Forensic Psychology (3)
This course is an overview of the role of the psychologist interfacing with the legal and correctional systems. A range of offenders is investigated and how to perform a forensic psychological assessment is presented. The role of the sychologist as an expert witness on cases of violent crimes, not guilty by reason of insanity and competency to stand trial is discussed. The role of the psychologist evaluating police officers and correctional workers experiencing stress due to their occupations is also examined.
Prerequisites: PS 101, 330 (or concurrent enrollment in PS 330)
Theories of Personality (3)
A study of personality development, assessment, and functioning; critical evaluation of the major contemporary theories of personality. Prerequisite: PS 101.
Sensation & Perception (3)
This course investigates how humans detect information in the environment and analyze the signals for the purpose of understanding them. Topics include psychophysics, the study of the various sense modalities, and an emphasis on the interpretation and analysis of sensory information. Prerequisites: PS 101, 322; MAT 212.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)
This course is the study of the application of psychological principles and theories to the workplace. This course addresses topics such as employee selection and placement, psychological testing, performance appraisal, training and development, leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, work conditions, organizational development, and health in the workplace. Prerequisites: PS101; MAT 212.
Personality Disorders and Criminal Behavior (3)
This course will examine the specific diagnostic category of Personality Disorders and how this diagnosis relates to criminal activity. Special emphasis will be placed upon the Antisocial Personality Disorder, its etiology and behavior. The course will also focus on other Axis II factors including the Narcissistic Sociopath and how psychosis can be related to violent crime. The course will review Adolescent Conduct Disorders to the Adult Sociopath, including “white collar” crimes associated with this diagnosis.
Prerequisites: PS 101, 330 (or concurrent enrollment in PS 330).
Cognitive Therapy (3)
A study of the procedures, terminology, and goals of cognitive behavior modification and the application of psychological principles in assisting children and adults with behavioral changes. Prerequisite: PS 101.
Psychological Profiling of Violent Offenders (3)
This course will examine clinical and empirical characteristics of violent offenders. The description of these characteristics will be utilized to demonstrate how forensic psychologists aid the legal system in apprehending, sentencing, and providing rehabilitation for such individuals. Domestic Violence offenders, professional killers, impulse killers and serial killers will be examined. The evelopment of a behavioral profile for well-known offenders will be reviewed to illustrate how special crimes units operate with special reference to the Behavioral Crimes Unit of the FBI and its use of mental health professionals.
Prerequisites: PS 101, 330 (or concurrent enrollment in PS 330).
Human Memory & Cognition (3)
A co-requisite of PS 380L Human Memory & Cognition Laboratory, this course investigates how humans process information from a sensory signal to higher-level thought processes. Specific topics include attention, perception, memory, language, comprehension, neurocognition, decision-making, and problem-solving. Emphasis is on data interpretation and theoretical developments. Prerequisites: PS 101; MAT 212; PS 322; concurrent enrollment in PS 380L.
Human Memory & Cognition Laboratory (1)
A co-requisite of PS 380 Human Memory & Cognition, the laboratory class enables the student to collect and analyze data on various topics in cognition and memory and to learn to write scientific research reports. Prerequisites: PS 101, 322; MAT 212; concurrent enrollment in PS 380.
Counseling Theories (3)
An examination of basic principles and selected current approaches to counseling; the psychophilosophical bases of the theories and their application to human relations in the counseling situation. Prerequisites: at least 9 hours of Psychology course work including PS 101.
Social Psychology (3)
An analysis of the influence of social groups on individual behavior, with special attention to recent research regarding public opinion, propaganda, intergroup relations, leadership, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PS 101.
Research Methods III (3)
Students are responsible for the construction and execution of a novel research study. Students may collaborate in small groups in the definition, development, execution, analysis, and presentation of the project. Students determine the area of investigation with the instructor's approval. Computer software is available to facilitate the construction of the research methodology should the investigator(s) choose to use it. Prerequisite: PS 324.
Physiological Psychology (3)
An understanding of the cellular and neural bases of behavior and the structure and function of the nervous system. Prerequisites: at least 9 hours of Psychology course work including PS 101.
Senior Clinical Research (3)
This Seminar addresses the research interests of students aspiring to a graduate career in clinical psychology. The course involves the application of basic research skills that focuses upon (1) the research design and implementation of original research in a bona fide clinical area; (2) an exhaustive review of the literature in a specified clinic topic supervised by the instructor. The course is designed to focus students' research and clinical interests and involves the production of a major research paper to be presented to the class and invited guests. Prerequisites: PS 101, MAT 212, PS 322
PS 461, 462
Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Directed study and research on a selected topic. Approval of department chair required.
Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (3)
An introduction to the basic concepts of neuropsychology.The basic brain-behavior systems underlying attention/concentration, language, memory, vision and audition. Basic assessment protocols that assist the professional in dealing with individuals suffering from chair injuries, vascular disease, accidents, and dementias. Rehabilitation planning is reviewed in the context of a multidisciplinary team approach. Prerequisites: PS 101, 335 or 430; MAT 212; junior status or above.
Capstone Course in Psychology (3)
This course culminates the psychology major's study by reviewing all major areas in the academic discipline. The course is both a review of undergraduate studies and a preparation for graduate studies in psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology major with senior status.
PS 199, 299, 399, 499
External Learning Assessment (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning that has occurred outside of the traditional classroom. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. "PL" is listed before all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.