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Political Science

  
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    POL 303 Grassroots Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII PGR
    This course explores various manifestations of grassroots politics, especially social movements on behalf of such causes as civil rights, women’s rights, economic rights, and protection of animals and the environment. The course examines the role of different strategies, including demonstrations, boycotts, ballot measures, lobbying, litigation, and community organizing, in spurring political, economic and social change. Particular attention is given to the impact of grassroots activism on American democracy and political institutions. Three seminar hours per week.
  
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    POL 304 Environmental Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course introduces students to a broad set of themes in environmental politics and political ecology. Issues include: epochal transformations in human-environment relations; various approaches to contemporary environmental conditions and their political ramifications; sustainability; the impacts of environmental movements, and the character of environmental institutions, policies, and politics on the local, state, national, and global scales. Three lecture hours per week. Offered in alternate years.
  
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    POL 305 Theories of Political Power

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    In this course students explore the many faces of political power and political socialization. Through the study of classical and contemporary theories, students will examine various forms of political and social coercion, and they will explore how individuals are inducted into a political system. Students will investigate the exercise of political power, analyze individual and group socialization, and determine whether or not these processes undermine democratic principles and practices. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 306 Political Communication

    3 Credit(s) DIII OC
    This course examines attitude change, public opinion, propaganda, mass media, and other aspects of communication as they influence the political world. Additionally, utilizing a hand-on approach, students will generate various forms of political communication covering both individual and governmental spheres. Three seminar hours per week.
  
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    POL 309 Introduction to Feminist Theory

    3 Credit(s) W
    This course will identify and explain core issues and writings in Feminist political theory. The goal is threefold. First, it will introduce students to a theoretical framework with which to analyze the power relationships and political structures of society. Second, it will familiarize students with the body of literature that forms the core of this framework. Third, students will be encouraged to think about politics and political life from the perspective of these works. This course differs from Women in Politics in that it focuses on theory and normative issues rather than on current politics.
  
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    POL 310 The United States Congress

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    Described alternately as a mere tool for special interests or as the most democratic branch of the United States government, Congress remains a perplexing institution. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the legislative branch, its internal modes of operation, and its relation to the executive and judicial branches. Simulations, role-play and other methods may be used to explore the legislative process. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 311 Modern American Conservatism

    3 Credit(s) PGR W-II
    This course analyzes the theoretical, ideological and organizational development and influence of post-World War II American conservatism (including the New Right). Emphasis will be on its main trends, differing interpretations of its role in American politics, contradictions within the movement, implications of its policies and its future, covering such topics as separation of church and state, the role of the market, states’ rights, class, race and gender and foreign policy. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Any W-I course.
  
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    POL 312 American State and Local Government

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    The study of the structure and operation of State and Local Government and their relationship to the federal government. Analysis of Federalism as the dynamic concept propelling Federal-State-Local relations (intergovernmentalism) with special emphasis on the key policy problems of subnational governments. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 313 American Political Parties

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course examines the development and contemporary structure of political parties. Topics may include the different periods of party organization, the changing relationship between parties and the citizenry. the influence that parties have on today’s political struggles, and the impact that major and third parties have on the political process. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 314 The American Presidency

    3 Credit(s) DIII HP W-II
    This course examines the Executive Branch. Special attention is given to the vast increase in executive authority in the past century as well as the limitations placed on the president by the Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court, political parties, and the American citizenry. The course will also explore the development of the executive’s military, administrative and agenda setting powers, examine the influence of the president’s leadership style, and evaluate the performance of the present Chief Executive. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: W-I course.
  
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    POL 315 Public Administration

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    An examination of the nature of bureaucracy and the administration process. Emphasis will be placed on the policy-making role of bureaucracy. Also included will be the theory, organization, and function of the bureaucracy and the nature of the budgetary process. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 316 The American Judicial System

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Using cases and secondary sources, students will explore the judiciary’s organizational structure, state and federal courts’ jurisdiction as well as civil and constitutional decisions. Students will also consider judges’ commitments to both the written Constitution and the political environment, and students will examine the legal system’s democratic and anti-majoritarian aspects. This course will help prepare students for a career in the legal profession, and it will be valuable to those interested in the powers and limits of the U.S. judicial system. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 318 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of civil liberties and civil rights, with emphasis on judicial decisions rendered since the 1960’s. Topics include freedom of expression and religion, the rights of the accused, the right to privacy, and equal protection. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 319 Public Policy Analysis

    3 Credit(s) DIII W-II
    This course focuses on theories, analytical approaches and current techniques for analysis of public policy contests and content. The course is designed to help student develop the skills required to analyze policy problems, identify decision-making criteria for policy analysis, and evaluate alternative policy solutions. Students develop research and writing skills through preparation of case studies and policy memos on policy topics of interest to them. It is recommended that students take POL 201  or POL 219  before enrolling in this course. Three seminar hours per week.
  
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    POL 327 Race and American Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII V HP
    Through a primary focus on the struggles for and against civil rights, this course provides a historical, ideological, and institutional examination of race within the context of American political development. In our readings and discussions we will consider: (1) the various ways race has been conceptualized; (2) the connections between those who hold these ideological frameworks and their corresponding legislative agendas; and (3) the institutional channels (both governmental and nongovernmental) that facilitate and limit these political actors’ attempts to advance or hinder civil rights. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 328 Immigration and U.S. Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII V HP
    This course examines the politics surrounding migration into the United States. Students will explore general reasons why individuals immigrate and how governments regulate migration. Students will also investigate how the flow of immigrants into the United States is shaped by notions of gender, race and ethnicity, employers’ need for workers and the specific demands of the U.S. political system. Student will explore contemporary U.S. immigration debates and recent immigration legislation. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 331 Issues in American Politics and Policy

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Through in-depth analysis of contemporary issues in American politics and policy, this course will explore important concepts and concerns in Political Science such as democratic participation, federalism, political power, and the relationship between science and politics. The topics of the course will vary by semester and instructor. Three lecture hours per week. 
  
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    POL 333 Gender, Law and Policy

    3 Credit(s) DIII W-II
    This course explores how gender shapes American law and policy.  Through the review of court decisions, laws, and legislation on issues such as employment discrimination, same sex marriage, welfare, and access to birth control and abortion, the course examines the ways in which perceptions of gender influence the formulation, adoption, and implementation of public policy.  This writing intensive course also looks at the interests and organizations involved in these policy contests and legal disputes.  Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Completion of W-I course.
  
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    POL 340 American Foreign Policy

    3 Credit(s) HP
    This course is an introduction to American foreign policy and policymaking, and examines where American foreign policy comes from (i.e. its historical, cultural, ideological and political sources), its evolution, major turning points and shifting presidential foreign policy doctrines since the founding of the United States, the key players in America foreign policymaking and the foreign policymaking process, and the instruments available for implementing foreign policy decisions. In depth discussion and analysis of select cases in modern American foreign policy will also be undertaken. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 352 Issues in International Relations

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course applies the fundamental concepts and analytical frameworks introduced to students in POL 251  to a series of current issues in international relations. These current issues will represent the range of imajor issues-areas in IR– international governance, international security, international political economy,  and global social welfare, and each of these issues will be analyzed in detail in a discussion-oriented setting. As such, extensive student interaction and participation will be expected in the course. Three lecture hours per week.   is recommended but not required as a prerequisite
  
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    POL 354 International Cooperation and Governance

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    Introduction to the key components of international cooperation and governance in the 21st century: international law, international regimes, and international organizations. Emphasis will be placed on international organizations, including their historical evolution, structure, roles and functions, decisionmaking processes, and the rise to prominence of international nongovernmental organizations. The United Nations and other select institutions of international governance will be analyzed as case-studies. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for POL322.
  
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    POL 355 The Sixties and Its Contemporary Legacies

    3 Credit(s) DIII V W PGR
    This course will discuss the politics of “The Sixties”.  Using the concept of the “long sixties” covering the fifties through the seventies, this course provides a fuller understanding of the origins of and consequences of this period.  As such it will analyze both key political issues and different political trends within “The Sixties” in order to challenge students to think about the contemporary influences and legacies of the political, economic, social and cultural movements and events of the sixties. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 356 International Security and Conflict Resolution

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course introduces students to the theories, concepts and issues pertaining to international security, conflict and conflict resolution. The course includes the study of new and nontraditional security concerns and problems of the early 21st century even while maintaining a focus on interstate security issues such as: interstate rivalries and wars; intrastate wars that spill across state borders; interstate competition over critical natural resources; large-scale population displacements; pandemic diseases; trade disputes and economic conflicts; ideological conflicts; cultural conflicts; etc. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 359 Terrorism and Political Violence

    3 Credit(s) CS W-II
    This course will study the human, social and organizational causes of terrorism and political violence, the motives and methods of the individuals, organizations and states undertaking such action and the effects of political violence on the institutions of democratic societies. It will also analyze the growth and implications of terrorism and political violence and possible tools to prevent or counter terrorism and will further develop student writing skills. Three lecure hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for POL382. Prerequisite: Any W-I course.
  
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    POL 360 International Relations and the Global Economy

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    An introduction to the changing nature of the globalized world economy through the analytical frameworks and concepts of international political economy (IPE). Covering such topics as the global monetary, financial and trade systems, politico-economic cooperation and competition among states, sustainable development, foreign aid and investment, debt, population growth, and environmental and energy concerns, this course will acquaint students with a range of arguments and perspectives about the structure, functioning, and problems of the contemporary global economy thereby empowering students to make independent judgments about them. Students will also gain an appreciation for the extent in which IPE issues directly affect their daily lives. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 362 Globalization and Geopolitics in the 21st Century

    3 Credit(s) DIII W HP
    For centuries international relations have been dominated by geopolitics, where states engaged in ruthless “I-win-you-lose” competition against other states based on geography, history, national power, and national interests. In the early 1990s an alternative paradigm - globalization - emerged. In an increasingly borderless and integrated world with new forms of transnational networks and where geography and the baggage of history did not matter much, countries and people could work cooperatively to advance common interests that would benefit them all. But is globalization all that it is said to be? Can some form of globalization truly replace geopolitics? This course seeks answers to these and other related critical questions about the future of international relations. Three seminar hours per week.
  
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    POL 370 Politics of Nationalism

    3 Credit(s) DIII W
    This course explores the role of nationalism and ethnic identity in politics. It examines how Americans and others define the political arena, the nation, and the state and the impact of these different definitions. The course will also examine case studies, primarily in Western Europe, where differences in ethnic identity impact national politics. Readings focus on the theoretical aspects of nationalism as well as case studies. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 371 Women in Politics

    3 Credit(s) CS
    Women in Politics introduces students to the political, economic and social challenges met by women worldwide and examines how these challenges can be confronted through political action. The course relies on a comparative framework to examine women’s conditions and political participation in various countries and regions throughout the world. It is designed to help students think critically about gender issues, power relations, and the multiple ways in which patriarchy manifests itself. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 372 European Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII W
    This course is an exploration of the contemporary politics and governments of Europe. Emphasis is placed on institutional choices and differing party systems. Present trends or issues in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Russia as well as in selected other countries will be covered. Students will be introduced to the European Union and its effects on the domestic policies of member and non-member countries. Selected security issues and instruments will also be examined. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for POL330.
  
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    POL 374 Politics of India and South Asia

    3 Credit(s) DIII V WC
    This course introduces students to the contemporary politics of South Asian countries with a particular focus on India. Topics covered go beyond governmental institutions and policy issues, including for example identity (such as ethnicity, castes, religion, and political culture), the challenges of underdevelopment, and security concerns. Case studies serve to illustrate central Political Science concepts such as state capacity, nationalism, democratization or religious fundamentalism. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 375 Politics of the Middle East

    3 Credit(s) DIII V WC
    This course critically examines the politics of the greater Middle East, a region of the world comprising the traditional Middle East plus Arab North Africa, and Turkic Central Asia. A wide array of topics are covered in the course including a broad survey of the ways in which the tumultuous history of this region and its diverse and complex cultures influence and shape region-wide and local politics. Particular attention is given to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and to the United States’ involvement in the region. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 377 Chinese Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII V W WC
    This course will analyze modern Chinese government and politics by providing contrasting views of significant political issues and institutions in modern China. Emphasis will be on assisting students to develop ways to understand and bridge the political and cultural differences between American and Chinese approaches to politics and international relations. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for POL353.
  
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    POL 378 The VIetnam War and Its Contemporary Legacies

    3 Credit(s) HP
    This course examines the origins and evolution of the VIetnam War (or the American War to the VIetnamese) and its contemporary legacies in both countries. Topics include (from both perspectives) cultural and historical differences which contributed to the outbreak of the war, decision-making processes; execution of the war; popular reactions to the war; post-war veterans’ experiences; retrospective perceptions of the war as well as the war’s lasting impact on the political-economic structure of each country and the international system. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 379 Politics of the Developing Countries

    3 Credit(s) DIII V W
      This course introduces students to the political, economic, and social challenges faced by developing countries. Case studies and simulations are used to examine difficult, often controversial issues in the field of international development, including foreign aid, democracy assistance and democratization, state capacity and state failure, and corruption. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for POL350.
  
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    POL 380 Latin American Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII V W WC
    This course will analyze the contemporary politics, governments, political institutions and political cultures of various Latin American countries. Emphasis will be on critical comparative thinking, overcoming simplistic and/or stereotypical notions and understanding these countries’ prospective futures as well as assisting students to develop ways to understand and bridge the political and cultural differences between American and various Latin America approaches to politics. Various Latin American countries will be the focus from semester to semester. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for POL343.
  
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    POL 383 African Politics

    3 Credit(s) DIII WC
    This course introduces students to the contemporary politics of sub-Saharan Africa. It focuses on the challenges that are common to most of its states (such as post-colonialism, neo-patrimonialism, and ethnic diversity) but also on variations in performances, especially in terms of state buildings, democratization, and development. Selected case studies serve to illustrate the diversity of this area of the world and the complexity of the issues examined. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 384 Democracy and Dictatorship

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course introduces students to major theories about democracy and democratization as well as to the study of regime transition by using selected case studies. Special emphasis is placed on key concepts such as waves of democratization, democratic consolidation and illiberal democracy. The course is designed to stimulate discussion and debates. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 385 Politics in Fiction and Film

    3 Credit(s) DIII W
    Students will use the methodologies of Political Science to understand and evaluate the political assumptions and implications, implicit and explicit, and potential for learning from varied works of fiction and film.  Students will analyze the structure and validity of arguments, including their internal logic as well as the veracity of the supplied facts and their linkages to reality.  Works and topics will vary.  The seminar format will emphasize critical analysis of assigned readings.  Written assignments will serve as the primary evaluation method for this course.  Utilizing a draft/revision process, students will demonstrate critical thinking skills relevant to the course materials.  Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    POL 400 Capstone Seminar in Political Science

    3 Credit(s) W-III
    The Capstone Seminar provides advanced students with an opportunity to reflect upon the field of Political Science and discover ways of integrating what has been learned in previous courses. Course topics, which vary each semester, may include: government and society, Inequality, transitions to democracy, political corruption, and resolving global conflict. The seminar format will emphasize critical analysis of assigned readings, class presentations and discipline-specific writing, including a research paper. Three seminar hours per week. Limited to Junior and Senior Political Science majors. Prerequisites: POL 300R , and W-II course.
  
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    POL 412 Model United Nations

    3 Credit(s)
    Examination of strengths and weaknesses of the U.N. and of how to make it work through the process of negotiation, caucus, compromise, and consensus. Students will participate in the annual four-day Harvard National Model U.N. with other students from all over the world.Three seminar hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for POL512.
  
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    POL 413 Mentorship for Model United Nations Seminar

    3 Credit(s)
    This course allows students to participate for a second year in the Harvard National Model United Nations by taking the role of mentor to students enrolled in POL 412 . Students in the course will be partnered with a student in POL 412  and will work to enhance the learning experience of the team as a whole. A lab fee may be imposed. Please see Instructor for estimate. This course may not be used as a major or minor elective in Political Science. Prerequisites: POL 412  and permission of department chairperson.
  
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    POL 415 U.S. Study-Travel Seminar in Political Science

    3 Credit(s)


    In this course students will travel within the United States to learn about politics and culture. Students will visit political institutions, meet governmental and nongovernmental officials, and/or embark on tours of relevant sites. Additionally, students will research the location and discuss it in the classroom before they leave on the trip. During and after their return, students will reflect on their travels and relate them to the course themes. Information about the cost of the trip will be made available before the course registration period begins. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department chairperson. Three seminar hours per week.

     

  
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    POL 500 Directed Study in Political Science

    3 Credit(s)
    Study in depth of some aspect of Political Science under the direction of a member of the department. A research paper is required. The student must first present a proposal at a departmental meeting. A total of six hours may be taken only in exceptional cases and with the approval of the department. See POL 520  for combined total of Directed Study and Internship credits.This course is highly recommended for students expecting to go on to graduate school. Prerequisites: POL300R  and junior or senior Political Science majors; or, permission of the department chairperson.
  
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    POL 520 Internship in Politics

    3 Credit(s)
    This internship provides extensive and valuable political involvement: field experience in a political situation, work with various political institutions and/or participation in internship conferences. Interns must be ready to defend papers on their work at Departmental meetings if so requested and to participate in discussion panels. A total of 6-9 credits may be taken rarely and only with the permission of the Department Chairperson. Under no circumstances may a combined total of POL 500 Directed Study and POL 520 Internship exceed 12 hours. 

Psychology

  
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    PSY 101 General Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course introduces the student to the scientific study of the mind and behavior and to applications of psychological theory and research to everyday life. Topics covered include abnormal psychology, biological psychology, cognition, development, learning, personality, and social psychology. Students explore the nature of evidence in psychology, assess the value of theory in understanding contemporary social issues, and engage in systematic investigations of human behavior and mental processes. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for PSY103.
  
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    PSY 170H Honors: Foundations of Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course surveys core areas of psychology and the insights they offer into how and why human beings behave as they do. In a seminar setting, with fieldwork and library related activities, students will explore the major perspectives in psychology, examine the work of noted psychologists explore the nature of evidence in psychological science, and assess the value of psychology in understanding contemporary social issues. Students completing PSY 101  or PSY103 cannot take this course for credit. Limited to Honors Program students, upon approval of the Instructor and Honors Coordinator. First consideration given to Freshmen Honors Program Psychology majors. Substitutes for PSY 101  in all curricula.
  
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    PSY 203S Research Methods and Statistics I

    4 Credit(s) Q
    This is the first of a two-course sequence (with PSY 204R  ) integrating statistics and research methods in psychology. The course covers basic research design principles and descriptive statistics, and introduces the normal curve and the sampling distributions underlying inferential statistics. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
    Prerequisites: Psychology major and minor status, PSY 101 , and satisfactory of the math competency requirement.
  
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    PSY 204R Research Methods and Statistics II

    4 Credit(s) Q
    This is the second of a two-course sequence (withPSY 203S ) integrating statistics and research methods in psychology. The course covers more complex research designs and inferential statistical methods, including one-and two-way analysis of variance and selected non-parametric techniques. Students will design and conduct an independent research project. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week.
    Prerequisite:  Psychology major or minor status and PSY 203S  (or a grade of B- or better in CRJ 401  or NUR 409 ).
  
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    PSY 210 Introduction to Learning

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course presents an overview of research in animal and human learning including topics in reflexive behavior, and classical and operant conditioning.  Emphasis will be placed on behaviorism as a philosophy of science, reasoning about cause and effect, measurement and evaluation of behavior, evolutionary mechanisms, ethics  and the application of learning (to both animal and human populations).  Three lecture hours per week.  
    Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Introduction to the study of perception, memory, thought, language, attention, and reasoning. Connections with other cognitive sciences, including linguistics, neuroscience, computer science, and philosophy of mind, will be explored. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 212 Introduction to Biological Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course introduces basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and the methods of biological psychology, and explores the biological bases of psychological development, behavior, and behavior disorders. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 215 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course describes the various forms of abnormal behavior. It covers the etiology, development and treatment of the major psychological disorders. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY302. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 216 Introduction to Social Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course is an introduction to theory and research in social psychology, the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and behavior are affected by others. Topics include perception of the self and others, attitudes and persuasion, conformity, compliance and obedience, altruism, aggression, social influence and group decision-making. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY250. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 217 Introduction to Personality Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Personality psychology is the scientific study of the whole person and of individual differences. The course will survey major theories of personality. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY303. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 218 Childhood and Adolescence

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course stresses the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors which affect the human organism from birth through adolescence. Various theoretical points of view, e.g. Freud, Piaget, Erikson, are presented. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY206, PSY 251  or PSY 252 . Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 251 Child Growth

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course is designed to provide students with an integrated exposure to child development. A broad theoretical background is combined with principles of application. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY206 or PSY 218 
  
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    PSY 252 Adolescent Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII CS
    This course provides the student with a broad theoretical and practical basis for the understanding of this dynamic period of development. Theoretical models are reviewed within the context of important issues of the adolescent experience. Students explore the nature of evidence in developmental psychology, assess the value of theory in understanding contemporary social issues, and engage in systematic investigations about adolescence. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for PSY206 or PSY 218 
  
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    PSY 300 Health Psychology

    3 Credit(s) PGR
    This course in Health Psychology will examine the application of psychological principles and research in promoting and maintaining health and well-being and in preventing and treating illness. Working within bio-psychosocial and ecological frameworks, this course will explore how dynamic interactions between biological, psychological, social, environmental, economic, health systems, and health policy factors influence health and illness. Students will gain an understanding of how their own behaviors (e.g., diet, exercise, drug use, sexual behavior, exposure to environmental toxins) may affect their personal health outcomes, and impact their communities. Three lecture hours per week.
  
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    PSY 321 Group Dynamics

    3 Credit(s)
    This course will survey group theory, practice and research. Special attention will be given to group dynamics and processes, human relations training, organizational development, problem solving and leadership. The theoretical foundations of group psychotherapy and various methods of group counseling will be explored as they relate to individuals with physical and/or psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 215  and at least three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 322 Adulthood and Old Age

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course follows the development of the human being beyond adolescence into adulthood and old age, examining the impact of biological, psychological, and social factors upon the aging process. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to student who have received credits for PSY207. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 323 Attention and Memory

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines attention and memory from three perspectives: What do we know about attention and memory? What are some possible explanations of these phenomena? What are the practical and theoretical difficulties in studying attention and memory? Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 211  and three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 324 Sensation and Perception

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Sensation and perception are the processes through which humans and other animals extract information from the world. With an emphasis on vision and hearing, this course examines the physiology of sensation and the transformation of sensory impulses into meaningful perceptions. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 211  and three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 200 - 299.
  
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    PSY 325 Theories of Motivation

    3 Credit(s)
    An analysis of the nature, origins, and development of motives. Current research trends are examined for their theoretical implications and historical antecedents. Emphasis is on concepts such as drive, arousal, emotion, and esthetics. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: At least six credits of courses numbered 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course studies selection, training, motivation, morale, supervision, leadership and organizational development in business and industry. Emphasis is given to the psychological techniques used to measure and analyze behavior in industry. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY314. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 327 Cognitive Neuropsychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course explores how the brain carries out the functions of the mind. Through examinations of cognitive function following brain damage and patterns of brain activation during cognitive tasks, this course will explore the functional organization of our abilities to remember, use language, perceive the world, make plans, and experience emotion. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY315 or PSY316. Prerequisites: PSY 211  or PSY 212 , and one year of college biology or 2) PSY 101 , BIO 200  and BIO 201 .
  
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    PSY 328 Applied Behavior Analysis I

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course introduces students to the basic principles of behavior analysis derived from both classical and operant conditioning. Students will learn to use these principles to analyze and interpret examples of both overt and covert human behavior. In doing so, students will examine the relation between verbal and non-verbal behavior as it relates to the concepts of rule-governed behavior, self-control, and self-management.  Prerequisite: At least six credits numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 329 Psychology of Language

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course provides an overview of the major topics, methods, and perspectives within the psychology of language. Included will be linguistic analysis, speech recognition, animal communication and language, language and thought, language acquisition, and language disorders. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 211  and three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 330 Psychology and the Law

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course explores the psychology of human behavior as applied to the law. It will compare psychological perspectives and emphasize the role of psychologists as expert witnesses in resolving legal conflicts. Topics include psychological research related to jury selection and deliberation, eyewitness testimony and identification; the recovered memory debate; assessment of competence, the insane, and involuntary commitment; and psychological aspects of criminal profiling. Prerequisites: PSY 101  and Junior/Senior class standing.
  
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    PSY 331 Clinical Psychology

    3 Credit(s)
    This course provides an overview of the scientific and professional issues in the field of clinical psychology. It will focus on the professional role of the clinical psychologist in mental health settings. Topics include psychological assessment, forms of clinical intervention, research on the psychotherapy process and outcome, and current professional issues. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 215  and at least six credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 332 Evolutionary Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines human and animal behavior and mental phenomena as the products of evolution by natural and sexual selection. Data on human and animal psychology, such as those found in studies of consciousness and cognition will be interpreted in light of principles of evolution, and current work designed to test evolutionary predictions will be considered. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 101 .
  
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    PSY 333 Psychology of Gender

    3 Credit(s) DIII V


    This course will: explore gender as a social construction, examine theory and empirical research on gender, examine gender-related oppression and victimization, and investigate psychology’s evolving understanding of this important social identity. Students will examine psychological literature on differences between women and men; social, biological, and cultural influences on gender; the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people; and the treatment of men and women in classic theories and research. The course will also consider the intersectionality of gender with other important social identities such as race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and social class. Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisite: PSY101  and one of the following: PSY215 , PSY216 , PSY217 , PSY218 , PSY251 , PSY252 , PSY322 , IDS202 , CRJ365 , HST218 , POL309 , POL371 , SOC305 , or SOC306 .

     

  
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    PSY 334 Psychopharmacology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    Psychopharmacology is the study of how drugs affect the brain,  behavior, and cognition. Topics will include basic neurotransmission, drugs of abuse, and drug therapies for psychological disorders. Students will study fundamentals of neural communication, the psychological effects of drugs, and how drug actions can be understood in terms of effects on the brain. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 212  and three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 335 Physiological Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines the self as a product of hereditary and environmental influences on the structure and function of the brain. Topics include brain mechanisms underlying learning and behavior change, how the brain creates a coherent and useful conscious awareness of the world around us, and the brain’s ability to carry our several functions simultaneously. Three lecture hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for PSY305. Prerequisites: PSY 212 , either PSY 210  or PSY 328 , and BIO 124 .
  
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    PSY 336 Cognitive Development

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines how perception, thinking and reasoning, memory, and other mental processes change with development. Several theoretical perspectives will be explored, including Piagetian and New-Piagetian, information processing, psychometric and multiple intelligences. In addition to learning the theoretical perspectives, students will learn how cognition is assessed, how social and cultural context affect that assessment, and some practical applications. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: A course in developmental psychology - (PSY 218 , PSY 251 , PSY 252 , PSY 322 ) and three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 337 Social Development

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    This course examines how personality, self-concept, attitudes, and behavior of the individual develop in interaction with biological, social, and cultural forces. Topics include attachment theory, development of the self, aggression, gender and ethnic identity, and moral development. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: A course in developmental psychology-PSY 218 , PSY 251 , PSY 252 , PSY 322  and at least three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 338 Applied Behavior Analysis II

    3 Credit(s)
    This course is a continuation of PSY328  (ABAI), which covers application, analysis, and synthesis of operant and respondent principles and procedures used for behavioral changes in a variety of applied settings.  Topics include ethical considerations, behavioral systems support, selection of intervention strategies and evaluating outcomes, and the measurement, display, and interpretation of behavioral data.  Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisite: PSY328 .
  
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    PSY 340 Environmental Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII
    The relationship between human behavior and the physical environment, both natural and built. The behavioral effects of such things as spatial design, crowding, noise, privacy, personal space, and climate are examined. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: At least six credits of courses numbered PSY 205 - 299.
  
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    PSY 344 Topics in Social and Cultural Diversity

    3 Credit(s) DIII V W-II
    This course will examine the psychological research and theories on a topic of social and cultural diversity. Cultural and social identities can influence how people perceive and respond to others. These issues will be explored in the context of specific topics that may include the psychology of prejudice and discrimination, the psychology of social class, cross-cultural psychology, or multi-cultural psychology, with specific attention to those groups that have less power and are subject to prejudice and discrimination in society. Students will gain an increased awareness of and appreciation for diverse perspectives, will discuss issues of prejudice and oppression, and will consider the similarities and differences across cultures. The course involves significant writing and revision, and students will use writing as a tool for learning and thinking aout the content of the course. Three lecture hours per week.  Prerequisite: At least one of the following:  , 216 ,  , or 218 , and at least three additional credits of courses numbered PSY 205-299.
  
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    PSY 353 Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W
    This course explores the ideas and issues that have shaped psychology. Particular attention is given to basic and enduring questions behind psychology’s varied and changing theoretical orientations. Psychology’s historical milestones are examined in their intellectual, scientific, and cultural contexts. Students read original sources and engage in significant writing and revision. Not open to students who have received credits for PSY 404 or PSY 444. Prerequisite: 15 credits in Psychology.
  
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    PSY 355 African-American Psychology

    3 Credit(s) DIII V
    This course is an introduction to historical and contemporary sociopsychological perspectives, theories, and research about African Americans and people of African descent in the U.S. Topics include personality self-attributes, racism and discrimination, salience of race among intersecting multiple sociocultural identities, achievement and education/schooling, kinship and family, intimate relationships, career and vocational development, religion, and spirituality, and mental health and collective well-being. Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: PSY 101  or PSY103.
  
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    PSY 430 Research in Social Psychology

    4 Credit(s) W
    This course examines the experimental foundations of social psychology. Various experimental designs and methods used in this area are analyzed. Students are required to conduct their own empirical research in social psychology. Through writing and revision, students will learn to express themselves effectively. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week. Not open to students who have received credit for PSY312. Prerequisites: PSY 204R  and PSY 216 .
  
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    PSY 431 Research in Animal Learning

    4 Credit(s) W W-III


    This advanced research course focuses on the principles of behavior discovered in the animal laboratory. Students will be responsible for shaping the behavior of a rat to illustrate behavioral concepts and principles. Students will read and analyze advanced literature on animal learning and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in animal learning and behavior. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: WII course, PSY203S , PSY210  or PSY328 , and at least six credits in courses numbered PSY300-399.

     

     

     

  
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    PSY 432 Research in Developmental Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    This course presents the many methods used to study development across the lifespan, including observation, interview, questionnaire, and experiment. Through reading and discussing published research, and working on individual research projects, students learn the principles of research design necessary for investigating developmental change. Students will read and analyze advanced literature in developmental psychology and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the field.Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisites: PSY203S , a course in developmental psychology (PSY218 , PSY251 , PSY252 , PSY322 , PSY336 , PSY337 , or PSY544 ), and at least six courses numbered PSY 300 - 399.

     

     

  
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    PSY 518 Professional Development in Psychology

    1.5 Credit(s)
    This course will expose students to professional development issues within psychology. Through readings, assignments, and guest speakers, students will explore topics such as: ethics and values in psychology; informed decision-making about coursework; opportunities at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels; allied professions; how to pursue and fund graduate study; careers in psychology and psychology’s value to other careers; and graduate school culture and expectations. Limited to psychology majors for free elective credit only. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: PSY 101 , PSY major, minimum of 18 credits in Psychology.
  
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    psy 519 Internship Preparation

    1.5 Credit(s)
    The course will guide students through the process of identifying internship sites of interest, preparing internship applications and acceptance documents, securing an appropriate internship placement and fostering the development of the knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to successful internship placement.  Limited to Psychology majors.  This course will be graded Pass/Fail only. One and a half  lecture hours per week. Prerequisites:  PSY 101  , minimum of 18 credits in Psychology, minimum GPA of 3.0 in Psychology.
  
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    PSY 520 Internship in Psychology

    3 Credit(s)
    The internship gives the student an opportunity to apply psychology in community, institutional, and business settings. Through this field experience the student explores career options, gains practical experience and skills, and makes contacts with potential employers. The specific type of internship setting will be determined by the student’s interests and by the availability of placements. Open to Psychology majors with at least a 3.0 GPA in Psychology who have completed 24 credits in Psychology. This course may be repeated for additional credits.
  
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    PSY 521 Applied Behavior Analysis Internship

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    The internship provides an opportunity to apply behavior analysis in community, institutional or business field settings. The student explores career options, gains practical experience and skills, and produces written products that synthesize experiences with readings in the area. The specific setting is determined by the student’s interests and by the availability of placements. Students will read and analyze advanced literature in the topic and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the field. Open to Psychology majors, with at least a 3.0 GPA who have completed 24 credits in Psychology and a WII course. Recommended for the Applied Behavior Analysis concentration. This course may be repeated for additional credits.
    Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in both PSY210  and PSY328 .

     

  
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    PSY 530 Directed Study in Psychology

    1-3 Credit(s)
    This course is an opportunity for the student to do scholarly research or theoretical work under the supervision of a faculty member. Requires a written proposal approved by a faculty member and the Department Chairperson. This course cannot serve as a substitute for any required course in the Psychology curriculum. Open only to Juniors and Seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSY courses.
  
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    PSY 531 Independent Research in Psychology

    1-4 Credit(s)
    This course is an opportunity for the student to conduct a substantial empirical research project on a significant psychological question, under supervision of a faculty member. Requires a written proposal approved by a faculty member and the Department Chairperson. This course cannot serve as a substitute for any required course in the Psychology curriculum. Limited to Juniors and Seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSY courses.
  
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    PSY 540 Seminar: Topics in Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


     This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study in a specific area of psychology in a small-group setting. Students will read and analyze advanced literature in the topic and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the field. The seminar topic will be announced in advance. The topic will be announced in advance. Three hours per week.
    Prerequisites: PSY203S , any PSY course numbered 210-299, and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

     

     

  
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    PSY 541 Seminar in Biological Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


     This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in biological psychology. Students will read and analyze advanced biological literature and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the subfield of biological psychology. The specific topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.  
    Prerequisites: WII course, PSY203S , PSY212 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

  
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    PSY 542 Seminar in Clinical Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in clinical psychology. Students will read and analyze advanced clinical literature and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the subfield of clinical psychology. The specific topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisites: WII, PSY203S , PSY215 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399 or permission of Department Chairperson.

     

  
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    PSY 543 Seminar in Cognitive Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in cognitive psychology. Students will read and analyze advanced cognitive literature and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the subfield of cognitive psychology. The specific topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisites: WII course, PSY203S , PSY211 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

  
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    PSY 544 Seminar in Developmental Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in developmental psychology. Students will read and analyze advanced developmental literature and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in developmental psychology. The topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisites: WII, PSY203S , one of the following: PSY218 , PSY251 , PSY252 , or PSY322 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

  
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    PSY 545 Seminar in Learning Theory

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


    This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in learning theory. Students will read and analyze advanced literature in learning theory and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the learning theory subfield. The specific topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.  
    Prerequisite: WII course, PSY203S  , PSY210 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

     

     

     

  
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    PSY 547 Seminar in Social Psychology

    3 Credit(s) W W-III


     This seminar provides an opportunity for intensive study, in a small-group setting, in social psychology. Students will read and analyze advanced literature in social psychology and will engage in a substantial amount of informal and formal writing. Through revision of written work (based on feedback from peers and instructors), and through discussion of writing processes and conventions used by psychologists (e.g., from the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association), students will learn to express themselves more effectively. Students will also reflect upon the ways that writing can support learning of advanced concepts in the social psychology subfield. The specific topic will be announced in advance. Three lecture hours per week.
    Prerequisite: 
    WII course, PSY203S , PSY216 , and at least six credits of PSY courses numbered 300-399.

     

  
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    PSY 600H Honors in Psychology

    3-6 Credit(s)
    This course is only for Psychology majors who have attained a 3.5 cumulative average in Psychology. It involves a Directed Study under the supervision of one or more members of the Psychology faculty. Prerequisite: Invitation and/or acceptance by the Department Chairperson.
  
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    PSY 601H Honors Independent Research in Psychology

    3-6 Credit(s) W-III
    This course is an opportunity for the student to conduct a substantial empirical research project on a significant psychological question, under supervision of a faculty member. Students will read advanced literature in the chosen topic and engage in significant writing and revision. Requires a written proposal approved by a faculty member and the Department Chairperson. Prerequisites: Psychology major status, minimum 3.5 GPA in Psychology courses, invitation and/or acceptance by the Department Chairperson.

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    ATR 310 Manual Therapy

    4 Credit(s)
    The course examines competencies necessary for effective functioning as an athletic trainer. Topics include cause, prevention, recognition, care and reconditioning of athletic injuries/illnesses. The course focuses on the physiological and pathological nature of injuries. Open only to and required of students in the Athletic Training major. The course meets for four lecture hours per week and is recommended for freshman year. This course is not open to students who have received credit for SFL 349 or ATR 101. Prerequisites: ATR 201  and ATR 202 .
  
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    SMS 100 Introduction to Sport and Movement Science

    1 Credit(s)
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the Sport and Movement Science Major. Through lecture, discussion, and applied learning experiences, students will develop an understanding of the college curriculum, professional disciplines and career opportunities within the Sport and Movement Science Major. Students should begin to formulate personal aims and career goals. One lecture hours per week. Required of SMS majors. Not open to students who have received credit for SFL185.
 

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