Introduction to basic psychological concepts and methodology.
Surveys major research areas, including the nervous system, perception,
learning, motivation, development, and personality. General Psychology
provides the foundation for more advanced study in psychology.
Human Growth and Development
Covers issues, theories, and research on the cognitive, social,
personality, and physical development of humans throughout the
lifespan with emphasis on the influences of gender and culture.
For prospective teachers: a survey of the basic principles, theories,
and techniques of applying psychological theory to the learning
process. Students identify common problems teachers confront
in the classroom and apply course material to typical classroom
Descriptive statistics and the basic components of experimental
design. Students are introduced to measure of central tendency
and variation, making and interpreting graphs, and organizing
data. Also covers probability and introduces students to one
sample T-Test and Chi-Square. Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and MAT
Hypothesis testing and inferential statistics. Students are introduced
to a variety of statistical tests, both parametric and non-parametric,
among which are regression, T-Tests, complex Chi-Square, independent
and repeated analysis of variance tests, and Mann-Whitney U and
Wilcox signed-ranks tests. Prerequisites: CPSY 211, CPSY 313
and MAT 105.
Study of the individual in society. Emphasis is on cognition,
attitude formation and change, and group behavior. Prerequisite:
Introduction to Psychological Testing
The construction, standardization, scoring, administration, use,
and interpretation of group and individual psychological tests.
Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and 313.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Survey of methods and findings in the scientific study of humans
at work as applied to business, industry, and government. Topics
include employee selection, training, and motivation. Prerequisites:
CPSY 211 and 313.
- Social and Personality Development
A detailed look at the interaction between the physical, cognitive,
and emotional aspects of development on topics such as moral
reasoning, altruism, and the development of individuality. The
ecological (family, peers, school, etc.) influences on the developing
person will also be examined. Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and 315.
- African-Centered Psychology
An examination of the behavior, attitudes, life-styles, and cultural
heritage of African-Americans. This course is offered to introduce
students to concepts, theories, and research pertaining to Black
Psychology. This course is organized around the premise that
there is a distinctive, coherent African-centered perspective
that is evident in the behavior, attitudes, life-styles, and
expressive patterns of people of African descent. Prerequisite:
CPSY 358. Human Sexuality
Understanding of human sexuality and its relationship to the
emotional, physical, intellectual, and social aspects of the
individual. Students also explore concepts of self- esteem and
factors affecting interpersonal relationships.
Experimental Psychology I
Experimental design, sensation, and perception. Students acquire
skill in the use of the scientific method, investigative methods,
and data collection and analysis. Three (3) lecture hours and
two (2) laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and
History and Systems of Psychology
Philosophical antecedents of the concepts of modern psychology.
Students explore the life and works of significant personalities
in the field of psychology and trace major theoretical viewpoints
in the historical development of modern psychology. Prerequisite:
Study of psychopathology, including history, demography, etiology,
diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment. Prerequisite: CPSY 211.
Current theories and research on the processes of learning and
memory. Topics studied include classical and operant conditioning,
reinforcement and punishment, discrimination and generalization,
and the various parts of the human memory system. Prerequisite:
Study of physiological aspects of human behavior, with emphasis
on neurological structure and function. Major topics include
the basic structure and function of neurons and the nervous system
as well as the physiological basis of eating and drinking, sexual
behavior, sleep and dreaming, and drug abuse. Prerequisites:
CPSY 211 and BIO 111.
A specific experimental research project, usually in conjunction
with a faculty member on some aspect of his or her research.
Independent Research may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisites:
CPSY 211, 313, 314, 371, and permission of instructor.
Lectures, reports, and discussions of selected topics of interest
and importance to advanced undergraduate psychology majors. Prerequisites:
CPSY 211 and senior standing (at least 88 hours completed).
Exploration of diverse topics in psychology, such as job opportunities,
test preparation, graduate school opportunities, and current
events with psychological implications. Presenters include students,
faculty and professional psychologists. Also serves as a forum
for students and faculty to present their research findings.
Prerequisite: CPSY 211.
3 credits each
Students, in consultation with supervising faculty member, follow
detailed plans of self-directed study on topics of the students'
choice. Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and permission of instructor.
3 credits each
A semester of firsthand experience working in a psychological
agency with clients needing help with psychological problems.
Interns work three (3) hours each week under the direction of
a professional within a designated agency and a member of the
Department of Psychology faculty. Students must arrange internship
details with the agency and the Department. Satisfies the college-wide
service requirement. Prerequisites: CPSY 211 and junior or senior
Cooperative Education Experience
3 credits each