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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 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-83/84 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.
Cross Listed Courses: MATH 2301, POLS 2303, SOCI 2303

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.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 2304

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. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: EDEP 3301

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: CRJS 1301 or 1302, or PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 3302, SOCI 3302

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. Fall, odd-numbered years, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 3306

PSYC 3311   (3-3-0)   Marriage and Family Systems

In this course, students will learn the historical development and principal conceptualizations of marital and family systems theory. Students will learn the theories, therapeutic processes, and techniques involved in treating marriage, family, and relationships. To familiarize students with specific issues pertinent to marriage, family and relationship counseling (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and culture). Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 3311

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.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 3312, SOCI 3312

PSYC 3315   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Forensic Psychology (Available Fall 2021)

In this course students will learn the history of forensic psychology and how it differs from other forensic sciences. Students will cover a variety of topics including; careers in forensic psychology, profiling, interviewing and interrogation, eye witness evidence, consulting and testifying, child custody evaluations, violence and intimidation, development of delinquent and criminal behaviors, personality profiles, forensic victimology and victim services, sexual assault, family violence and abuse, and correctional psychology. Students will also see how the field of forensic psychology informs the criminal justice system and the policies developed by that system. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301 or CRJS 1301.

PSYC 3317   (3-3-0)   Clinical Psychology

In this course students will learn the intricacies of the field of clinical psychology. Students will be provided learning opportunities about the history of this discipline; diagnostic interviewing; intellectual, neuropsychological, projective, and personality assessments; and psychotherapeutic evidence-based interventions. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

PSYC 3322   (3-3-0)   Cognitive Psychology

In this course students will learn the intricacies of the field of cognitive psychology. Students will be provided learning opportunities about the branch of psychology that explores the operation of mental processes related to perceiving, attending, thinking, language, and memory, mainly through inferences from behavior. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 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.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 3332, EDUC 3302

PSYC 4301   (3-3-0)   Multicultural Perspectives

Examines the theories and operational definitions of race and ethnic relations in the social sciences within a biblical framework. Evaluates programs for the reduction of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Analyzes historical and contemporary status of racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 4301

PSYC 4303   (3-3-0)   Social Psychology

A study of individual behavior as affected by cultural and social stimuli. Social psychology focuses on the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals. Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 or SOCI 1301.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 4303

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 4308   (3-3-0)   Psychology of Sport, Exercise, and Human Performance

This course will introduce students to the field of sport psychology through a foundational study of pertinent theories and concepts, psychological variables, and the application of these variables to sport, exercise, and human performance. This interdisciplinary field of psychological study in sport and exercise is ideal for students that will be working with athletes in any capacity, those pursuing physical education, or those engaged in various other professions within sport, fitness, or human performance. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: KNES 4308

PSYC 4309   (3-3-0)   Child Life Theory and Practice

Child Life Theory and Practice will support students in the application of knowledge of child development to educate, prepare, and support children and their families through the processes of hospitalization and changes in family dynamics related to current or chronic illness. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

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, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: 18 hours of psychology and 6 hours of religion.

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. Periodically.
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 4316   (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.
Cross Listed Courses: SOCI 4316

PSYC 4317   (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, Online.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301 and 2301, or SOCI 1301 and 2303, or 18 hours in criminal justice and general studies math requirement.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS 4317, SOCI 4317, CRJS 5326

PSYC 4321   (3-3-0)   Dynamics of Therapeutic Play

This course provides an overview of the interaction between human play and development and introduces the concept and principles of therapeutic play. The content emphasizes play within the context of medical and non-clinical settings, and culture. Students learn appropriate skills and strategies for engaging children in a variety of playful activities and approaches to assist the child and family members to cope with stressful events. Fall.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1301.

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. Periodically.
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. Periodically.
Prerequisite: 12 hours in psychology.

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.
Cross Listed Courses: CRJS/SOCI 4332, CRJS 5332

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.

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. Grade replacement for special topics courses may only be accomplished under special topics courses with the same topic and content. Periodically.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of psychology or instructor approval.

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