Psychology Course Descriptions
A course with a general survey of the content areas of psychology. This course introduces the student to the critical examination of behavior in human and other life forms. The relationships among psychology, sociology, and anthropology will be examined, and issues arising from the course content will be examined with the purpose of formulating a Christian perspective. Topics considered include the nature of psychology, biological foundations of behavior, perception, learning and memory, language and thought, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, altered states of consciousness, personality, social psychology, psychopathology and psychotherapy. Laboratory fee: $40. Four hours.SS
This course is intended for and required of transfer students with a major, minor or concentration in psychology. It consists of attending the general psychology class and participating in all the laboratory exercises and class assignments. Prerequisite: introductory psychology course from another college. Laboratory fee: $40. Two hours.
This course surveys the historical roots of present psychology. It includes an examination of important and influential people, systems of thought, and classic experiments. It also considers the influence of various cultures, including the impact of Christian thought in psychology today. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Three hours.
This course is intended to offer a psychology student the opportunity to read books in an area of psychology that should benefit any psychology major. Students select from a list of acceptable books, write individual book reports and then write a final report comparing and contrasting the books reviewed. One to four hours.
The Psychology Department arranges and sponsors field trips to various professional psychology conventions. The conventions attended in the past have included the Southeastern Psychology Association (SEPA), the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). By this means, students are able to gain a wide sampling of the range of topics, issues, controversies and personalities in psychology today. A travel fee is individually set for each field trip (based on distance, housing, etc.). Trip fee: $TBA. Two hours.
This course introduces the student to issues of importance in the integration of psychology and Christianity. Models of integration, critical issues in psychology and contemporary issues are examined in light of the scriptures and modern thinkers in Christian psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Three hours.
The field of psychology has come to recognize the importance of cultural mediators in the research and analysis of psychological phenomena. Cross-cultural psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and cultural transmission, exploring the ways in which human thought and behavior are shaped and influences by social and cultural forces. This course provides students with an expanded psychological framework that explores variations in cultural syndromes, human development, sensation and perception, cognition, emotion, social behavior, personality, mental illness, and psychotherapy. Additional assignments for upper-division credit. Three hours. SS
This course introduces the student to the process and methods of research in the social sciences. Required of all majors in psychology. Topics considered include science and the scientific approach, problems and hypotheses, variable definition, research designs, types of research and methods of observation and data collection. The student formulates a research proposal and carries out the research, reporting the results in a research manuscript prepared in a form acceptable for publication. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or 101; STA 251 at least concurrently. Four hours lecture. Laboratory fee: $40. Four hours. ‘W’
This course represents a loosely structured outlet for topics of interest in the discipline. A variety of subjects related to psychology are offered. Topics previously offered include Christian counseling, sleep and dreaming, death and dying, and religious behavior. The particular topic offered is based upon student interest and demand. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Repeatable. One to four hours.
A comprehensive survey of the development of the human individual from conception through adolescence. Consideration is also given to the methods of investigation employed. Topics include theories of development, research methods, infancy, childhood, and physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development. Additional material will be provided to cover adulthood and aging for pre-nursing students. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101; or Education or Community Development majors and sophomore standing. Three hours lecture and field observations. Four hours. SS for Education majors only.
This course examines human cognition, including perception, pattern recognition, memory, decision making, language, problem solving, consciousness, and the relation between brain and mind. .Prerequisites: PSY 261; STA 251. Three hours lecture plus laboratory. Laboratory fee: $25. Three hours.
A critical examination of historical and contemporary theorists in the study of human personality. Theorists considered include Freud, Jung, Adler, Allport, Cattell, Dollard and Miller, Rogers, Maslow, Frank and Ellis. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Four hours lecture. Four hours.
This course examines behavior classified as abnormal by the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization. Class content focuses on the clinical description, causes, prognosis, and treatment of abnormal behavior. A practicum provides direct contact with the behavior being studied and involves weekly participation at a mental health agency. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Three hours lecture plus practicum. Four hours.
This course provides a clinical, scientific-theoretical, and Christian analysis of several approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Among other schools, psychoanalysis, rational-emotive therapy, Gestalt therapy, person-centered therapy, behavior modification, and logotherapy are examined. Biblical and pastoral counseling perspectives are also reviewed, as are their relationships with secular schools of thought. The possibilities for integration are discussed. Prerequisites: PSY 331. Four hours.
This course examines the clinical therapeutic techniques of behavior change which have been developed from learning theories and associated psychological research. Operant, classical, social learning and cognitive theories of learning are examined and their related techniques of therapy analyzed. Process and outcome studies are reviewed. The course considers the religious, ethical and social issues involved in the application of the behavior therapies. A project of self-change, in which students apply techniques of change to their own behavior, is required. Prerequisite: PSY 344. Three hours lecture plus laboratory. Laboratory fee: $25. Four hours.
This seminar considers the American Psychological Association’s published Ethical Principles of Psychologists and the practical application of these standards in real-life situations, paying close attention to the conflicts which arise between the “Principles” and Christian ethics, and the complexities of practicing in a diverse social context. The seminar considers issues of importance to practitioners: e.g., contemporary treatment techniques in clinical psychology, practice in the managed care environment, pharmacotherapy in psychological practice, church-based Christian counseling, and others. Prerequisites: PSY 344, and 345 or 346. Three hours seminar. Three hours.
A study of religion from a psychological perspective. Topics include historic development of the psychology of religion, religious development across the lifespan, aspects of religious conversion and experiences, varieties of religious orientation, attitudes, and behaviors, the relationship between religion and personality, and research and assessment methods in the study of the psychology of religion. Prerequisite: PSY100. Three hours.
This course explores a range of topics in psychology from a neurophysiological perspective. Building on a foundation of basic neuroanatomy and neurochemistry, the course then reviews complex human behaviors, including the senses, movement, emotions and motivation, cognition and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Three hours lecture plus laboratory. Laboratory fee: $40. Four hours.
This course examines the physical, social and emotional development of adults. Special attention is given to the elderly. Both problems and opportunities for growth are considered. Alzheimer’s disease, Social Security, living arrangements for the elderly and geriatric psychopathology are among the special topics considered. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or 101. Four hours.
This course is intended for the student who has demonstrated ability for independent study and wishes to examine an area not covered in available courses. It requires the agreement of a member of the Psychology Department to supervise the independent study. One to four hours.
A comprehensive survey of the construction and use of psychological tests. Topics considered include functions and origins of psychological testing, the nature and use of psychological tests, the interpretation of test scores, reliability and validity, item analysis, the measurement of intelligence, aptitude and achievement tests, vocational and personality tests, attitude and interest inventories, projective techniques and the social implications of test results. Periodic laboratory experiences will be offered. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or 101; STA 251 or permission of the instructor. Laboratory fee: $25. Four hours.
Students enrolling in this course pursue an independent research project under the direction of a department faculty member. The student is encouraged to make use of available resources within the department. Each student develops a report of the research completed that is suitable for publication. Prerequisite: junior standing in the psychology major or permission of the instructor. One to six hours.
Students interested in the applied aspects of psychology are placed in internship positions with the Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, Orange Grove Retardation Center or other agencies. An effort is made to make the student aware of the discipline in its applied setting. Prerequisite: junior standing in the psychology major or permission of the instructor. Offered each semester. One to four hours.
A required course of all graduating seniors majoring in psychology. Students develop an understanding of a current issue or topic in psychology, culminating in a written paper expressing Christian worldview thinking. Prerequisite: senior psychology major. One two-hour meeting per week. Two hours. ‘S’