Department of Psychology and Sociology

Courses in Psychology

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Psychology to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.

 

Students talkingPSYC 100 | Survey of Psychology

Overview of the field; principles and general methodology; concepts, theories and research, applicability to modern living. IAI S6 900. 3 semester credit hours. Psychology Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 150 | Introduction to Statistics

Basic course in statistical techniques which includes measures of central tendency, probability, sampling, estimation and hypothesis testing. For non-business majors. IAI M1 902. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 105 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.



PSYC 195 | Research Practicum

Participation in ongoing departmental research. 1-3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99. PSYC 200 Childhood and Adolescence. Behavioral and social analysis of human development from birth through adolescence. IAI S6 904. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 202 | Adulthood and Aging

Biopsychological, psychosexual and social cognitive development from young adulthood through aging, to dying and death. IAI S6 905. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 204 | Survey of Exceptional Children

Discussion of atypical development: characteristics of persons labeled as having mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, sensory deficits, speech disorders and health/physical challenges. Diagnosis, referral, educational strategies and legal implications are reviewed. Cross-listed as EDUC 204/PSYC 204. IAI ECE 913; IAI SED 904. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


PSYC 210 | Social Psychology

How social influences affect the individual and group. Attitudes, attribution and prejudice. IAI S8 900. PSYC 210 and SOCL 210 are cross-listed. 3 semester credit hours. Psychology/Sociology Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 220 | Personality

Theories of personality; process and analysis of personality development and adjustment and discussion of the influence of theories on the practice of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


PSYC 241 | Educational Psychology

Survey of theories of classroom learning processes including human growth and development, evaluation, the exceptional child and the disadvantaged child. Emphasis also on the developmental characteristics and nature and needs of the early adolescent. Cross-referenced as EDUC241/PSYC 241. IAI SED 902. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


PSYC 245 | Alcohol Problems and Alcoholism

Introductory course regarding the effects of alcoholism on the individual, family and society. Examines concerns related to the identification, treatment and prevention of alcoholism in the United States. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 250 | Basic and Applied Statistics

Acquaints students with descriptive statistical techniques (including measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, regression and large and small sample estimation) as well as inferential statistical procedures (t, z and ANOVA designs, nonparametric tests and multiple regression). Focus will be on how these statistical procedures can be directly applied to real-life situations. Prerequisite: MATH 105, MATH 108 or MATH 110. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 251 | Statistics II

ANOVA designs, correlation, regression, non-parametric tests, survey and experimental research techniques, social and behavioral measurements and multivariate analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 150 or SOCL 150 or CJUS 150. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


Close-up of facePSYC 252 | Research Practicum

Goal of the course is to develop the student's research skills in a particular field (Psychology, Sociology or Criminal Justice) by involving him/her in an actual research project under the direction of a faculty member. Students will meet with the instructor on a regular basis and will write both a preliminary proposal and final paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypothesis, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate. Prerequisite: Successful completion of basic skills courses. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

 


PSYC 291 | Selected Topics.

Relevant to the needs and interests of the psychology major. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

 


PSYC 298 | Research Methods

Completion of the first part of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 and admission into the Adult BA in Organizational Leadership Program. 3 semester credit hours.

 


PSYC 300 | Abnormal Psychology

Dynamics of personality disorders, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in neurotic and psychotic behavioral disorders. Discussion of case studies. Prerequisites: PSYC 100 and Junior/Senior status. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 302 | Psychotherapy

Survey of theories and techniques of individual and group psychotherapies. Concepts and methods of evaluating therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: PSYC 300. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


PSYC 310 | Social, Psychological, and Cultural Aspects of Aging

This course examines various psychological and sociological aspects which impact the aging process. An analysis of the individual and society, changes in social roles and status, intergenerational relationships, sociocultural differences, and intrapsychic dynamics will be explored. 3 semester credit hours. Psychology Core Elective.

 


PSYC 314 | Learning and Cognition

Lecture course on principles, theories, concepts and experimental literature in learning and cognition, with emphasis on human learning in educational settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, PSYC 251. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 315 | Learning and Cognition Lab

Utilizes a series of computer simulation / experimental techniques to illustrate recall difference in attention, learning and memory. Lab reports in APA Style are required. Prerequisite: Coregistration in PSYC 314. 1 semester credit hour. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 316 | Sensation and Perception

Lecture analysis of the role of the senses in appreciating the external world; mechanisms of sensation and perception; introduction to psychophysical measurement of thresholds and signal detection theory. Prerequisite: PSYC 100, PSYC 251. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 317 | Sensation and Perception Lab

Utilizes a series of computer simulation / experimental techniques to illustrate how we perceive information as a function of the senses, threshold detention and other measures are employed. Lab reports in APA Style are required. Prerequisite: Co-registeration in PSYC 316. 1 semester credit hour. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 318 | Physiological Psychology

Lecture relating neurophysiological correlates of human and animal behavior, emphasizing motivation, emotion, learning and memory processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and Junior or Senior standing. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 319 | Physiological Psychology Lab

Utilizes a series of computer simulation / experimental techniques to illustrate important physiological mechanisms(e.g., visual and auditory processing). Lab reports in APA Style are required. Prerequisite: Co-registration in PSYC 318. 1 semester credit hour.

 


PSYC 320 | Organizational Behavior

Overview of organizational structures and group dynamics. Examines job satisfaction, motivation, performance evaluation, decision-making and goal setting. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

 


Benedictine studentPSYC 350 | Systems and Theories

Historical antecedents of modern psychology; current theoretical systems. Prerequisite: Junior, senior in PSYC/SOCL program. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 


PSYC 351 | Research Methods in the Social Sciences

An analysis of various theoretical approaches to the study of social sciences as well as discussion and completion of the first two chapters of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 251, SOCL 251, or CJUS 251. Fee: $35. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 354 | Behavior Modification/Lab

Focuses on basic behavioral principles and procedures. Emphasis is on the use of non-aversive techniques and applications with special needs populations. Requires lab work off campus. Prerequisite: Junior, senior in PSYC/SOCL program. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 356 | Clinical Practicum/Lab

Focus is on teaching interpersonal and primary-level skills of empathy, listening, and interviewing to the introductory-level helping professional. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in PSYC/SOCL program. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 358 | Group Dynamics Lab

A process-experimental course in how to conduct training in interpersonal skills and how to engage in organizational development activities. Weekend format only. 4 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 371 | Death and Dying

Dynamics of the grief process, the care of the terminally ill and the needs of survivors in the sociological and psychological context of death. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 373 | Group Processes

Introduces theory and components of group process. Opportunities to participate in functioning groups for decision making and practicing of newly developed skills. Prerequisite: SOCL 356. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

 


PSYC 386 | Professional Issues in Life Span Services

This course presents an overview of gerontology as a profession. Special attention is given to ethical issues. The course reviews contemporary settings in the field of aging and analyzes the status of gerontology in terms of the occupation as a human service provider. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 


PSYC 389 | Organizational Leadership Capstone

Completion of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 299; Admission to the adult B.A. in Organizational Leadership program. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

 


PSYC 391 | Topics.

Relevant topics according to the needs and interests of psychology majors. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

 


PSYC 395 | Senior Thesis

Completion of an original research project under faculty supervision, involving either an original survey design, case study, or experimental analysis. Prerequisite: PSYC 351 or SOCL 351 or CJUS 351. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.

 


Students workingPSYC 397 | Psychology Field Placement

Supervised instruction in an on- or off-campus setting related to student's interest in psychology. . Prerequisite: PSYC 356, and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, Consent of department chair and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the field placement. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 6.

 


PSYC 398 | Life Span Services Field Placement

Supervised experience in an off-campus assisted/independent living setting. Each semester. Prerequisite: SOCL 356, and a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding field placement 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

 


PSYC 399 | Independent Study

Provides opportunity for advanced majors to complete requirements of psychology course on their own. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.