Psychology Classes

PSY101E Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to the study of psychology as a biological and social science. This study includes research methods and theories used in studying such topics as learning, perception, motivation, emotions, thinking, personality, and social interaction.

PSY115E Inner World of Mental Illness
What is mental illness? How do mentally ill individuals feel and think? This course is concerned with the experience of mental illness as defined by our society today. It explores various models, from morality to madness, used to explain maladaptive behavior and covers the major categories of psychopathology found in children and adults. Through first-hand accounts, as well as examples of art, film, and literature, the course attempts to give an experiential understanding of the strange and complex phenomena studied in abnormal psychology. (Not to be taken by students who have or intend to complete a course in abnormal psychology)

PSY116E Abnormal Psychology
Explore the history, diagnosis, classification and treatment of abnormal behavior. This provides detailed description and analysis of forms of behavior seen as abnormal in our contemporary culture. Theoretical perspectives on these disorders are presented. Prerequisite: PSY101E.

PSY117E Psychology of Women
This course examines biological, social and psychological perspectives on the female experience. Theories on the development of stereotypes, self-concept, achievement motivation, and cognitive and moral reasoning of women are discussed. Both traditional and nontraditional roles for women in relation to marriage, motherhood and career are examined. Mental health and social issues such as eating disorders and abusive relationships are also discussed.

PSY140E Psychology of Personality
A survey of a variety of theories of personality with a focus on the major assumptions, concepts and modes of explanation used in each approach. This course is designed to provide a background out of which the student can develop his/her own views on the nature of personality.

PSY170E Group Psychology
This course is designed to explore the nature of group process and small group experience and to provide an opportunity for personal growth for individuals wishing to develop increased self awareness and interpersonal competence. Throughout the course, we question how groups, as social vehicles, may serve to aid or undermine individuality and the development of identity.

PSY178E Human Growth and Development
This course studies the human organism from conception to senescence. Developmental tasks essential to each age level, sequential stages of development, and the individual variations in growth during these stages are emphasized.

PSY181E Psychology of Development: Adolescence and Maturity
This course focuses on the experience of adolescence by exploring those developmental and personal tasks which are unique to this period of life. A diverse range of readings, including both scholarly and literary works, provides a background for discussions and experiential activities on such topics as identity, self-awareness, self-actualization, peer relationships, career choices, mortality and sexuality. Individuals are encouraged to examine their own development as persons both as a resource for self-knowledge and for understanding key aspects of the developmental process in adolescence.

PSY186E Psychology of Aging
The central theme of the course is that behavior at each stage of an individuals life should be viewed as the product of the dynamic interaction between the social system and the personal system as each system reflects both stability and change over time. The course simplifies and elaborates the gerontological knowledge base which, combined with professional values, enhances skill development in service to aging persons, families, and groups.

PSY190E Psychology of Development: Infancy and Childhood
Focuses on the major developmental sequences that occur during this time-frame. Areas include: physical development, cognitive development, social and moral development, parent-child relationships and skill mastery. Also identification and “identity” formation are covered.

PSY199E Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
This course focuses on assertiveness training, leadership skills, self-disclosure, intimacy and confrontation. It utilizes discussion, lecture, role-playing and encounter, concentrating on the individual in one-to-one and group relations.

PSY209E Psychology of Men
The unique qualities of the male psyche are explored, beginning with the early theories of Freud and Jung as well as the contemporary theories of Robert Bly and Sam Keen. Topics include identity formation in men, masculine rites of passage, relationships with women, male bonding and personality changes caused by development and aging.

PSY210E Social Psychology
Examination of major theoretical viewpoints dealing with the interrelationships between the individual and the social environment. Consideration is given to social psychological perspectives on such diverse phenomena as interpersonal communication and perception, intergroup attitudes, and deviant behaviors such as mental disorder and crime.

PSY212E Psychology of Sport
This course provides the student with an understanding of the theoretical and applied principles of sport psychology. Topics include social psychology of sport, theories of motivation and competition, cognitive/behavioral strategies used to enhance sport performance, and gender issues.

PSY214E Psychology of Identity & Human Sexuality
An attempt to gain psychological understanding of sexuality as an important component of self and to aid the student in gaining understanding of psychological theories regarding human sexuality

PSY215E Psychology of Dreams
Dreams and related expressions of the human capacity to create and use symbols and metaphors are considered from the viewpoints of such theorists as Freud, Jung, Perls, Adler, Savary, and Faraday. The course focuses on interpretation and understanding of dreams through different approaches. Related topics such as the physiology of dreaming and the psychology of consciousness are also explored.

PSY220E Interpersonal Communication
This course introduces students to basic theoretical issues, research findings, and practical strategies in the field of interpersonal communication. It examines the processes through which people collaboratively construct shared understandings in conversation, including discussion of how ideas about the self are shaped and expressed in dialogue with others. Through readings, discussion, and exercises, the class works toward an understanding of how effective communication patterns, as well as problematic patterns, arise in the course of person-to-person interaction.

PSY225E Health Psychology
This course examines the biopsychosocial model of health and illness in which biological, psychological and social factors interact to determine how and why individuals become ill, ways in which they react to their illnesses and variables related to remaining healthy. Some of the topics covered include health-enhancing behaviors such as diet and exercise, as well as health compromising behaviors such as alcohol abuse and smoking. Also, pain management, stress and coping strategies, the psychological effects of AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease, perceived control, learned helplessness and the new field of psychoneuroimmunology are discussed.

PSY245E Development of Gender Roles
This course examines the development of gender roles across the lifespan, drawing upon work from the fields of psychology, sociology and anthropology. Specific topics to be covered include: an overview of gender stereotypes, cultural and biological bases for gender differences, gender role development across the lifespan and current theoretical and cultural attempts to redefine gender roles

PSY256E Psychology of Addiction
A sociological and psychological understanding of the individual and groups in American society with respect to substance abuse and addiction. Emphasis is placed on current theories, attitudes, and definitions as well as the impact of substance abuse on professionals, minorities, children and families. The role of the criminal justice system in substance abuse is also addressed with respect to prevention and intervention.

PSY256E Special Topics: Cultural Psychology
The world is changing faster than ever before. Cultures are becoming more and more enmeshed and influenced by outside factors as traditional borders decline and the internet expands. It will be of paramount importance to understand how individual different cultures behave. Examining cognition, belief systems, and motivation (internally and externally) through a variety of different cultures. This course examines culture as process. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of culture in various contexts. Particular attention is paid to the relationship of oppression to the formation of cultural identity. We will examine all aspects of traditional psychology (Cognition, Development, Gender, Emotion, Communication, Abnormal, etc) and apply them to a larger global audience

PSY256E Special Topics: In Crisis: Understanding Self-Mutilation and Suicide
There has been an alarming increase in rates of self-harm and suicide, and a growing awareness of
the importance of identifying those at risk and providing effective treatment. This course takes a
mature and compassionate examination of this subject, considers multiple case histories of those
who have engaged in self-mutilation or attempted suicide, and views their pain through their eyes.
We will review the existing theories and research regarding the bases for self-destructive behaviors,
noting that these acts are typically more than just a response to current emotional crises. Focus will
be on the important role that persistent psychological and biological characteristics play in suicidal
and parasuicidal behaviors. The course will identify the risk and protective factors for selfdestructive
behaviors and suicide, and explore why some people with suicidal thoughts go on to
harm themselves while others are motivated to seek help. Avenues for prevention and treatment will
be discussed, as will the efficacy of various treatment modalities.

PSY265E Statistics
Students are introduced to basic concepts in statistics and probability with emphasis on the testing of statistical hypotheses using the methodology of inferential statistics.

PSY286E Psychology of the Workplace
A survey of current theory and practice in the field of workplace psychology. Topics covered include personnel issues, leadership, motivation, satisfaction, and communication. Emphasis is placed on the person in the work environment at all levels.

PSY295E Psychology of Deviance
This course is concerned with a critical analysis of the meaning of deviance. It examines socially undesirable deviance, including mental disorder, white collar crime, crime in the streets, and juvenile delinquency, as well as social innovation. The theories and research considered focuses on the process whereby an individual in our culture acquires and adjusts to a deviant status as well as how society defines and reacts to deviance.

PSY315E Introduction to Psychological Type: Theory and Practice
This course engages students in a critical analysis of Jung’s studies of psychological type theory and a practical application of this theory in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Students explore their own psychological type, learn the characteristics of good psychological tests (concepts of reliability, validity, usability) as applied to the MBTI, and make practical applications of the MBTI to the areas of counseling/career guidance, education, and management.

PY320E Experimental Psychology
Focuses on the logic behind the methods used in science, particularly the experimental method. Students gain familiarity with principles of experimental design, problems of experimental control, and data analysis through conducting laboratory studies. Prerequisites: PY101E, PY265

PSY340E Humanistic Psychology
This course focuses on the contribution of humanistic psychology to our understanding of persons and societies. Students explore social, scientific and philosophical roots of humanistic psychology and then examine humanistic orientations in psychological theory, research and practice. Students also explore several experiential themes which are of particular concern to humanistic psychologists (e.g., uniqueness, choice, identity, love, creativity, etc.).

PSY 351E Physiological Psychology
In this course, stress is placed on determining the contributions and limitations of physiological psychology in understanding behaviors, such as perception and thinking, psychosomatic disorders, learning, and emotion. Prerequisite: PSY 101E

PSY 353E Psychology of Learning
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a grounding in important principles of learning, such as conditioning, extinction, generalization, and discrimination. The behavioral approach of B.F. Skinner is predominant throughout the course, although the concepts of important learning theorists such as Thorndike, Tolman, and Hull are also presented. In addition, the philosophical underpinnings of a learning-based model of human behavior and the complex questions of freedom and determinism raised by modern behaviorism are addressed in the course. Prerequisite: PSY 101E