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PSYC 240 Philosophical & Historical Roots of Psychological Science 3.00 Credits
(Spring; Offered in Person Odd Years, Online Even Years)
A historical survey of the philosophical and scientific approaches relevant to the modern field of psychological science. The intellectual development of psychology is explored through an examination of the innovative ideas, theoretical systems, and methodological advances of influential thinkers, along with the social, economic, and historical context in which those ideas, schools of thought, and methodologies formed. The philosophical questions woven through both historical and contemporary issues in psychological science (e.g. What is the nature of the mind? Does free will exist?) will be highlighted to increase understanding of the modern, seemingly disjointed, identity of the field. Pre-requisite: PSYC-101.
PSYC 320 Social Psychology 3.00 Credits
(Fall; In Person & Online Sections Simultaneously Offered)
An exploration of the scientific study of the way in which people's thought, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the real, implied, or imagined presence of other people. Acquaints students with the main theoretical and methodological approaches, along with the resulting empirical findings, that have shaped the field of social psychology. Social psychologists examine how people are influenced by, or influence, others by investigating topics such as social cognition, the self, social perception, social influence, aggression, attitudes, attraction, group behavior, stereotypes, discrimination, prejudice, and prosocial behavior. Encourages the application of social psychological theory, processes, and concepts to everyday social situations, firsthand experiences, and relevant media via writing assignments. PSYC-101 or PSYC-205, or permission from the instructor.
ANTH/PSYC 368 Sex, Evolution, and Human Nature 3.00 Credits
(Offered as Needed)
Human sexuality, male-female relations, cooperation, violence and parent-child relations examined cross-culturally and in nonhuman primates utilizing evolutionary and biocultural perspectives. Pre-requisites: ENGL-102 or ENGL-109, or permission from the instructor. Cross-listed with ANTH-368.
SS/PSYC 385 Research Methods 3.00 Credits
(Spring; Offered In-Person *Hybrid Odd Years, Online Even Years)
Develops students' ability to design an empirical study within the ethical constraints of human research and to understand the results of research in professional journals. Specific research designs covered include archival research, experimental designs, naturalistic observation, participant observation, quasi-experimental designs, single subject designs, and survey research. Integrates (1) analytical and evaluative thinking, (2) descriptive, explanatory, and critical writing, and (3) basic knowledge of the theory and application of qualitative and quantitative research design. Pre-requisite: ENGL-102 or ENGL-109, and a total of 24 credit hours in the General Education Core, or instructor permission. Cross-listed with SS-385.
PSYC 399 Research Assistantship 1.00-12.00 Credits
(Fall & Spring; invitation or application required; Preference given to students able to devote > 3.00 credit hours, or 9 hours of work a week)
Requires students to assist faculty in the conduct of research projects and other creative professional activities within the field of psychology. Students are expected to meet on a regular basis with the faculty member and to perform activities needed to bring the research or creative activity to a successful completion.
PSYC 485 Advanced Research Seminar 3.00 Credits
(Fall; Offered In-Person Odd Years, Online Even Years)
Provides experience in carrying out research projects in the social sciences, nursing and other disciplines. The emphasis will be on the active participation in seminar discussions to develop an understanding of the design and completion of all phases of selected research projects. Each student will design a study, obtain ethical approval, collect and analyze data and write a research report summarizing the results of their study. In addition, each student will assist other seminar members in selected aspects of their studies. Pre-requisite: PSYC-385 or permission of instructor.
PSYC 499 Research Project & Seminar in Psychology 1.00 - 12.00 Credits (3.00 Senior Course)
Provides a capstone experience that includes the conduct of psychological research designed by each student. A quantitative or qualitative research paper or project is required. Pre-requisites: PSYC-300 AND PSYC-385.