Psychology 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.

3

PSY 110

Psychological Science

Offered: Offered Periodically

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

3

PSY 271

Research Methods in Psychology (WID)

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.

4

PSY 303

Group Dynamics

Offered: Spring Semester

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

3

PSY 305

Theories of Learning

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

PSY 309

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Offered: Fall Semester

The application of psychological principles to the work setting. Topics covered include: job selection methods, psychological assessments for employment, performance appraisal, training, leadership, group decision-making, work group diversity, motivation, employee wellness, job stress, designing work space and machinery based on human capabilities.

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.

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.

Course may be applied to the Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

PSY 317

Psychology of Relationships

Offered: Offered Periodically

Introduces students to the major theoretical approaches to the study of interpersonal relationships, including evolutionary, attachment, and interdependence perspectives. Methodological and data analytic issues relevant to relationships research are examined. Additional topics include: friendship, attraction, initiating relationships, trust, commitment, managing relationship threats, jealousy, abusive relationships.

3

PSY 320

Introduction to Health Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

PSY 323

Sport Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Course may be applied to the Sports, Science & Society program.

3

PSY 341

Research in Social Psychology

Offered: Offered Periodically

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.

3

PSY 342

Research in Developmental Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

PSY 344

Research in Educational Psychology

Offered: Offered as Needed

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

Course may be repeated once with Instructor's permission.

3

PSY 347

Research in Health Psychology

Offered: Offered Periodically

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.

3

PSY 351

Child Psychopathology and Its Treatment

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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

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; internship work.

4

PSY 412

Counseling Practicum II

Offered: Spring Semester (not offered Spring 2018)

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

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.

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.

3

PSY 419

Cognitive Psychology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examination of the principles of cognition. Among the topics discussed are perception, attention, working 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.

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.

3

PSY 441

Advanced Research Externship I

Offered: Fall Semester

The purpose of the advanced Research Externship is to provide upper-level (3rd and 4th year) students with opportunities to gain research experience working on large federally funded NIH grants at a large universities or medical schools. Students are expected to work 10 hours a week in a research lab at Brown University, Harvard University, or UMASS Medical School.

Completion of both PSY 441 and PSY 442 fulfills the Capstone in Psychology.

3

PSY 442

Advanced Research Externship II

Offered: Spring Semester

The purpose of the advanced Research Externship is to provide upper-level (3rd and 4th year) students with opportunities to gain research experience working on large federally funded NIH grants at a large universities or medical schools. Students are expected to work 10 hours a week in a research lab at Brown University, Harvard University, or UMASS Medical School.

Completion of both PSY 441 and PSY 442 fulfills the Capstone in Psychology.

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.

3

PSY 451

Applying Psychological Principles

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Capstone course examining and evaluating psychological principles and their application today. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. By Psychology faculty invitation.

3