Department of Psychology Courses

PSYCH 101: Principles and Methods of Psychology (3)
Prerequisite for all other psychology courses
Offered fall and spring terms

Introduces the student to the scientific method as it is applied to the study of psychological processes and surveys theory and research in such areas as sensation and perception, conditioning and learning, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, psychopathology and other aspects of human behavior.

PSYCH 199: Human Development Through the Life Cycle (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring terms
Not open to students with credit in Psychology 200

Survey of theory and research on development throughout the life span from conception to death. Considers the normal physical, emotional, social and cognitive changes.

PSYCH 200: Child Development (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring terms
Not open to students with credit in Psychology 199

Study of the physical, psychological and social development of the individual from infancy through childhood.

PSYCH 201: Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring terms

Examines the maturation, developmental tasks and difficulties which typically characterize adolescence and the transition to adulthood with the establishment of autonomy and adult life roles during the 20's.

PSYCH 204: Introduction to the Study of Psychopathology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring terms

An introduction to the understanding of maladjustive behavior: its development, symptomatology and treatment.

PSYCH 242: Stress Management (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered summer term

An experiential course focusing on the sources and consequences of stress. To learn how to cope with stress, students will be exposed to a wide range of stress-reduction techniques.

PSYCH 261: Issues in Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
The subject matter of this course will vary depending on faculty resources.

PSYCH 300: Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
Cross Ref: BIOL 303
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and either an ACT math Score (MACT) of 22 or higher, an equivalent score on the University Math Placement Test, or a C or better in an appropriate Saint Xavier University math course recommended by the Psychology Department
Offered fall and spring terms

Introduction to the basic concepts of descriptive (central tendency, variability, normal distribution, correlation) statistics and inferential (parametric and nonparametric) statistics.

PSYCH 301: Research Methods (4)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and PSYCH 300 with a C or better
Offered fall and spring terms

Comprehensive analysis of the design of experiments and the methods used in psychological research. Review of research findings and methods in major topic areas in experimental psychology. Laboratory work included.

PSYCH 303: Human Motivation (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered spring term

Focusing on the question of why people do what they do, the course involves exploration of biological, learned and cognitive factors influencing human behavior. Specific topics may include emotions, curiosity and exploration, achievement, aggression, addiction, stress, work and others.

PSYCH 306: Social Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring terms

Principles, methods and applications of the study of the effects of people and the broader social environment on human behavior. Topics include social perception, social cognition, relationships, group processes and others.

PSYCH 311: Physiological Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered alternate years

Study of the physiological and neurochemical correlates of perception, motivation, emotion and learning. Includes background information on the structure and physiology of the nervous system.

PSYCH 312: Perception (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered alternate years

Covers research on and theoretical formulations of the phenomena of perception. This will entail an in-depth analysis of the sensory systems, the various aspects of the environment they detect and the theories that have been developed to account for these phenomena.

PSYCH 313: Human Learning and Memory (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered alternate years

Examines experimental procedure, research data and theories for such topics as learning, structure of knowledge, memory, retrieval, forgetting and others. Laboratory demonstrations and experimentation included.

PSYCH 314: Thought and Language (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered alternate years

Study of theory and research in the area of language and thought processes. Topics include language structure, comprehension, language production, meaning, problem solving, reasoning and others. Laboratory demonstrations included.

PSYCH 315: Cognitive Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered alternate years

This course examines human thought processes primarily from the information-processing viewpoint. Topics include learning, memory, problem solving, pattern recognition, language and artificial intelligence. Laboratory demonstrations included.

PSYCH 316: Consciousness (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the various theories of consciousness, and the various methodologies being used to study it.

PSYCH 317: History of Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered fall and spring terms

A study of the historical sources of contemporary psychology. Includes survey of major historical movements: structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt psychology, behaviorism, existential and phenomenological psychology, and others.

PSYCH 319: Hormones and Behavior (3)
Cross Ref: Biology 329
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered spring term

Taught from a comparative perspective, this course includes examples of hormone-behavior interactions in a variety of organisms. Animal data will be related to human development, physiology and ultimately human behavior.

PSYCH 321: Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and PSYCH 200
Offered fall and spring semester

An introduction to the child with intellectual, communicative, physical or emotional disorders. Focuses on the psychological experience and the educational/rehabilitation services available to those atypical children.

PSYCH 323: Behavior Management (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall semester

Study of theory and research in conditioning with particular attention to their applications to practical problems in a variety of settings such as psychotherapy, the schools, the family, hospitals, etc.

PSYCH 324: Adulthood and Aging (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered fall and spring semesters

Considers physical changes with aging and psychological and sociological theory and research concerned with the changes and developmental tasks characteristic of mature adulthood, middle age and aging.

PSYCH 325: Individual and Group Therapy (3)
Prerequisite: Psych 101, Psych 199 or 200
Offered fall and spring semesters

Designed to introduce students to theories and research in the area of counseling and psychotherapy and to introduce intervention strategies and skills. Lectures and readings address theories of therapy. Experiential learning activities and counseling lab exercises promote interpersonal effectiveness in interactions with individuals and groups. Modules addressing Career Awareness, Diversity Awareness, Ethical Decision-Making and Personal Development are features of the course.

PSYCH 326: Practicum in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101, PSYCH 325 and consent of instructor
Offered spring semester

Students design and implement community-based Service Learning programs under instructor supervision. Service Learning activities are sponsored by on- and off-campus community partners involved in counseling, human services, mental health care, community outreach and/or educational services. Students participate in a weekly on-campus seminar with instructor and peer-led discussions of topics related to the clinical/counseling concentration: diagnosis, treatment, case presentation, ethics, confidentiality and program evaluation. Counseling lab experiences include practice with individual and group counseling skills as well as development and delivery of psycho-educational group presentations for community members.

PSYCH 328: Psychology and Gender (3) 
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Explores ways in which gender impacts upon human development and social experience. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of gender are considered. Psychological theories and research pertaining to gender development are discussed.

PSYCH 332: Personality Theories (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered fall and spring semesters

Covers representative theories and research from each of the major approaches to the study of personality: psychoanalytic, learning, cognitive, dispositional and humanistic, and intervention strategies derived from these approaches.

PSYCH 340: Psychological and Educational Tests and Measurement (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101, PSYCH 300 or equivalent and junior standing
Offered fall term alternate years

Examination of the basic concepts and principles of measurement and evaluation in psychology and education. Considers the uses and limitations of the major types of instruments commonly used in these disciplines.

PSYCH 341: Health Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Offered spring semester

An interdisciplinary study of health and psychology. The primary emphasis of the course is a biopsychosocial one. Content includes the history and focus of health psychology; an examination of stress, its relation to illness, and methods for coping with and reducing it; physical and psychological pain and methods for managing and controlling it; and procedures to enhance health and prevent illness.

PSYCH 357: Industrial Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and junior standing
Offered fall semester
The study of selected topics relevant to understanding people at work. Topics may include employee selection, performance evaluation, training and development, work motivation and satisfaction.

PSYCH 360: Practicum in Organizational Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101, PSYCH 357 and consent of instructor
Offered spring semester

Students will be placed in an organizational setting where they will participate in projects related to human resource management or industrial/organizational psychology. Supervision will be provided on-site by a member of the organization experienced in human resource management or industrial/organizational psychology. In addition, students have seminar meetings and projects directed by the practicum instructor. In order to make practicum arrangements, students must contact the practicum instructor during the first five weeks of the semester prior to the one in which practicum will be taken.

PSYCH 361: Special Topics in Psychology (3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101
Concentrated study of a special topic within the field of psychology. The subject matter of this course will vary depending on student interest and faculty resources.

PSYCH 363: Advanced Design and Research (3)
Prerequisite: Minimum 3.0 cumulative average in psychology, PSYCH 101, PSYCH 301 and consent of instructor
An honors course designed to give the superior student an opportunity to design and carry out an extensive individual research project. Particular emphasis will be given to experimental methodology and multifactorial designs.

PSYCH 399: Independent Study in Psychology (1-3)
Prerequisite: PSYCH 101 and consent of instructor
A student-initiated independent program of study or research experience. 

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