Psychology


Department of Psychology
PSYC 100. Interpersonal Skills for Resident Advisers. 1 credit.
Designed to give resident adviser trainees understanding of interpersonal relations. The course cannot be used as a psychology major elective. Prerequisite: Limited to students selected as resident advisers.
*PSYC 101. General Psychology. 3 credits.
A study of the nervous system, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, life span development, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, social psychology and the scientific method.
*PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development. 3 credits.
An introduction to human development. Emphasis is on life span processes within physical, emotional, cognitive, psychosexual, social, personality and moral development.
PSYC 210. Psychological Measurement and Statistics. 4 credits.
Introduction to techniques used by psychologists in measuring behavior, including physiological recording, surveys, behavioral measurement, case studies and psychometrics. Fundamental measures and theory of descriptive and inferential statistics will be discussed. The use of computers for data analysis will be introduced. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and MATH 220.
PSYC 211. Experimental Psychology (3,2). 4 credits.
An introduction to experimental methods as applied to selected problems in psychology. Attention is given through lecture and laboratory to the design and conduct of experiments, data analysis and reporting of experimental results. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 210.
PSYC 235. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 credits.
A study of the process and dynamics of the well-integrated personality and the practical application of adjustment theories and behavior change techniques to enhance personal awareness and self-development.
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child. 3 credits.
The psychology of children during middle (preadolescent) and secondary (adolescent) school ages with emphasis on applications for teachers. Classroom observations are required. Course is designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements for middle and secondary education teaching levels. Not open to students who have taken former PSYC 470. Prerequisite: PSYC 160 or equivalent.
PSYC 275. Psychology of Human Intimacy. 3 credits.
Theoretical and applied study of human relationships through case analysis and role play.
PSYC 290. Directed Studies in Psychology. 1-3 credits.
Designed to give capable students an opportunity to complete directed study in an area of psychology under faculty guidance. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and a written plan for the directed study must be submitted to the department head for approval one week prior to registration. Not to be used for psychology major credit.
PSYC 304. Death and Dying: Thanatology. 3 credits.
Psychological theories about death including ways in which individuals and society deal with death. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and junior-level status.
PSYC 306. Psychology of the Young Adult. 3 credits.
Study of the development of the young adult (ages 18-35) including personality and self-concept, career decisions, lifestyles, marriage, parenthood, social and community involvement, self-exploration, and application. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and junior-level status.
PSYC 308. Health Psychology. 3 credits.
This course deals with personality and its relation to health and illness behaviors. Topics include psychological factors involved in control and helplessness, conflict management, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, pain, substance abuse and other psychophysiologically related factors. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and junior-level status.
PSYC 330. Psychology of Personality. 3 credits.
Essential elements of leading theories of personality with an emphasis on implications of these theories for human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology. 3 credits.
The origin, symptoms and classification of mental abnormalities. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 345. Social Psychology. 3 credits.
The study of how an individual's behavior, feelings and thoughts are influenced by other people. Topics include attitude formation and change, social perception, attraction, altruistic and antisocial behavior, conformity, leadership and group dynamics, and applications of social psychology to other fields. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 360. Psychology of Early Childhood (2, 2). 3 credits.
The psychology of the young child, and philosophy and techniques of early childhood education. Prerequisite: PSYC 160.
PSYC 365. Developmental Psychology. 3 credits.
Psychological aspects of growth, development and behavior from birth through adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 375. Sensation and Perception. 3 credits.
Explores the nature and development of human sensory capabilities, processing and storing of sensory information, and how these affect perception of the environment. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 380. Cognitive Psychology. 3 credits.
This course explores the nature and development of human attention, memory, language and thinking processes. An information processing approach to the study of human cognition is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 385. Biopsychology. 3 credits.
A survey of the neurological and chemical mechanisms which control behavior. This course examines the brain and how it processes sensation, perception, cognition, movement, motivation, learning, memory and other behavioral processes of interest to psychologists. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 390. Psychology of Learning. 3 credits.
Basic principles of learning and conditioning with a consideration of extinction, reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, transfer, concept formation and verbal learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC 395. Comparative Psychology. 3 credits.
An introduction to the biological, genetic, ecological and evolutionary principles which underlie animal and human behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 211.
PSYC/SOCI/KIN 396. Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Sport. 3 credits.
A study of the psychological and sociological implications of sport and effect of sport on the United States and other cultures.
PSYC 400. Topics in Psychology. 1-3 credits.
Exploration of a significant psychological topic in-depth. The topics for each semester will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 402. Independent Research in Psychology. 1-3 credits.
Provides psychology majors an opportunity to conduct faculty supervised independent research in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 211, a written plan and approval from adviser and project supervisor (guidelines available from department head) must be submitted to the department head for approval one week prior to registration. Only three credits of this course can be used for psychology major credit.
PSYC 410. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 credits.
This course is a survey of the applications of psychological principles in business and industry. Emphasis is on topics such as research and methods, personnel decisions and training, satisfaction, motivation, leadership, communication, and organizational influences on behavior. Other topics of current interest will also be covered. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 412. Psychology of Motivation. 3 credits.
This course is an advanced study of the motives that underlie behavior. Students explore pertinent theories representative of the biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social perspectives on motivation. Includes an examination of historical context as well as a study of applied motivational approaches. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 425. Introduction to School and Educational Psychology. 3 credits.
Applications of psychological principles in school settings, including roles and activities of school psychologists, standards, trends, and issues of treatment and evaluation. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B or permission of instructor.
PSYC 427. Tests and Measurements. 3 credits.
Standardized psychological tests of mental ability, achievement, aptitude and personality with a review of statistical procedures necessary for interpretation of test results. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 430. Clinical Psychology. 3 credits.
An introduction to the field of clinical psychology. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 435. Community Psychology. 3 credits.
Focus on emerging trends and models in the application of psychology to community, stress prevention programs, human resources and change. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 440. Counseling Psychology. 3 credits.
A basic counseling skills course designed for students interested in human service and mental health fields, and for students from related disciplines who want to acquire counseling skills. Prerequisite: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 442. Introduction to Small Group Process. 3 credits.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the theories, ethics, skills and processes of small groups. A major requirement will be participation in a group experience. Prerequisite: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 450. Psychology of Child Abuse and Neglect. 3 credits.
Review of current psychological literature on child abuse and neglect including identification, etiology, treatment, prevention and legal aspects. Family violence issues are also discussed. Prerequisite: At least one course from Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 452. Child Psychopathology. 3 credits.
The causes, symptoms and classification of childhood psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 335 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC 475. Psychology of Adulthood. 3 credits.
The physical, social and psychological factors faced by adults and their progression through the life span. Prerequisite: At least one course in Area A and one in Area B.
PSYC 492. History of Psychology. 3 credits.
The history of psychology as reflected through the individuals, theories and experimental investigation of the discipline. Special emphasis is placed upon relating the current state of psychology to its historical development. Prerequisite: At least two courses from both Areas A and B. May be taken as a capstone course or psychology elective.
PSYC 493. Laboratory in Psychology. 3 credits.
A research course designed by a faculty member that studies a particular topic. Topics are likely to change from semester to semester. Students will be guided in a group through a research experience that would include library research of the topic, design of an experiment, gathering and analyzing the data and writing the results. The course meets the requirement as a capstone course or as a psychology elective. Only 3 credit hours of the course can be used for the psychology major. Prerequisite: At least two courses from each of Areas A and B.
PSYC 495. Field Placement in Psychology. 4 credits.
Supervised practicum in a counseling, industrial or human service agency. Orientation to agency's service, policies, personnel and professional ethics is provided. The course meets the requirement as a capstone course or as a psychology elective. Prerequisite: PSYC 211, junior or senior standing. Approval from adviser, course coordinator and department head required one month prior to registration. (Guidelines available in the department office).
PSYC 497. Senior Seminar in Psychology.
A seminar course that will require students to integrate theories, research and/or methods from several areas of psychology and/or related disciplines. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: At least two courses each from Area A and Area B. May be taken as a capstone course or psychology elective. Up to six credit hours can be used in the psychology major.
PSYC 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.
See catalog description entitled "Graduation with Distinction" and "Graduation with Honors."

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University