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PSY121-A Developmental Psychology 3 This course provides an overview of human development through the lifespan. Topics covered include prenatal, infant, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and all stages of adulthood. Physical, cognitive, psychological, and social development are considered at each stage in the lifespan in an interactive manner. The language and methods of developmental psychologists are discussed. PSY171-A Health Psychology 3 This course addresses information about psychological aspects of illness, hospitalization and lifestyle choices as they affect health. The course addresses such topics as the effects of stress on illness,lifestyle choices, how health services are used and misused, the patient-practitioners relationship, and the emotional adjustment to chronic illness and hospitalization. This course may be used as a supplemental course for health care students, as well as continuing education units (CEUs) for health care professionals currently working in the field. PSY211-A Psychology of Adjustment 3 Psychology of Adjustment is the study of the adjusting/coping behavior of the individual in various aspects of life situations. PSY222-A Child Psychology 3 Child Psychology is an analysis of psychological development of the child in relation to the biological, physical, and sociological antecedent conditions from prenatal to adolescent stages. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary theories of child psychology, including physical growth and development, personality and social leaning, cognition and perception, and language development. Prerequisite: PSY111-A PSY224-A Adolescent Psychology 3 Psychology of Adolescence explores the rapid physical, social, emotional, and cognitive changes of adolescents. Students distinguish myths about adolescence from research findings and examine the importance of cultural and historical factors in the crucial transition from childhood to adulthood. PSY225-A Adult Developmental Psychology 3 This course is the study of interpersonal relations, social attitudes, group dynamics, inter-group relations, class and cultural influences in psychological context. PSY226-A Psychology of Aging 3 This course will examine the physical, cognitive, social, and psychological changes that occur across the adult years and the factors influencing development in each area. Individual differences in the aging process will be emphasized with attention to the factors contributing to individual differences and the relevance of individual differences in addressing aging issues. The influence of society and societal attitudes toward older adults and the aging process will also be addressed. PSY241-A Abnormal Psychology 3 This course introduces the language and treatment methods of abnormal behaviors, those outside of the range of normal human experience. Topics covered include disorders affecting mood, anxiety, personality, and substance use. Other topics include schizophrenia, mental retardation, autism, and cognitive disorders as well as legal and ethical issues. Recommended Prerequisite: PSY111-A PSY246-A Introduction to Counseling Skills 4 This course is designed to invite students to explore the key facets of what it means to become an effective helper. Many examples in the textbook, Becoming a Helper, are drawn from situations related to various settings with different types of clients. The book frequently asks the students to consider how they might have worked with a given client or what they might have done in a particular situation. Through various activities and discussions, students are encouraged to integrate and apply what they've learned in each chapter. There are also activities that require students to take action outside of class. Hopefully, these activities help make the issues come alive and allow students to apply their ideas to practical situations. PSY251-A Social Psychology 3 This course is the study of interpersonal relations, social attitudes, group dynamics, inter-group relations, class and cultural influences in a psychological context. PSY261-A Human Sexuality 3 The course is designed to explore research about human sexuality and provide accurate information derived from this research. Biological, psychological, social, developmental, and therapeutic perspectives will be covered. Topics include anatomy and physiology, reproduction and family, communication, gender roles, and variations in sexual behavior. Attention is also given to the language and methods of research in human sexuality. PSY262-A Psychology of Gender 3 This course is designed to explore the differences between the male and female gender. Differences in abilities and aptitudes which arise from biology and the brain will be emphasized, although socio-cultural explanations for differences will also be included. In addition, techniques to develop intimacy and harmonious relationships between the sexes will be delineated. The goal of the course is to understand these differences and to decide how males and females can use this understanding to communicate with each other, to get along with each other, and to augment appreciation for both sexes. PSY281-A Educational Psychology 3 Educational Psychology applies the principles of psychology to classroom contexts. Topics include child/adolescent development, learning, motivation, instructional techniques, and assessment/evaluation. PSY924-A Honors Project 1 In this course, the student will work independently with a chosen Arts & Sciences social science instructor on a social science research project designed by the student and the instructor. 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