Psychology Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 371 Critical Race Theory (=EDU 371, =SOC 371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor:
Kelly

This course introduces students to the development of critical race theory as a specific theoretical framework to explain or to investigate how race and racism are organized and operate within the United States.  The course will have a sociological focus with emphasis on critical race scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, an analysis of double consciousness, colorblindness, intersectionality, whiteness as property, racial microaggressions, and structures of power.  Students will also explore central tenets and key writings advanced in the 1990s primarily by African American, Latino/a, and Asian American scholars in law, education, and public policy.  The course is both reading intensive and extensive with a major writing assignment that addresses a theoretical problem that grows out of the course topics and discussions. 

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology and Africana Studies.
Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

EDU 234 Child Psychopathology (=HHV 244 and PSY 234)
Prerequisites & Notes

PSY 101

Instructor
Stutts

 An overview of the psychological disorders of childhood, including their description, classification, etiology, assessment and treatment. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and empirical bases of these disorders, focusing on relevant research methods and findings as well as case history material.

 

Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Educational Studies minor credit.

Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor credit.

Psychology Major credit (Clinical column)

ENG 231 Young Adult Fiction
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Campbell

Ever wonder what would move people to forbid, burn, even stab books? Come explore this question in Young Adult Literature. In this course, we will consider YA fiction from both various critical perspectives and within various educational contexts. Over the semester, we will review a brief history of the genre; examine a range of contemporary young adult fiction; discuss the purposes of and controversies about teaching such works in middle and high school contexts; and do research on case studies in which specific texts have been contested. By semester's end, students will know much about how literature works-and is presumed to work-in and on contemporary American society. 

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

HHV 244 Child Psychopathology (=EDU 234 and PSY 234)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)
PSY 101

Instructor 
Stutts

An overview of the psychological disorders of childhood, including their description, classification, etiology, assessment and treatment.  Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and empirical bases of these disorders, focusing on relevant research methods and findings as well as case history material. 
Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Educational Studies minor credit.

Health and Human Services interdisciplinary minor credit.

Psychology Major credit (Clinical column)

POL 305 Education and Politics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Ahrensdorf

This course examines the proper political and moral education of aspiring leaders in works by Plato, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

 

PSY 101 General Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Survey of the current psychology of learning, perception, motivation, intelligence, thinking, and social and abnormal behaviors, with emphasis on the application of scientific methods to psychological investigation and on the biological bases of behavior and experience. Students may be required to participate in experiments or in alternative research experiences. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 195 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101 and permission of supervising instructor.  (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Study in an area of psychology not covered by other catalog offerings under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of the independent study. Students submit a written plan of study to the faculty member prior to the close of Drop/Add in the semester of registration.  Does not count toward fulfillment of major or distribution requirements.

PSY 220 Health Psychology (=HHV 220)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Stutts

 

Health Psychology uses the biopsychosocial approach to examine how psychological factors influence health and how they can be used to change health behaviors.   Specific emphasis will be placed on pain, chronic illness, nicotine use, and obesity.  This class also includes a community-based learning experience.

Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement

Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor credit

PSY 231 Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor 
Sockol

Characteristics, etiology, and treatment of major patterns of maladaptive behavior (anxiety disorders, depression, antisocial behavior, schizophrenia, etc.). Theoretical and empirical evidence for understanding causality and treatment. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 232 Social Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor 
Good

An overview of how thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors are shaped by social and situational factors. Topics include: the social self, attitude formation and change, person perception, cultural influences, conformity, communication processes and persuasion, group processes, prejudice, aggression, cooperation-competition, and real-world applications of social psychology. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 234 Child Psychopathology (=HHV 244 and EDU 234)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)
PSY 101

Instructor 
Stutts

An overview of the psychological disorders of childhood, including their description, classification, etiology, assessment and treatment.  Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and empirical bases of these disorders, focusing on relevant research methods and findings as well as case history material. 
Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Educational Studies minor credit.

Health and Human Services interdisciplinary minor credit.

Psychology Major credit (Clinical column)
 

PSY 241 Child Development (=EDU 241)
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Leyva

(Cross-listed as Educational Studies 241.)  Research and theory on the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical changes in development from prenatal through middle childhood.  Emphasis on how culture shapes child development and applications to educational settings.   Four-hour observations at an after-school program are required.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 242 Educational Psychology (= EDU 242)
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Staff

(Cross-listed as Educational Studies 242.) This course focuses on issues in learning and development that have particular relevance to understanding students in classrooms, schools, and school communities.  Topics include, but are not limited to:  child and adolescent development, learning, motivation, information processing and evaluation, the exceptional child, and cultural differences. 

Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 243 Adolescent Development (= EDU 243)
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor 
Staff

(Cross-listed as Educational Studies 243.) An in-depth examination of specific theories, concepts, and methods related to the period of adolescence. Students will explore a wide range of topics including: cognitive development, moral development, identity formation, gender role, social relationships, and the effects of culture on adolescent development. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 245 Psychology of Aging
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Multhaup

Introduction to human aging from a psychological perspective. Adult age-related changes in memory, intelligence, wisdom, personality, etc. Attitudes toward aging and adjustment to aging. Emphasis on the application of scientific methods to the study of aging.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 254 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructors
Boyd, Kello, Tonidandel

Current theory, research, and practice in the selection, training, and evaluation of employees; management and development of employees as resources for the organization; design and development of the organization as a whole. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 260 Organization Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101 required; Psychology 254 recommended but not required.

Instructor
Kello

Organization Development (OD) is a multi-disciplinary area of research and practice that deals with the understanding and application of the principles of behavioral science to planned organizational change. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 276 Cognitive Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructors 
Multhaup, Munger 

Introduction to cognitive psychology. Structure and processes underlying cognition including perception, memory, attention, language, problem solving, imagery, etc. Emphasis on theories and empirical evidence for understanding cognition. 

Satisfies the Social- Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 280 Human Neuropsychology
Prerequisites & Notes

PSY 101 (Fall).

Instructor
Icard

Neuropsychology is most simply defined as the study of brain-behavior relationships and provides the perfect intersection of neuroscience and psychology.  Over the past century, neuropsychology has emerged as an important sub-discipline of psychology for the purposes of identifying organic brain syndromes and informing rehabilitation and treatment planning.  Previously used as a primary method of localizing brain function, the field has grown in conjunction with advances in neuro-imaging, pathology, and neuroscience.  The purpose of this course will be to provide a foundational understanding of human neuropsychology, including the most commonly studied neurobehavioral relationships and conditions.  Students will have the opportunity to review neuropsychological test data, relate patterns in data to brain structure and function, and estimate recovery and rehabilitation patterns.


Satisfies a major requirement in Psychology.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Neuroscience.

PSY 282 Learning
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructors
Ramirez, Smith

Overview of major topics in learning: elicitation, classical conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, problem solving, behavioral economics, and verbal behavior. Focus on empirical data, research methodology, and technologies generated from learning research.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 284 Drugs and Behavior
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Smith, Robinson

The course examines the effects of drugs on human and animal behavior. Consideration is also given to the physiological effects of drugs on the central nervous system. Methods for preventing and treating drug abuse are also addressed. Students with credit in Psychology 302 may not enroll in Psychology 284. 

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

PSY 290 Practicum in Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of supervising instructor.  (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Field work and/or data collection in an applied area of psychology. Before the close of Drop/Add in the semester of registration, the student submits a written plan of study to the supervising instructor and negotiates a placement with a field supervisor. The student makes regular visits to the field setting (e.g., a school, clinic, business) for the work and reports regularly to the supervising instructor.  Grading is Pass/Fail. This course may be taken only once.

PSY 301 Psychological Research-Perception and Attention
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Munger

Research methods, concepts, and empirical findings in perception and attention are examined in lecture and extensive laboratory experience. Course explores how a physical stimulus impinges on sense organs and is subsequently processed and understood by perceptual systems (e.g., how do we "see" things?). Participation in research as subjects and experimenters is required.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 302 Psychological Research-Behavioral Pharmacology
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Smith

Students conduct experiments on the effects of drugs on human and animal behavior. Scientific writing is a strong focus in this course, with students writing research reports on each experiment. Students are required to propose a novel line of research in the form of a research proposal. Studies conducted in other behavioral pharmacology laboratories are discussed and critiqued. Some work with animals is required. Students with credit in Psychology 284 may not enroll in Psychology 302.  Recommended completion by Fall, senior year, for majors.

PSY 303 Psychological Research-Behavioral Neuroscience (= BIO 331)
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101 or Biology 111/113 and Biology 112/114, and permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Ramirez

(Cross-listed as Biology 331.) Role of the nervous system; sensory and motor mechanism; physiological bases of motivation and emotion; sleep and arousal; and physiological bases of learning, memory, and language. Extensive laboratory training.  Work with animals is required.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 304 Psychological Research-Memory
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.

Instructor
Multhaup

Research methods, concepts, and empirical findings in the field of memory are explored in lecture and extensive laboratory experience. Emphasis is on human memory. Participation in research as subjects and experimenters is required.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 310 Psychological Research-Design and Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 101.  (Fall and Spring)

Instructors 
Boyd, Tonidandel

Introduction to psychological research. Descriptive, correlational, and experimental methods of research will be examined. Primary focus on data analysis including descriptive statistics and inferential statistics with emphasis on analysis of variance. Mandatory weekly computer lab.  Recommended in the sophomore/junior year for majors.

PSY 314 Psychological Research-Clinical
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 310 required; Psychology 231 and/or Psychology 234 recommended but not required.

Instructor 
Sockol


Overview of the research methods and statistical techniques used in research in clinical and positive psychology through lecture, laboratory, and independent research projects. Students gain knowledge and experience evaluating psychological research and applying these techniques and methods to complete individual research projects. Ethical and practical considerations in research in clinical and positive psychology discussed. Course requirements include participation in research as investigators. Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 315 Psychological Research-Child Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 310.

Instructor
Leyva

Overview of the scientific methods, procedures and techniques used to collect and analyze child development data. Focus on developing students' data-analytic, observational and scientific writing skills. Two observations at a local pre-school are required.

PSY 316 Psychological Research-Industrial/Organizational
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 310 required; Psychology 254 and/or 260 recommended but not required.

Instructor
Tonidandel

Research methods and statistical techniques used in industrial/organizational psychology examined through lectures, laboratories, and field studies. Students gain knowledge and experience in research methods used in these fields. Students will be expected to apply these techniques and methods to complete individual research projects. Ethical and practical issues in organizational research discussed.  Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.

PSY 318 Psychological Research-Social
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 310 required; PSY 232 recommended but not required.

Instructor
Good

Research methods and statistical techniques used in social psychology are examined through lecture, laboratory, and field research. Students will gain knowledge in designing multiple types of research studies, as well as implementing a variety of data collection strategies.  Scientific writing and ability to understand and critique empirical articles will be emphasized.  Course requirements include participation in research as investigators.  Recommended completion by Fall of senior year for majors.

PSY 323 Animal Behavior (= BIO 223)
Prerequisites & Notes

BIO 112/114.  One laboratory meeting per week.  Counts towards the Psychology major as a Research Methods course in the Cognitive/Neuroscience column. (Not offered 2015-2016.)

Instructor

Stanback

 

(Cross-listed as Biology 223.) An evolutionary approach to the study of animal behavior.  Laboratories include rsearch projects on the behavior of animals in captivity and in the natural environment.
 

PSY 324 Functional Neuroanatomy (= BIO 332)
Prerequisites & Notes

Psychology 303 (Biology 331) and permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Ramirez

(Cross-listed as Biology 332.) Intensive readings in molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and/or behavior. Students: 1) make classroom presentations of critical analyses of the course readings; 2) conduct laboratory research or hospital rounds; and 3) submit an annotated bibliography and a write-up of the laboratory project or term paper. 

For Psychology majors this meets the major's seminar requirement. 
For Interdisciplinary Minors in Neuroscience, this course satisfies the interdisciplinary minor requirement as stated in Interdisciplinary Minor in Neuroscience (Requirements, section 1b).

PSY 330 Psychology Tutorial (PSY 330-332)
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Intensive readings in a specific area of study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic of research. Students submit a written plan of study to the supervising faculty member prior to the close of Drop/Add in the semester of registration. Open ordinarily only to advanced majors in psychology.

PSY 350 Advanced Seminars in Psychology (PSY 350-380)
Prerequisites & Notes

Consent of instructor usually required.

 

PSY 352 Gender Identity: Psychological Theories and Literary Representations count for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major.

Instructor
Staff

Topics and course numbers announced in advance of registration.

Fulfills the seminar requirement in Psychology.

PSY 351 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor-Sockol

This advanced seminar course will address research and theory in a specific area of clinical psychology. The course will provide an in-depth overview of literature in a specific research area through lecture, discussion, and readings. A major emphasis of the course will be the evaluation and interpretation of the empirical literature. Major assignments include regular written response papers, leading discussion related to a set of related readings, and a literature review presented as both a manuscript and oral presentation. Prerequisite: PSY 231 or PSY 234 or permission of the instructor.

Satisfies a major requirement in Psychology

PSY 365 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Pre-requisites: At least one from the following list OR Permission of the Instructor: Abnormal Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioral Pharmacology.

Instructor
Icard

This is an advanced seminar course that will address common neuropsychological findings in organic brain syndromes and neurodevelopmental conditions.  Students will be expected to critically review neuropsychological research and link neuropathology to observed data patterns.  Classes will involve pre-assigned, student-led discussions of neuropsychological conditions. A major emphasis of this class will be the ability to interpret neuropsychological research and synthesize and present material for class discussion.  Major assignments include student-led discussions, term paper, and class participation.

PSY 400 Senior Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor and consent of an additional faculty member who serves on the student's thesis committee. For further details, see the department web page. (Fall and Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Research designed and conducted by the student, supervised by a faculty member, and reported in writing according to the form approved in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Work completed in this course must also be presented in a poster format at the May celebration of science students' research.

PSY 401 Issues in Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to seniors except by permission of the department.

Instructors
Boyd, Multhaup, Sockol, Tonidandel

Central issues in psychology that cut across previous course boundaries. Specific topics vary year by year. The course begins with a review of major approaches to psychology (e.g., Behaviorist, Biological, Cognitive, Evolutionary, Humanist, Psychoanalytic) and ethical principles that apply to a variety of situations that psychologists face.

PSY 402 History and Systems in Psychology
Prerequisites & Notes

Limited to seniors except by permission of the department.

Instructor 
Munger

Development of psychological thought in the Western world and emergence of psychology as a scientific discipline. Course begins with ancient Greek philosophers and works through philosophical writings that led to psychology, explores the founding of psychology as a scientific discipline in the late 19th century, and follows its development in the 20th century. Readings include primary sources.

SOC 330 Sociology of Education (=EDU 330)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

An introduction to the sociological study of education in the United States, including an examination of the school as an organization within a larger environment. Explores the link between schools and social stratification by analyzing the mutually generative functions of schools and considers how processes within schools can lead to different outcomes for stakeholders.

Satisfies the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SOC 331 Theoretical Explorations of Community Engagement
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor is required.

Instructor
Riemer

An examination of community engagement through a range of theoretical lenses. After interrogating constructions of "community," "service," and "civic engagement," we will explore the ways in which topics such as social justice, civic engagement, empowerment, diversity, and the ethics of service frame community work. Specific enactments of community involvement are explored including philanthropy, volunteerism, social entrepreneurship, and activism with a focus on leadership and change.

Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 371 Critical Race Theory (= AFR 371 and EDU 371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

Introduces students to the development of critical race theory as a specific theoretical framework to explain or to investigate how race and racism are organized and operate within the United States.  The course will have a sociological focus with emphasis on critical race scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, an analysis of double consciousness, colorblindness, intersectionality, whiteness as property, racial microaggressions, and structures of power.  Students will also explore central tenets and key writings advanced in the 1990s primarily by African American, Latino/a, and Asian American scholars in law, education, and public policy.  The course is both reading intensive and extensive with a major writing assignment that addresses a theoretical problem that grows out of the course topics and discussions.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Educational Studies.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SPA 311 Teaching Spanish in the Elementary School
Prerequisites & Notes

SPA 260 or equivalent required. Students concurrently enrolled in SPA 260 are eligible.
(Fall 2016)

Instructor
Kietrys

In this course, students will read theoretical material about language learning and language pedagogy as specifically related to children learning Spanish as a foreign language and put the readings into practice through participation in the Davidson FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program. Students will learn how to plan a curriculum, develop lesson plans, implement lessons, and assess their students' learning. Teaching in the  Davidson FLES is required. Conducted in Spanish with readings in English and Spanish; counts toward the Major and Minor in Hispanic Studies.