Psychology

Psychology is one of the most popular majors at GW and the second largest undergraduate program in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. As part of the social and behavioral sciences division within the school, the program exposes students to basic psychological theory, helps them develop research skills, and teaches them how to approach psychological and social issues within communities and societies.

Professors L.A. Rothblat, P. Wirtz, C.K. Sigelman (Chair, effective July 1, 2014), L.R. Offermann, P.J. Poppen (Chair, through June 30, 2014), M.C. Zea, P. Barratt, G. Howe, J.M. Ganiban, I.A. Bowleg

Associate Professors C.A. Rohrbeck, S. Dopkins, S.D. Molock, D.P. Costanza, P.J. Moore, C. Gee, H.N. Le, A.N. Zucker, S. Lambert, M.H. Sohn, M. Stock, S. Shomstein, T.L. Dodge

Assistant Professors C. Beil (Research), D.E. Schell, G.K. Wu, D.J. Kravitz

Adjunct Professor K. Ross-Kidder

Lecturers P.J. Woodruff

Professor Emeritus R. Peterson

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Departmental prerequisite: PSYC 1001 General Psychology is prerequisite to all undergraduate psychology courses.

PSYC 1000. Dean's Seminar. 3 Credits.

PSYC 1001. General Psychology. 3 Credits.

Fundamental principles underlying human behavior.    (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2011. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Causes, diagnosis, treatment, and theories of various types of maladjustments and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2011W. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Causes, diagnosis, treatment, and theories of various types of maladjustments and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2012. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Social foundations of behavior: cognition, motivation, role behavior, communication, small-group processes, and attitudes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2013. Developmental Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the study of human development; theory and research concerning changes in physical, cognitive, and social functioning and influences on the developing individual. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2014. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the study of cognition; review of data and theories on the topics of perception, attention, memory, language, reasoning, and decision making. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2015. Biological Psychology. 3 Credits.

PSYC 2101. Research Methods-Psychology. 3 Credits.

Survey of research designs (e.g., case studies, correlational designs, experiments), methods (e.g., questionnaires, observations), and measurement issues (e.g., reliability and validity). Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 1001, STAT 1053.

PSYC 2144. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Psychological concepts and methods applied to problems of personnel management, employee motivation and productivity, supervisory leadership, and organizational development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2160. Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Relationship of the individual to groups, collectivities, and larger social systems. Theory, research, and applications of group and organizational processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 2508. Humanistic Psychology. 3 Credits.

Critical examination of humanistic psychology. Emphasis on role of consciousness in human behavior. Philosophic foundations, existential, phenomenological, and transpersonal psychology. (Formerly PSYC 3108) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2514. Adult Development and Aging. 3 Credits.

Psychological aging and development during the adult years, with an emphasis on theories of adult development and research on changes in cognitive functioning and social adjustment in early, middle, and later adulthood. (Formerly PSYC 3114) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2013.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2529. Theories of Personality. 3 Credits.

Survey of personality theories; emphasis on their application to problems of individuals. (Formerly PSYC 3129) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2531. Psychological Tests. 3 Credits.

Survey of psychological tests and their more common uses in business, industry, government, law, medicine, and education. Material fee. (Formerly PSYC 3131) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2544. Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Psychological concepts and methods applied to problems of personnel management, employee motivation and productivity, supervisory leadership, and organizational development. (Formerly PSYC 2144) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2550. Psychology of Sex Differences. 3 Credits.

Relevant biological, psychological, and sociological influences on males and females in the development of sex differences; hormonal differences, gender identity, differential socialization of sons and daughters, masculinity/femininity, cultural evaluation of male and female roles. Survey of relevant psychological theory. Emphasis on empirical research and hypothesis testing. (Formerly PSYC 3150) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Spring).

PSYC 2554. Psychology of Crime and Violence. 3 Credits.

Examination of many psychological aspects of criminal behavior; personality of criminals and of psychological processes affecting behavior. (Formerly PSYC 3154) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2556. Psychology of Attitudes and Public Opinion. 3 Credits.

Psychology of opinion formation, measurement of opinion, social determinants of attitudes, psychological processes in propaganda, bases of receptivity to propaganda, psychological warfare. (Formerly PSYC 3156) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2560. Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Relationship of the individual to groups, collectivities, and larger social systems. Theory, research, and applications of group and organizational processes. (Formerly PSYC 2160) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 2588. Attitudes Toward Death and Dying. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the many different aspects, attitudes, and experiences associated with the process of death and dying. (Formerly PSYC 3188) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Fall, spring, and summer).

PSYC 2596. History and Systems of Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey and integration of the major viewpoints and concepts of psychology. Recommended for students planning graduate study. (Formerly PSYC 4196) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.   (Spring).

PSYC 2945. Psychological Study of Spirituality. 3,4 Credits.

The complex interrelationship between psychology and spirituality: health and wellness; development of a spiritual life; psychological factors involved in spirituality; therapy and multicultural issues. (Formerly PSYC 3945) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3106. Principles and Methods of Psychology. 4 Credits.

Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). An experimental approach to understanding behavior; individual and class experiments performed. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 AND PSYC 2014 OR PSYC 2015.

PSYC 3106W. Principles and Methods of Psychology. 4 Credits.

Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). An experimental approach to understanding behavior; individual and class experiments performed. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3108. Humanistic Psychology. 3 Credits.

Critical examination of humanistic psychology. Emphasis on role of consciousness in human behavior. Philosophic foundations, existential, phenomenological, and transpersonal psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3112. Psychology of Adolescence. 3 Credits.

Psychological characteristics and problems peculiar to adolescence, with emphasis on application of psychology to solution of such problems. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2013.

PSYC 3114. Adult Development and Aging. 3 Credits.

Psychological aging and development during the adult years, with an emphasis on theories of adult development and research on changes in cognitive functioning and social adjustment in early, middle, and later adulthood. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2013.

PSYC 3115. Developmental Psychopathology. 3 Credits.

The origins of child psychopathology, including developmental perspectives and the potential contributions of child-, family-, and community-based characteristics to the emergence of psychopathology. The development of specific childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 AND PSYC 2011 OR PSYC 2013.

PSYC 3118. Neuropsychology. 3 Credits.

Analysis of neural processes underlying behavior. Basic structure and functions of the nervous system, with emphasis on sensory processes, learning and memory, motivation, and emotion. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 AND PSYC 2014 OR PSYC 2015.

PSYC 3121. Memory and Cognition. 3 Credits.

An examination of the psychological processes underlying human memory and cognition. Topics cover theoretical and experimental issues involving a range of cognitive function from attention and pattern recognition to learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 AND PSYC 2014 OR PSYC 2015.

PSYC 3122. Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 Credits.

How the structure and functions of the brain are related to cognitive processes and their associated behaviors. The biological bases of behavior and mental activity. Research and case studies by cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and linguists, focusing on how the brain affects pattern recognition, attention, short-term and long-term memory processes, and language. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 AND PSYC 2014 OR PSYC 2015.

PSYC 3124. Visual Perception. 3 Credits.

An overview of human perception, ranging from the detection of simple stimuli to the identification of objects and events. Perceptions of color, motion, and spatial layout. Research methodology, biological foundations, and theoretical issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 AND PSYC 2014 OR PSYC 2015.

PSYC 3125. Cross-Cultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory, methods, and research of cross-cultural psychology, with emphasis on immigrants and ethnic minorities in the United States and on other cultures. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2012 or PSYC 2013.

PSYC 3126. Multicultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

The influence of culture on major psychology concepts Current theories and research on culture, with culture being broadly defined to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic status. Empirical methodologies in cultural psychology, and appreciation of cultural groups within the United States. Issues of culture in the interpretation of personal experiences and in application of cultural diversity issues to various settings. Culturally relevant styles of communication, values from different cultures, racial identity, power and privilege, and issues around health and mental health. Multiculturalism in the modern diverse society. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 and PSYC 2011 or PSYC 2012.

PSYC 3126W. Multicultural Psychology. 3 Credits.

PSYC 3128. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

Current research in the area of health psychology, with special attention to psychological factors related to health and illness, psychological intervention with medical patients, and psychological approaches to illness prevention and health promotion. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101.    (Fall).

PSYC 3129. Theories of Personality. 3 Credits.

Survey of personality theories; emphasis on their application to problems of individuals. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3131. Psychological Tests. 3 Credits.

Survey of psychological tests and their more common uses in business, industry, government, law, medicine, and education. Material fee. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3132. Social and Personality Development. 3 Credits.

Examination of personal, emotional, and social development from infancy to adolescence and influences on that development. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 and PSYC 2013.

PSYC 3150. Psychology of Sex Differences. 3 Credits.

Relevant biological, psychological, and sociological influences on males and females in the development of sex differences; hormonal differences, gender identity, differential socialization of sons and daughters, masculinity/femininity, cultural evaluation of male and female roles. Survey of relevant psychological theory. Emphasis on empirical research and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3154. Psychology of Crime and Violence. 3 Credits.

Examination of many psychological aspects of criminal behavior; personality of criminals and of psychological processes affecting behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3156. Psychology of Attitudes and Public Opinion. 3 Credits.

Psychology of opinion formation, measurement of opinion, social determinants of attitudes, psychological processes in propaganda, bases of receptivity to propaganda, psychological warfare. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3170. Clinical Psychology. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the history, functions, and concerns of the clinical psychologist. Assessment, treatment, community approaches, ethics. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001, PSYC 2011.

PSYC 3172. Psychopathology & the Media. 3 Credits.

How abnormal behaviors and mental disorders are portrayed in film and the media, including analysis of the accuracy of these portrayals, focusing on symptomatology, etiology, and treatment of adult psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 and PSYC 2011.

PSYC 3173. Community Psychology. 3 Credits.

The origins and current practice of community psychology, and comparison of community psychological approaches with traditional clinical perspectives. The role of psychology in addressing social issues facing communities; methods for research and intervention targeting communities. Prerequisite: PSYC 2101 and PSYC 2011.

PSYC 3188. Attitudes Toward Death and Dying. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the many different aspects, attitudes, and experiences associated with the process of death and dying. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 3193. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Selected specialized topics in the field of psychology and work behavior, such as human ability and personality, decisions and risk behavior, organizational change, and leadership. May be repeated for credit. (Formerly PSYC 4193). Prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2544 or permission of instructor. (Fall).

PSYC 3591. Supervised Research. 1-3 Credits.

Open to qualified students by permission to conduct research under supervision of a faculty member; arrangements must be made with the sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. A list of participating faculty members and their research specialties is available from the Department. May be repeated; PSYC 3591 and PSYC 4591 may be taken for a total of 9 credits maximum. Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, PSYC 2101.   (Fall, spring, and summer).

PSYC 3592. Field Experience. 3 Credits.

Senior psychology majors spend a minimum of six hours a week in a local mental health, rehabilitation, school, or community setting. Students must have weekly blocks of time available. (Formerly PSYC 4192) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101. (Fall and spring).

PSYC 3945. PSYC4196201303. 3,4 Credits.

The complex interrelationship between psychology and spirituality: health and wellness; development of a spiritual life; psychological factors involved in spirituality; therapy and multicultural issues. Same as REL 3945. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 4106. Research Lab in Sensation and Perception. 4 Credits.

Lecture (3 hours), laboratory (3 hours). An experimental approach to understanding behavior; individual and class experiments performed. Laboratory fee. (Formerly PSYC 3106) Prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101 and (PSYC 2014 or PSYC 2015).   (Fall and spring).

PSYC 4191. Independent Research. 1-3 Credits.

Open to qualified students by permission; arrangements must be made with the sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. A list of participating faculty members and their research specialties is available from the Department. May be repeated three times for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001, PSYC 2101.

PSYC 4192. Field Experience. 3 Credits.

Senior psychology majors spend a minimum of six hours a week in a local mental health, rehabilitation, school, or community setting. Students must have weekly blocks of time available. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 4193. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Selected specialized topics in the field of psychology and work behavior, such as human ability and personality, decisions and risk behavior, organizational change, and leadership. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2144 or permission of instructor.

PSYC 4196. History & Systems-Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey and integration of the major viewpoints and concepts of psychology. Recommended for students planning graduate study. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.

PSYC 4197. Honors Seminar. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in psychology that change each semester. Intended primarily for students in the Special Honors program in psychology. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101.

PSYC 4198. Current Research Issues-Psych. 3 Credits.

Conducted as a seminar. Recent experiments in psychology, including those performed by members of the class; emphasis on student participation. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101.

PSYC 4199. Current Topics in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Topics vary. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

PSYC 4591. Independent Research. 1-3 Credits.

Open to qualified students by permission to pursue an independent research project with the supervision of a faculty member ; arrangements must be made with the sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. May be repeated for credit; PSYC 3591 and PSYC 4591 may be taken for a total of 9 credits maximum. (Formerly PSYC 4191) Restricted to . Prerequisites: PSYC 1001, PSYC 2101.   (Fall, spring, and summer).

PSYC 4997. Honors Seminar. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in psychology that change each semester. Intended primarily for students in the Special Honors program in psychology. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: PSYC 1001 and PSYC 2101. (Formerly PSYC 4197) (Fall and spring).

PSYC 5099. Variable Topics. 1-99 Credits.

PSYC 6998. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

PSYC 6999. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

PSYC 8202. Psychological Research Methods and Procedures. 3 Credits.

Required in all graduate psychology programs. Includes philosophy of science, types of research design, and methods of data collection. Restricted to Graduate students only. Prerequisites: graduate standing, a laboratory course in psychology, and a course in statistics.

PSYC 8203. Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 3 Credits.

Current conceptions of learning, memory, and cognition; the research upon which these conceptions are based; applications to practical contexts. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8204. Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Biological Basis of Behavior. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include neural communication, sensory processes, memory, neuroendocrinology of sex differences and stress, psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8207. Psychological Assessment I. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and clinical aspects of assessment; includes interviewing, psychometric tests, and projective techniques. Two-hour laboratory—diagnostic work at clinical facilities. Material fee. Restricted to Clinical psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8208. Psychological Assessment II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of PSYC 8207. Theoretical and clinical aspects of assessment; includes interviewing, psychometric tests, and projective techniques. Two-hour laboratory—diagnostic work at clinical facilities. Material fee. Restricted to Clinical psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8210. Developmental Theories and Issues. 3 Credits.

Orientation to the field of developmental psychology, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary theories, fundamental concepts and issues, and methodological approaches. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8211. Community Psychology I. 3 Credits.

Survey of the history, theories, and values guiding community psychology; models of service delivery. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8212. Community Psychology II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of PSYC 8211. Applications of the principles and theories of community psychology to interventions and research. Restricted to Graduate students only. Prerequisites: PSYC 8211.

PSYC 8218. Evidence-Based Interventions. 3 Credits.

Introduction to theory and technique of psychotherapeutic approaches of proven effectiveness.    Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8219. Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

PSYC 8220. Ethics and Professional Issues. 3 Credits.

The foundations of ethics and ethical decision making, with an emphasis on the APA Ethics Code. Ethical conflicts and issues in the areas of research and practice. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8223. Seminar: Human Memory. 3 Credits.

Selected topics of current research interest in the area of human memory. Emphasis on encoding and retrieval processes, amnesia, and disorders of memory. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8225. Behavioral Approaches to Child Assessment and Therapy. 3 Credits.

Child assessment and treatment from a behavioral viewpoint. The application of conditioning, reinforcement, and shaping principles with reference to specific disorders of childhood. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8227. Seminar: Principles of Psychotherapy. 3 Credits.

For graduate students in clinical psychology. Patient’s needs and demands on the therapist. Case participation heavily relied upon. Prerequisite: PSYC 8218.

PSYC 8228. Seminar: Principles of Psychotherapy. 3 Credits.

Continuation of PSYC 8227. For graduate students in clinical psychology. Patient’s needs and demands on the therapist. Case participation heavily relied upon. Prerequisite: PSYC 8218.

PSYC 8231. Development of Psychometric Instruments. 3 Credits.

Quantitative techniques and principles used in construction, standardization, and evaluation of personality and ability measures for research and practice; quantification of human judgment for measurement purposes. Prerequisite: course in tests and measurements and an elementary course in statistics. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8236. Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Basic theoretical models of research in ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity and new directions in the field. The impact of being an ethnic minority in the United States. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8237. The Practice of General Psychology I. 3 Credits.

Application of psychological principles and findings to a wide spectrum of human problems. Professional issues facing the psychologist offering services. Participation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of applied psychological services and projects.  Restricted to Clinical psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8238. The Practice of General Psychology II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of PSYC 8237. Application of psychological principles and findings to a wide spectrum of human problems. Professional issues facing the psychologist offering services. Participation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of applied psychological services and projects. Restricted to Clinical psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8239. Lifespan Developmental Psychopathology I. 3 Credits.

Infancy, childhood, and adolescence. (Fall).

PSYC 8240. Lifespan Developmental Psychopathology II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of PSYC 8239 - Adulthood. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8243. Seminar: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations. 3 Credits.

Theories and issues related to the emergence and effectiveness of leaders, with focus on leadership behaviors and processes in organizations. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8244. Theories and Processes of Organizational Management. 3 Credits.

Basic functions and techniques of organizational management—design, control, direction, and decision making—examined from the viewpoint of behavioral science. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8245. Seminar: Organizational Behavior. 3 Credits.

Analysis of organizational behavior; emphasis on motivation and productivity. Recent research on employee attitudes, primary group, supervisory leadership, formal and informal organization, job design. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8246. Seminar: Personnel Evaluation Techniques. 3 Credits.

Techniques of personnel selection and performance evaluation. Employment tests, personal data, assessment interviews, performance ratings, and assessment centers. Federal guidelines in employee selection. Includes practicum. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8248. Research Applications to Organizational Intervention and Change. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on development of models of organizational effectiveness; design of valid diagnostic instruments; implementation of research strategies; establishment of program evaluation criteria.    Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8251. Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 Credits.

The neural basis of behavior, with special focus on the psychobiological determinants of learning, memory, and cognition. Methodologies used for different levels of analysis with normal and brain-impaired subjects. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8253. Social Cognition. 3 Credits.

Social psychology theories, conceptual approaches, and their applications. Social cognition, person perception, attribution, information processing, attraction, stereotyping. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8254. Social Influence. 3 Credits.

Social psychology theories, conceptual approaches, and their applications. Analysis of intentional and unintentional social influence processes and their effects on behavior. Current research on conformity, social power, social exchange, and impression management. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8255. Attitudes and Attitude Change. 3 Credits.

Current theory and research on attitudes and attitude change. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8256. Introduction to Survey Research. 3 Credits.

Theory and practice of face-to-face telephone and mail surveys. Practical experience with all stages from the formulation of research questions and hypotheses to questionnaire design, sampling, pilot, testing, interviewing, coding, and data cleaning. Prerequisite: STAT 2105 .

PSYC 8257. Current Topics in Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminar with focus on major theoretical approaches, research, or problem areas within field of social psychology. Topic changes each semester.    (Fall and spring).

PSYC 8258. Qualitative Research and Analysis. 3 Credits.

Qualitative research and analysis. A focus on theory, didactic material relevant to qualitative methodologies, and applied qualitative research design and analysis.   (Spring).

PSYC 8259. Psychology of Individual and Group Decision Making. 3 Credits.

Examination of processes in organizational decision making and group behavior. Topics include group and individual decision-making approaches, decision aids and support systems, performance and decision effectiveness, and risk analysis. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8260. Psychology of Work Group Development. 3 Credits.

Examination of theory and research on groups as task performance systems. Approaches to team development as a means of improving work group effectiveness, including goal setting, role clarification, increasing interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution.    Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8268. Seminar: Neuropsychology. 3 Credits.

Selected problems in research relating the brain and behavior. Independent topics each semester, such as sensory processing, brain development and behavior, clinical aspects of nervous system function. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8275. Women and Health. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and empirical analyses of women’s health: how women’s health is constructed by medical, psychological, and critical theorists; how sexism, racism, and classism contribute to women’s health problems; and identification of conditions that lead to optimal health and well-being. Restricted to Graduate students only. (Same as WSTU 8275).

PSYC 8277. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

Social psychological theories and research that relate to health and illness. Application of theories of social learning, attribution, attitude change, and social influence to topics such as health promotion and disease prevention, health compliance, and coping with illness and disability. Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8279. Special Topics in Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Admission by permission of instructor.

PSYC 8287. Current Topics in Clinical Psychology. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminar with focus on major theoretical approaches, research, or problem areas. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 8288. Current Topics in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminar with focus on major theoretical approaches, research, or problem areas. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.

PSYC 8289. Seminar: Current Topics in Experimental Psychology. 3 Credits.

Review and discussion of contemporary research and theory in a specialized field of psychological study, by leaders in the field. Independent topics each semester; may be repeated for credit.    (Fall and spring).

PSYC 8291. Theories of Organizational Behavior. 3 Credits.

Examination of current theoretical models and research.    Restricted to Graduate students only.

PSYC 8295. Independent Research. 3 Credits.

Individual library or experimental research under supervision of staff member. Arrangements must be made with sponsoring faculty member prior to registration. May be repeated for credit. Restricted to Psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8998. Advanced Reading and Research. 1-12 Credits.

Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy major field examination. May be repeated for credit. Restricted to Psychology graduate students only. Prerequisites: Psychology graduate students only.

PSYC 8999. Dissertation Research. 3-12 Credits.

Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit. Restricted to Psychology graduate students only.