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Courses

We offer a variety of courses every semester. We provide the information below to assist with course and degree planning. Courses are not offered every semester and some might be offered only every few years. Please consult with an advisor if you have questions about the frequency of courses. Students can also make requests to their area coordinator for specific courses that they feel would benefit their training. Students typically take content-related courses in their first two years, and then focus on research and independent study from their third year on, with the aim of developing students into psychological scientists.

PSYC 603 Motivation and Cognitive Processes
Selected topics in areas of motivation and higher mental processes; symbolic processes in perceptual organization; learning and remembering, reasoning and creativity.
PSYC 605 Memory and Consciousness
Research on consciousness and memory; all levels of conscious awareness associated with memory retrieval from detailed personal experiences of remembering to unaware uses of memory; implicit and explicit memory; automatic and controlled processes; metacognitive explorations of consciousness.
PSYC 606/NRSC 606 Learning
Procedural and theoretical issues in study of basic learning mechanisms in animals and humans, including Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning. Application of this work to other domains and relevant biological mechanisms also discussed.
PSYC 607 Experimental Psychology
Experimental methods; developing a general frame of reference for approaching experimental research problems.
PSYC 608 Introduction to Clinical Ethics and Techniques
Ethical and legal issues in clinical practice; development of listening and interpretation skills; supervised practicum in interviewing non-clinical subjects; structured role-play of clinical situations.
PSYC 609/NRSC 609 Physiological Psychology
Current research and methodological procedures on physiological bases of sensation-perception, memory and learning, arousal-sleep-attention, emotions and motivation.
PSYC 610 Organizational Psychology
Current literature and research in employee motivation, satisfaction, leadership, communication, group conflict and other group processes.
PSYC 611 Personnel Psychology
Application of psychological principles and research methods to the areas of selection, placement, job analysis, performance appraisal and training.
PSYC 613 Practicum in Psychological Assessment
Application of psychological assessment across the life-span; assessment of cognitive, intellectual, academic, and memory abilities and adaptive behavior; assessment of personality, behavioral style, and systems/environment; integration of assessment measures in comprehensive psychological evaluations; attendance required at Practicum Seminar designed to integrate research, coursework, and applied training and supervisory instruction from a faculty supervisor; at least 3 credits and no more than 18 credits applied to degree plan.
PSYC 614 Practicum in Psychology
Practical on-the-job experience for graduate students. Activities will be guided by psychologists in the following areas: behavior modification, social, clinical, experimental and industrial. Supervision will be provided by members of University staff. May be taken more than once but not to exceed 18 hours of credit toward a graduate degree.
PSYC 615/NRSC 615 Perceptual Processes
Complex sensory and perceptual phenomena with emphasis on the relationship between perception and motivation, cognition, creativity and instinctive/ethological; learning/experiential factors in higher level perceptual processes.
PSYC 616 Treatment of Problem Behavior in Children and Families
Current methods of treating families with children displaying aggressive, hyperactive, underachieving and other problem behaviors in natural settings; behavior of children and adolescents at home, school and at play.
PSYC 617 Analytical Psychology
Survey emphasizing Jungian psychology but including coverage of Freudian psychology; application of analytical principles and concepts to a variety of clinical issues and situations.
PSYC 618 Psychology of Persuasion
Theory and scientific evidence regarding strategies and tactics of persuasion; explores theoretical controversies and presents potential integrations.
PSYC 619 History and Systems of Psychology
Historical examination of scientific psychology’s antecedents in philosophy and physiology; early systems of psychology including structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology and psychoanalysis.
PSYC 620 Theories of Social Psychology
Current theories of social psychology and a review of related studies to these theories; theories of attitude change, prosocial behavior, aggression, equity, coalition formation, social learning and S-R theory applied to social behavior.
PSYC 621 Seminar in Social Psychology
Attitudes and persuasion; small group interaction and performance; prosocial behavior; aggression; self concept; applied social problems; gender differences in social interaction; and social cognition. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
PSYC 622 Affective Science
Overview of theories and approaches in the interdisciplinary field of affective science; historical and contemporary approaches focused on emotional and affective processes.
PSYC 623 Psychological Assessment I
Principles of psychological testing; uses and critical evaluation of tests of achievement, intelligence, aptitude and personality.
PSYC 624 Psychological Assessment II
Theory and application of psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults; assessment of cognitive, intellectual, academic, and memory abilities and adaptive behavior; integration of assessment measures in comprehensive psychological evaluations.
PSYC 626 Psychopathology
Various symptom categories in psychopathology including differing theoretical conceptualizations of these symptom categories, and theories and research concerning etiology and treatment.
PSYC 627 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents
Theory and application of psychological assessment of toddlers, children, and adolescents; assessment of cognitive, intellectual, academic, and memory abilities and adaptive behavior; assessment of personality, behavioral style, family functioning, and child-focused systems; integration of assessment measures in comprehensive psychological evaluations.
PSYC 628 Behavior Disorders in Children
Different systems of classification including research and theory about the origins and anticipated outcomes of various emotional disorders; families of disturbed children; major treatment approaches and community resources for intervention.
PSYC 629 Seminar in Clinical/Community Psychology
Assessment and treatment of specific clinical disorders such as depression, sexual dysfunctions and deviations, anxiety-based disorders, autism, marital distress and psychophysiological disorders. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
PSYC 630 Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
Theory, research and practice of health psychology emphasizing the prevention and modification of health compromising behaviors; psychological management of stress, pain and chronic/terminal illness; effective interventions for specific health behaviors/disorders.
PSYC 633 Gender and Minority Issues in Clinical Psychology
Human behavior and mental health as a function of culture, gender and sexual orientation; discussion of absolutist, relativist and universalist perspectives in cross-cultural psychology; psychology of stereotype and prejudice; adjustment through acculturation and biculturalism; learning about our own and other cultures.
PSYC 634 Principles of Human Development
Biological, psychological and cultural interrelationships in human development; principles and methods as illustrated in research and theoretical contributions; experiences in procedures of child study.
PSYC 635 Behavioral and Cellular Research Seminar
Expose graduate students to neuroscience research, theory, and proposal development; research presentations by guest speakers, faculty, and graduate students; Discussions, readings and presentations on issues related to research design, statistics, methodology, ethics, IACUC, grant writing, presentation skills, job talks, and other relevant topics. May be taken four times for credit.
PSYC 636 Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Cognitive development; social and emotional development; developmental abnormalities in connection with social/emotional and cognitive development; language acquisition; family processes; and development during infancy; recent developments in these fields. Topics will vary from semester to semester; may be repeated for credit up to three times as topics change.
PSYC 637 Clinical Interventions I
Theory, research and techniques related to evidence-based behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to clinical interventions; ethical, professional, multicultural and history/systems issues in therapeutic psychological interventions.
PSYC 638 Clinical Interventions II
Theory, research, and techniques related to evidence-based interpersonal, psychodynamic, group therapy, and family therapy approaches to clinical interventions; ethical, professional, multicultural, and history/systems issues in therapeutic psychological interventions.
PSYC 639 Pediatric Psychology
Application of clinical/counseling/school psychology to children and adolescents with chronic illnesses or disabilities and their families; theoretical foundations and models for consultation, assessment and intervention strategies; unique ethical and professional issues associated with research and service delivery in child health psychology/pediatric behavioral medicine.
PSYC 640 Personality Psychology
Research on personality structure, process and development covering all levels of individuality from traits to goals/motives to narrative identities; research methods including factor analysis; connections between personality research and other major areas of psychology including developmental, clinical, organizational and social.
PSYC 649/NRSC 649 Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral neuroscience; including behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology, methods and techniques, drug reinforcement, behavioral toxicology, pain perception and ingestive behavior. May be repeated up to three times for credit.
PSYC 650/NRSC 650 Clinical Psychopharmacology
Survey of topics in clinical psychopharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, major neurotransmitter systems, and therapeutic applications and limitations.
PSYC 670 Professional Seminar in Social Psychology
Survey of recent theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in social psychology; different topics each semester will include theory and research on attitudes and persuasion, social cognition, interpersonal relationships, group processes, social development, and personality and social behavior. May be taken for credit up to eight times.
PSYC 671/NRSC 671 Experimental Design for Behavioral Scientists
Intensive practical study of designs of special interest to behavioral scientists; repeated measures designs.
PSYC 675 Clinical Psychology and the Legal System
Survey of theoretical and applied topics relevant to clinical psychology in the legal system; includes assessment of adjudicative competence, criminal responsibility and risk assessment; correctional psychology and offender rehabilitation.
PSYC 678/CPSY 678 Couples Therapy C
Theory and practice of marital therapy emphasizing systems and communication approaches; effective strategies and techniques; therapy with specific marital problems and obstacles to effective therapy.
PSYC 680 Seminar in Organizational Psychology
Areas of organizational psychology: job stress, socialization processes, motivation, leadership, person perception in organizations, conflict management. May be repeated up to five times for credit; content will vary by semester.
PSYC 681 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Both research and applied colloquia provided by I/O psychologists and individuals in related disciplines.
PSYC 682 Seminar in Personnel Selection and Placement
Personnel selection and placement including job analysis and evaluation, psychological testing, test development, psychometric theory, theories of test fairness, validity generalization, utility theory, performance appraisal and selection/placement decision models. May be repeated up to five times for credit; content will vary by semester.
PSYC 684 Professional Internship
Full-time clinical experience in a departmentally-approved internship training facility. Limited to advanced doctoral students specializing in clinical psychology. May be taken up to 12 hours total.
PSYC 685 Directed Studies
Directed individual study of selected problem in psychology or special topics to fit small group requirements.
PSYC 689 Special Topics in…(specified by semester and instructor)
Selected topics in an identified area of psychology. May be repeated for credit.
PSYC 690 Cognoscenti: Professional Issues in Cognitive Psychology
Introduce students to current themes in research, theory and practice in cognitive psychology; presentations by guest speakers from within and outside the University.
PSYC 691 Research Credits
Research for thesis.
PSYC 696 Principles and Methods for Teaching in Psychology
Practical issues related to college teaching; reflection on and improvement of teaching skills; developing course objectives and teaching philosophies; improving teaching tools; understanding teaching-learning situations; advising students; ethics in teaching.
PSYC 697 Seminar in the Teaching of Introductory Psychology
Introductory methods relevant to teaching psychology; for graduate students assisting in the teaching of PSYC 107.