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BRANCAZIO, LAWRENCE, Professor and Chairperson
HAUSELT, W. JEROME, Professor and Graduate Coordinator
ABE, JOANN A., Professor
ANTHIS, KRISTINE S., Professor
BESSENOFF, GAYLE, Associate Professor
BORDNER, KELLY, Associate Professor
CARROLL, DEBORAH A., Professor
COLWELL, KEVIN, Professor
DURWIN, CHERYL C., Professor
IRWIN, JULIA, Associate Professor
JACOBS, JOHN R., Professor
KAHLBAUGH, PATRICIA, Professor
KRAEMER, DEBORAH, Associate Professor
MARSLAND, KATHERINE, Associate Professor
MOORE, DINA, Associate Professor
NIZHNIKOV, MICHAEL, Assistant Professor
NOVOSAD, CLAIRE, Associate Professor
SHERMAN, WILLIAM, Professor
STIVER, KELLY, Assistant Professor
SUCKLE-NELSON, JESSICA A., Associate Professor
WALTERS, KENNETH, Assistant Professor
Psychology, M.A.
This rigorous, research-based Liberal Arts program leading to a Master of Arts degree is designed to develop creative problem-solving skills which will be applicable in clinical, industrial, and educational settings. Flexible enough to be completed either on a full-time or a part-time basis, it is appropriate for a wide range of candidates. For those potential doctoral candidates who cannot enter a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program at the present time, it provides a basis for later acceptance. For those who are already working in clinical, educational, or industrial settings, it offers updating credentials. The program provides ideal training for those wishing to explore their personal interest in obtaining employment in settings related to psychology. Teachers in secondary schools may use the program to prepare themselves to teach psychology in addition to their current certification. While this program is not a clinical or counseling training program and does not lead to licensure, some courses are relevant to clinical psychology. Emphasis is placed on faculty advisement to help in tailoring the program to the needs of the individual student.

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. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): one semester of statistics and experiment al psychology, and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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. Scheduled fall semesters of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits of psychology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

PSY 502 - Problems in Psychology

Current research and thinking on major issues in behavior, controversial issues and theoretical interpretations. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits in psychology and departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 503 - Cognition and Memory

Associative learning, memory, thinking, and attention. Theoretical models, including statistical, cognitive, and information processing. Scheduled fall semesters of even years.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits in psychology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

PSY 505 - Contemporary Theories of Motivation

This is an advanced course in the major current theories of motivation. An emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of current research and its implications for these theories. The student will be required to read original sources and journals as well as secondary sources. The course will be conducted in a seminar fashion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSY 512 - Theories and Research in Human Developmental

Empirical investigation into theories of socio-emotional, cognitive, and physical development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

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. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 526 - Theories and Research in Personality

A comprehensive survey of leading theorists, social, cultural, and biological determinants. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits of PSY or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 527 - Abnormal Child Psychology

Learning and behavior problems of children: neuroses, psychoses, character disorders, and learning disabilities. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

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. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 15 credits of psychology or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSY 537 - Field Work in Clinical Psychological Services I

Implementation of psychological services in clinics, mental hospitals, schools and other agencies under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and/or faculty member. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 538 - Field Work in Clinical Psychological Services II

Implementation of psychological services in clinics, mental hospitals, schools and other agencies under the supervision of a licensed psychologist and/or faculty member. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSY 539 - Field Work in Psychology Research

Field experience in a psychological research acting under the direction of field supervisor. Application of ethical, theoretical, and practical aspects of psychological research and various data detection environments to the university.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSY 543 - Clinical Methods in Psychology: Cognitive Assessment

Method and theory of assessment of intellectual and cognitive functions, administration, scoring, and interpretation of Weschler and other such scales; dynamics of test situation, observation, and report writing. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 546 - Practicum in Psychological Assessment and Report Writing 1

Supervised experience in administering psychological assessments and writing reports under the direction of licensed psychologist, including the application of ethical, theoretical, and practical aspects of psychological assessment.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

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. Scheduled spring semesters of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 527 or PSY 528. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

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. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): graduate or undergraduate course in learn ing and PSY 554 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

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. Scheduled fall semesters of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits of psychology or departmental p ermission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

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. Scheduled irregularly.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSY 589 - Thesis Seminar

Students research and design a study in a selected area of psychology. The course provides direction in developing expertise in the research literature, generating an original hypothesis, and developing a feasible research design.

Prerequisite(s): B or higher in PSY 500 or departmental pe rmission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 590 - Thesis Proposal

Discussing research ideas, identifying a thesis problem, and developing a research project in consultation with faculty advisers. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): completion of 15 credits in a planned mas ter’s degree program in psychology or departmental permiss ion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSY 591 - Thesis

Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

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. Scheduled fall semesters of even years.

Prerequisite(s): 9 credits of psychology or related course work.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSY 599 - Special Topics

Special Topics in Psychology. (Topics vary)

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

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(s): departmental permission.

1 to 4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016