These course descriptions represent the foundation upon which your individualized study for the course will be built. In each course you will work with a faculty advisor to add resources, activities, and products that reflect your personal and professional goals.
BA in Psychology and Counseling core courses are designed to support your progress through basic and advanced studies in the field. Academic advisors counsel you on on the design of each course. Our advisors don’t tell you what courses to take, but they help you learn to build your own curriculum that will match personal and professional goals.
You will successfully complete the core psychology courses (33 credits), the Practicum (one, 3-credit course), and the Capstones (two courses, 6 credits). While core psychology courses may be transferred in, the Practicum Course and the two Capstone Project courses must be completed with faculty.
- PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
This course explores the history of psychology as a discipline, and the impact that these traditions have on contemporary psychology. Learners examine the historical progression of ideas central to psychology, the philosophical and empirical roots of those ideas, and the confluence of those ideas into the various systems we have today. Learners examine the lives and works of the men and women whose work created psychology’s foundation.
- PSY 210 Writing in Psychology
This course focuses on the writing skills and traditions relevant to psychology, in terms of critical analysis and argumentative essays. Contemporary and historical original sources will be used to practice APA style and the intellectual skills relevant to program competencies.
- PSY 220 Scientific Methods
Learners explore traditions and methods of inquiry in the context of social and cultural differences and historical developments. Classical and progressive scientific trends will be explored through evaluation of published research in areas of interest to the learner.
- PSY 310 Statistical Methods
Learners are introduced to and practice applying a variety of statistical analyses to data types commonly encountered in the social sciences. Learners examine current statistical practices in psychology through lenses of mathematics as well as those of scientific philosophies and cultural traditions relevant to data sets of interest to the student.
- PSY 320 Social Science Research
Learners gain a basic knowledge of research concepts, focusing on the natures of and differences between quantitative and qualitative methods. Learners examine how these systematic procedures have been applied in the social sciences, with an emphasis on ethical and practical considerations.
- PSY 330 Cognitive Neuroscience
Learners examine a broad overview of the biological bases of psychological phenomena and behavior. They will learn how the contributions of basic sciences (neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology) lead to an understanding of behavior and behavioral disorders. Important psychiatric disorders are explored, primarily from the viewpoint of their biological aspects.
- PSY 340 Learning and Memory
Learners study basic models of cognition and the research on which they are based. Learning theory and research are surveyed with emphasis on applications in education, social justice, and community evolution.
- PSY 350 Developmental Psychology
This course focuses on the concept of the stage theory of human development, its early theorists and those who built on these ideas. Specific lenses include: psychosocial, psychosexual, personality, cognitive, behavioral developmental trajectories. Notions of optimal family and individual development are central to this course.
- PSY 360 Social and Cultural Psychology
Learners study a broad overview of social forces as they relate to human behavior. The overview includes examining a range of social norms and institutions, and the ramifications these have for psychological functioning. Variations in social forces across various cultures are explored.
- PSY 370 Personality and Affective Science
Learners will survey selected theories of personality. Attention is paid to the way in which personalities have been classified (personality types) and defined (personality traits). Learners also familiarize themselves with theoretical approaches to understanding personality development. This course provides a foundation for subsequent study of psychopathology, human development and psychotherapy.
- PSY 380 Abnormal Psychology
Learners explore concepts of normality and optimal psychological functioning. Learners examine biological, social, familial, and environmental causes for abnormal human behavior. Issues of nature versus nurture are explored.