Course Descriptions

Courses numbered 100-199 are open to freshmen; 200-299 to sophomores; 300-399 to juniors; 400-499 to seniors. It is recommended that students elect courses in the years for which they are listed. Freshmen will be admitted to courses above the 200 level only with the consent of the instructor and the student’s advisor. Juniors and seniors taking freshman courses may be expected to do additional work. Any course above 499 is a graduate course.

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

PSYC 2010
Developmental Psychology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
The physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of the developing individual from the prenatal period through adulthood and old age are studied. Selected theories of development are also discussed. This course may not be taken for credit by students who have already received credit for PSYC 2030. Preferred for Psychology majors. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 2020
Human Sexuality [Course] (2 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to help the student understand normal and abnormal human sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality will be considered from many angles, including the biological, psychological, behavioral and spiritual perspectives. Also listed as SOCS 2020 and WST 202.

PSYC 2600
Organizational Behavior [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and resolving conflicts in groups.

PSYC 2950
Life Learning Experience [Life Learning Paper] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
In this course students apply the theories that support learning from personal experience. Students will draw from the works of educators such as Dewey, Piaget, Lindeman, and Kolb. They will write a life-learning essay on an approved topic.

PSYC 3010
Psychology of Gender [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of psychology of gender, weaving together relevant theory and research from the areas of developmental, social, physiological, and clinical psychology. The course will examine theory and empirical research relating to gender, as well as implications for social behavior, relationships, mental and physical health. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to integrate theological perspectives into their understanding of these issues. Also listed as SGEN 3010. Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 or SGEN 2060

PSYC 3090
Research Methods in Psychology [Course/Lab] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This is an introduction to the scientific method and research design. Emphasis is placed on the design and implementation of scientific research. Research results are approached from the standpoint of use and interpretation. Prerequisite: MATH 2400, PSYC 1010.

PSYC 3100
Health Psychology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
Health Psychology investigates specific mind-body connections such as the relationship between stress and the immune system, the psychological components of physical pain, the relationships between behaviors and health, etc. This course is designed to make the student aware of these connections, as well as to introduce a series of interventions designed to improve both the physical and psychological functioning of individuals. Prerequisites: PSYC 1010, 2010.

PSYC 3110
Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the major theories of psychological counseling and therapy. The relationship of theoretical concepts to practice will be discussed, providing opportunity for students to make application of the theories and methods to their field of interest. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to begin the integration of psychological and theological theories.

PSYC 3120
Positive Psychology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
What makes people thrive? Positive Psychology is the study of human psychological flourishing. This course will explore empirical research on psychological health as opposed to illness. Topics covered relate to optimal human functioning, and include discipline history and structure, positive emotions (correlates, biology, cognition, happiness), meaning (resilience, virtues & strengths), engagement (goals, self-regulation & discipline, flow), and positive relationships. This course will be taught using an approach called Team-Based Learning, a technique that has been shown to result in better learning and higher engagement. Course activities include Individual and Team Readiness Assurance Tests, Team-Based Application Exercises, Journal Assignments, Team YouTube Presentation, and Film Analyses. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010

PSYC 3260
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences I [Course/Lab] (1)

This course explores the individual characteristics and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective mentoring of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are participating in college based transition programs. The course uses PEERS® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills), an evidence-based mentor-assisted social skills intervention for young adults. During each class, mentors are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session with their assigned young adult. Students will incorporate the goals and objectives from the sessions into skill generalization activities that will be practiced in the campus community each week. Also listed as TEDU 3260 and SOWK 3260.

PSYC 3270
Relational Skills Training: Neurodevelopmental Differences II [Course/Lab] (1)

This course explores the individual characteristics and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective mentoring of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are participating in college based transition programs. The course uses PEERS® (Program for the Evaluation and Enrichment of Relational Skills), an evidence-based mentor-assisted social skills intervention for young adults. During each class, mentors are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session with their assigned young adult. Students will incorporate the goals and objectives from the sessions into skill generalization activities that will be practiced in the campus community each week. Also listed as TEDU 3270 and SOWK 3270.

PSYC 3290
Applied Learning Theory:Moral Development [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
Through the writing of Perry, Piaget, Kohlberg, and other theorists, this course stresses moral development and religious values. Offered on demand

PSYC 3300
Counseling Skills & Practice [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This interactive course focuses on the training and practice of helping skills. The course will be centered on a three stage helping model, which assists individuals in exploring their problems, gaining insights, and taking action. A large focus of the course will be on the skill development necessary to initiate helping relationships with diverse populations. Prerequisite: PSYC 3110 or Permission of Instructor.

PSYC 3500
Psychology Field Work Prep [Course] (1)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides the student with internship preparation and job search skills. It helps to prepare the student for internship and the job search with emphasis on resume writing, interviewing, career development, networking, goal writing, and treatment team skills. It is required of all majors. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and formal admission to the major.

PSYC 4010
Personality Theory [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This study of theories of personality includes, among others, the psychoanalytic, trait, existential & behavioral theories. Theorists' histories, concepts of personality structure and development, and related research are studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 and 2010. Open to Juniors and Seniors only.

PSYC 4020
Abnormal Psychology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
A study is made of the nature and trends of mental maladjustments, their causes, and the treatments used. Attention is also given to the factors which contribute to mental health. Prerequisite: PSYC 2010 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 4030
History of Psychology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the historical foundation of modern scientific psychology. The place of philosophy, religion, and the sciences in the development of psychology is studied. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 4050
Advanced Counseling [Course] (4)
(Liberal Arts)
The course includes theory and methods beyond PSYC 3300, as well as supervised practice with volunteer counselees. Prerequisites: PSYC 3300 and completed Course Application.

PSYC 4060
Psychology & Theology [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This study of the interface between psychology and theology begins with a consideration of the philosophical underpinnings of the major psychological theories and then moves to a comparison of biblical and scientific facts or interpretations. Specific topics addressed in this course may include the psychology of conversion, prejudice and religiosity, and the behavioral implications of faith. Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 and PHIL 2202 or permission of the instructor. Open to Juniors and Seniors only. Also listed as THE 406

PSYC 4070
Research Practicum [Course] (3 - 4)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is intended to give students experience in the planning, conducting, and analyzing of original research. In addition to providing practical experience, the course will enhance students' conceptual and analytical skills. The course itself combines seminars with supervised research experience. This course may be taken twice. Prerequisite: PSYC 3090.

PSYC 4410
Adult Development & Lifelong Learning [Course] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces adult learners to both classical and contemporary adult learning theory. As students analyze adult learning theories, they will reflect on their own life experiences and review their strengths and motivations as adult learners. Adult learners will review the physical, psychological, and mental stages of learning development. Students will have an opportunity to reflect, think critically, and prepare written responses to readings in the field of adult development.

PSYC 4410
Adult Development & Lifelong Learning [Lecture] (3)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces adult learners to both classical and contemporary adult learning theory. As students analyze adult learning theories, they will reflect on their own life experiences and review their strengths and motivations as adult learners. Adult learners will review the physical, psychological, and mental stages of learning development. Students will have an opportunity to reflect, think critically, and prepare written responses to readings in the field of adult development.

PSYC 4500
Psychology Field Work [Course] (1 - 4)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides the student with a regularly supervised experience in an agency that offers psychological services or that conducts research. Students are usually placed in settings which emphasize either behavioral techniques, counseling, or prevention approaches with a variety of client populations. This experience enables the student to apply and integrate psychological theory, ethics, and skills with actual clients. This consists of 9-12 hours weekly of actual internship experience. Prerequisites: PSYC 3500

PSYC 4520
Group and Organizational Dynamics [Course] (3)

This course is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and resolving conflicts in groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group mamagement and determine which tasks are handled by groups or individuals.

PSYC 4950
Independent Study in Psychology [Course] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

PSYC 4980
Undergraduate Research [Course] (1 - 3)
(Liberal Arts)
Students conduct laboratory research in psychology under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of instructor is required. Guidelines for Independent Study apply. A written report is required. (May be repeated with new research) Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently 5. Approval of the division in which the study is to be taken 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Division Chair, and the Registrar