Curriculum & Courses

The department of psychology offers a major and a minor in psychology.  Both of these are designed to expose students to the various branches of psychology (e.g. developmental, social, cognitive, physiological, and individual differences) while allowing them to focus in on one or more of these branches according to their interests.  Additionally, both the major and minor requirements incorporate a research methods component, which is essential to the study of psychology.
 
The Psychology Major (45 credits)
For the major, students must complete I) all of the psychology general foundation courses (18 credits), II) select from the options in the content area foundation courses (12 credits), and III) take an additional 15 credits of psychology credits.

Prefix Number Course Credit
Hours

I. General Foundations (all courses required)

 
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 360 Introduction to Research Methods 3
PSY 361 Advanced Research Methods 4
PSY 401 Senior Capstone 2
PSY 495 / 496 Internship / Research Practicum* 6

*Students may choose any combination of 495 or 496 to meet the six credits.

Prefix Number Course Credit
Hours

II. Content Area Foundations (select one course from 4 out of 5 areas)

 
Area 1   Lifespan Development  
PSY 144 Human Growth and Development 3
Area 2   Social Psychology  
PSY 222 Social Psychology 3
PSY 232 Close Relationships 3
Area 3   Cognitive Psychology  
PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 310 Principles of Learning 3
Area 4   Physiological Psychology  
PSY 330 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 332 Sensation and Perception 3
Area 5   Individual Differences  
PSY 320 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology 3
       

The minimum of one course from four of the areas is required for II. Additional courses taken from this list are applied as PSY Electives (III).

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours

III. Psychology Electives

 
PSY   Psychology Electives 15

Students may choose to take 3 additional credits of Internship and/or Practicum to apply as PSY Electives.

Note: Students who declared psychology as their major prior to the 2014-2015 Waldorf Catalog are subject to the major requirements specified in the active catalog the semester they declared.

 

The Psychology Minor (21 credits)
For the minor, students must complete General Psychology, Introduction to Research Methods, and 15 additional credits of psychology electives.

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours

Psychology Minor Courses

 
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 360 Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods 3
PSY   Psychology Electives 15

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Suggested Curriculum

   

Semester I

PSY 111: General Psychology, (3 cr.)
English 120: Comp I, (3 cr.)
PHIL 111: Critical Inquiry (3 cr.)
General Electives, (6 cr.)
HUM 110: Freshman Seminar (.5 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective (.5 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester II

Religion 103: Intro to Bib Lit (3 cr.)
English 121: Comp II, (3 cr.)
HUM 120: Artistic Expression (3 cr.)
PHY 144: Human Growth & Dev. (3 cr.)
General Elective, (3 cr.)
Phy. Ed. Elective, (.5 cr.)
Total of 15.5

Semester III

Biology 105 or 120, (4 cr.)
History Core Course (3 cr.)
ENG 250: Exploring Lit., (3 cr.)
PSY 222: Social Psychology (3 cr.)
Speech Core Course (3 cr.)
Total of 16

Semester IV

MTH 201: Statistics (4 cr.)
Psychology Elective, (3 cr.)
Religion Core Course, (3 cr.)
Wellness 101: Concepts of Wellness (1 cr.)
General Electives (6 cr.)
Total of 17

Semester V

PSY 360: Intro to Research Methods (3 cr.)
PSY 311: Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY 322: Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
General Electives (6 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VI

PSY 361: Advance Research Methods (4 cr.)
Global Core Course (3 cr.)
PSY 495: Internship (3 cr.)
Psychology Electives (6 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VII

PSY 496: Internship (3 cr.)
PSY 330: Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)
Psychology Elective (3 cr.)
General Electives (6 cr.)
Total of 15

Semester VIII

PSY 401: Senior Capstone (2 cr.)
Senior Religion Core Course (3 cr.)
Psychology Elective (3 cr.)
General Elective (6 cr.)
Total of 14



Psychology Course Descriptions


PSY 111 General Psychology (3 cr.)

This course is an introductory survey of the principles, theories, and methods of psychology as a basis for the understanding of human behavior and mental processes. Through lecture, video, and various in-class and writing assignments, students will be exposed to a variety of topics in the broad field of psychology, including history, research methods, biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, development, personality, abnormal behavior, and social psychology.

PSY 144 Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)

The study of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development from conception to the end of life. The concepts, theories, and determinants in the various periods of development are studied. Emphasis is given to guiding during childhood and adolescence. Observations of human developmental behavior are required.

PSY 222 Social Psychology (3 cr.)

This course examines how an individual's mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people. Specific topics include aggression, attitudes, social influence, stereotypes, and group processes. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 232 Close Relationships (3 cr.)

This course will explore a wide array of relationship topics, including attraction, mate selection, theories of love, communication, conflict, jealousy, and infidelity. Throughout the course, research methods, gender roles, and the place of relationships as a science will be emphasized. Classes will be comprised of lecture, small and large group discussion, activities and demonstrations, videos, and guest lectures.

PSY 265 Health Psychology (3 cr.)

This course will provide students with an overview of the fields of health psychology, which involves how attitudes and behaviors interact with physical health. In addition to exploring research and theory about how human beliefs and behaviors influence and are influenced by physical health, students will be asked to apply this knowledge to develop a plan to promote and improve their own health and the health of others. (Prerequisite: BIO 105 or 120)

PSY 310 Principles of Learning (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of different perspectives of learning and memory. Specifically, the neuronal basis of learning, classical and operant conditioning, social-cognitive, cognitive, and developmental view of learning as well as long-term memory will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 311 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)

A study of thought processes, especially the relationship among learning, memory, and perception. Examines concepts and research regarding problem solving, language, and decision-making. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 320 Theories of Personality (3 cr.)

An exploration of the psyche, including personality, motivation, and concept of self. Traces the history of the major theories of personality from psychoanalysis, to social learning and humanism. Also looks at how psychologists use assessment to help understand human behavior. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)

Course content includes history and causes of abnormal behavior; characteristics and classification of major abnormalities; and intervention strategies. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 330 Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)

Explores the biological foundation of behavior, including divisions of the nervous system, structures and functions of the brain, the endocrine system, and genetic influences. (Prerequisites: PSY 111, Biology 105 or 120)

PSY 331 Sensation/Perception (3 cr.)

This course examines how humans receive and process information through vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Laboratory and in-class exercises will demonstrate these principles. Also examines how culture and previous experience influence perception. (Prerequisite: PSY 111, Biology 105 or 120)

PSY 350 Psychology of Women (3 cr.)

This course explores the biological, psychological, and social understandings of the lives of women from infancy to old age. The course will include an exploration into the similarities and differences between men and women from these three perspectives, discuss the variety of roles women play (e.g. mother, worker, and partner), as well as address issues related to challenges to women’s well-being, such as oppression, mental and physical health, and violence. (Prerequisite: PSY 111)

PSY 360 Introductory Statistics and Research Methods (3 cr.)

An examination of statistical and research methodology used by social scientists. Topics covered include research design, hypothesis formulations and testing, and correlational and experimental research designs. Students will also learn statistical techniques such as correlations, regressions, t-tests, and analysis of variance.(Prerequisites: MTH 201)

PSY 361 Advanced Research Methods (4 cr.)

PSY 361 builds on much of what students learned in PSY 360. In this class the research process will be considered from start to finish. Students will get research experience by completing a research project over the course of the semester. Students will collaborate to design a study, collect and analyze the data, and write a research paper about their project. (Prerequisites: PSY 360)

PSY 400 Special Topics in Psychology (3 cr.)

This course will examine a specific topic in psychology. Historical and contemporary theories and research about the topic will be discussed in depth. The topics will vary and are determined by the instructor.

PSY 401 Senior Capstone Seminar (2 cr.)

This capstone course will allow students the opportunity to examine current psychology issues. The course will assist students in culminating their educational experience by completing an independent research project. For students pursuing graduate school, the project will be more traditional in nature, while students planning to enter the work force will complete a more applied project. (Prerequisite: Senior psychology major or permission of instructor)

PSY 422 Counseling Theories and Techniques (3 cr.)

This class is intended to prepare students who seek to enter a counseling-related career. The main theoretical perspectives of counseling will be addressed. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on maintaining confidentiality, avoiding dual relationships, and navigating power issues. A variety of instructional approaches, including student role plays, will be used to achieve the course goals. (Prerequisite: PSY 322)

PSY 495 Internship

On-the-job learning in an applied setting such as a mental health center, psychiatric unit, residential treatment center, human resources office, or laboratory setting. Supervised by on-site facilitator as well as faculty member. A minimum of 25 clock hours of supervised work is required for each hour of credit.

PSY 496 Research Practicum

Students will work with a psychology faculty member to gain experience conducting research in a laboratory environment. Responsibilities will vary depending on the project, but may include designing and conducting experiments, creating stimuli, coding and analyzing data, literature searches, and written reports of experimental findings.