Dept. of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

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 at the Office of the Registrar website, or contact the Department.

 

PSYC 100 | Survey of Psychology
Overview of the field; principles and general methodology; concepts, theories and research, applicability to modern living.  Individuals, Organizations, and Societies Mode of Inquiry (QIO). Psychology Core Elective. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

PSYC 195 | Research Practicum
Participation in ongoing departmental research. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 6. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

PSYC 200 | Childhood and Adolescence
Behavioral and social analysis of human development from birth through adolescence. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

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PSYC 202 | Adulthood and Aging
Biopsychological, psychosexual and social cognitive development from young adulthood through aging, to dying and death. Prerequisite: PSYC 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

PSYC 204 | Survey of Exceptional Children
Survey of the historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of special education.  The primary focus will be on children with disabilities, but will also include at-risk children.  Course work will include the categories of exceptionality as identified by federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Illinois State Board of Education, etiological factors, the disability characteristics, and collaborative/intervention strategies to address their needs.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

PSYC 210 | Social Psychology
How social influences affect the individual and group. Attitudes, attribution and prejudice. PSYC 210 and SOCL 210 are cross-listed. Individuals, Organizations, and Societies Mode of Inquiry (QIO)  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
The purpose of this course is to show individuals how educational psychology can improve their all-important role as an educational decision maker.  In this course students will explore various theoretical perspectives and research findings on how students develop throughout the elementary and secondary years, how they differ from one another in ways that affect their classroom performance, how they learn most effectively, what things motivate them, and how their learning and achievement can best be measured and evaluated. Prerequisite Main Campus:  Checkpoint 1 – Pre-Admission to TEP; 30 or more credit hours; or department approval.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 3.

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: Spring Term.

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. Computational, Mathematical, and Analytical Mode of Inquiry (QCM).  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.

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.

PSYC 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. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

PSYC 270 | Marriage and the Family
Family system and its changing relationships to contemporary society. Structures, value orientation and personality patterns, role and status interrelationships. Cross listed as PSYC 270/SOCL 270. Prerequisite: SOCL 100.  3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

PSYC 291 | Selected Topics
Relevant to the needs and interests of the psychology major. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 15. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 15.

PSYC 298 | Research Methods
Completion of the first part of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 or MGT 251 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. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and Junior/Senior status. 3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. 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. Psychology Core Elective. 3 semester credit hours. Psychology Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

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: Coregistered 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.

PSYC 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: Periodically.

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 250 or SOCL 250 or CJUS 250. Fee: $35.  3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

PSYC 352 | 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 a scholarly paper in APA style, the latter to include identification of the subject of the study, a review of the literature, statement of a working hypotheses, construction of necessary operational definitions, delineation of variables, a description of the population (and sample) and statistical tests if appropriate, results of the study and a discussion on the results of the study.  Student will present the results of the study at a scholarly meeting. Cross-listed as CJUS/PSYC/SOCL 352. 3 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms. Department Consent Required.

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 children and animals. Prerequisite: Junior or senior in PSYC/SOCL program. 4 semester credit hours. Engaged Learning. Typically offered: Fall Term.

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. Engaged Learning and Writing Intensive. Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer 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: Periodically.

PSYC 389 | Organizational Leadership Capstone
Completion of an original research design. Prerequisite: PSYC 298; Admission to the adult B.A. in Organizational Leadership program.  3 semester credit hours. Writing Intensive Course. 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 15.

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.

PSYC 397 | Psychology Internship
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 3.0 or better, consent of department chair and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding the internship. 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 Internship
Supervised experience in an off-campus assisted/independent living setting. Each semester. Prerequisite: SOCL 356, and a GPA of 3.0 or better, consent of the program director and field placement director prior to the 10th week of the semester preceding internship. 3-6 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. 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 15.