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College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences        

Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts


Master of Arts




L. Mark Carrier, Department Chair

Art Bohart, Ramona Davis, Aaron Hass, Diane Henschel, Maria Hurtado-Ortiz, Keisha Paxton, Larry Rosen, Silvia Santos, Carl Sneed

Jo Ann Uno, Department Secretary

Neil Farmer, Psychology Technician

Department Office:  SBS A-336, (310) 243-3427                           

Comprehensive Advising Center:  SBS B-241B, (310) 243-3585   

Technical Services:  SBS A-240, (310) 243-3517



Karen Mason, Graduate Coordinator

Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Programs Office:  SBS G-322, (310) 243-3435


Emeriti Faculty

Jack Adams, Leo Cain, Lisa Gray-Shellberg, George Marsh, M. Milo Milfs, Harvey Nash, Beverly Palmer, Eleanor B. Simon Price, Fred Shima,  Quentin C. Stodola, Judith Todd, Sandra Wilcox


Program Description

Psychology is about people’s behavior and about people’s experience.  Psychologists teach and do research or applied work on subjects relating to the social and behavioral sciences. In order to discover more about behavior, psychologists study both humans and animals. Psychology covers a wide range of topics, from the way our social environment influences us to the inner workings of our bodies. This diversity of topics is reflected in the psychology curriculum.

The Department of Psychology sees its mission as offering a solid foundation in the theories and scientific methods of psychology to diverse and nontraditional students who choose to study Psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The department offers courses in aspects of the empirical knowledge base of scientific psychology and applied psychology for psychology majors and graduate students.  Furthermore, the department helps meet the needs of those studying other subjects, such as Human Services majors, Liberal Studies majors, people minoring in Psychology, and other individuals.  The department sees its mission as offering these educational experiences within a framework which values and encourages diversity.  Within this broad mission, the department develops, evaluates, and alters, as needed, a set of specific goals and objectives for the psychology major.

The Department publishes its goals and objectives for all Psychology students to review.  It also engages in an ongoing Outcomes Assessment program to evaluate its success in achieving these goals and objectives.  Psychology majors are required to participate in the Outcomes Assessment program in order to evaluate both the effectiveness of the department and student competencies.


At the undergraduate level, the Department of Psychology provides opportunity for the study of three different aspects of the field.  For students interested in the research and scientific aspects, courses on the application of the scientific method to the study of human and animal behavior are offered.  For those with applied interests, courses relating to counseling, clinical psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, gerontology, industrial and organizational psychology, computers, and service in community agencies are offered.  For students with a general interest in psychology, many courses provide knowledge that is useful in understanding one’s self and in understanding and relating to others effectively.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can be completed by attending class during the day or evening hours. At present, it may take six or more semesters to complete the upper division courses in the evening.


Academic Advisement

The Psychology Department Sears Center in SBS B-241B and faculty provide advising for the psychology major, minor, and electives as well as General  Education advisement for psychology majors.

Students who are contemplating or have decided upon a major or minor in psychology or who have an interest in taking psychology courses as electives should see an advisor in the Psychology Department Sears Center at their first opportunity.  It is in students’ best interest to see a peer advisor at least once a semester and to keep their files in the Sears Center up-to-date. 



High school students are encouraged to take four years of English and three years of mathematics including algebra. Courses in biology and psychology and the other social and behavioral sciences are recommended.  Knowledge of computers is helpful for some courses.

Transfer students should contact their counseling center or advisor to identify appropriate lower division major/minor preparatory courses. Whenever possible, transfer students who do not plan to transfer until their junior year should take the lower division equivalents of PSY 101, PSY 230, and PSY 235.


Career Possibilities

In addition to preparing students for graduate study in psychology and other professions, an undergraduate degree can lead directly to employment in business and industry, education, counseling, human services, and several other areas.

Psychology courses also can be used to develop and strengthen adaptive or intellectual skills, and add to students’ knowledge base and facilitate development of behavioral traits and attitudes linked to career success. The adaptive skills that are most directly fostered within the psychology curriculum are: interpersonal and human relations skills, thinking and problem solving skills, communication skills.

Psychology is an excellent major or minor for students who are interested in careers in management, communication, marketing or other positions that require understanding of human behavior and human interactions.  Many students who are interested in careers in law or medicine choose a psychology degree for their undergraduate major.  The psychology degree is pursued by many students who wish to engage in graduate study in psychology at the master’s or doctoral degree level as preparation for careers in mental health, psychological research, industrial and organizational psychology and college teaching.  Additional competencies recommended for the major include computer literacy and a second language.

Student Organizations

The department has a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology, a Psychology Club, and numerous opportunities for student involvement in research and service.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Psychology by meeting the following criteria:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Psychology faculty.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 


Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.


General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.


Minor Requirements

Students completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.


Major Requirements (36 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

A.  Lower Division Required Courses  (9 units)

PSY 101.       General Studies Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior (3)

PSY 230.       Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3)

PSY 235.       Introduction to Research Methods (3)


NOTE:  PSY 101, 230, and 235 should be taken in this order prior to taking other courses in the major.


B.  Upper Division Requirements  (27 units)

1.   Required Courses  (6 units)

PSY 305.         History and Systems of Psychology (3)

PSY 490.         Senior Seminar in Psychology  (3)

NOTE:  PSY 305 should be taken in the junior year and
PSY 490 should be taken in the senior year.

2.   Quantitative Methods of Psychology:  Select one course from the following  (3 units): 

PSY 330.         Behavioral Statistics and Research Design (3)

PSY 331.         Measurement in Psychology (3) 


NOTE:  Both courses listed in the Quantitative Methods of Psychology section are recommended for students planning to pursue graduate studies.  PSY 230 or MAT 131 is prerequisite for both courses.


3.   Research Experience:  Select one of the Lecture/ Seminar groups listed below  (6 units):

a. PSY 411.       Advanced Research Methods in Personality and  Social Psychology (3)

    PSY 412.       Research Seminar in Personality and Social Psychology (3)

b. PSY 413.       Advanced Research Methods in the Comparative Psychology of Learning and Behavior (3)

    PSY 414.       Research Seminar in Comparative Psychology of Learning and Behavior (3)

c. PSY 415.       Advanced Research Methods in Human Information Processing (3)

    PSY 416.       Research Seminar in Human Information Processing (3)

d. PSY 417.       Advanced Research Methods in Biological Psychology (3)

    PSY 418.       Research Seminar in Biological Psychology  (3)

NOTE:  More than one Lecture/Seminar group is recommended to students planning to pursue graduate studies.

4.   Electives:  Select four upper division Psychology courses not yet taken except PSY 481, PSY 482, PSY 483, or PSY 486.  No more than three units may be selected from the following: PSY 396, 494, 496 (a maximum of three units apply to the major), PSY 497 or 498.   (12 units)

5.   Participation in the Outcomes Assessment Program as announced by the Psychology Department.



Minor in Psychology (15 units)

      Select five upper division Psychology courses, except  PSY 481, PSY 482, PSY 483, PSY 486, PSY 490 or PSY 497.  Only one course may be selected from: PSY 396, 494, 496 (a maximum of three units may apply to the minor) or PSY 498.  PSY 235 may be substituted for one upper division course (15 units).                 

Master of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology M.A. (clinical) is designed to meet the professional needs of college graduates who plan careers in community mental health or who are already employed as paraprofessionals and desire to further their education and opportunities for advancement.  The program emphasizes clinical psychology as it is applied within a community mental health framework.  The student is offered a unique opportunity to obtain solid academic knowledge of clinical psychology coupled with extensive research and supervised experience in the application of the knowledge.  The Psychology M.A.(clinical), with the addition of courses in marriage, family and child counseling, can be preparation for the MFT license.

In the Psychology M.A.(clinical) the student is required to complete 30 units of credit, plus 550 hours of supervised practicum in a clinical setting within the community.  In addition, the student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination or a thesis.


Admission Procedures

A.  Mail the following documents directly to:

      Psychology M.A. Program        

      Psychology Department                                                            

      California State University, Dominguez Hills                                           

      1000 E. Victoria Street                                                                               

      Carson, California  90747

1.   Departmental application for admission to the master’s program in Clinical Psychology.  Obtain application from the SBS Graduate Programs Office.

2.   One official transcript from each college attended.

3.   Official score report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for General Aptitude or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). Call the Testing Office (243-3909) to obtain schedule for the GRE and the MAT.

4.   Three letters of recommendation.

B.  You may be asked to attend a personal interview as part of the selection procedure.

C.  Submission of university application and supporting documents.

D.  All documents listed under item “A” must be on file in the Department of Psychology in order for your application to be considered for entrance to the program.  The deadline for applications is March 1 for entrance to the program in the fall semester.


Admission Requirements

A.  A Bachelor of Arts Degree or equivalent from a fully accredited institution.

B.  Completion of GRE Aptitude Test or Miller Analogy Test.

C.  At least a “B” average in the last 60 semester units attempted (excluding lower division and extension units).

D.  Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent, with at least a “B” average:

PSY 230.       Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3)

PSY 235.       Introduction to Research Methods (3)

PSY 330.       Behavioral Statistics and Research Design (3) or

PSY 331.      Measurement in Psychology (3)

PSY 360.       Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363.       The Abnormal Personality (3)

PSY 464.       Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

E.   Special consideration concerning the waiving of some of the above requirements is possible (e.g., if the student has had extensive previous experience in the community or clinical area).

F.   Three letters of recommendation.

G.  A personal interview may be required. Application forms for the Graduate Program are available in the SBS Graduate Programs Office.


Classified Standing and       Conditionally Classified Standing

Only students who have met all requirements as noted under Admission Procedures - M.A. Programs for the Psychology Department will be considered for admission into the M.A. in Psychology Program with Classified Standing.

Students who lack any or all of the admission requirements may be considered for admission into the program with Conditionally Classified Standing.  This would allow them to enroll in the University to correct their deficiencies, and also permit them to take up to nine semester units of graduate coursework which could apply toward their degree if and when Classified Standing has been established.  Please note that admission to Conditionally Classified Standing does not assure that a student will achieve Classified Standing in the program.


Advancement to Candidacy

A student must be advanced to candidacy before taking the comprehensive examination or enrolling in PSY 599 Thesis (1-3).  The requirements for advancement to candidacy are as follows:

1.   Classified Standing in the Psychology M.A.

2.   Completion of a minimum of 24 semester units of required courses.

3.   Completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

4.   Approved Program of Study.

5.   A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken as a graduate student.

6.   No grade lower than a "C" in the degree program.


Degree Requirements  (30 units)

A.  Required Courses  (27 units)

PSY 535.       Advanced Research Methods (3)

PSY 563.       Seminar in Psychopathology (3)

PSY 564.       Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques  (3)

PSY 565.       Psychology of Clinical Groups (3)

PSY 566.       Individual Intellectual Assessment (3)

PSY 567.       Individual Assessment (3)

PSY 570.       Community Psychology:  Current Theory and Issues  (3)

PSY 571.       Practicum in Clinical-Community Psychology  (3,3)

B.  Select one course from the following  (3 units):

PSY 517.       Seminar in Physiological Psychology  (3)

PSY 520.       Seminar in Psychopharmacology (3)

PSY 530.       Advanced Analysis of Variance and Multivariate Techniques  (3)

PSY 550.       Seminar in Developmental Psychology  (3)

PSY 592.       Teaching Psychology  (3)

PSY 595.       Selected Topics  (3)

PSY 597.       Directed Reading  (3)

PSY 598.       Directed Research  (3)


C.  Additional program requirements include:

1.   Completion of the Graduate Writing Competency requirement within two semesters of admission to the program.

2.   Comprehensive written examination of a credit grade or thesis.

3.   A minimum of 550 hours of supervised practicum experience.

4.   In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master’s degree indicated in the section of the catalog entitled “Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies.”


Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.


Lower Division

PSY 101    General Studies Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior (3).

An introduction to psychology emphasizing the personal, cognitive and social development and functioning of the individual, and the influence of both physiological and social factors.  Consideration of basic concepts and applications. 

PSY 110    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3).

Course is designed to improve critical thinking and problem solving skills such as deductive and inductive reasoning, probabilistic reasoning and decision-making.  May include computer-assisted instruction.  A-C/NC grading. 

PSY 230    Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology (3).

The application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the design and analysis of psychological research. 

PSY 235    Introduction to Research Methods (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 230 or MAT 131.

Examination of the design, conduct and interpretation of research studies, both experimental and non-experimental, as demonstrated in a wide range of psychological phenomena.  Includes a consideration of philosophy of science and preparation of research reports.  Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory
per week.

Upper Division

PSY 305    History and Systems of Psychology (3).

The study of the development of psychology as a discipline, and the influence of principal leaders and modern psychology. 

PSY 314    Behavior Modification (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or equivalent.

The application of principles and concepts from the experimental analysis of behavior to problems outside the laboratory.  Each student will successfully complete a project.

PSY 320    Psychopharmacology (3).

Effects of drugs on mood, personality and behavior. Drug use in treatment of mental disorders in children, adults, and the elderly.  

PSY 330    Behavioral Statistics and Research Design (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 230 or MAT 131.

The applications of statistical techniques to problems in the behavioral sciences. Discussion of problems in hypothesis formulation, sampling techniques, distribution-free statistics, multivariate data analysis, and presentation of results. 
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

PSY 331    Measurement in Psychology (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 230 or MAT 131.

Fundamentals of psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, norms, and test construction and selection.  Experience in administering, scoring, and interpreting tests of intelligence, aptitude, and personality.  Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

PSY 340    Social Psychology:  Psychological Perspective (3).

A broad survey of theories and research areas in social psychology. Including such topics as aggression, prejudice, person perception, leadership and conformity. 

PSY 342    Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3).

Methods, theories and research findings concerning interpersonal dynamics and the dynamics of small groups.  The class will learn communication skills and participate in various aspects of group experience.

PSY 350    Child Psychology (3).

The cognitive, psychological and social development of the child from birth to adolescence. Fieldwork at discretion of instructor. 

PSY 351    Psychology of Adolescent Experience (3).

Consideration of the major theories and research concerning development during adolescence.  Emphasis on the development of personal identity as it relates to social roles in adolescence. 

PSY 352    Psychology of Adult Development and Aging  (3).

Theories and research in adult development and aging, including the effects of physiological and socio-economic changes on psychological variables within an aging population. 

PSY 353    The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological  Perspectives (3).

Readings, discussion, and case studies in the psychodynamics of reactions to death and behavior patterns, coping with impending or recent death, loss, and grief; attitudes towards death and dying; the fear of death; children’s responses to death. 

PSY 360    Theories of Personality (3).

A study of basic theories of personality including type theories; trait theories; psychoanalytic, learning, biosocial, self and holistic-integrative theories. 

PSY 363    The Abnormal Personality (3).

The causes and manifestations of abnormal behavior.  Field study and case study.

PSY 367    Effective Communication  Skills (3).

Training and practice in effective communication skills, such as active listening, accurate empathy, respect, genuineness, concreteness, assertion and message sending.  Lecture will provide theoretical and empirical rationale for applied skills and techniques. Supervised small group practice will provide experience and feedback on applying such skills. 

PSY 368    Human Sexuality (3).

Course will cover the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality. The origin and treatment of sexual dysfunction will also be discussed. 

PSY 372    Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3).

Survey of the application of psychology
to organizations, personnel, work environments, buying, and selling, with particular attention to current issues. 

PSY 376    Psychology of Gender (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 101 recommended.

Theory and research on the development of gender identity and gender differences and similarities.  Includes role of ethnicity, cross-cultural evidence, and analysis of status and power differences favoring males. 

PSY 380    Psychology of the Mexican American I (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 340 is recommended.

The psychological development and socialization of the Mexican American.  The Mexican American as unique from both mother culture and dominant culture, especially a consideration of how language, color, and socio-economic class affect the individual.

PSY 382    Psychological Development of the Black Child (3).

Unique environmental influences on the psychological development of the Black child, from the prenatal period through elementary school. Emphasis on social, intellectual and emotional growth.

PSY 383    Psychology of the Black Experience (3).

An investigation into the dynamics of the Black personality, and the influence of American social institutions.  Focus on the various types of psychological adaptations, identity conflicts, problems of self esteem, and evaluation of Black consciousness. 

PSY 396    Practicum in Psychology (3).

Prerequisite:   HUS 300 or consent of instructor.  May not be taken concurrently with any other fieldwork course.

Supervised work experience in applied psychology, with emphasis upon human services and educational settings. Supervision emphasizes training and application of clinical, interviewing, and other helping skills, didactic methods, group techniques, methods of evaluation and/or other skills specific to fieldwork needs.  CR/NC grading.  Repeatable course. 

PSY 411    Advanced Research Methods in Personality and Social Psychology (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230, PSY 235, and PSY 340 or PSY 360; concurrent enrollment in PSY 412.

Examination of selected areas of personality and social psychology, such as interpersonal attraction, self concept, and attitudes.  Equips students to understand, evaluate and independently conduct research. 

PSY 412    Research Seminar in Personality and Social Psychology (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235; concurrent enrollment in PSY 411.

Development of research skills in personality and social psychology including conception, design and conduct of studies, analyzing, organizing and evaluating findings and communicating results. 
Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 413    Advanced Research Methods in the Comparative Psychology of Learning and Behavior (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235.

An ethological approach to the study of behavior including conditioning, social behavior, communication, and aggression.

PSY 414    Research Seminar in Comparative Psychology of Learning and Behavior (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235; concurrent enrollment in PSY 413.

Development of research skills in comparative methods, with particular reference to examining behavior from an ethological perspective.  Includes conception, design and conduct of studies, analyzing, organizing and evaluating findings, and communicating results.

PSY 415    Advanced Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235.

Survey of cognitive psychology including intelligence, cognitive development, perception, reasoning, memory, problem solving, language, comprehension and decision making.  Consideration of both Piagetien and information processing perspectives.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 416    Research Seminar in Cognitive Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: PSY 230 and PSY 235; concurrent enrollment in PSY 415.

Development of research skills in cognitive psychology, including conception, design and conduct of studies, analyzing, organizing and evaluating findings and communicating results.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 417    Advanced Research Methods in Biological Psychology (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235.

Study of biological mechanisms underlying human behavior including physiology of various systems including nervous system, sensory and motor systems, endocrine system, with attention to applications and current advances in neuroscience.

PSY 418    Research Seminar in Biological Psychology (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 and PSY 235; concurrent enrollment in PSY 417.

Development of research skills in biological psychology, including conception, design and conduct of studies, analyzing, organizing and evaluating findings and communicating results.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 464    Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 363.

An overview of psychology in the clinical situation. The scope, ethics, theories, and methods of clinical psychology.

PSY 470    Community Psychology:  Issues and Practice  (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 363.

Introduction to issues and concepts in community psychology, including the study of community organization and intervention programs. 

PSY 480    Sport Psychology (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 314 or PSY 340; or consent of instructor.

Psychological principles and research in motivation, psychophysiology, personality, cognition, development, emotion and group behavior applied to sport settings.

PSY 481    Applied Sport and Fitness Psychology (3).

Scientific research results in the field of psychology are used to enhance performance as well as illustrate how participation in sports and physical activity can facilitate psychological development and physical well being.  This course is not open for credit toward the psychology major or minor.

PSY 482    Psychology of Coaching and Team-Building (3).

Group processes, team-building techniques, leadership skills and interpersonal communication skills will be applied to enhancement of team spots performance and individual well-being.  This course is not open for credit toward the psychology major or minor.

PSY 483    Contemporary Issues in Sports and Fitness (3).

Psychological theories will be applied to the identification and treatment of problems people who participate in sports may have as well as applied to the promotion of mental health.  This course is not open for credit toward the psychology major or minor.

PSY 486    Internship in Sport Psychology (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 480.

Supervised application of psychological principles applied to sports and exercise to promote performance and optimal well-being.  CR/NC grading.  This course is not open for credit toward the psychology major or minor.

PSY 490    Senior Seminar in Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: PSY 230, PSY 235, and PSY 330 or PSY 331 and senior standing.

A seminar designed to integrate previous work and experience by emphasizing the application of theoretical models and research designs and the relationship among theory, research, and the dissemination of research findings.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 494    Independent Study  (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

A reading program of selected topics conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.  Repeatable course. 

PSY 495    Seminar on Special Topics ­­in Psychology (3).

Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.

An intensive study of a psychological topic which commands the current focus of interest of both the faculty member and the students.  If repeated, the course will count only once toward the major. Repeatable course.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 496    Internship (3).

Prerequisites:    PSY 396 or consent of instructor.  May not be taken concurrently with any other fieldwork course.

Survey of professional and ethical issues
in the helping professions.  Supervised internships in human services setting.

PSY 497    Seminar in Peer Advising (3).

Prerequisite:  Senior standing and completion of 15 units of Psychology.

Training, supervision, and experience in peer advising.  Emphasis on how to provide effective academic assistance and planning, with other helping and administrative skills also taught.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 498    Directed Research (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

The student develops and completes an individual study under faculty supervision.  Repeatable course. 



Graduate standing and consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses. 

PSY 517    Seminar in Physiological Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: PSY 230 or MAT 131; PSY 417 and PSY 418.

An advanced study of the physiological correlates of psychological phenomena including learning, motivation, emotion, sleep and personality.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 520    Seminar in Psychopharmacology (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 417 and PSY 320 are recommended.

The role of drugs on cognition, emotion, and behavior,  with reference to their biochemical actions.  Emphasis will be placed on psychoactive drugs, such as psychiatric medications, recreational drugs and over-the-counter drugs.

PSY 530    Advanced Analysis of Variance and Multivariate Techniques  (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 or MAT 131; PSY 235 and PSY 330.

Advanced analysis of variance including multifactor randomized groups and repeated measures designs, nested designs, analysis of covariance, multiple regression, multiple discriminant function, factor analysis. 

PSY 535    Advanced Research Methods (3).

Prerequisites:  PSY 230 or MAT 131; PSY 235; PSY 330 or equivalent is required; PSY 530 is recommended.

Advanced research methodology; including experimental design, correlational and ex post facto studies: problems in research, e.g., generalization, significance, reliability; critique of research; and philosophy of science. Will include a directed research project. 

PSY 550    Seminar in Developmental Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: PSY 230 or MAT 131; PSY 235; PSY 350 or equivalent.

Exploration and discussion of recent theoretical and research literature on topics such as early experience, intelligence vs cognition, gerontology, imitation and social development, and research on adolescence.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 563    Seminar in Psychopathology (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 363.

Intensive analysis of theory and research in psychopathology. Various orientations, such

as behavioral, psychophysiological, and existential will be explored.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 564    Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 464 or PSY 563.

Course will include an in depth coverage of techniques from two or more psychotherapeutic approaches.  These approaches include the psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and behavioral approaches. Emphasis is on concrete application of these approaches in short term counseling situations. 

PSY 565    Psychology of  Clinical Groups (3).

Exploration of different approaches to therapeutic intervention on a group level.  Course will include an experiential laboratory component where students will have experience in leading groups using different theoretical orientations.  Two hours of lecture and two hours of activity per week.

PSY 566    Individual Intellectual Assessment (3).

Prerequisite: PSY 331.

Techniques for administering, analyzing, and interpreting individual intellectual tests (such as the Wechsler and the Stanford- Binet) and psychomotor tests.  Intensive supervised practice in administering the tests will be provided. Two hours of lecture, two hours of activity and fieldwork by arrangement per week.

PSY 567    Individual Assessment (3).

Prerequisites: PSY 563 and PSY 570.

Study of techniques for administering, analyzing and interpreting personality tests and reporting test results. Supervised intensive practice in administering tests will be provided.  Two hours of lecture with two hours of activity and fieldwork by arrangement per week.

PSY 570    Community Psychology: Current Theory and Issues (3).

Prerequisite:  PSY 363 or PSY 470.

Theory of the interaction between individual functioning and social system variables with emphasis on the changing role of the community mental health specialist and the community psychologist.

PSY 571    Practicum in Clinical-Community Psychology (3).

A case approach to issues in clinical community psychology coordinated with supervised experience.  Some of the topics covered are diagnosis, interventions, ethics, laws, and cross-cultural counseling.  CR/NC grading. Repeatable course.  Three hours of seminar plus supervised fieldwork per week.

PSY 580    Advanced Sport Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of  instructor.

Psychological principles and research in motivation, psychophysiology, personality, cognition, development, emotion and group behavior applied to sport settings.

PSY 590    Comprehensive Integration (3). 

Prerequisites:  Graduate standing in Psychology and permission of Graduate Coordinator.

Review, integration, and application of graduate psychology studies in preparation for the comprehensive examination.  CR/NC only.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 592    Teaching Psychology (3).

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of Graduate coordinator.

Discussion of teaching/learning styles, educational issues, technological advances, teaching methods and materials, curriculum development, and evaluation of course, teacher and student.  Repeatable course.

PSY 595    Special Topics in Psychology (3). 

Advanced course of special interest for psychology graduate students.  Topic and content will vary as announced.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of seminar per week.

PSY 597    Directed Reading  (1-3).

Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.

Assignment of a reading list formulated under the supervision of the instructor.  Repeatable course. 

PSY 598    Directed Research  (1-3).

Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing.

Students will design and conduct research projects under the direct supervision of the instructor.  Repeatable course. 

PSY 599    Thesis  (1-3).

Prerequisite:  Advancement to Candidacy.

Thesis.  Repeatable course. 

PSY 600    Graduate Continuation Course (0).

Graduate students who have completed their coursework but not their thesis, project, or comprehensive examination,
or who have other requirements remaining for the completion of their degree, may maintain continuous attendance by enrolling in this course.  Signature of graduate program coordinator required.   


Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled on a "demand" basis.  Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

PSY 312    Theories of Learning (3).

Consideration of the major theories of learning and their experimental bases.