Courses

Code Course Credits

PSY 101

General Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles underlying physiological psychology, learning, perception, altered states of consciousness, human development, human memory and emotion, personality, social behavior, intelligence, and the behavior disorders.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite for all other courses in the Department except PSY 261 and PSY 204.
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

3

PSY 110

Psychological Science

Offered: Fall Semester

Early exposure to the research process in a particular sub-field of psychology matching a faculty member's area of expertise and/or interest.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101(May be taken concurrently).
The course may be taken twice under different instructors with instructor permission.

1

PSY 201

Developmental Psychology I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Study of child development from conception through preadolescence. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 203

Developmental Psychology II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Study of human development from early adulthood to death. It emphasizes an understanding of developmental research methods and theories and examines the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and moral aspects of development. (PSY 201 is not a prerequisite for this course).

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 204

Human Development in the Young Adult Years

Offered: Fall Semester

Overview of the theory and research examining psychological processes during adolescence and young adulthood. The focus will be on the fundamental changes of adolescence and young adulthood including, biological, cognitive and social-affective transitions. Emphasis on theoretical perspectives and empirical research findings.

3

PSY 205

Theories of Personality

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Surveys the Psychoanalytic, the Neo-Analytic, the Biological, the Existential, the Cognitive, and Trait-Factor approaches to the study of personality. Comparative analysis and case study application of the major constructs as presented in the works of various theorists.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 207

Abnormal Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course employs the DSM-V system of classifying and describing emotional dysfunctioning. It explores the etiology, course, and treatment of major disorders. Dynamics and treatment modalities are approached from the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and existential models. Examination of research and case studies, and a possible practicum experience.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 209

Social Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Problems, concepts, and methods in the study of social behavior; including conformity, attitude development and change, interpersonal attraction, group processes, and social cognition.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 261

Introduction to Statistics

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines statistical techniques as used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include: descriptive statistics – measures of central tendency and variability; inferential statistics – principles of hypothesis testing, z test, t test, simple ANOVA, correlation and introduction to regression, and chi square. Statistical analysis software complements use of computational formulae.

Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

PSY 262

Intermediate Statistics

Offered: Spring Semester

Further examination of statistical techniques used in the behavioral sciences. Topics include: Two-way analysis of variance, repeated measures ANOVA, regression analysis, and nonparametric techniques (e.g., Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallace H test). Statistical analysis software complements use of computational formulae.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 261.

3

PSY 271

Research Methods in Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines the research methods used in Psychology including naturalistic observation, field and laboratory experiments, and survey methods. Discusses ethical standards in research, and critiques research articles. Students design, implement, write-up, and present research study at the College's poster session.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and (PSY 261 or CRM 311 or SOC 311).
Fulfills the Writing-in-the Disciplines requirement.

4

PSY 303

Group Dynamics

Offered: Fall Semester

Examination of small group behavior through experiential learning and research. Includes discussion of group formation, norms, communication, leadership, influence, and decision making.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 305

Theories of Learning

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Surveys the functionalistic, associationistic and cognitive schools of learning – applying constructs such as limits, incentives, practice, insight, transfer, and memory to education, child rearing, and adjustment therapy.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 311

Theories of Counseling

Offered: Fall Semester

Current approaches to counseling and psychotherapy (Freudian, Adlerian, Rogerian, Gestalt, Behavioral, Rational-emotive, Reality and Transactional Analysis). Integration of research and techniques.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 315

Psychology of Women

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examination of how and why women behave as they do, both from the perspective of cultural beliefs and scientific research. Topics include: contemporary psychodynamic and social constructionist theories of women's psychology; theoretical models of gender identity and gender roles as well as empirical bases for claims about gender differences; specific disorders associated with women; trends in current theory building; and language and communication bias.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

PSY 320

Introduction to Health Psychology

Offered: Fall Semester

Examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect health, recovery and adjustment of patients with serious health problems (e.g. cancer and heart disease), the efforts people make in promoting good health and preventing illness (weight control, smoking cessation, etc.), the treatments received and the strategies used to cope with medical problems and their stress/pain.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 323

Sport Psychology

Offered: Spring Semester

Examination of theories related to sport, team behavior and sport cognition, and how psychological and social factors affect performance, behavior, and coaching. Topics include: motivation, coaching, team dynamics, mental skills and performance enhancement, confidence, drug use and eating disorders in sport, and youth sport.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 324

Identity and Moral Development

Offered: Offered Periodically

Examines issues related to moral development, meaning and purpose, which are fundamental to human existence. Using writings of various psychologists, novelists and philosophers, students will address moral development issues such as the formation of identity and selfhood, the possibilities and burdens of making choices, finding meaning in a world which seems to promote isolation and anonymity, discerning one’s vocation and what it means to be a “good person.”

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

3

PSY 341

Research in Social Psychology

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

In-depth training in conducting research in the field of Social Psychology. Students are involved in the design of the study, preparation of materials, collection of data, data analysis, and preparation of the scientific report.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101. Written consent of the Instructor required. Course may be repeated once with Instructor's permission.

3

PSY 342

Research in Developmental Psychology

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

In-depth training in conducting research in the field of Developmental Psychology through active participation in an ongoing program of research. Students are involved in the design of the study, preparation of materials, collection of data, data analysis, and preparation of the scientific report.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101. Written consent of the Instructor required. Course may be repeated once with Instructor's permission.

3

PSY 347

Research in Health Psychology

Offered: Spring Semester

Training in the various facets of conducting health psychology research including hypothesis generation, study design and methods, data collection, and data analysis/interpretation. Projects may include the examination of existing data, the initiation of new projects or participation in ongoing projects at the UMASS Medical Center. Topic may include coping with cancer, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 271, PSY 320, and Consent of instructor. May be repeated once with Instructor permission.

3

PSY 351

Child Psychopathology and Its Treatment

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Description of psychological disorders which present themselves in infancy and childhood (birth - 12 year olds). Exploration of specific treatment approaches used to date. Discussion of the impact of childhood psychopathology on the family, school system, neighborhood, and nation.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101and PSY 201.

3

PSY 411

Counseling Practicum I

Offered: Fall Semester

Effective listening skills: attending, questioning, paraphrasing, reflecting feelings, summarizing, self-disclosing, confronting; child and adult therapy; field work.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 205 or PSY 311 and permission of Instructor.

4

PSY 412

Counseling Practicum II

Offered: Spring Semester

Group therapy work; practice applying Adlerian and Gestalt theory to individual counseling; professional and ethical issues; field work.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 411 and permission of Instructor.

4

PSY 413

Experimental Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Laboratory course in human and animal learning. Each student is expected to explore operant shaping, extinction rates, multiple scheduling, chaining, discrimination, and temporal factors in learning.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and permission of Instructor.

3

PSY 415

Brain and Behavior

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Structure and function of nerve cells and the nervous system. Research methods in biopsychology, effects of brain damage, physiological principles underlying sleep, eating, abnormal behavior, drug effects, and memory.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 419

Cognitive Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examination of the principles of cognition. Among the topics discussed are perception, attention, short-term memory, long-term memory, imagery, language, problem solving, reasoning, and judgment and decision-making. Includes a laboratory component which gives students hands-on experience with cognitive phenomena discussed in class.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 421

Psychology and the Legal System

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Overview of the impact of Psychology on the legal system. Topics covered include how psychological research has influenced court decisions, an examination of the insanity defense, how competency to stand trial is determined, what psychological processes are involved in jury selection and jury decision making, the accuracy of eyewitness identification, and how children are viewed in the legal system.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

3

PSY 450

Advanced Psychology Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Capstone course in which students will review and synthesize major empirical/theoretical areas of psychology, including abnormal, personality, learning, cognition, social, developmental, statistics and physiological.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 271, Senior Standing in Psychology, and permission of Instructor.

3

PSY 451

Applying Psychological Principles

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Capstone course examining and evaluating psychological principles and their application in today’s society. Topics include effective studying; breaking bad habits; influencing others and improving personal relationships; dealing with self-defeating behaviors such as shyness, anger and anxiety; raising children; and improving motivation.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 271, Senior Standing in Psychology and permission of Instructor.

3

PSY 475

Internship in Applied Psychology I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Each student is expected to carry out a supervised assignment in a professional setting with emphasis placed on hospitals, schools, clinics, courts, and personnel departments in the local area. Registration must be approved by the Department Chairperson, by the faculty member supervising the project, and by the institution or agency conducting the program.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of Internship Coordinator and Department Chairperson required.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3 or 6

PSY 476

Internship in Applied Psychology II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Each student is expected to carry out a supervised assignment in a professional setting with emphasis placed on hospitals, schools, clinics, courts, and personnel departments in the local area. Registration must be approved by the Department Chairperson, by the faculty member supervising the project, and by the institution or agency conducting the program.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and permission of Internship Coordinator and Department Chairperson required.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3 or 6

PSY 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.

3

PSY 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Advanced Research Project under the direction of a Psychology faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson.

3

PSY 497

Senior Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A course for students who would like to explore a theory or research a topic in Psychology.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of faculty member directing the project and permission of the Department Chairperson.

3