Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY121 Developmental Psychology

3 credits – This course presents a life span, developmental approach to the study of the developing person that identifies the behavioral dynamics of the physical, cognitive, social, and affective domains of development with a view to the impact of family, school, and community.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY241 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits – This course is a survey of the major classifications of psychological disorders. Emphasis will be on theoretical perspectives, descriptions of disorders, and therapeutic approaches.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

PSY251 Social Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of the interrelationship between the individual and social behavior with emphasis in the areas of social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group behavior, prejudice and discrimination, and interpersonal relationships. Basic psychological and sociological perspectives and research findings will be reviewed to better understand individual and social behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PSY111 Introduction to Psychology; SOC110 Introduction to Sociology, or instructor consent.

PSY261 Human Sexuality

3 credits – This course explores the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and historical forces that influence human relationships and sexuality. Research and theory are utilized to examine the diversity of human sexual expression.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY262 Psychology of Gender

3 credits – This course explores the meaning of gender. Research and theory in the areas of gender development, gender similarities and differences, and the nature and effects of gender roles and stereotypes is emphasized.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

 

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