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Psychology Courses

The department offers a variety of core and elective courses in many of Psychology’s sub-fields. These courses provide broad preparation for students desiring entry into helping professions, graduate study in psychology or related disciplines, and careers in a variety of areas, such as human resources, public relations, and social services.
Research facilities available to students include an animal lab, individual experiment rooms, computers, one-way mirrors, and psycho-physiological instruments.
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100) is the pre-requisite for all other courses in the department.

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of psychology. Topics covered include an overview of the field of psychology, methods of psychological research, biological foundations of human behavior, sensation and perception, basic principles of learning, memory, intelligence, developmental psychology, personality theories, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and social behavior. Introduction to Psychology is the prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

PSY 102 Educational Psychology - 3 credits

Course Description: This course is a foundational review of the impact and utilization of psychology in the classroom. The course examines the basic requirements for teachers to work effectively with the major concepts and theories related to the development of young children and adolescent development. Special attention is noted on including explicit connections with content areas, cognitive development, literacy, English Language Learning, multicultural and special education concerns. The foundational principles and theories of child and adolescent development taught in this course will support the teacher-in-training in ensuring the healthy social, intellectual, sexual, emotional, and moral development of all students. Cross-listed as EDU 102 Educational Psychology.

PSY 170 Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style - 1 credit

This course will introduce students to APA editorial style for social science writing. PSY 170 is a co-requisite for Experimental Methods (PSY 211) and Introduction to Research Methods (PSY 213). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the WRI-1 requirement; sophomore standing recommended.

PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine - 3 credits

In this course we will follow the biopsychosocial model of health and wellness, which is now the established model in medical education. While disease prevention, health-related research and rehabilitation issues are discussed, the main focus of the course is on exploring the mind-body connections from an empirical perspective. This course will also examine the latest literature in the area of disease-prone and disease-resistant personality.

PSY 204 Psychology of Religion - 3 credits

An exploration of the historic connections between Psychology and Religion which are understood as foundational to both disciplines in Western thought. Students explore the work of William James, Carl Jung and other theorists and apply their understanding of religious phenomena and experience to both patterns of praxis and thought. The class probes the role of mysticism, prayer and meditation as manifestations of religion that can be best understood through the application of psychology. Cross-listed as REL 204 Psychology of Religion.

PSY 206 Positive Psychology - 3 credits

Positive Psychology examines empirically informed perspectives on what leads to happiness and well-being. This course provides an overview of the empirical research and its applications in the field of Positive Psychology. Some of the topics include positive emotions, happiness, optimism, positive relationships, optimal performance, gratitude, and mindfulness.

PSY 209 Family Dynamics - 3 credits

This course is designed to help students acquire an understanding of a variety of issues affecting family functioning. Issues discussed will range from couples issues, stages of relationships, codependency in relationships, communication skills and how they affect the family dynamic, work and families, blended/stepfamilies, parenting styles, and different theories of family therapy.

PSY 210 Lifespan Development - 3 credits

From the moment we are conceived, to the day we die, we go through the dual processes of change and stability. Most of our life changes and stages are due to our common biological and psychological heritage as human beings and are modified by context and experience. In our course, we will address physical, emotional, psychosocial, and cognitive influences on development from conception to death.

PSY 211 Experimental Methods - 4 credits

This course introduces students to the scientific field of research and data analysis that is required for working in any area of psychology. Students will gain an understanding of the numerous considerations in carrying out a psychological experiment and learn about statistics and the use of computers so that they can understand, evaluate, and execute lab and field research. Such information acts as a foundation for higher-level psychology courses. Topics include qualitative and quantitative experimental methods, validity and ethical considerations, literature searches, and composing APA-style documents. The SPSS computer package will be introduced to compute descriptive and inferential statistics. For declared psychology majors, this course must be taken concurrently with PSY 170: Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style. This course MUST be taken the semester immediately before PSY 212. Students must receive a grade of D or better in PSY 211 before going on to PSY 212. However, a student who does not earn at least a C or better in PSY 211 must retake PSY 211 at its next offering. A grade of B or better in PSY 211 is required to enroll in PSY 365 Psychology Thesis I and PSY 366 Psychology Thesis II.

PSY 212 Statistical Methods - 4 credits

This course continues the exploration of the scientific field of psychology research and data analysis. The course covers the theory, computation, and application of various descriptive and inferential (nonparametric and parametric) statistics. Students use the SPSS computer package for each data analysis method, tying each to specific research designs, and summarizing results in experiment write-ups. This course MUST be taken the semester immediately after PSY 211. Students must receive a grade of D or better in PSY 211 before going on to PSY 212. However, a student who does not earn at least a C or better in PSY 211 or PSY 212, must retake these courses at their next offering. A grade of B or better in PSY 212 is required to enroll in PSY 365 Psychology Thesis I and PSY 366 Psychology Thesis II.

PSY 213 Introduction to Research Methods - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the scientific method as applied to behavior, focusing on research design, data collection, and data analysis required for working in any area of psychology. Topics include an introduction to and application of experimental designs, the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, participant selection, validity and reliability, literature review, and ethical considerations when conducting research. This course is for the SAGE Applied Psychology major only and must be taken concurrently with SPS PSY 170 Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style. This course may be taken before or after PSY 214, though taking PSY 213 first is recommended. A grade of B or better in PSY 213 is required to enroll in PSY 365 Psychology Thesis I and PSY 366 Psychology Thesis II.

PSY 214 Introduction to Statistics - 3 credits

This course focuses on the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data acquired from the application of the scientific method to the study of behavior. Students will learn to calculate descriptive and inferential statistics and to interpret the results of experimental research. Students will also learn to use SPSS for data analysis. This course is for the SAGE Applied Psychology major only. This course may be taken before or after PSY 213, though taking PSY 213 first is recommended. A grade of B or better in PSY 214 is required to enroll in PSY 365 Psychology Thesis I and PSY 366 Psychology Thesis II.

PSY 215 Biological Psychology - 3 credits

The goal of this course is the study of the nervous system and other biological mechanisms mediating behavior. Students will learn about the biological processes that are involved in behaviors and the methodology and technology used to study them. Topics range from the structure and function of neurons and brain structures, to how the nervous system regulates sleep, hunger, and emotion, as well as learning, memory, attention, and nervous system disorders.

PSY 217 Careers in Psychology - 1 credit

Students may take many different career paths within psychology and related disciplines upon graduation. In this course, students explore their interests, and learn more about under-graduate and graduate degree options, and advanced degree options. Students focus on personal and professional development including selling oneself in a resume and interview, preparing for admission to graduate school, and other related topics. This course should be taken in the sophomore or junior year.

PSY 220 Sensation and Perception - 3 credits

Did you know you have access to five tools to help you understand the world around you, tools that are so important they make up an essential part of the scientific process? In this course, you will learn how your brain uses information from the five senses (i.e., vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell) to help you perceive, understand, and navigate through the environment. We will examine the stimulus, the receptor, the neural activity, and related complex perception and behavior for each sense. This course fulfills a 3 credit SCI requirement for the Applied Psychology major, Psychology major or minor.

PSY 220 01 Sensation and Perception Lab– 1 credit

In this optional laboratory, students will experience experimental procedures used to study the five senses. This lab, taken with PSY 220, fulfills a 4 credit SCI requirement for an Applied Psychology major, Psychology major or minor.

PSY 222 Psychology in Current Events - 3 credits

The media and press play an enormous role in providing information and stories to the public; many are related to the field of psychology. This course will explore current news events and bridge the gap between psychological principles and theories and application in the real world. Discussion, dialogue, and debate will be used to stimulate critical thinking on controversial psychological issues.

PSY 224 Women in the Workplace - 3 credits

This course examines the theory, research, and practice of women and men in the workplace. Topics include: the history of women at work; nontraditional occupations and roles; gender differences in communication, leadership, and work styles; relevant legal, economical, and political issues; work-life balance and career dilemmas, and personal planning, promotion, and growth strategies.

PSY 225 Sport Psychology – 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the field of sport psychology. The American Psychological Association (Division 47) defines sport (and exercise) psychology as the scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity. In this course, we will explore how social and psychological variables influence participation and performance in sport and physical activity.

PSY 227 Principles of Helping Relationships - 3 credits

This course examines the interpersonal skills necessary in the helping relationships process. Topics covered include developing and maintaining trust, self-disclosure, expressing feelings, verbal and nonverbal communication, helpful listening and responding skills, empathy, and conflict resolution. Through a combination of lecture and experiential exercises, students will learn about and enhance their interpersonal skills necessary for building effective relationships.

PSY 230 Team Building and Group Dynamics - 3 credits

Working with others is an important skill needed by everyone. This course provides an overview of various teams and groups in a social and work context. Discussion includes: the evolution and development of teams, the emergence of member roles and leaders, decision-making and problem-solving techniques, communication processes, power and conflict issues, management of diversity, and teambuilding strategies. Many experiential exercises will be used to demonstrate concepts and enhance learning

PSY 231 Social Psychology - 3 credits

Have you ever heard someone make a blanket statement such as “I could NEVER hurt someone,” or “I will ALWAYS help someone who needs assistance?” Do you think these statements are accurate; do you believe people really KNOW what they are and are not capable of? Research in Social Psychology suggests that the situations we find ourselves in often play a much stronger role in determining our actions than does our personality or our perception of who we are as people. In this class, we will examine research and real life experiences that illustrate the importance of situational influences on behavior. Topics include: self-concept (e.g., how do other people influence how we see ourselves) person perception (e.g., how do we explain other people’s behaviors in everyday life?), nonverbal communication (e.g., can we make sense of facial expressions and gestures?), attitude formation and persuasion (e.g., how can you change a person’s opinion?), conformity and obedience (e.g., why do people often behave the same?), group processes (e.g., are decisions better when made by an individual, or a group?), as well as factors influencing interpersonal attraction (e.g., do we always have control over who we become attracted to?) and pro-social behavior (e.g., why do people so often ignore others in need?).

PSY 234 Ergonomics - 1 credit

This course introduces students to the area of “Human Factors”, which applies knowledge of human behavior, abilities, and attributes to the design of tools, equipment, and large-scale systems (e.g., cars, kitchens) for human use. Psychologists in this growing area aim to solve “real-world” problems by improving the usability, efficiency, comfort, and safety of various products. Assignments provide hands-on analysis and discussion for design improvement.

PSY 235 Psychology of Adjustment - 3 credits

Psychological adjustment is about the universal search by individuals for happiness, security and a healthy, meaningful life. In this course we will learn what psychological research tells us about improving adjustment and overall quality of life. Factors affecting adjustment include gender, personality, self-esteem, ability to communicate effectively, health, experience of stress, and coping processes. Through active discussion students will be introduced to concepts and processes enabling them to understand and apply this knowledge to their own lives, effectively adjusting to an ever changing world.

PSY 237 Addictions: A Biopsychosocial Perspective - 3 credits

This course explores the nature of addiction in its various forms. Video case studies, professional interviews, as well as video documentaries are presented. Particular emphasis is placed on biological, psychological, as well as social factors that influence the development, maintenance, and treatment of addictions.

PSY 242 Child and Adolescent Psychology- 3 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills and advance their knowledge of normative and non-normative challenges for individuals during childhood and adolescence. Guided by a practitioner faculty member, students will learn about the biological, psychological, and social factors that impact children and adolescents. Students will have an opportunity to present information on topics such as: peer pressure, body image, drugs and alcohol, relationships, sexuality, parental divorce or death.

PSY 246 Motivation and Emotion - 3 credits

The course will cover motivation and emotion across evolutionary, physiological, and developmental, learning and cognitive, and social and personality factors. Theories will be augmented by a careful examination of the empirical work in motivation and emotion, and the application of motivational strategies to everyday life.

PSY 249 Psychology of Dreams – 3 credits

Dreams have played a significant role in human civilization. Nearly every culture in the world has a certain perspective on the meaning and significance of dreams. The discipline of psychology has produced some of the most comprehensive theories about the nature of dreams. Indeed, dreaming as a state of consciousness has been the focus of scientific psychology for over one hundred years. This course is an in-depth exploration of the nature of dreams. We will begin with a historical and cultural exploration of dreams and then turn our attention to their psychophysiology. We will also review psychoanalytic and analytic perspectives on dreams. During the last half of the course, we will delve into the psychobiology of nightmares, dreams and creativity, research on lucid dreaming, and end the course with the examination of one of the most recent evolutionary theories about the function of dreaming known as the Threat Simulation Theory. Note: This is an intensive writing course and may not be appropriate for those who have not successfully completed a Writing 100 course.

PSY 251 Health Psychology - 3 credits

Did you know that over 50% of deaths in the country are due to maladaptive behaviors—behaviors that contribute to medical complications? Therefore, by simply changing certain behaviors we can make a significant change in mortality rates. This course (PSY 251) is an introduction to the growing and exciting field of health psychology, which is the study of the role of behavior in disease prevention, and how to improve the outcome of various interventions. The study of theories of behavior change will be central to our discussions in this course. We will explore the contribution of psychological principles to the understanding, prevention and treatment of a wide range of medical and psychophysiological disorders. Throughout the course, we will pay close attention to the latest research in the field of health psychology, specifically as it applies to women’s health.

PSY 260 Seminar: Special Topics - 3 credits

Depending upon student interest, this seminar course at the 200 level covers topics, problems and/or methods not ordinarily included in regularly scheduled courses.

PSY 270 Psychology Internship - 3-6 credits

Many internships are available for students in the psychology program, any time of the year, in the Lehigh Valley, or near home. The internship program is a practical supplement to classroom education under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, on-site supervisor and the Director of Career Planning. It is a valuable way to “try out” a field or position that a student may think he/she might be interested in, and get involved in its daily activities. Internships may lead to employment opportunities or help make career decisions. Students may receive 3-6 credits for each individual internship and can accumulate up to 12 internship credits during the course of their college career. The program is open to all traditional and SAGE students who have completed 60 credits. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at Cedar Crest College to be eligible for an internship. Students must have at least 2.0 cumulative grade-point average to be eligible for an internship. Additional information regarding the procedures and requirements of the internship program are contained in the "Internship Program Guidelines" obtainable at the Career Planning Office as well as on the Career Planning home page. Please see your Psychology Advisor and the Career Planning Office for any questions and assistance with seeking a Psychology-related internship.
NOTE: PSY 270 does NOT count towards the Psychology/Applied Psychology major or Psychology minor, as Psychology elective credits(s).

PSY 301 Psychology at Work - 3 credits

We spend a large portion of our lives at work, so let’s explore the workplace! This course covers psychological concepts and methods applied to the workplace, including personnel selection and legal issues, training and performance evaluation, leadership, worker motivation and satisfaction, workplace communications and group behavior, as well as organizational climate, culture and behavior, and workplace stress. Assignments provide hands-on experience. 
This course is cross-listed as BUA 329: Organizational Behavior.

PSY 303 The Psychology of Anxiety - 3 credits

Anxiety is a complex construct that has played a key role in the development of several theories and systems of psychology. This course explores the many dimensions of this construct through the lens of theoretical perspectives such as psychoanalysis, behaviorism, existentialism, humanism, psychophysiology, and cognitive psychology. The course will make a deliberate distinction between healthy and pathological states of anxiety. Additionally, students will gain knowledge about the differences and similarities between the experience of fear and anxiety with emphasis on the ontological nature of the latter.

PSY 304 Stress, Disease and Psychophysiological Interventions – 3 credits

The focus of this course is twofold. During the first half of the course, we will discuss the psychobiology of stress and the deleterious effects of exposure to prolonged stress. The second half of the course will focus on specific stress-related conditions, their etiology, and their treatment from a psychophysiological perspective. Students will have access to the psychophysiology laboratory where they can conduct basic experiments, exploring the mind-body interactions.

PSY 304 01 Psychophysiology Lab– 1 credit

In this optional laboratory, students learn how to use a variety of psychophysiological instruments for exploring the mind-body connection. Students will have the opportunity to conduct single-subject design experiments. This is a hands-on, highly interactive laboratory experience which emphasizes data collection and data interpretation.

PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits

This course provides an in-depth analysis of mental health disorders. Students will be introduced to the various theories of psychopathology from a biopsychosocial perspective, as presented in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The disorders will be discussed in terms of their presenting symptoms, etiology, and assessment, particularly from theoretical, empirical, and clinical perspectives. Strongly Recommended: Junior Standing.

PSY 310 Forensic Psychology - 3 credits

A study of psychology and the law including the court system and legal process, psychological assessment applied to legal issues of child custody, developmental problems, problems faced by psychologists as expert witnesses, and criminal profiling. 
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 309, and junior standing is required (or permission of instructor).

PSY 311 Criminal Behavior and Profiling - 3 credits

This course will provide a broad overview of criminal profiling, exploring both its psychological underpinnings and its practical application. A variety of types of profiling will be reviewed, but Turvey’s BEA will be used to explain the process of profiling (including equivocal forensic analysis, victimology, crime scene analysis, and subsequent ideo-deductive conclusions). Although the course content will focus on profiling, violent offenders (especially serial killers), psychopathy and other mental disorders often associated with violent offenders are also included. Exercises develop students’ observational skills, investigative skills, report writing skills, and presentation skills. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 309, and junior standing is required (or permission of instructor).

PSY 312 Psychological Assessment - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the principles of psychological assessment and how they are applied to a variety of settings areas such as educational, clinical, health, forensic and employment settings. Students will examine basic concepts in psychometrics, including reliability, validity, standardization, test development, item analysis, and ethical, legal and professional issues in the testing arena.


PSY 314 The Psychology of Stereotypes and Prejudice – 3 credits

This course will examine stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination through the lens of psychology. Specifically, we will examine the phenomena and processes associated with one’s beliefs about members of social groups (stereotypes), attitudes and evaluative responses toward group members (prejudice), and behaviors toward members of a social group based on their group status (discrimination). Also, we will study how these issues impact the experiences of social group members. We will begin with introductory/historical background on these concepts and progress through discussions of the key experimental studies and the major theoretical perspectives that have sought to explain stereotyping and prejudice, and the ways in which psychologists’ understanding has changed over the years.

PSY 315 Counseling Children - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the skills necessary for working with children, adolescents and their families. Students will be introduced to various counseling theories and counseling skills for individual, group, and family therapies and learn how various media and activities such as play therapy, art, storytelling and puppets are used in therapy. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in PSY 210.

PSY 316 Systems of Psychotherapy 3 credits

What is psychotherapy and how does it bring about meaningful changes in behavior? Can such changes be measured? This course is an in-depth examination of the theoretical foundation of major approaches to psychotherapy and the empirical studies that support their effectiveness. We will pay particular attention to psychoanalytic psychotherapies, client centered therapy, feminist therapy, cognitive therapy, existential therapy, rational-emotive therapy, behavior therapy, and multi-model therapy. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

PSY 317 Learning & Lab - 4 credits

This course is a broad introduction to basic theories and principles of learning, including habituation, motivation, reinforcement, stimulus control, and discrimination, with emphasis on data derived from animal behavior. Laboratory research uses live rats as well as a few assignments using a virtual animal. Lecture three hours and laboratory. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or 213) and PSY 212 (or 214) and junior standing.

PSY 318 Introduction to Learning - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the historical and current principles of learning, with an emphasis on principles of classical and operant conditioning as they apply to humans and non-human animals in both laboratory and real-world settings. 
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or PSY 213) and junior standing. This course is for the SAGE Applied Psychology major.

PSY 326 Principles of Behavior Modification – 3 credits

This course provides an overview of the key principles of conditioning and learning as applied to practical approaches of behavior management and change, including the formation of new behaviors, the elimination of existing unwanted behaviors, and the alteration of existing behaviors. Special attention will be given to behavior change in institutional and personal settings. Self-regulation and cognitive-behavioral techniques will also be discussed.

PSY 332 Animal Cognition – 3 credits

Have you ever wondered what your cat is thinking as she watches birds outside the window? Or why that persistent bee always seems to find its way over to you while you’re outside on a nice day eating lunch? Doesn’t it seem, at times, like your dog totally gets you in every way? While scientists are careful to avoid anthropomorphism (the attribution of human motivation to animal behavior), researchers have learned much about the way animals find cognitive solutions to problems, sometimes in ways that are remarkably similar to humans. Experimental evidence and real-world observation reveal that some animals understand the passage of time, can reason, and use concepts. We are even beginning to closely examine the cognitive components of associative conditioning. In this course, we will discuss the evolution of cognitive abilities as an adaptation, the ways animals remember, use time and number, reason, form concepts, navigate, and understand cause and effect, to survive and thrive in a complex, ever-changing world. Pre-requisites: PSY211/213, junior standing. Recommended: BIO 224 Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach

PSY 335 Cross-Cultural Psychology - 3 credits

An introduction to the field of cross-cultural psychology. Readings will be selected to demonstrate how psychologists are examining the many ways in which behavior, thoughts and feelings are influenced by an individual’s culture. Emphasis will be placed on the methods by which psychologists study cultural differences with respect to development, cognition, gender and social behavior.

PSY 336 Cognitive Psychology - 4 credits

People generally take for granted the complexity of humans’ cognitive abilities. For instance, we are capable of recognizing people we bump into on the street, remembering shared experiences from the past, engaging in a deep and meaningful conversation, and making decisions regarding future plans, and all of this can occur without much conscious awareness of the cognitive processes operating “behind the scenes.” But HOW is it that we recognize faces, store and retrieve memories, communicate, and make decisions, in what appears to be an effortless manner? In this class, we will examine research and real life experiences that illustrate the complexity of human cognition. Topics include: perception (e.g., how do we recognize objects and faces) attention (e.g., can we really “focus” our attention?), memory processes (e.g., why is eyewitness testimony so often flawed?), language (e.g., speech errors?), problem solving (e.g., insight and the impact of expertise), decision making (e.g., mental shortcuts), and thinking (e.g., deductive reasoning). Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or PSY 213) and PSY 212 (or PSY 214) and junior standing.

PSY 337 Introduction to Cognition - 3 credits

An introduction to the field of cognitive psychology. Topics to be covered include attention, perception, memory, decision-making, language and problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on human cognitive abilities and limitations. Outside readings and other media will provide students an opportunity to experience the application of various principles and concepts discussed in class. 
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or PSY 213) and junior standing. 
This course is for the SAGE Applied Psychology major.

PSY 339 Existential Psychology and the Search for Meaning - 3 credits

Explores the contributions of existentialism to the field of clinical psychology. Central to existentialism are concepts such as freedom, responsibility, anxiety, suffering, and search for meaning. These and other existential concepts will be explored through close examination of the works of authors such as Kierkegaard, Kafka, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Frankl, Yalom, and May.

PSY 344 Professional Ethics - 3 credits

By using a case study approach, you will be provided with general and specific guidance for ethical conduct in the science and practice of psychology. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of issues, including professional competence, confidentiality, client rights, animal and human research, informed consent, integrity and respect, as well as other topics. Students gain knowledge and skills necessary for ethical decision-making and ethical behavior, and gain familiarity with the history and current role of the American Psychological Association in establishing guidelines and professional codes of ethics for research, teaching, and practice. In addition, you will learn about federal mandates (e.g., HIPAA), state licensure boards, and other legal and professional guidelines that apply in situations commonly faced by clinicians, researchers and instructors. Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course fulfills the Ethics requirement for the SAGE Applied Psychology major and counts as a PSY elective.

PSY 350 History and Systems of Psychology - 3 credits

A study of major schools and systems of psychology, their historical and philosophical foundations and the people associated with the evolution of the field of psychology. This course is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the issues that have been important to psychology and an understanding of the discipline as it exists today.

PSY 351 Theories of Personality - 3 credits

In this course, we will examine selected personality theories that explore human behavior and personality development. The course includes representatives of the psychoanalytic, psychodynamics, trait, humanistic, and existential orientations. 
Strongly Recommended: Junior Standing.

PSY 360 Seminar: Special Topics - 3 credits

Depending upon student interest, this seminar course at the 300 level covers topics, problems and/or methods not ordinarily included in regularly scheduled courses.

PSY 363 Senior Capstone – 3 credits

Taken in the spring semester of the senior year, this capstone course for psychology and applied psychology majors integrates the knowledge students have learned in the various subfields of psychology; all graduating majors must register. This course includes current psychology topics, application of the field, and preparation for future careers. Required: Senior Standing. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or PSY 213), PSY170/171 Understanding APA Editorial Style, and PSY 212 (or PSY 214).

PSY 364 Psychology Literature Review - 3 credits

A study of the steps involved in preparing literature reviews in the behavioral sciences. The primary focus is on collecting original research published in academic journals, selecting appropriate pieces, and writing and presenting a sound and comprehensive research review. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in PSY 211 (or PSY 213) and PSY 212 (or PSY 214), and junior standing.

HIGHLY recommended for Applied Psychology and Psychology majors:

PSY 365 - Psychology Thesis I - 3 credits

Students have the opportunity to initiate and complete a research project in one of several areas predetermined by the course instructor. Grounded in the psychological literature, students will design a novel empirical investigation based on work being done in the faculty mentor’s lab/areas of research interest. Under faculty supervision, the student will be responsible for developing all stimulus materials and measures, and getting approval to carry out their research through the Cedar Crest College Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students will submit an APA-formatted research proposal at the conclusion of the fall semester, and will share their proposal with the college community at a poster session. 
Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in both PSY 211 and 212 (or PSY 213 and PSY 214 for the SAGE students) is required to enroll in PSY 365. Senior standing is normally required, but advanced juniors may receive permission to enroll. An application/proposal must be submitted the spring semester prior to the planned research.

PSY 366 - Psychology Thesis II - 3 credits

This course is a continuation of a year-long research project started in fall semester (PSY 365). Students will carry out their investigation, collecting and analyzing their data. Students will submit an APA-formatted research manuscript at the conclusion of the semester. Students are also required to present their research results at the annual College Capstone Research Day, as well as at the annual the LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference, both at the end of the spring semester. Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in PSY 365 is required in order for a student to continue on in PSY 366.

PSY 380 - Advanced Seminar in Health Psychology

This is an advanced seminar in Health Psychology in which we will delve deeper into the relationship between health and behavior. The latest theoretical developments in Health Psychology as well as empirical findings in behavioral interventions for a variety of medical disorders will be the focus of this seminar. Some of the topics will include: models of behavior change, classical conditioning in health and disease, social contributors to healthy living, behavioral cardiology, psychological interventions in cancer, chronic pain, behavior and HIV, and methods of modifying maladaptive behaviors, and palliative care. Students in this seminar will be required to give class presentations on a variety of topics related to Health Psychology. A final project requires the production of a publication-ready quality manuscript based on these presentations. Prerequisites: PSY 251, or PSY 304, and senior standing (juniors interested in taking the course need instructor’s permission).

 


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