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The accelerated major in psychology is designed for working adults who are interested in pursuing an understanding of the causes and consequences of human behavior by studying the methods and content of scientific and applied psychology. Courses are designed to offer students with varied career interests, a strong academic foundation in psychology within the framework of a liberal education. The accelerated psychology major also offers students the opportunities for advanced readings, research projects, field work experiences, contacts with mentors, and collaboration with faculty on research.

Goals for the Accelerated Major in Psychology

  • Students will understand basic psychological theories and principles;
  • Students will apply psychological theories to everyday circumstances and social issues;
  • Students will critically evaluate and express psychological content in written and oral communication;
  • Students will utilize the scientific method in the design of research studies and recognize appropriate methodology, statistics, and interpretation of results;
  • Students will be able to apply importance of the ethical and professional practice in the field of psychology.

Format
The accelerated major in psychology is offered over a 12-month period in the following format:

Fall Term
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 211 General Psychology
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research

January Term
PSY 421 History of Psychology

Spring Term
PSY 320/420 Current Applications in Psychology
PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Summer Term
PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
PSY 315 Lifespan Development

Course Descriptions

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
An introduction to psychology as a science, along with its methods of inquiry and representative findings in areas such as learning, memory, cognition, motivation, perception, development, social, abnormal. personality and physiological psychology. An assignment is made in each section for experimental unit credit, where a student participates in research projects or a research activity assignment. A prerequisite for all other psychology courses except PSY 329.

PSY 211 General Psychology
An introduction to psychology as a science, along with its methods of inquiry and representative findings in areas such as learning, memory, cognition, motivation, perception, development, social, abnormal, personality, and physiological psychology. An assignment is made in each section for experimental units credit, where a student participates in research projects or a research activity assignment.

PSY 303 Social Psychology
A study of the personal, social and situational variables that influence the behavior of the individual towards other people. Topics examined include personality judgment, interpersonal attraction, prejudice, attribution theory, helping, aggression, attitude change, obedience, conformity, and group dynamics.

PSY 315 Lifespan Development
This course provides an analysis of biological, cognitive, personality, and social development from conception to death. Illustrative topics may include the nature-nurture controversy, attachment, peer relationships, identity, vocations, marriage and parenting, midlife transition, aging, death, and dying. Theoretical models and research methodologies designed to address these issues will be highlighted throughout the course.

PSY 320/420 Current Applications in Psychology
This course is the application of psychological theories, procedures, and methods to a variety of current issues, e.g., cognition and memory or stress. Topics are selected based on their applied and theoretical relevance to psychology, as well as their practical importance to a wide range of disciplines. Students are expected to develop projects to explore the application of these topics to real-world psychological problems and issues.

PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
An introduction to the principles and methods of psychology as applied to problems of business, industrial, and other types of organizations. Topics include leadership, motivation, group leadership, personnel decisions, training, job analysis, design, evaluation, and satisfaction.

PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
Basic statistical methods in current use in research in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed upon developing the basic concepts and skills needed to perform and interpret standard elementary statistical tests on numerical data.

PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology
The nature and methods of inquiry into human and animal behavior are examined through the design and implementation of psychological research. Topics include descriptive and experimental methods, analysis and interpretation of research data, and ethical issues in research. Some focus on use of SPSS software. All students design and conduct a study as a psychology laboratory experience outside of class meetings.

PSY 421 History of Psychology
The study of major issues in psychology with emphasis on the interrelationships among schools of thought. The development of theory and methodology and the contributions of significant individuals are examined.

PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
Human behavior is viewed as the result of the processing of environmental information. The aim of the course is to understand the underlying mechanisms by which humans process this information. Topics include memory, decision making, perception, attention, comprehension, problem solving, and reasoning.

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