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Liberal Arts & Sciences – Psychology Option (A.A. Degree)

Liberal Arts & Sciences - Psychology Option

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Course Descriptions


CMS 11     3 rec 3 cr
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

Dynamics of communication through examination of theory and discussion. Designed to provide understanding of communicative processes; opportunities for each student to experiment with personal communicative activity
Prerequisite(s): ENG 01 and RDL 01 if required.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or ENG 10 or RDL 02 if required.

CMS 20     3 rec 3 cr
Public Speaking and Critical Listening

Principles and practice of contemporary forms of public speech communication; informative, persuasive, inspirational, and entertaining; principles and practice of critical listening; analysis and evaluation of public communication
Prerequisite(s): ENG 01 and RDL 01 if required.
Corequisite(s): : ENG 02 or ENG10 or RDL 02 if required.


PSY 11     3 rec 3 cr
Introduction to Psychology

Scientific method in the understanding of human behavior. Introductory study of growth and development, motivation, emotions and mental health, learning, intelligence, and personality evaluation.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.

PSY 22     3 rec 3 cr
Social Psychology

Introduction to social psychology, focusing upon the nature of aggression and violent behavior; role of social influence in determination of deviant and conformist behavior, attitude change and decision making; affiliation; primary and group relationships; and social norms and interrelationship of personality and culture.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 31     3 rec 3 cr
Abnormal Psychology

Major forms of psychological disorders, such as neuroses, psychoses, psychosomatic disturbances and character disorders; and their origin, development and treatment.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 35     3 rec 3 cr
Dynamics of Human Motivation

Introduction to complex human motivation; emphasis on interaction of conscious and unconscious motives, inner conflict, and adaptive and maladaptive coping techniques. Applications to relevant contemporary problems, such as child rearing, psychotherapy, education and drug addiction.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 40     3 rec 3 cr
Life Span Development

This course enables students to understand human growth and development, from conception through late adulthood, in varied contexts and cultures. The emphasis is on the interaction between biological, cognitive and social changes over time, within families and within communities. Research data and key ideas, not only from psychology and sociology, but also from neuroscience, genetics, economics, and anthropology are included. The goal is to provide students with a solid understanding of the causes and manifestations of human behavior.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 41     3 rec 3 cr
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood

Major factors in psychological development from infancy through childhood; influence of the family biological, cultural, and socio-economic factors in producing normal and abnormal intellectual and emotional growth.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 42     3 rec 3 cr
Psychology of Adolescence and Adulthood

Study of development from adolescence to adulthood with regard to implications for self-realization, love, marriage, vocation, parenthood, retirement and aging. Changing attitudes and values about sex, drugs, aging and politics are explored in regard to different stages of adult development.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 43     3 rec 3 cr
Psychological Development During Maturity and Aging

Normal and abnormal psychological development during adulthood and old age. Emphasis on dynamics of the life cycle; theories of the mature personality; forces affecting continuing growth of the adult personality and intellect; biological, social and cultural determinants of aging; and influence of normal and abnormal aging processes on perception, psychomotor skills, learning, intelligence, and personality.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 44     3 rec 3 cr
Psychology of Women

Development, personality characteristics, and needs of women; and similarities to and differences from men. Psychological aspects of uniquely feminine experiences. Issues are examined from a theoretical as well as an empirical perspective.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 51     3 rec 3 cr
Principles of Group Dynamics

Introduction to theory of group behavior, including analysis of the psychological structure of groups, cohesive and disruptive forces, conflict and adjustment in group relationships and relationship of groups to society.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 71     3 rec 3 cr
Clinical Techniques of Assessment: The Interview

Interpersonal approach in assessing psychological problems of individuals and minigroups. Practical experience with clinical interview techniques; psychological evaluation of data and case history write-ups. Methods of referral to appropriate professional and community resources are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): PSY 11.

PSY 81     3 rec 6 hrs fieldwork 3 cr
Field Work and Seminar in Psychology I

Supervised fieldwork or independent research. Required seminar integrates practical experience with coursework.
Prerequisite(s): 9 credits in the social sciences (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) and/or permission of the department; 6 of these credits must be in Psychology..


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