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PSYC 1301   (3-3-0)   General Psychology
This introductory course provides the foundation for all other courses in psychology. The historical, theoretical, and research foundations for psychology are examined. A survey is made of human development, learning, perception, motivation, personality, neurological development, and emotions. The focus of the course is on the development of a Christian perspective on psychology. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

PSYC 1301HR   (3-3-0)   Honors General Psychology
This introductory course provides the foundation for all other courses in psychology. The historical, theoretical, and research foundations for psychology are examined. A survey is made of human development, learning, perception, motivation, personality, neurological development, and emotions. The focus of the course is on the development of a Christian perspective on psychology. The Honors Program curriculum supplements and complements the traditional curriculum of this course.
Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program.

PSYC 2301   (3-3-0)   Statistics for the Social Sciences
Introductory course including elements of probability to support statistical theory. Topics include theoretical distributions, discrete and continuous variables, and tests of hypotheses. Suggested for majors in the social and behavioral sciences. TI-83 plus graphing calculator required. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Science. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405.

PSYC 2304   (3-3-0)   Marriage and Family
A study of the institution of the family, including courtship and marriage. An analysis of marriage and family life trends with a special emphasis on a Christian framework. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

PSYC 3301   (3-3-0)   Educational Psychology
A study of the salient points of the discipline known as educational psychology. The course focuses on the cognitive, moral, and social development of children, giving particular attention to children with learning differences and exceptionalities. Students will analyze the behavioral and cognitive views of learning and study theories pertinent to instructing, managing, and motivating children. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

PSYC 3302   (3-3-0)   Juvenile Delinquency
A study of deviant behavior by the legal minors in contemporary society, factors and conditions contributing to delinquency, control and treatment of offenders, and programs for prevention. Fall, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 3303   (3-3-0)   Psychology Internship I (S-L)
This course connects student public service with academic study by providing a professionally supervised activity in a setting that offers some type of human service. The student will be required to work 20 hours for each credit hour earned. The student’s work will be evaluated by both the site supervisor and the course instructor. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of psychology and junior standing.

PSYC 3304   (3-3-0)   Psychology Internship II (S-L)
A continuation of PSYC 3303 Psychology Internship I. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.
Prerequisite: Twelve hours of psychology and junior standing.

PSYC 3306   (3-3-0)   Study of Aging
An examination of aging in relation to sociology, psychology, biology, law, political science, literature, religion, recreation, and health. Special emphasis is placed on an understanding of gerontology from a Christian perspective. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

PSYC 3312   (3-3-0)   Drug and Alcohol Problems
The philosophical, economic, political, social, and psychological dimensions of drug and alcohol problems will be examined. Offered periodically.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 3332   (3-3-0)   Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
An interdisciplinary course emphasizing the psychosocial development of the child from conception through adolescence. A study is made of the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development of the child. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 4301   (3-3-0)   Multicultural Perspectives
A social, historic and demographic analysis of ethnic groups. The study is designed to examine the complex patterns of each group as they respond to contemporary issues and to the dilemmas which are common to man. Conservative and liberal views are contrasted within a biblical framework. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 4305   (3-3-0)   Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
A study of the nature and causes of mental disorders as reflected in the major theories and current research regarding abnormal behavior. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: 12 hours in psychology.

PSYC 4311   (3-3-0)   Integration of Psychology and Christianity
This course includes a survey of the major approaches to and issues in relating psychology to Christianity. Psychology and Christianity will be compared in relation to their views of the nature of the human being, the sources of truth, sin and psychopathology, change and sanctification, and other factors. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: 18 hours of psychology and 6 hours of religion or instructor approval.

PSYC 4312   (3-3-0)   Human Growth and Development
A course in developmental psychology that focuses on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development from conception to death within a context of basic theories of development. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 4313   (3-3-0)   Group Psychotherapy
This course has as its goal the development of a basic understanding of group processes as they relate to group therapy. Central to this study is an emphasis on group dynamics. Practical experience in group dynamics is included. Fall.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301, 4312, and 4314.

PSYC 4314   (3-3-0)   Counseling Theories and Techniques
A course dealing with the fundamentals of counseling as they relate to human behavior. A survey of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy is included. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

PSYC 4315   (3-3-0)   Psychology of Personality
An investigation of the interacting biological, psychological, and sociological factors which contribute to formation of behavior in personality structure. A survey of the major theories of personality is included. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

PSYC 4319   (3-3-0)   Research Methods
This course is designed to introduce the student to the scientific method of research. Topics covered include the philosophy/logic of research, hypothesis testing, the construction of concepts, sampling, data gathering, and data analysis. Completion of the course will make students better "consumers" of behavioral research data, as well as prepare them for more advanced classes in statistics and research. Examples in the class will be drawn from diverse disciplines including criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business and health care. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and general studies math requirement, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.

PSYC 4324   (3-3-0)   Psychology of Learning
A study of the principles and applications of how knowledge or skill is acquired. Learning as it relates to cognition, emotion, physiology, decision making, behavior, and experience will be analyzed. The major learning theories and their respective underlying presuppositions will be contrasted from a Biblical perspective. Fall of odd-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 9 hours in psychology, including PSYC 1301.

PSYC 4325   (3-3-0)   History of Psychology
An investigation of the history of psychological thought. The course concentrates on the evolution of contemporary theoretical concepts from their historical origins in philosophy and natural sciences. Fall of even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 12 hours in psychology.

PSYC 4330   (3-3-0)   Social Psychology
An analysis of the behavior of individuals in group processes with special attention to the sociocultural context of behavior. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.

PSYC 4332   (3-3-0)   Crisis Intervention
This course examines the field of crisis intervention from a multi-disciplinary perspective including law enforcement, human services, psychology, and sociology. The evaluation and application of crisis intervention techniques, methods, and concepts will be examined related to community, workplace, therapy, and social/personal environments. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in criminal justice, sociology, or psychology.

PSYC 4333   (3-3-0)   Psychology of Adolescence
An interdisciplinary course emphasizing psychosocial development from adolescence through young adulthood. This study would include developmental and psychological issues that evolve in the teenage years. Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or instructor approval.

PSYC 4340   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Psychology
This course concentrates on specialized areas of psychology. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Periodically.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of psychology or instructor approval.

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