Catalogue: Traditional Program: Psychology

Psychology (PSY)

Professor Williford, Chair
Professor White

The department of psychology seeks to introduce all students to the study of human behavior and mental processes within a Christian context. The major is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the major subfields of psychology and to prepare students for future study in the field of psychology. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' abilities to understand and to apply psychology in their everyday lives. An important goal in all psychology courses is to help students in their ability to appropriately interrelate their study of psychology and the Christian faith.

Psychology Major: This major requires students to gain the core knowledge of scientific psychology along with learning about the sub-fields in psychology that apply this knowledge. The B.S. in psychology degree is designed to prepare students to meet the typical requirements for acceptance into graduate study and/or for working with a bachelor's degree. The B.S. in psychology degree requires 40 hours in psychology to include 201, 202, 303, 305, 312, 331, 332, 341, and 460, as well as 12 hours from 240 OR 241 and/OR any 300-400 level PSY course, and 1-6 hours from 470, 471 or 472. Psychology students will have real-world experience through field observation and practicum, PSY 470, 471, and 472.  In addition, Psychology majors must complete an additional 3 hours of science, SOC 220 (3 hours) and 6 hours of a foreign language or 3 hours of IST 201 (Global Culture). Psychology students will have real-world experience through field observation and practicum, PSY 470, 471 and 472.

Psychology Minor:18 hours to include 201, 202, and at least 6 hours from the 300-400 level and/or 240 OR 241.

201 General Psychology: Research Psychologies (3).
An introduction and overview of the foundational topics, methods and applications of research-based psychology subfields. Topics include research methods in psychology, brain physiology, memory, sensation and perception, human development, and social psychology. (Fall only)
202 General Psychology: Applied Psychologies (3).
An introduction and overview of the foundations, concepts, principles and applications of psychology. Topics include learning, behavior, emotion, cognition, personality theories, psychological disorders, psychological treatments and health psychology. (Spring only)
240 Human Growth and Development I (3)
A study of the growth and development of the individual from conception until late adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on physical, perceptual, motor, cognitive, language, spiritual, social and emotional development. Includes study of major developmental theories and concepts that are applied to childhood and adolescence as well as problems common to this period. (Fall only)
241 Human Growth and Development II (3).
A study of the growth and development of the individual from early adulthood until death. Emphasis will be placed on physical, perceptual , motor, cognitive, language, spiritual, social and emotional development. Specific issues common to the older years, including marriage, family, parenthood, grandparenthood, vocational choice, retirement, disabilities and death are an integral part of this class. (Spring only)
263 Sex, Love, and Marriage (3)
A study of gender differences, courting and mate selection, marriage and marital sexuality. This course will blend academic/cognitive understanding of these topics with practical/experiential understanding of each topic. Students will explore these topics from historical and cultural perspectives, as well as examining scientific psychological research on the topics. A special focus will guide students to interact in groups related to their personal values and goals of developing healthy marital relationships. (Fall, even years)
272 Adventure-Based Counseling (3)
This course is an introduction to a wide spectrum of adventure activities and the counseling and spiritual philosophies upon which each is based. Specific technical skills for more rigorous adventure based events such as rope courses will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on developing the leadership skills required to be an effective adventure based counselor. Oral communication will be an integral part of this course.
303 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4). Prereq: PSY 201, 202 for all psychology majors and MAT 101 or 110.
A basic survey of the descriptive statistics and inferential statistics used in research. Computation and elementary theory of correlation, t test and simple analysis of variance. Applicable primarily to the social sciences, and all examples and problems are selected from social and behavioral sciences. Psychology majors should complete this course no later than the first semester of their junior year. (Fall and spring)
305 Contemporary Issues in Psychology and Human Services (1). Prereq: Sophomore or Junior standing.
Introduces psychology majors to key topics and academic skills necessary for success in upper-level psychology coursework. Guest lecturers and field trips will provide students with broad exposure to the sub-fields within psychology and human service professions. Provides students with a broad overview of graduate school and career options available after graduation. Psychology majors should complete this course no later than the first semester of their junior year. (Fall only)
312 Abnormal Psychology (3). Prereq: PSY 202.
A study of the conceptions and classifications of the major personality disorders resulting from both physical and psychological causes. Consideration is given to the causes, symptoms, therapy, and prognosis of these disorders. (Spring only)
331 Theories of Personality (3). Prereq: PSY 202.
A survey of examples of some of the major types of analytic models of human psychological existence. The organization, development, and dynamics of personality according to each theorist are considered in the light of his or her own research evidence and his or her own personality. (Fall only)
332 Learning and Memory (3).
An in-depth analysis of basic concepts and theoretical developments in the area of learning and memory, both animal and human. Particular attention is directed to application of these theories to common, everyday situations. (Fall only)
340 Introduction to Counseling Theory and Techniques (3).
Exploration and examination of the leading theories in psychotherapy and counseling. The philosophical assumptions and implications of each theory and technique are examined and critiqued from rational, empirical, and Christian perspectives. Students are trained in basic people helping skills such as listening skills, communication skills, crisis intervention, and problem-solving skills. The course is designed to prepare students to meet a basic competency level in these skills that are useful in a variety of career and personal settings. (Fall, odd years and every spring)
341 Experimental Psychology (4). Prereq: PSY 201, 202, 303 and 305.
A study and application of the research methods used in psychology. The emphasis will be on using experiments to find the causes of human behavior, but other types of research including developmental, correlational case study approaches, and quasi-experiments will be examined. Students study all phases of conducting psychology research including designing the experiment, collecting the data, analyzing the data, and writing psychological reports. Majors should take this course no later than the second semester of their junior year. Lab is required. (Spring only)
342 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3).
A study of the child whose development follows atypical patterns. This would include all children eligible for special education placement: the mentally retarded, the gifted, the physically and behaviorally handicapped, the visually and hearing impaired, the learning disabled, the speech and language impaired, and autistic children. Students visit several local agencies in order to become more familiar with exceptional children and services available for these children. (Fall and spring)
352 Social Psychology (3). Prereq: PSY 201 or 202.
The analysis of human behavior, thought, and interactions of individuals, the function of the presence of others. Course topics include: social influence, interpersonal interaction, interpersonal attraction, theories of social behavior, moral behavior, attitudes, prejudice, and aggression. (Fall only)
381 Seminar on Psychology (3). Prereq: PSY 201, 202 plus 12 additional hours in psychology AND consent of the instructor.
In-depth examinations of reading and research in selected topics of current interest to faculty and students conducted on a group basis. Primarily for those who are majoring in the field. Course can be repeated.
410-411 Undergraduate Honors Research (1 and 2 hours).
Supervised original research and instruction related to a specific area of psychology. This is a full year sequence (1 hr fall and 2 hr spring) in which students will choose a topic, complete background research, design and implement a study, and present their findings. Students will have the opportunity to attend and/or present their research at a psychology conference or symposium. Participation in the class is by invitation of the instructor and is required of all honor students. (Honor) (410, fall only; 411, spring only)
425 Psychological Testing (3). Prereq: PSY 201, 202, and 303 or consent of instructor.
A study of the process of assessment as it relates to human functioning. Concepts of test construction, standardization, and validation are covered. Tests in the areas of intelligence, personality, attitude, achievement, and vocational interests are examined.
440 Behavioral Neuroscience (3). Prereq: PSY 201, 202, and at least three of the following courses: PSY 312, 331, 332, 341, 363
or BIO 105, 106. An examination of the physiological events associated with behavior. Emphasis is placed on the neural functions that underlie motivation and emotion, learning, sensation, perception, and mental health. (Fall, odd years)
460 Psychology and Christianity (3). Prereq: PSY 201, 202, 303, 305, 341, BIB 220, 221, and WVC 301 or HIS 225, 226, HUM 225 and 226, and nine other hours in psychology or consent of the instructor. Senior status only. Current thinking on the subject of the integration of psychology and the Christian faith. Emphasis is on key issues and problems that grow out of interface of psychology and theology. This course is required for all psychology majors. (Spring only)
470 Field Observation: (1) Prereq: PSY 201, 202, 305, and second semester junior or senior standing.
This course involves gaining field observation within an approved agency that matches the student's future career goals. In addition to course work, students will observe 20 hours of interaction with the professionals in the selected agency. (Fall only)
471 Counseling or Child Practicum (1-6). Prereq: PSY 201, 202, 305, and second semester junior or senior standing,
plus a 2.75 GPA or above. Field experience related to the student's academic and life goals. The practicum is designed to provide professionally supervised experience in selected settings. The student may select between the counseling or child related areas. Students will be required to meet with a faculty supervisor, keep a journal and write a summary paper. Open only to psychology majors.
472 Practicum in Psychological Research (1-6).
This practicum is designed to give the student experience participating in psychological research. Students will have the opportunity to be actively involved in a professional psychologist's current research. This may include gathering data, reviewing professional literature, analyzing data, preparing the results for presentations or publications and/or participating in research team meetings. Only open to majors. Second semester junior or senior standing, 3.0 GPA or above and departmental approval required. Students will be required to meet with a faculty supervisor, keep a journal and write a summary paper.