Mount St. Joseph University

Behavioral & Natural Sciences: Psychology Course Descriptions

Undergraduate 2018-2019

PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology (3) S/CEP
An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, including the basic terminology, methods, principles, and theories of psychology.

PSY 103H HON:Intro Psychology (3) S/CEP
Course description as stated in PSY 103 (Honors Course)

PSY 103S Serv Lrng:Intro Psychology (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 204 Lifespan Development (4) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
A comprehensive study of human development from conception through death. Theories and research including physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development. [Not intended for students taking PSY 205 or 206.]

PSY 204H HON:Lifespan Development (4) S
Course description as stated in PSY 204 (Honors Course)

PSY 204S Serv Lrng:Lifespan Development (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 204
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 205 Child/Adolescent Development (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
A comprehensive study of human development from conception through adolescence. Principles and theories of development with emphasis on their application to the prenatal, infancy, childhood, and adolescent stages of life. Effects of genetic and social factors on the adaptive capacities of the child. Emphasis on empirically-obtained information. [Not intended for students taking PSY 204.]

PSY 205H HON:Child/Adolescent Develop (0) S
Course description as stated in PSY 205 (Honors Course)

PSY 205S Serv Lrng:Child/Adol Dev (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 205
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 206 Adult Dev and Aging (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H; PSY 205 recommended
The interaction of maturational, social and personality factors in human development from young adulthood to death. Normative development as well as problems of personal, social, familial, and occupational adjustment during each stage of adulthood. [Not intended for students taking PSY 204.]

PSY 206S Serv Lrng:Adult & Aging (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 206
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 208 Social Psychology (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H or SOC 103
Crosslisted SOC 208. The study of how we think about, relate to and influence one another. Social perception, attitudes, social influence, prejudice, aggression, and attraction are examined.

PSY 208S Serv Lrng:Social Psych (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 208
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 210 Sensation and Perception (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Students will examine the processes of vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch through a combination of lecture, discussion, and both in and out of class activities.

PSY 212 Domestic Violence (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
An interdisciplinary course that looks at the issue of domestic violence from both legal and psychological perspectives and seeks to assist students to understand the complex nature of this problem. Students will explore possible solutions that utilize a combination of both disciplines.

PSY 212S Serv Lrng:Domestic Violence (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 212
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 220 Health Psychology (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Examination of psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they become ill. Topics include behaviors that promote or compromise health, stress and coping, patient-provider relations, and management of pain and chronic illnesses.

PSY 224 Parenting (3)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or 103H
Focuses on what parents can do to raise healthy, responsible, competent, and resilient children. Examines research from psychology and other disciplines that illuminate the wide array of variables affecting child outcome. Evidence is analyzed and synthesized to formulate an intentional, outcomes-based approach to parenting.

PSY 224S Serv Lrng:Parenting (1) EXP
New Course
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 224
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 225 Human Sexuality (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Biological, social and psychological aspects of sexuality. Issues related to communication, gender, dating, sexual behavior, pregnancy, roles, contraception, and sexual deviance and dysfunction are among the topics discussed.

PSY 275 Sport Psychology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Crosslisted ATR 275. This course is an introduction to the behavior in a sport environment and the mental skills associated with high-level performance in sport.

PSY 292 Forensic Psychology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Crosslisted CRM 292. Persons with mental illness often come in contact with the legal system, and this course addresses major areas of that confluence from the perspective of a forensic psychologist. Topics include competency, sanity at the time of the offense, involuntary hospitalization, civil litigation, child custody psychological evaluations, psychopathy as it relates to criminal behavior, and the challenges associated with being an expert witness.

PSY 309 Social Influence (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or 103H plus 6 additional hours in PSY
An in-depth look at how salespeople, governments, marketers, friends, and others influence our attitudes and behavior. A variety of influence tactics and ways of defending ourselves against them will be examined. Seminar format.

PSY 310 Cognition & Memory (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and MTH 174
In this course, students will examine the major ideas and theories regarding human cognition and memory. This will include Information Processing, Parallel Distributed Processing, Semantic Networks, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Set Theories, as well as both implicit and explicit approaches. Students will examine this material through class discussions, activities and research projects both in and out of class.

PSY 310S Serv Lrng:Cognition & Memory (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 310
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 330 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and either MGT 300 or 6 additional hours of PSY
Crosslisted MGT 330. Provides a survey of the field of industrial/organizational psychology. The student will learn about the principles, practices, and psychological knowledge that guide the activities of industrial/organizational psychologists. Examines the industrial side of I/O psychology (human resources activities such as job analysis, selection, training, and performance evaluation) and the organizational side (the behavior of people in organizations including topics such as motivation, job satisfaction, and leadership).

PSY 335 Tests & Measurements (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Principles and applications of psychological testing. Technical and methodological principles (reliability, validity, standardization), ethical considerations and a survey of currently available tests.

PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
This course covers characteristics, etiology and treatment of psychological and emotional problems. Students will develop a basic knowledge of psychopathology, and emphasis will be placed on reviewing treatments supported by current research. Throughout the course of the semester, students will also develop foundational skills in writing academic literature reviews.

PSY 340H HON:Abnormal Psychology (0) S
Course description as stated in PSY 340 (Honors Course)

PSY 340S Serv Lrng:Abnormal Psych (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 340
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 342 Child Psychopathology (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
During the course of this semester, students will become familiar with psychopathology as it is manifested in children and adolescents. Topics and disorders covered will include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, eating disorders as well as examining causes of child psychopathology, and their diagnosis and treatment. However, to fully understand psychopathology, a thorough knowledge of typical development is required. As such, we will be briefly reviewing typical development as well as the developmental theory of child psychopathology.

PSY 350 Behavioral Interventions (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
An introduction to the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, and implement interventions for a variety of behavior problems and psychological disorders. It will provide basic knowledge on which students can build their skills in such interventions.

PSY 350H HON:Behavioral Interventions (0) LAS
Course description as stated in PSY 350 (Honors Course)

PSY 351 Positive Psychology: Science of Happiness (3)
New Course
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Examines scientific research on developing happiness and psychological well-being. Topics include the nature of happiness, self-esteem, developing successful relationships, mindfulness, and more. In this course, you will learn some ways to increase your own levels of happiness.

PSY 360 Biological Psychology (4) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and BIO 131 or BIO 197 or BIO 201
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 360A
Crosslisted BIO 360. The physiological basis of behavior and mental processes. Includes neurophysiology, sense organs, neurotransmitters, and pathological maladies.

PSY 360A Biological Psychology (LAB) (0)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and BIO 131/BIO 131A or BIO 197 or BIO 201
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 360
Crosslisted BIO 360A. LAB to Accompany PSY 360 (Biological Psychology)Animal dissections required

PSY 375 Research I (4)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H, MTH 174 and 6 additional hours in PSY
An introduction to psychological research emphasizing ethics and the integration of research design and statistics. Observational, correlational and survey research are explored in conjunction with descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.

PSY 376 Research II (3)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 340 and PSY 375
A continuation of PSY 375. Use of more advanced research designs and statistical methods. Includes experimental design, single-subject research, and quasi-experimental methods.

PSY 380 Pseudoscience and Controversial Claims (3)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H plus 6 additional hours in PSY
Examines a variety of controversial therapies, psychological tests, paranormal claims, and other psychological phenomena. Pseudoscientific approaches to gathering evidence for these phenomena will be compared and contrasted with scientific approaches. Seminar format.

PSY 385 Personality Theories (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H and at least Sophomore Standing
This course covers the major theories used to guide research and practice in personality psychology. Theories include trait, cognitive, behavioral, psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives. Students will apply concepts from these various theories to personalities of well-known figures to contrast the different perspectives.

PSY 385S Serv Lrng:Personality Theory (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 385
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 390 Counseling Theories (3)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H
Several dominant paradigms of counseling and psychotherapy will be studied from both a practical and a theoretical perspective. Freud and Psychodynamics, Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Existential Therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, and Behavior techniques will be discussed.

PSY 395 Schizophrenia Oral Histories (1)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103
In this discussion based seminar, students will gain foundational knowledge in preparation for implementation of a project of their design that will be conducted in a subsequent course (PSY 395A). During this term, students will learn about schizophrenia, oral history design and methodology, The Schizophrenia Oral History Project (TSOHP), ethics involved in conducting academic work with vulnerable populations, and stigma related to mental illness as well as ways to challenge that stigma. Students will also take a strengths assessment to identify their personal leadership strengths. Then, at the end of the semester, students will submit a written proposal of a project that will contribute to TSOHP and utilizes their leadership strengths that they will implement in PSY 395A. Students and the instructor will complete a learning contract which will outline the specifics of the seminar.

PSY 395A Schizophrenia Oral Histories (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103, PSY 395
In this course, students will implement a project of their design that will contribute to The Schizophrenia Oral History Project (TSOHP) and that utilizes their leadership strengths. (The identification of personal leadership strengths and development of the project proposal were completed at the end of PSY 395 in the previous semester.) During this term, the student will implement the project (or a part of it, depending on the size of the project) and at the end of the semester submit a written evaluation of that semester's work based on success of project and use of leadership strengths. Students and the instructor will complete a learning contract which will outline the specifics of the project. Note: This course will count towards experiential learning for the core curriculum.

PSY 396 Co-Op:Parallel(PT) (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220 and permission of psychology advisor
A work-related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded on successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined Learning Agreement and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis. PSY 396/496 may be repeated up to nine credit hours.

PSY 397 Practicum (0-3) EXP
This course involves participation in pre-professional activities in a clinical and/or research setting. Credit hours are awarded based on type of activity and number of hours served.

PSY 398 Supervised Research (0-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): Nine Semester hours of PSY, Including PSY 103
Students conduct research under the supervision of a psychology faculty member and /or researcher at an off-campus work site.

PSY 399 Independent Study (1-3)
Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior psychology major
Students pursue a psychological topic independently under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Instructor's approval required.

PSY 400 Senior Thesis (3)
Prerequisite(s): PSY 375 and 376
Independent project that integrates the theory and research relevant to a student's area of specialization. A thesis project demonstrates research skills and growth in student's area of study.

PSY 400S Serv Lrng:Senior Thesis (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSY 400
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSY 410 Great Ideas/History of Psychology (3) S
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or PSY 103H plus 6 Additional Hours in PSY and Junior or Senior Standing
Students will gain a perspective on the modern field of psychology by examining its origins. The intellectual environment that gave rise to the field of psychology and important themes through which the field has evolved over the last hundred years will be examined. Seminar format.

PSY 492 People in Organizations (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): PSY 103 or MGT 300
Crosslisted MGT 492. This course explores individual, group and organizational processes to increase understanding of self and others in organizations. It emphasizes awareness, self-development, and self-management in the context of organizational issues such as conflict resolution, team performance, and leadership.

PSY 496 Cooperative Education Work Experience: Alternating (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220 and permission of PSY advisor
A work-related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded on successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined Learning Agreement and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis. PSY 396/496 may be repeated up to nine credit hours.