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Psychology Course Descriptions

General Education Program: 46-49 University Requirements

COM 101 Fundamentals of Communication

3 credits

This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics. Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

COM 232 Public Speaking

3 credits

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

PSY 100 Psychology as a Career

1 credit

Students develop an understanding of themselves in addition to developing an appreciation for the extensive options available to a graduate with a psychology degree.

PSY 101 General Psychology

3 credits

An introduction to the science of psychology through a survey of the biological, intra-psychic, and social bases of behavior. Topics include cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, behavior disorders, and social elements of behavior.

PSY 105 Human Development

3 credits

This course surveys the changes that occur during the entire lifespan as people develop, including physical, motor, cognitive, moral, and social-emotional. Developmental theory and research data are critically considered. Application of existing knowledge about the variables that affect the course of development is emphasized.

PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

This course explores the major types of psychopathology including anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, organic brain disorders, substance-related disorders, somatoform disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, mental retardation, adjustment disorders, sexual and gender identity disorders, impulse control disorders and delirium, dementia, and amnestic disorders. Emphasis is given to the issues surrounding classification, etiology, and treatment.

PSY 311 History and Systems of Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

This course surveys the development of modern psychology from its physiological and philosophical roots to the present status of various contemporary theories and systems.

PSY 312 Experimental Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101; SWK 210

This course examines the various methods of data collection and interpretation, with emphasis on the design of experiments and the use of elementary statistical methods in the analysis of data. It involves both lecture-discussion and experience with collecting, analyzing, and reporting data.

PSY 342 Research Methods

3 credits

Prerequisite: SWK 210

This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings in practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research in their practice. Similarities between the research and problem-solving processes are identified, beginning with conceptualization of the research question, followed by determination of the appropriate design and methodology, and concluding with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation of findings. Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

PSY 402 Senior Seminar in Psychology

3 credits

(Psychology majors only)

A forum for discussion for graduating seniors. Students complete a project that demonstrates their ability to integrate and apply acquired knowledge in psychology.

SWK 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis

3 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with a grade of C or higher

An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one-/two-/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, and probability distributions, as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

PSY Electives

15 Credits

PSY 111 Interpersonal Skills

3 credits

(Also SWK 111)

This course enhances assertive behavior, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and group member skills for effective teamwork in organizational environments. Consideration is given to multicultural variables that influence human relations skills.

PSY 202 Social Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

This course investigates the influences of social factors on individual behavior, the role of social cognition when people interact, interpersonal and group dynamics, and application of social-psychological research data to various situations.

PSY 204Special Topics

1–3 credits

This course allows for instruction in areas not included in the regular psychology curriculum.

PSY 222 Human Sexuality

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

A consideration of the physical, cultural, and intrapersonal aspects of sexuality in light of how they affect the growth and occurrence of sexual behavior. The conceptual core of this course is the idea that human sexual behavior follows the same rules and is directed to many of the same ends as other human behavior.

PSY 301 Drugs and Behavior

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

This course examines the relationship between brain chemistry and behavior. Special attention is given to drug use and abuse and the application of drugs to the treatment of psychological disorders.

PSY 302 Introduction to Clinical Counseling

3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 105; 308

This course acquaints students with the general principles of psychological counseling and psychotherapy. Examples of counseling approaches from the psychodynamic, behavior and learning, cognitive, humanistic, and selected recent models are discussed. A brief introduction to group counseling, family therapy, and crisis intervention is included.

PSY 306 Tests and Measurements

3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101; 105

This course critically analyzes the principles underlying the construction, administration, and interpretation of a broad range of general intelligence, special aptitude, achievement, and personality tests. Attention is given to the benefits and limitations of tests.

PSY 308 Theories of Personality

3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101; 105

This course surveys major theories of personality functioning. Topics include the nature, determinants, development, structure, motivational bases, and dynamic operations of the human personality. Examples of theories from the following areas are treated: psychodynamic, behavior and learning, cognitive, humanistic–phenomenological, trait, and Eastern. Each theory is critically analyzed in terms of its assumptions, logical cohesiveness, research support, and applications.

PSY 314 Positive Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

Positive psychology focuses on the strengths within the individual versus the more traditional focus of pathology. A comparison between past psychological theories and this more contemporary theory of psychology is explored. Students learn to evaluate, understand, and identify strengths within themselves and others. The course offers the opportunity to learn how to utilize these identified strengths in order to reach greater levels of happiness, accomplishment, and satisfaction.

PSY 321 Applied Behavior Modification

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

A focus on practical techniques derived from theory and research in learning. Emphasis is on assessment, intervention, and evaluation in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

PSY 322 Childhood Psychopathology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

A survey of a broad range of psychopathological disorders that can affect children and adolescents. Attention is given to description, assessment, and theoretical and empirical explanations for and treatment of the disorders.

PSY 331 Neuroscience

3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 105; BIO 100 or 101

An examination of the data and theories that help us to understand the connections between our bodies and our actions. The anatomical, physiological, and chemical correlates of a wide range of human activities, from simple reflexes to complex decision-making and thinking, is examined. Brain damage and recovery from it are considered.

PSY 340 Field Experience

1–3 credits

Prerequisites: PSY 101; 105; permission

(Psychology majors only)

Students are exposed to the realities of work through experiences in settings where psychological services are provided.

PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology

3 credits

This course examines the underlying basis for human skills in learning, perception, attention and memory, language, problem solving, and decision-making. The focus is on current knowledge about the processes, structures, and mechanisms that contribute to human cognition. Application of this knowledge to fields such as law, education, and clinical psychology is included.

PSY 360 Practicum in Research I

1–3 credits

(Also CRJ 360, SWK 360)

Prerequisite: Permission

This course is an introduction to the practice of developing research skills. Students perform various tasks associated with the research process, including data collection, development of materials, literature searches, data analysis, and report preparation.

PSY 362 Practicum in Research II

1–3 credits

(Also CRJ 362, SWK 362)

Prerequisites: PSY 360; permission

A continuation of PSY 360. Students perform various tasks associated with the research process, including data collection, development of materials, literature searches, data analysis, and report preparation.

PSY 397 Internship

1–3 credits

Planned and supervised work experience in psychology. A faculty mentor supervises the experience and evaluates fulfillment of the planned objectives.

PSY 404 Special Topics in Psychology

3 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 105

This course includes discussion of modern theory and research in psychology as applied to general and specific areas of study. A subtitle indicating the specific subject is added each time the course is offered.

PSY 411 Preparation for Research

1 credit

Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 105; PSY 312 or 342; SWK 210

Students learn to identify an issue, perform a literature search, and state a research question or hypotheses. Development of a research study to test the idea, including working out the required methodological aspects, is explored.

PSY 412 Data Collection and Report Preparation

2 credits

Prerequisite: PSY 411

Students implement the research study, including data collection and analysis, and write a complete report of the research, with appropriate conclusions.

PSY 414 Independent Study

3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

This course is designed by the student with an instructor’s guidance to allow students to pursue a topic of interest not available through regular courses.

PSY 422 Law and the Helping Profession

3 credits

(Also SWK 422)

This course examines the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes that guide helping professionals in their practice with clientele. Attention is directed toward assisting the helping professional recognize the legal duties and responsibilities within their professional lives. Particular emphasis is placed on the children’s code, mental health/developmental disabilities, protective services, care records, mandatory reporting, abuse, domestic violence, and professional conduct.

PSY 497 Internship

1–3 credits

Planned and supervised work experience in psychology. A faculty mentor supervises the experience and evaluates fulfillment of the planned objectives.

96 Percent

Fun Fact

96% of Marian students participate in educationally driven internships and research in their majors, giving them experience that can be applied after graduation.

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