Graduate Courses

PSY 500 -- Design and Analysis in Psychology
Methods of scientific investigation, experimental designs and appropriate analyses of data, procedures of developing, analyzing, and interpreting original research problems, critical analysis of published research. Prerequisite: one semester of statistics and experimental psychology, or departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 501 -- Thinking and Learning
An examination of the relationships between behavior and experience. Topics include methodology, basic learning processes and parameters, theoretical interpretations, and applications to training and adjustment. Prerequisite: 9 credits of psychology. Scheduled fall semesters of odd years. 3 credits.

PSY 502 -- Problems in Psychology
Current research and thinking on major issues in behavior, controversial issues and theoretical interpretations. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology and departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 503 -- Cognition and Memory
Associative learning, memory, thinking, and attention. Theoretical models, including statistical, cognitive, and information processing. Prerequisite: 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters of even years. 3 credits.

PSY 504 -- Topics in Perception
Perceptual learning, contemporary theories of perception, the origin and development of form perception, the perception of time and space and sensory processes. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters of even years. 3 credits.

PSY 505 -- Contemporary Theories of Motivation
Evaluation of current research and its implications for theory. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.

PSY 512 -- Theories and Issues in Developmental Psychology
Current issues and research in areas such as cognitive and language development, the identification process, and socialization. Prerequisite: 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 517 -- Seminar in Social Psychology
The organization and dynamics of social groups, the development and modification of opinions and attitudes, conformity and influence, aggression, and altruism. Prerequisite: 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.

PSY 526 -- Theories and Research in Personality
A comprehensive survey of leading theorists, social, cultural, and biological determinants. Prerequisite: 9 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.

PSY 527 -- Abnormal Child Psychology
Learning and behavior problems of children: neuroses, psychoses, character disorders, and learning disabilities. Prerequisite: 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 528 -- Psychopathology
Differential diagnosis of character; neurotic, psychotic, and organic disorders frequently observed in clinic and school settings. Practical diagnosis using illustrative case material and test protocols. Appropriate disposition of cases and recommendations for treatment. Prerequisite: 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 537-538 -- Field Work in Clinical Psychological Services I, II
Implementation of psychological services in clinics, mental hospitals, schools and other agencies under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and/or faculty member. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits each.

PSY 543 -- Clinical Methods in Psychology: Cognitive Assessment
Method and theory of assessment of intellectual and cognitive functions, administration, scoring, and interpretation of Wechler and other such scales; dynamics of test situation, observation, and report writing. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 544 -- Clinical Methods in Psychology: Personality and Social Assessment
Personality and social evaluation through the use of clinical techniques, including projective testing, trait measurement, clinical observation, and interview. Administration and scoring of standard clinical tests, including the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test, and MMPI-2. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 551 -- Art Psychotherapy
The use of art as a vehicle for psychotherapy, history, theoretical models, research, and applications in different settings. (Also listed as CSP 551). Scheduled summer semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 554 -- Psychotherapy and Behavior Change
Approaches used in altering behavior, e.g., psychoanalytic, client-centered, behavioral, rational-emotive, group encounter; analysis of techniques and their effectiveness. Prerequisite: PSY 527 or 528. Scheduled spring semesters of odd years. 3 credits.

PSY 557 -- Behavior Modification and Therapy
Theory and techniques involved in altering human behavior through the use of principles of learning. Case studies and principles of application. Prerequisites: graduate or undergraduate course in learning and PSY 554 or departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 560 -- Seminar in the Psychology of Women
Psychological research about women is examined in light of its contributions to psychology as a science, including its social and political implications. The course also explores health, diagnosis, and therapy for women. Cross-listed as WMS 560. Prerequisite: 9 credits of psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled fall semesters of odd years. 3 credits.

PSY 570 -- Advanced Educational Psychology

PSY 583 -- Seminar in Comparative Physiological Psychology
Functional organization of the nervous system viewed at both the molecular and molar levels of analysis. Discussion of research findings and theoretical models of brain development, sensory, motor, and cognitive behaviors, the mechanisms of action of major medications used to treat neurological or psychiatric dysfunctions and the impact of genetics, nutrition, sex differences and stress on physiology and behavior. Prerequisite: departmental permission. Scheduled irregularly. 3 credits.

PSY 590 -- Thesis Proposal
Discussing research ideas, identifying a thesis problem, and developing a research project in consultation with faculty advisers. Prerequisite: completion of 15 credits in a planned master's degree program in psychology or departmental permission. Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 591 -- Thesis
Scheduled fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

PSY 592 -- Issues in Psychology, Law, and Ethics
Mental health practice and ethics, social theory and science; human rights and mental health law; criminal justice; recent legal developments. Prerequisite: 9 credits of psychology or related course work. Scheduled spring semesters of odd years. 3 credits.

PSY 600 -- Independent Study or Research
Identification and investigation of a problem. Preparation and presentation of a scholarly document, summarizing the study or research. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 1-4 credits.