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Graduate Courses - Department of Psychological Sciences

Graduate Courses

Both the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Department of Psychology offer graduate psychology courses. Courses offered by Department of Psychological Sciences faculty begin with the PSYS prefix, whereas courses offered by Department of Psychology faculty begin with the PSY prefix. Please consult your degree program to determine which courses will count toward your degree requirements.

PSYS 423G Psychology of Adult Life and Aging. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100. Psychological processes in adulthood and aging. Emphasis on contemporary theories, methodological issues, and interactions of psychological, biological, social, and environmental factors in adulthood and aging.

PSYS 424G Topics in Developmental Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 220 / PSY 220 or PSYS 321 or equivalent and graduate standing. A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with theoretical and research issues of particular interest in developmental psychology. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic differs.

PSYS 431G Psychology of Language. 3 hours. Prerequisite: A research methods course or permission of the instructor. Overview of scientific study of human language abilities, with primary emphasis on individual psychological mechanisms.

PSYS 440G / PSY 440G Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100 or equivalent, and graduate standing. Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.

PSYS 450G Psychology of Personality. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology including PSYS 100 / PSY 100, and permission of instructor. Overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality, including historical as well as contemporary theorists, avenues of analysis, and concepts.

PSYS 451G Psychology of Religion. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100 or equivalent; PSYS 210 / PSY 210, PSYS 313 / PSY 313, and PSYS 450 are preferred but not essential. Study classical theories and current research in the psychology of religion.

PSYS 453G Psychology of Women. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology, including PSYS 100 / PSY 100. Scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of girls and women. Topics include gender differences and similarities, inclusion of females in psychological research, psychological development of girls and women, sexuality, and mental health issues.

PSYS 463G Evolutionary Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 or equivalent and graduate standing. A survey of the research methods and core concepts of evolutionary psychology as they apply to human adaptive problems, including problems of survival, sex and mating, parenting and kinship, and aggression.

PSYS 465G Psychopharmacology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Examination of psychoactive drugs and their effects upon the brain and neural mechanisms responsible for mind and behavior.

PSYS 473G Training in Business and Industry. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSYS 370 or MGT 310 and MGT 311 or permission of instructor. An introduction to theories, research and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation.

PSYS 481G / PSY 481G History of Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Overview of major historical developments in psychology and related scientific disciplines, such as medicine, neurophysiology, and physics.  Emphasizes developments over the past 500 years. History of the scientific study of human/animal behavior, as well as cognitive, perceptual, and mental functioning.

PSYS 490G / PSY 490G Research, Readings or Special Projects in Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 100 / PSY 100 and permission of the faculty project supervisor. Advanced students will conduct research and/or readings or projects concerning issues in psychology under the direction of faculty members. The course may be repeated.

PSYS 499G / PSY 499G Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 hours. Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and/or oral reports by students are utilized.

PSYS 510 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Examination of methodological concepts and issues in the conduct of psychological research.

PSYS 512 Analysis of Variance. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Examines the theory behind and application of between- and within-subjects designs, mixed designs, and other data analytic techniques with an emphasis on analysis of variance.

PSYS 513 Correlation and Regression Analysis. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Advanced analysis techniques appropriate to psychological research. Emphasizes regression analysis, partial correlation, moderated multiple regression, and analysis of covariance.

PSYS 518 Statistics and Psychometric Theory. 3 hours. Introduction to psychometric theory. Emphasis on statistical techniques, construction and psychological measurement instruments.

PSYS 520 / PSY 520 Individual Differences and Human Diversity. 1-3 hours. Research and theory in aspects of human diversity, including intelligence, motivation, personality, achievement, and aptitudes. Both individual and group differences are addressed, and sources of diversity are explored.

PSYS 521 Advanced Child Developmental Psychology. 3 hours. Particular emphasis upon a critical review of current research in child development.

PSYS 530 Conditioning and Learning. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Advanced discussion and critical analysis of theoretical approaches to associative learning with particular emphasis on experimental studies of Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, motivation, and affect.

PSYS 533 Advanced Topics in Cognition. 3 hours. Advanced overview of human cognition. Covers theory and research on the topics of learning, memory, attention, judgment and decision-making, and problem-solving.

PSYS 551 Social Psychology of Organizations. 3 hours. The dynamics of groups and organizations. Current theory and research in psychology of organizations.

PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology. 3 hours. Behavior of the individual in relation to social contexts. Topics include group dynamics, attitude formation and change, social influence processes, socialization and language use in communication.

PSYS 565 Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Graduate level introduction to the functional role of brain structure and activity in cognition and behavior.

PSYS 567 Advanced Physiological Psychology. 3 hours. Anatomy of the nervous system, relationships among the components of the nervous system and psychological functioning.

PSYS 570 Job Analysis and Compensation. 3 hours. Overview of the I/O discipline with an emphasis on job analysis and compensation.

PSYS 571 Personnel Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 570. Employee selection procedures, with emphasis on criterion and validity issues. Direct involvement in data collection and analysis.

PSYS 572 Organizational Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 570. Selected topics relevant to work organizations. Emphasizes current theories and research practices.

PSYS 579 Internship in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisites: PSYS 570, PSYS 571, and PSYS 572. Internship experience for I/O psychology graduate students. Student is required to locate appropriate internship site; site must be approved by faculty prior to registration.

PSYS 581 Professional and Ethical Issues in Psychological Sciences. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and/or permission of the instructor. Graduate level course on professional and ethical issues for basic and applied psychological sciences.

PSYS 590 / PSY 590 Readings/Research Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: Departmental permission only. Individual readings or research. Arrangements must be made before enrollment.

PSYS 595 Practicum in Psychological Sciences. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. in Psychology program. Supervised practical experience in a research setting.

PSYS 597 / PSY 597 Trends and Scientific Approaches in Psychological Thinking. 1-3 hours. New developments and special topics in contemporary psychological research. May be repeated with a different topic.

PSYS 599 Thesis Research/Writing. 1-6 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. in Psychology program. Research hours dedicated to the completion of psychology graduate program thesis. Pass/Fail grading.

PSYS 600 Maintain Matriculation. 1 hour. Prerequisite: Admission to the M.S. in Psychology program. Maintain matriculation.

PSYS 640 / PSYS 640 Psychopathology. 3 hours. Major forms of child and adult psychopathology with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems, the modification of deviant behavior and developmental patterns of learning and motivation variables.

PSYS 641 / PSY 641 Theories of Psychotherapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Selected theories and techniques of psychotherapy and counseling. Also covers group therapy, clinical topics, and professional and ethical issues.

PSYS 670 Equal Employment Opportunity, the Law, and Ethical Considerations. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSYS 570. Issues relevant to providing equal employment opportunity: EEOC and FEA guidelines regarding selection practices; review of major court decisions and their implications for the conduct of selection; professional and ethical considerations in the practice of I/O psychology.

PSYS 673 Advanced Training in Business and Industry. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSYS 571 or permission of instructor. Theories, research and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation.

PSYS 770 Legal Issues for Organizational Leaders. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to EdD Program or permission of instructor. Survey of Equal Employment Opportunity laws and other employment laws and their implications for organizational leaders.

PSYS 771 Human Resources Management and Personnel Decisions for Organizational Leaders. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the EdD program or permission of instructor. Survey of leadership roles in managing human resources in organizations to achieve both individual and organizational objectives and ensure effective work practices in dynamic work environments. Topics include selection and placement of employees, evaluation of employee performance, compensation and benefits, and effective utilization of human capital.

PSYS 773 Employee Training and Development Issues for Organizational Leaders. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the EdD program or permission of instructor. Review of training needs assessment, issues in the design and development of training programs, evaluation of training programs, methods and delivery systems for training, managing the training function and special issues in training.

 

Note: Most 400-level psychology courses may be taken for graduate credit. Students receiving graduate credit in 400G courses will be required to do additional research, readings, or other appropriate assignments.

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