Course Descriptions:

PSYCHOLOGY CORE REQUIREMENTS WITH PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
CMIS 101 | Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

SOC 201 | Principles of Sociology (3 credit hours)
This course is an introductory study of group and social dynamics, cultures, social problems, social institutions, inter-group relationships, and the impact of social policies.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSYC 121 | Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course is a general introduction to contemporary psychology focusing on basic concepts, principles, terminology, trends in psychological research, and the application of this knowledge.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSYC 250 | Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of growth from birth through old age. In addition, factors thought to influence this growth are also examined.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSYC 305 | Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the effects of culture, society, social institutions, and social learning on the social attitudes and behavior of individuals within groups.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121 or SOC 201

PSYC 320 | Cognitive Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course provides students with broad coverage of the field of Cognitive Psychology, covering topics such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention, Memory Structures, Memory Errors, Imagery, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Decision Making.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121

PSYC 330 | Research Methods (3 credit hours)
This introductory course concentrates on research methods and designs and statistical analysis procedures used in research projects. This course demonstrates how research methods are utilized in the social and behavioral science.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121 and STAT 210 (or MATH 340 or 240)

PSYC 345 | Psychology of Personality (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the process of personality growth and adjustment. Through an examination of elected theoretical systems, different interpretations of this process are presented. Non-Western and multicultural considerations of personality theory are included.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

PSYC 410 | Experimental Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course assists students in the comprehension and use of experimental methods and literature. Research exercises are provided to illustrate course content.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121 and PSYC 330

PSYC 431 | Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 credit hours)
The course focuses on the issues and problems associated with psychological testing. Topics discussed include reliability, validity, construction, administration, norms, and interpretation as well as a survey of current psychological tests.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121

PSYC 440 | Biological Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course will introduce you to the methods biological psychologists employ to investigate the biological underpinnings of behavior. It will explore what is currently known about the biological basis of emotional responses, mental illness, sexual behavior, memory, states of consciousness, sensory perception, thought and language, and several neurological disorders. Before delving into these topics this course will provide the necessary foundation on basic nervous system anatomy and functioning.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121

PSYC 450 | Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
Focusing on personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, this course deals extensively with DSM-IV categories of abnormal psychology.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121, 250 and Junior Standing

PSYC 495 | Seminar in Psychology (3 credit hours)
Students conduct individual research and engage in cooperative learning via group discussion in which each student is expected to demonstrate, both verbally and in writing, mastery of major psychological concepts, concerns and perspectives, and their application in society. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for psychology students and should be taken in the last year of study.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: For Seniors Only

ADDITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
Select eight (8) courses from the following choices

BUS 373 | Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.
Components: Lecture

BUS 380 | Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)
Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts associated with human resource management and learn how to plan and implement strategies for efficient management of a firm’s most critical resources-employees. Recruiting, selecting, evaluating, developing, and compensating employees is emphasized, while legal issues, managing in a union environment and contemporary issues in human resources management will also be covered.
Components: Lecture

BUS 381 | Employee Training and Development (3 credit hours)
This course assists students in the study of corporate training. Topics include: needs assessment, relevant education theories and program design, transfer of training, traditional training methods, use of new technologies in training, and follow-up and evaluation of costs and benefits of training.
Components: Lecture

BUS 493 | Team Design and Performance (3 credit hours)
This course examines the design and performance of work and decisional teams including team composition, authority, communication, roles, support, and leadership. This course will prepare the student to be a successful team member and leader by exploring team evolution, self-management, and conflict resolution. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors in any degree program.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 110 | Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to general criminal justice concepts and knowledge about the relationships of crime and criminal behavior. The purpose, role, and interrelationships of the police, other law enforcement officials, the courts and judiciary, corrections, and parole systems are discussed.
Components: Lecture

CJUS 360 | Criminology (3 credit hours)
This course examines the nature and causes of crime as a social phenomenon.
Components: Lecture
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: CJUS 11

CJUS 385 | Victimology (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on the theoretical perspectives of victimization, the scope of victimization in the United States, the justice system’s response, victim’s rights, restorative justice, and research and evaluation findings. Being exposed to and understanding victimization issues enhances students’ knowledge about a comprehensive system of justice rather than a “criminal’s justice system.”
Components: Lecture

CJUS 490 | Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems (3 credit hours)
This course allows students the opportunity to examine and compare the United States criminal justice system with those existing in foreign countries. Exploration and problem identification of key contemporary issues affecting these systems is an integral course element. The criminal justice system(s) under study are contrasted with the courts, policing, corrections and juvenile justice systems within the American system. In addition, innovative human service delivery systems are studied from a critical policy response perspective. Cultural and social factors that have influenced the development and ongoing operation of each system under study receive in depth examination. This course meets the Community, Regional and Global Studies requirement in the General Studies Program.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Community, Regional & Global Studies
Requirement Group: Sophomore Standing

CJUS 491 | International Field Experience (3 credit hours)
This is a specialized international field experience where students are immersed in the criminal justice and human service systems to examine and compare the various aspects of each country’s systems. Cultural and social factors that have influenced the development of each system under study will be examined. Students will attend daily scheduled presentations, tours, social and cultural events and celebrations, visit historical sites, volunteer to help local agencies, and participate in other educational opportunities that become available for students while in-country.
Components: Lecture

CMIS 300 | Information Systems Management (3 credit hours)
This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

CMIS 410 |Web Page Development and Programming (3 credit hours)
This course facilitates the development of skills in designing complex web sites. Current issues and design trends are considered as well as the fundamentals of web servers and browsers, and HTML and XHTML. Client side and server side programming and database connectivity over a web-based connection are explored. Web security and evaluation procedures for websites are covered.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

CMIS 420 | Database Development and Programming (3 credit hours)
This course is a study of the methods used to store and access data. Database models are developed using various software platforms including the usage of Microsoft Access as a RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool. Other topics include a data security, normalization, and database design for Internet interaction.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Technology & Its Application

COUN 300 | Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the profession of chemical dependency/addictions counseling with an emphasis on professional ethics and issues in alcohol and drug counseling. Students study the NAADAC ethical guidelines as well as histories and philosophies of ethical code development in related fields such as medicine, psychology, and social work. Students will also investigate how many ethical issues are practically resolved through interviews with professionals in the field of addiction. Various populations-at-risk are studied, and specific professional and ethical issues relating to these populations will be explored.
Components: Lecture

COUN 310 | Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
This course will study the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of counseling are presented as they apply to education, psychology, and social work practices. Practical experience in the use of numerous counseling techniques will also be provided and practiced in role play format.
Components: Lecture

COUN 320 | Assessment, Evaluation, and Casework Management (3 credit hours)
This course applies the theory and practice of current techniques utilized in alcohol and drug abuse casework. Special emphasis is placed on disorders relating to substance abuse/dependency diagnosis, treatment, and/or referral, including practice assessing and managing a sample case. Students will develop drug/alcohol assessment summaries, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge plans. They will also write clinical case reviews of sample cases.
Components: Lecture

COUN 330 | Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on counseling issues that impact the socio-cultural, economic and educational factors in minority populations. Students learn traditional, as well as adapted, counseling techniques aimed specifically towards helping Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and other identified populations. Students practice intervention strategies in class sessions using identified issues.
Components: Lecture

COUN 390 | Group Work (3 credit hours)
Group Work focuses on the theories and dynamics of group counseling. A primary goal of the course is the development of specific skills that can enhance group leadership. Understanding the group process and group development, how to set up groups and choosing group members, and the different types of groups are covered. Students facilitate an experiential group process to practice the techniques presented.
Components: Lecture

COUN 410 | Addictions (3 credit hours)
This course surveys the physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of a variety of populations that are at-risk for addictions, compulsions, and dependence, particularly focusing on alcohol and drugs. The etiological, behavioral, cultural, and demographic conditions and belief systems of various addictions are explored.
Components: Lecture

COUN 420 | Medical and Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the medical and treatment trends and issues associated with alcohol/drug disorders, physical and mental disorders, generational use/abuse/dependence on alcohol and/or drugs, drug treatment theories, practices and programs, and unique or special populations.
Components: Lecture

COUN 430 | Field Work Practicum (1 credit hours)
This course provides an opportunity for supervised training in social work that includes a formal and systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge. This experience is at a site approved by the College.
Components: Directed Study

EDUC 365 | Child Abuse and Neglect Detection (3 credit hours)
The content of this course will cover a broad range of topics dealing with child abuse and neglect issues as related to the public schools, the juvenile justice system, and the community at large. The course will emphasize the relationship between child abuse and juvenile delinquency. A further emphasis will be placed on equipping the student to obtain competent detection and reporting skills, skills dealing with the treatment of victims, and the prevention of abuse and neglect.
Components: Lecture

EDUC 533 | Classroom Management and Leadership (3 credit hours)
This course encompasses the role of management and leadership in the classroom as a system that is inter-linked with the individual, class, school, community, state, etc. Research on key aspects of management and/or leadership styles will be analyzed.
Prerequisite: Graduate Status

EDUC 570 | Attachment and the Defiant School Child (3 credit hours)

HP 301 | Analysis of Evil I (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview and understanding of evil. This course includes an exploration of the definition and descriptions of evil as portrayed by religion, pop culture, selected American literature (short story and novel) and cultural anthropology. Additional focus will be given to the lives of serial murderers and law enforcement response to the acts of such people. Additional focus will be given to the topic of both victim and offender profiling.
Components: Lecture

HP 302 | Analysis of Evil II (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview and understanding of ritualistic crime and deviant cult activities, particularly as it applies to small folk groups, isolated societies, small towns and rural environments. The course includes an exploration of the definition of evil as portrayed by religion, an understanding of various psychological, philosophical, sociological, and behavioral theories of evil, insights into the dynamics of groups that exhibit extreme violence or self-destructive behaviors and the people that lead them. Particular focus will be given to individual and group deviance, psychological dynamics of charismatic cult leaders and their followers, and church, community, civic agency/law enforcement responses to the acts of such people.
Components: Lecture

PSYC 300 | Contemporary Issues in Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course acquaints students with contemporary issues in psychology
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121

PSYC 380 | Adolescent Psychology (3 credit hours)
This course examines the cognitive and psycho-social aspects of adolescence. It examines age appropriate developmental events, barriers to progress, and development facilitation.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121

PSYC 420 | Social Influence, Compliance and Obedience (3 credit hours)
This is an in-depth examination of selected topics in social influence, the processes, through which a person or group changes or attempts to change the opinions, attitudes, or behaviors of another person or group. Topics will include compliance, conformity, obedience, cultural and gender differences in influence, and motivations and mechanisms of resistances to influence. Students will be introduced to current and classic theory within the social influence domain; including persuasion, compliance gaining, interpersonal influence and social influence through mass mediated contexts. Over the semester students will be exposed to thirty classic works in the disciplines of psychology, communication, business management, sociology, and cultural anthropology relating to the course title.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Requirement Group: Prerequisite: PSYC 121 and PSYC 305

PSYC 441 | Psychology Internship (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. Contact the Center for Engaged Learning for specific details.
Components:
Coop Ed Internship
Prerequisites required:
45 completed hours and good academic standing

PSYC 442 | Psychology Internship (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals. Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit. A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester. The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Internship Supervisor. Contact the Center for Engaged Learning for specific details.
Components:
Coop Ed Internship
Prerequisites required:
PSYC 441 and 45 completed hours and good academic standing

SOC 255 | Diversity Issues in the United States (3 credit hours)
This course provides a comprehensive review of majority-minority relations in the United States and begins with an introduction of the sociological framework of the study of minorities, culture, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup relations. Subsequent weeks will be spent learning specifically about the experiences of a wide variety of minority groups, each starting with a socio-historical perspective and ending with a sociological analysis of their contemporary situation.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

SOC 300 | Contemporary Social Problems (3 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the causes, treatment, and prevention of selected social problems with particular emphasis on the problems of conflict and inequality. This course satisfies the Community, Regional and Global Studies requirement in the General Studies Program.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science
Community, Regional & Global Studies

SOC 340 | The Family (3 credit hours)
This course provides an examination of the role of the family in contemporary society with an emphasis on the factors influencing the family structure, functions, and roles, and their implications for both the community and individuals at varying stages of the family life cycle.
Components: Lecture
Attributes: Methods of Inquiry & Explanatory Schema – Social Science

SPED 500 | Inclusionary Practices for Special Education (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an overview of the handicapping conditions served under the legislation of IDEA. A review of the law and the eligibility requirements for each identified handicapping condition will be examined. The purpose of the course will be to train general and special educators in practices conducive to creating inclusionary environments in which to teach both regular education and special education students. Best practices regarding the development of an inclusionary program will be presented. Methods of alternative instruction designed to meet individual needs within large group settings at the K-12 level will be discussed. Practice in collaborative techniques will be provided.
Prerequisite: Graduate Status

SPED 540 | Behavior Management (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on basic principles of behavior modification as well as survey practical applications of this approach. Course content will include theoretical implications, behavioral and functional analysis, targeting behaviors, collecting information, interventions, positive behavioral support, and monitoring for change.
Prerequisite: Graduate Status