A "linked credit" course that allows students the opportunity to (a) engage in community service and (b) reflect on that service in a way that enhances students' understanding of course content. Must be linked to a host psychology course. Prerequisite: 111 and permission of instructor. .25 unit. May be repeated for credit for a total of two terms.
Basic Principles of Psychology
Overview of the fundamental processes common to all areas of psychology. Partially satisfies the HS CCR.
Psychology and Science Fiction
Uses classic and contemporary science fiction films and literature to explore aspects of mental and social life. Will explore issues of artificial intelligence, consciousness and emotion, what it means to be human, and what happens when one is excluded from that category. May include sessions that explore an anthropological approach to this topic.
An investigation of the function of the nervous system, brain, and behavior. Includes laboratory experience. Prerequisite: Bio 161 or 165. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Lab fee.
Sensation and Perception
Investigates the basic processes by which humans gather information about the surrounding world. Considers psychophysical methods and the major senses. Includes laboratory experience. Satisfies the SL CCR and partially satisfies the SM CCR. Lab fee.
Qualitative Research Methods
Alternative research methods in psychology will be considered, including interpretive methods, phenomenology, case studies, interview studies, and naturalistic observation. Prerequisites: Psy 111 and Psy 220. .50 unit.
Examines physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, and social development from emerging adulthood until death. Prerequisite: 244. Not open to students with prior credit in Psy 346. Does not count towards the Psychology major or minor.
Research Design & Statistics
Consideration of the basic design of psychological research (experimental, correlational, survey, case study, etc.) and the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. Prerequisites: 111 and Mat 217. Should be completed before junior year. Satisfies QL ACE. Lab fee.
Examines the development, structure, and functioning of personality as formulated by various theorists. Reviews research, assessment methods, and clinical applications associated with various theories. Considers psychodynamic, humanistic, trait, and cognitive-behavioral theories. Prerequisite: 111.
Psychology of Gender
Examines psychological theory and research on gender. Addresses societal expectations for women and men, empirical research that supports or fails to support common beliefs about differences between the sexes, and the relationship between gender and many traditional issues in psychology (e.g., parenting, achievement and romantic relationships.) Prerequisite: Psy 111 or GndS 111.
This course examines how the theories and concepts of psychology can be applied during all stages of the legal process. Some of the topics we will examine include false confessions, interrogation practices, police decision-making, jury selection and deliberation, psychopathy, eyewitness testimony, and insanity defenses. Discussions will focus on relevant research and also how psychological research can inform better practices and policies in the legal field. Prerequisite: 111.
Consideration of the symptoms (diagnosis), antecedents (etiology), and treatment (therapy) of various forms of psychopathology, including anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, and depression. Prerequisite: 111.
Childhood and Adolescence
Examines the growth and transformation of basic psychological processes from prenatal development through adolescence. Considers inborn mechanisms, physiological growth, cognitive and emotional growth, social development, personality and moral development. Prerequisite: 111.
The Psychology of Film
Examines the psychological and rhetorical qualities of film as they apply to filmmakers, audiences, and cinematic texts. An interdisciplinary approach integrates experimental, qualitative, and interpretive research from the domains of psychology, mass communication, film studies, and literary criticism. Identical to Com 250. Prerequisite: 111 or Com 212 or Com 242.
Counseling & Psychotherapy
Survey of the theoretical and practical concerns involved in helping people with emotional problems, emphasizing both individual and group techniques. Includes a practicum. Prerequisites: 231 and 243. Lab fee.
Introduction to the higher mental processes, including attention, memory, language, and problem solving. Includes laboratory components and research projects. Prerequisites: 220 and either 162 or 164. Satisfies W2 ACE. Lab fee.
Examines the basic processes of human and animal learning. Includes a laboratory component and research project. Prerequisites: 220 and either 162 or 164. Lab fee.
A general examination of how individuals are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics include: the self, social perception, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, helping, group processes, aggression, and others. Includes empirical and application-oriented projects. Includes laboratory component. Prerequisite: 220. Satisfies W2 ACE. Lab fee.
Adulthood and Aging
Examines psychological changes throughout adulthood, including physiological changes, cognitive and emotional changes, changes in social relationships, and personality. Includes coverage of developmental theories as they apply to adulthood and examines the developmental processes of aging and of death and dying. Includes laboratory component and research project. Prerequisites: 220 or KIP 341. Satisfies W2 ACE. Lab fee.
A forum for developing a sensitivity to psychological research ethics, design, and methods (including statistics). Offered Fall Term of senior year, Prerequisites: 220 and senior standing. .50 unit.
A seminar for exploring significant psychological research questions. A laboratory component is scheduled for the design and conduct of student initiated collaborative projects. Culminating Experience in Psychology. Offered Winter Term of senior year. Prerequisite: 401. Lab fee.