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Minor in Psychology

All students pursuing a Minor in Psychology must complete 18 semester credit hours.

A. 6 semester credit hours of required courses:

     PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology (This course may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement in Social and                                    Behavioral Sciences.)
     PSY 3403 Experimental Psychology (Concurrent enrollment in PSY 3413 waived; prerequisite of PSY 2073 or equivalent                                     required)

B. 6 additional semester credit hours selected from the following:

     PSY 2503 Developmental Psychology
     PSY 2513 Abnormal Psychology
     PSY 2533 Social Psychology
     PSY 2563 Cognitive Psychology

C. 6 additional upper-division semester credit hours of psychology courses. The following courses may be taken as electives, but will not be counted for this requirement: Independent Study, Internship in Psychology, or Honors Thesis.

To declare a Minor in Psychology, obtain advice, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult one of the undergraduate Academic Advisors  in the Social Sciences Advising Center, MS 4.01.50.

 

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1013 Introduction to Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to the study of the mind and behavior, with attention to awareness, discrimination, sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, learning, memory, problem-solving, personality, mental and behavioral development, abnormal behavior, and behavior in group settings. Psychological, social, cultural, and biological determinants of behavior are considered, together with applications of basic principles. Scientific and nonscientific approaches to the explanation of psychological phenomena are examined critically. Participation in illustrative research required. (Formerly PSY 2013. Credit may be earned for only one of the following: PSY 1013, PSY 2013, or PSY 1203.) [TCCN: PSYC 2301.]
 
2503 Developmental Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
Problems, methods, major theories, and results in the study of the psychological development of the individual from the prenatal period to old age. [TCCN: PSYC 2314.]

2513 Abnormal Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
Topics may include the dynamics of abnormal behavior with attention to description, causes, and treatment of major psychological disorders, including neuroses, psychoses, personality disorders, and psychosomatic disorders.

2533 Social Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.
Problems, methods, major theories, and results in the study of social interaction and interpersonal influence; self-identity, attitudes, role behavior, social perception, social influence, and behavior within groups. [TCCN: PSYC 2319.]

2563 Cognitive Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 1013A survey of scientific theories and research in cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, and problem-solving. (Credit cannot be earned for both PSY 2563 and PSY 3103.).

 

Upper Division Courses

 

3023 Social Psychology of Small Groups
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2533 and PSY 3403; or consent of instructor.
Theory and modern research in the social psychology of small groups. Particular attention will be given to group formation, the nature of small group processes, and the influence of groups on behavior.


3053 Cross-Cultural Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 1013, ANT 1013, or ANT 2053; and PSY 3413 or the equivalent; or consent of instructor.
An examination of the role of culture in the development and validation of psychological theories. Critical discussion of the application of theories of human behavior developed in the United States and Western Europe to other cultural groups, including ethnic minority subgroups. Topics may include identity formation, cognitive and personality development, social and organizational behavior, inter-group relations, psychological assessment, and mental health.


3103 Cognition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2543 or PSY 2573; and 3403.
Examination of current information-processing models of human cognition. Emphasis will be placed on the processes by which stimuli are identified, by which past information is retrieved and used, and by which one's knowledge is modified.

3113 Motivation and Emotion
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 3403 or the equivalent.
Topics may include examination of biological, physiological, learning, psychodynamic, cognitive, and purposive factors in the motivation of human behavior. Includes examination of nature and roles of emotion in explaining motivational processes.

3123 Attitudes
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2533 or PSY 2543; and 3403.
Examination of current theory and research on the nature of attitudes, their acquisition, and processes of attitude change. Topics may include psychological foundations of attitudes, structure and function of attitudes, attitude measurement, attitude-behavior consistency, theories of attitude change, and the role of attitudes in social behavior.

3153 Sensation and Perception
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 3403.
Survey of the processes by which the information available in the physical world is encoded and transformed to produce our perception of the world. Emphasis on the interaction between data-driven and conceptually-driven processes. Topics may include elementary sensory physiology, pattern recognition, illusions, physiological bases of perceptual dysfunction, and perceptual development. (Formerly PSY 2553. Credit cannot be earned for both PSY 3153 and PSY 2553.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring

3203 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 3413 or the equivalent; or consent of instructor.
The role of psychology in industry. Applications of psychological knowledge to industrial problems such as personnel selection, employee motivation and satisfaction, and the influence of organizations on behavior.

3303 Psychological Perspectives on Gender
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2533 or consent of the instructor.
Consideration of physiological and social-learning origins of sex differences and psychological theories of sex-stereotyped and sexual behavior. Topics may include androgyny versus sex-typed behavior, gender dysfunction, origins of sex stereotypes, sexual preferences, and sex differences in reasoning ability, aggression, sexual behavior, personality, and psychopathology. Generally offered: Fall, Spring

3403 Experimental Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Two courses from PSY 2503, PSY 2513, PSY 2533, or PSY 2563; a minimum grade of "C-" in PSY 2073 or consent of instructor.
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with representative experimental designs employed in psychological research, to provide instruction in the choice of appropriate designs, to provide the opportunity to develop skills in the analysis of published research, and to offer an introduction to techniques for collecting and analyzing data. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

3413 Experimental Psychology Laboratory
(2-2) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3403.
Application of observational and experimental procedures to selected problems in the collection of psychological data and the evaluation of psychological theories. (Formerly titled "Experimental Psychology Laboratory.") Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

3513 Developmental Psychopathology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2513 and PSY 3403; or consent of instructor.
Clinical findings and experimental research regarding childhood behavior problems, including hyperactivity, autism, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Additional topics include family influences on development of abnormal behavior and various psychotherapeutic techniques. Generally offered: Fall

3523 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2503 or consent of instructor.
Descriptive and theoretical accounts of psychological developments from early adulthood to old age. Relevant data are reviewed in the areas of memory, intellect, mental and physical health, social development, personality, grief, and dying. Generally offered: Fall

3543 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2513 and PSY 3403; or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the concepts, methods, and profession of clinical psychology. Topics will include historical background, theoretical and research perspectives on psychopathology and psychotherapy, clinical assessment, and professional issues concerning clinical training, regulation, and ethics. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


3553 Behavioral Analysis and Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 or equivalent; and PSY 3403 or equivalent.
An introduction to and survey of the principles, methods, theories and applications of the experimental analysis of behavior. Emphasis on the implications of behavior theory and the experimental analysis of behavior in contemporary society.

 

3563 Couple and Family Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and PSY 3403.
This course will focus on psychological research on relationships, processes and factors within couples and families. Demographic status and changes in American couples and families and how these changes relate to changes in racial/ethnic changes and diversity are considered. Psychological models of couples and families will be discussed. Understanding family structure, relationship processes and factors that are related to health and well-being of individual couple and family members and patterns and processes that are related to successful and healthy couple and family relationships are discussed.

4003 History of Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 3403 or consent of instructor.
The development of major theoretical positions and research strategies in psychology from the ancient Greeks to the present, with emphasis on the development of scientific psychology since the late nineteenth century.

 

4013 Social Psychology of the Self
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2533, and PSY 3403; and completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3413; or consent of instructor.
A social psychological examination of current research on the self in social interaction. Topics may include the structure of the self-concept and strategies for the preservation of self-esteem; the evaluation of the self through social comparison; the search for meaning and processes involved in understanding the self; and individual differences in self-knowledge and self-presentational styles. 

4103 Social Psychology of Prejudice
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2533 and PSY 3403.
Consideration of social, psychological, and personality factors in prejudice and stereotyping, and their interaction with cultural factors in producing racism and other prejudices.
 
4133 Social and Personality Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2503 or PSY 2533; and PSY 3403 or the equivalent; or consent of instructor.
Social and personality development across the life span. Topics may include sex-role development, child rearing, achievement, and the influence of peers. Socialization into different social roles may also be considered.

4143 Memory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 3403 or the equivalent and one of the following: PSY 2543 or PSY 2573, or consent of instructor.
Models for the coding, storage, and retrieval of information in memory. Organization and structure of short-term, long-term, and semantic memory, and the role of verbalization and images in memory.

4183 Physiological Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment restricted to Psychology majors until the first week of class.
Topics may include the biological and particularly neurophysiological bases of human behavior and cognition, the structure and organization of the nervous system, and the effect of the latter on perception, memory, learning, motivation, and emotion. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

4193 Relationships
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2533 and PSY 3403.
A consideration of the psychological processes that underlie the development and maintenance of social relationships. Emphasis on motivational and cognitive factors that mediate social interaction and communication. Special attention may be given to friendships, romantic relationships, successful marriages, and distressed relationships. 

4213 Social Cognition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 2533, PSY 2563, or PSY 2573; and PSY 3403 or the equivalent; or consent of instructor.
The study of how people perceive and construe social events, social situations, and the behavior of other people. Some emphasis is also placed on how social and cultural forces affect personal perception processes.

4253 Psychology of Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: PSY 3403 or consent of instructor.
Exploration of the role of psychological factors in physical health. Topics may include the relationship between mind and body, psychological factors in pain, the effects of stress on health, psychological aspects of chronic illness, psychological processes involved in perceiving and responding to physical symptoms, interpersonal relationships in health care, personality factors in illness, and issues concerning death and dying. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

4343 Cognitive Neuroscience
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: PSY 2563 or PSY 3103.
Examines issues in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and the relations between cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Topics include the neural basis of perception, attention, memory, language, and executive function skills. Students will also study how these processes change during normal development and in various neurological disorders. Critical thinking, problem solving skills, and use of the scientific method will be emphasized.

4911,3 Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student's advisor, the Department Chair and Dean of the college in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor's degree. No more than 3 semester credit hours of independent study will apply toward psychology major or minor requirements.

4933,6 Internship in Psychology
3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of internship coordinator before registration.
Supervised experience relevant to psychology within selected community organizations. A maximum of 6 semester credit hours may be earned through Internship in Psychology. No more than 3 semester credit hours will apply toward psychology major or minor requirements. Must be taken on a credit/no-credit basis.

4953 Special Studies in Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor's degree.

4993 Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to candidates for Honors in Psychology. Requirements for candidacy include the sponsorship of a faculty member and psychology faculty approval of the student's project proposal.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit with advisor's approval. No more than 3 semester credit hours will apply toward psychology major requirements.
 

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