair are the only ones authorized to do overrides for undergraduates into classes taught by part-time faculty. We hope this will be helpful to you in your dealings with students. (no one wants to say "no", right?) TUITION AND FEES The Bursar s Office no longer sends a paper statement. All invoices and payments are handled electronically. Information regarding tuition and fees for each academic year can be found on the Bursar s Office website at: ACADEMIC RESOURCES 1. University and program resources for students who need or want to improve writing and language skills include the following: The Center for Reading and Writing: This University Center, located in Auerbach Hall (209) provides professional and peer consultation and individualized assistance with writing and editing skills (http://www.hartford.edu/academics/tutoring_assist/center_reading_writing/default) The English Language Institute: The Institute is specifically charged with providing assistance to international students who need to improve their English language skills (http://www.hartford.edu/eli). 2. Learning Plus Program: This office provides academic support to students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. For more information, see 3. Based on appropriate documentation, the Coordinator of Services for Students with Medical, Physical and Psychological Disabilities advocates for this group of students. helps students prepare a letter to be shared with their professors and makes recommendations regarding reasonable accommodations. All services are confidential. Contact or
11 6 CAMPUS INFORMATION SOURCES The University Website is created and maintained by the Office of Communication which highlights campus news and events and is the main source for emergency announcements. UNotes is an on-line newsletter published daily during the school year for the University community. University Media: The Informer is the University s student-run newspaper, published weekly during the academic year. Other student-run media includes STN Channel 2, which produces a live newscast every Friday afternoon, and WSAM radio (610 AM, and FM). WWUH radio (91.3 FM) operates as a community service of the University of Hartford, and is managed by students and community volunteers. University of Hartford Career Services Office (GSU 309, X 4287) provides resume preparation, career information, professional networking information, and assistance in arranging placement interviews. Academic and career counseling is also provided by each student s academic advisor and other faculty in the Department of Psychology. The Center for Professional Development has been providing career development services for women and men across Connecticut for more than three decades. The center offers a wide array of services to individuals, organizations, and corporations expanding over time to meet the ever-changing employment needs of Connecticut residents. Clients gain assistance in career planning, self-assessment, career advancement, skill development, starting their own businesses, continuing education, and coping with transition. SCHEDULE OF CLASSES SCHEDULE OF CLASSES and COURSE OFFERINGS The Schedule of Classes booklet will provide a listing of classes which are being offered each semester. This may be viewed on line at ACADEMIC CALENDAR The University s academic calendar lists critical dates during each semester for such things as class withdrawals, registration, final exams, etc. This calendar can be found each semester at: FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE The University strictly enforces the final exam schedule. You may obtain each semester s exam schedule by going to the Registrar s website at Other information that can be found at that site includes the schedule of classes, the Graduate Bulletin, building codes and campus maps.
12 7 COURSE EVALUATIONS Toward the end of each semester, students will be given the opportunity to complete a written evaluation of each course taken. The evaluation will be distributed and collected by a student in the course and the forms stored in the Psychology Office until the grades for the course have been submitted to the Registrar s Office. This information is then given to instructors to provide valuable feedback. INDEPENDENT STUDY Students who enroll in an independent study must complete the Agreement of Independent Study form available in the Psychology Office. This form requires a brief description as well as the signature of the faculty member who will supervise the project.
13 8 ACADEMIC PROGRAM BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (36 Credits) PSY 101 PSY 102 PSY 270W PSY 372 PSY 470W PSY 405 Introductory Psychology: Concepts Introductory Psychology: Applications Research Methods & Statistical Analysis I Research Methods & Statistical Analysis II Research Methods & Statistical Analysis III History and Systems in Psychology PLUS At least Learning Perspectives and and 2 courses must come from the Biological and 2 courses from the Social and Applied Perspectives 2 additional electives Only one course from the experientially based courses can be applied toward the major. These include Student Internship (PSY 384, 385, 484, 485) and Independent Study (PSY ). Experiential courses taken after the first one will be counted as a free elective toward graduation requirements. All courses taken by declared psychology majors to satisfy the major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. They may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Other psychology courses not counted for the major may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Transfer students majoring in Psychology must meet department core requirements, and must take a minimum of 15 psychology credits above PSY 101 and PSY 102 within the Department of Psychology at the University of Hartford. In order to graduate, a psychology major must earn an overall GPA of 2.25 or better in psychology courses constituting the major. In addition, psychology majors must earn a C- or above in PSY 270W, PSY 372, and PSY 470W. NOTE: PSY 132, 232, 332 and 333 are courses that cannot be counted towards the Psychology Major. Selected first level graduate courses (PSY 500s) may be taken by senior psychology majors with written permission of the Department Chair. An undergraduate who takes a graduate course for undergraduate credit must complete a CHANGE OF COURSE LEVEL IN ACADEMIC HISTORY form available in the Department Office or the A & S Evaluator s Office (H228), and take it to the Registrar for the grade to be processed.
14 9 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY MINOR (18 Credits) A minor in psychology is often chosen by students to complement training in the health or natural sciences and the professional schools of art, business, education, engineering, and music. PSY 101 Introductory Psychology: Concepts PSY 102 Introductory Psychology: Applications PSY 270W Research Methods & Statistical Analysis I Nine (9) Credits of electives in psychology Only one course from the Experientially based courses can be applied toward the minor. These include Student Internship (PSY 384, 385, 484, 485) and Independent Study (PSY ). If more than one of these courses is taken, it will be counted as a free elective toward graduation requirements. All courses taken by declared Psychology minors to satisfy the minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade. They may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Other psychology courses not counted for the minor may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Transfer students minoring in Psychology must meet department core requirements, and must take a minimum of 6 credits above PSY 101 and PSY 102 within the Department of Psychology at the University of Hartford. In order to graduate, a psychology minor must earn an overall GPA of 2.25 in the Psychology courses presented for the minor. In addition, psychology minors must earn a C- or above in PSY 270W. NOTE: PSY 132, 232, 332 and 333 are courses that cannot be counted towards the Psychology Minor. Writing Requirement A "W" will appear after the course number to indicate these courses. These courses may be used to fulfill the College's writing requirement.
15 10 PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES Biological and Learning Perspectives PSY 210 PSY 222 PSY 311 PSY 320 PSY 323W PSY 425 Physiological Psychology Principles of Learning, Conditioning, and Behavior Brain and Behavior Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving Health Psychology Motivation and Emotion Social and Applied Perspectives PSY 205 PSY 240 PSY 242 PSY 244 PSY 245 PSY 247 PSY 248 PSY 252 PSY 253 PSY 255 PSY 257 PSY 258 PSY 260 PSY 261 PSY 262 PSY 265 PSY 367 PSY 465 Career Development Infant and Child Development Adolescent and Emerging Adult Development Early, Middle, and Late Adult Development Psychological Aspects of Parenting Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying Psychology of Gender Social Psychology Psychology Applied to the Workplace Personality Psychology Multicultural Issues in Psychology Human Sexual Behavior Psychology of Adjustment Stress and Stress Management Abnormal Psychology Sports Psychology Theories of Psychotherapy Clinical and Counseling Psychology Experiential PSY PSY PSY 488 PSY 489 Student Internship (Junior) Student Internship (Senior) Honors Thesis Independent Study Only one course from the Experientially based courses can be applied toward the major, or the minor, although additional courses from this grouping can be counted as electives toward graduation requirements. Other PSY 290-5, Special Topics in Psychology PSY 380 Contemporary Studies in Psychology PSY 487 Honors Seminar NOTE: PSY 132, 232, 332, and 333 cannot be counted as electives towards the major or minor.
16 11 SUGGESTED CURRICULUM FOR A B.A. DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY FRESHMAN Fall ( first year) Spring PSY PSY FYS RPW Info tech literacy course 3 Lab Science elective 4 Math course 3 Humanities elective* 3 AUCA or AUCC 3 AUCA or AUCC 3 DIA Fall SOPHOMORE Spring PSY 270W 3 PSY PSY Elective 3 PSY Elective 3 Humanities elective* 3 Humanities elective* 3 AUCW 3 AUCT 4 RPW Social Science elective ** Fall JUNIOR Spring PSY 470W 3 PSY 384/385 3 PSY Elective 3 PSY Elective 3 Social Science elective** 3 Citizenship/community course 3 Arts Elective*** 3 Elective 3 Diversity course 3 Elective Fall SENIOR Spring PSY PSY Elective or 500s**** 3 PSY Elective or 500s**** 3 Electives 9-12 PSY 484/ Electives 6 15 Psychology majors should take the introductory sequence PSY 101 and 102 in order. PSY 270W and PSY 470W satisfy the writing intensive course requirement. At least two PSY electives must come from the Biological and Learning Perspectives listed on the following page, and two PSY electives from the Social and Applied Perspectives. Psychology majors must have an overall GPA of 2.25 in the Psychology courses presented for the major. In addition, Psychology majors must earn a grade of C- (or above) in PSY 270W, PSY 372, and PSY 470W.
17 * Three Humanities electives from three different disciplines from the following list: literature, foreign language, history, philosophy. ** Two social science electives outside the major and from two different disciplines from the following List: economics, politics, sociology. *** One Arts elective from the following list: art history, music, cinema, drama. **** A 500 level course may be taken by seniors who have demonstrated superior performance in courses in the major, and with written permission of the department chair. 12 PSYCHOLOGY HONORS PROGRAM The Psychology Honors Program provides students of proven academic superiority further opportunities to explore topics in depth under the supervision of a faculty member. This program, which is outlined below, acquaints students with current literature on a special topic of interest to the student, enhances research and writing capabilities in the field of psychology, and prepares students to undertake an honors thesis. In addition to completing the requirements for the major in psychology, Honors Program students must complete: 1. PSY 384-Student Internship, or PSY 489- Psychology Independent Study 2. PSY 487 Honors Seminar *3. PSY 488 Honors Thesis and 4. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in psychology The program is a valuable prelude toward graduate study in psychology. Undergraduates planning to attend graduate school who meet the Honors Program admission requirements are strongly encouraged to apply to the Psychology Honors Program. *Students who pursue both psychology honors and University honors must complete PSY 487 Honors Seminar, HON 493-Thesis Research, and HON 494-Honors Thesis Applicants must: 1. Be juniors or first semester senior psychology majors. 2. Have completed at least 15 credits in psychology (including PSY 270W and PSY 372) with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in psychology. PSY 372 may be taken concurrently with the Honors Seminar. 3. Have the recommendation of a faculty member of the Department and the approval of the Department Chair.
18 13 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS All courses require either PSY 101 or 102 as a prerequisite. Additional prerequisites for particular courses are noted below. PSY 101 Introductory Psychology: Concepts (3) This course focuses on the basic concepts and methods of psychology. Topics include: history; methodology; biological bases of behavior; child, adolescent and adult development; sensation and perception; states of consciousness; learning; memory; and cognition. (Please note that it is a requirement in PSY 101 that all students participate as a subject in at least one experiment within the Department during the semester or discuss an appropriate alternative with the course instructor.) PSY 102 Introductory Psychology: Applications (3) This course focuses on the applications of psychology. Topics include: intelligence; motivation; emotion; personality; abnormal behavior; psychotherapy; health; and psychology applied to the workplace and society. (Please note that it is a requirement in PSY 102 that all students participate as a subject in at least one experiment within the Department during the semester or discuss an appropriate alternative with the course instructor.) PSY 205 Career Development (3) This course examines the theoretical and empirical issues related to personal satisfaction in the choice of work and career. Topics covered include: developmental models of behavior; goal setting and the planning process; the assessment of values; interest, abilities and personality characteristics; job analysis and job description; decision making; the development of self-esteem; and marketing yourself. Emphasis will be divided approximately equally between scholarly work and experiential activities. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 210 Physiological Psychology (3) This course is an introduction to the physiological bases of behavior in normal psychological functioning. Topics include neuron structure and function, functional neuroanatomy, drugs and behavior, and the physiology of hunger, sex, sleep, emotion, reward/punishment, language, and learning and memory. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 102 and BIO 110 or 111. PSY 222 Principles of Learning, Conditioning and Behavior (3) Theories of learning focus on how and why behavior changes due to experience. The goal of this course is to present students with an introduction to basic theories and principles of learning with applications in the field of business, parenting, education and psychotherapy. Topics include Pavlovian procedures, reinforcement, vicarious learning, and extinction of behaviors. The focus of the course is on the role of learning in the adaptation of beings to a changing environment. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 240 Infant and Child Development (3) Child growth and behavior from the prenatal period to puberty are studied. The effects of heredity and environment on the motor, language, social, and emotional development of children. Emphasis is placed on the concept of the developing "self" and its effects on behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 242 Adolescent and Emerging Adult Psychology (3) The individual during the period of transition from childhood to adulthood. Includes physical changes, mental growth, changes in emotional reaction, personality development, and the changing nature of social relationships. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 244 Early, Middle, and Late Adulthood Development (3) This course will study the psychological development of adults including, but not limited to, individual development from both physical and psychological perspectives, personal adjustment, and psychological changes which occur throughout adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102.
19 14 PSY 245 Psychological Aspects of Parenting (3) This course will focus on psychological techniques applicable to parenting. A problem solving and problem preventing approach will be emphasized. Some of the topics covered under this general approach include: discipline, sex education, behavior modification techniques, parenting styles, sibling relationships, alcohol and drug education, parenting special needs children, and building self-esteem in children. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 247 Psychological Aspects of Death and Dying (3) Coming to terms with death is the supreme psychological challenge individuals must face in their personal lives and in the interrelationships within families. This course examines ways in which individuals deal with death and with its consequences of grief and mourning. Subjects to be covered include the "normal" deaths of old age and the special problems of coping with death in the young due to accidents, illnesses, and the modern crisis of AIDS. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 248 Psychology of Gender (3) Analysis of the roles of physiological, psychological, and social factors in the definition of gender and sex-role related behaviors. Representative theories and research into sex differences and similarities are reviewed. The concepts of masculinity, femininity, and androgyny in today's rapidly changing society are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 252 Social Psychology (3) The social and cultural factors affecting human behavior, with particular emphasis on their effects on motivation, personality, attitudes, and opinions. Social interaction processes, including group dynamics, are also studied. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 253 Psychology Applied to the Workplace (3) The application of the scientific method to human problems in the workplace. Major areas of emphasis include: motivation; job satisfaction; selection; training; evaluation; equipment design; and consumer behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 255 Personality Psychology (3) Overview of the major theoretical and empirical research in personality and individual differences. Topics include the development and determinants of personality; the consistency of behaviors across situations and over time; the concepts of the self and the unconscious; and psychoanalytic, humanistic trait, existential, behavioral, and social-learning perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 257 Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3) A psychological analysis of the impact of multiculturalism on the development of the individual and the implications on personal adjustment and growth. Topics will include ethnic and gender issues as well as other multicultural issues. The course will be structured to permit open discussion and critical reflection grounded on personal experience and scholarly readings. Emphasis will be placed on: clinical practice in multicultural settings; diversity in the workplace; and multiculturalism and education. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 258 Human Sexual Behavior (3) This course will emphasize the intrapersonal, interpersonal and societal aspects of human sexual behavior. Topics will include, but are not limited to the development of sex roles, sexuality across the age span, sexual attitudes, sexual arousal and dysfunction, variations of sexual orientation, legal and economic issues, and research methods. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 260 Psychology of Adjustment (3) The human adjustment process. Elements in normal personality development are examined. Reactions to the typical stresses and frustrations in normal living situations are studied with the view toward understanding effective adjustments, as well as defensive behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 261 Stress and Stress Management (3) This course examines stress in contemporary society and the relationship between stress and well-being. Examines how persons respond to stress, the effect of
20 15 long-term stress, situations and attitudes which lead to stress, and strategies for reducing stress in daily life. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 262 Abnormal Psychology (3) The characteristics, courses, and treatment of a variety of psychological and related disorders are introduced. A biopsychosocial approach that integrates research on biological, psychological, and social factors in understanding the causes and treatments of abnormal behavior. Case studies are used frequently to illustrate symptoms, causes, and treatments of psychological problems. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 265 Sports Psychology (3) Sports Psychology, defined as the application of psychological principles to athletic endeavors, focuses on improving athletic performance, maintaining athletes' mental health in the stress of competition, establishing communication within the athletic system, developing effective coaching behavior, and optimizing team performance. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 270W Research Methods & Statistical Analysis I (3) An introduction to the research process in psychology. This course deals with the topics of research methodology, data collection, descriptive and basic inferential statistics, and report writing. Students learn to use a computer statistical package as part of the course requirements. (Writing intensive course.) Laboratory Fee. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY Special Topics in Psychology (All 3) Selected topics varying from year to year in accordance with the needs of the curriculum and the availability of specialists in such topics. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 102. PSY 311 Brain and Behavior (3) An introduction to the field of biopsychology with emphasis on the relationship of this specialty to all areas of psychological research. Topics include: brain structure and function; techniques for studying brain/behavior relationships; sensory and motor systems; neurobiology of behavior, including mood, emotion, sleep, learning, memory, language and attention, and biological bases of mental illness. Disorders of the human nervous system are introduced throughout. Prerequisite: One 200-level PSY course and BIO 110 or 111. PSY 320 Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving (3) This course provides an introductory survey of the field of cognitive psychology with emphasis on problems of current interest. Topics include: perception; mental imagery; memory; cognitive skills; problem solving; reasoning; language; creativity; and social cognition. Areas of application of principles (for example, in education, therapy, communications, etc.) are discussed. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 102 and one 200-level PSY course. PSY 323W Health Psychology (3) An examination of the contributions psychology offers medicine and related health professions with emphasis on the etiology of a recovery from physical illness, as well as the promotion of health. Topics covered will include: pain; cardiovascular disease; smoking; alcohol; eating disorders; exercise and fitness. This course is open to all students and should be particularly relevant to health, business and education majors. (Writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 102 and one 200-level PSY course. PSY 367 Theories of Psychotherapy (3) An integration of major theories of personality, with major forms of psychotherapeutic intervention. Psychoanalytic, Existential, Rogerian, Gestalt, Behavioral, and Family Systems approaches are defined and compared with one another. The empirical significance and philosophical assumptions of each approach and personality theory are explored. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 102 and any one 200-level PSY course. PSY 372 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis II (3). A continued study of the research process in psychology, providing more complex research activities in and out of the laboratory with a focus on ethical issues and control.