PSY (Psychology)

 

 

PSY 1013 Introductory Psychology

Three hours

A scientific study of the principles underlying human behavior. The student is introduced to the theory, research, and practice that characterize modern psychology. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

 

PSY 1093 Honors: Introductory Psychology

Three hours

A scientific study of the principles underlying animal and human behavior, focusing on the development of psychology in relation to other academic disciplines. Critical thinking and integrative themes are stressed by using in-class exercises and formal projects. Meets the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 1101 Orientation to Psychology

One hour

Designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to make intelligent choices about their future in the discipline. Topics for discussion include the changing nature of psychology, departmental resources and goals, career development, and graduate school. Not required of majors who upon matriculation to JBU have completed more than 12 transferable hours in psychology.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 2123 Psychology of Relationship Development

Three hours

A foundation course that integrates Biblical and psychological literature in the area of interpersonal, marriage, and family relationships. Course work includes analysis and application of current theory and psychological research on gender differences, family of origin issues, sexuality, personality types, communication styles, forgiveness, dating, and emotional intelligence. This course may not be audited. (Same as FAM 2123.)

Offered spring semester 

 

PSY 2233 Theories of Counseling

Three hours

A study of major counseling theories. Includes dynamic, existential, humanistic, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, reality, and family systems theories of counseling and the most useful strategies from each.  For the beginning student of counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 2243 Introduction to Therapeutic Interviewing

Three hours

Basic elements of interviewing, setting conditions for psychological growth, and the development of effective action plans for healthy psychological change. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered spring semester

 

PSY 2383 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Three hours

A study of the essential statistical techniques needed to analyze experimental data and understand current research publications with applications in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include graphing, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and hypothesis testing (using correlation, regression, t-tests, ANOVA, and chi square). Extensive use of statistical software for both calculation and enhancing conceptual understanding and critical thinking. Meets the Mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and either an ACT Math score of at least 19, or a minimum SAT score of 480, or MTH 0153.

Offered each semester

 

PSY 2393 Research Methods

Three hours

An introduction to research methods in psychology that stresses critical thinking about methodological issues. Research skills are developed in hypothesis construction, research design, interpretation of statistical results, scientific writing, library and internet research, and presentation of results to a professional audience. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2383.

Offered each semester

 

PSY 2413 Developmental Psychology

Three hours

A study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the human from conception through adulthood. (Same as FAM 2413.) Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered each semester

 

PSY 3203 Psychological Testing

Three hours

An examination of the theory, interpretation, and appropriate use of individual and group tests of personality, mental ability, aptitude, achievement, and interest. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2383.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

PSY 3303 Theories of Personality

Three hours

A study of the development, organization, and dynamics of personality with references to theories of personality developed in the 20th century.  This course examines personality theory through a focus on key concepts, techniques of practice, application, and critical evaluation of each framework. The application of personality theories in clinical and testing settings will also be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered spring semester

 

PSY 3383 History of Psychology

Three hours

A study of the historical and theoretical development of psychology. Emphasis is placed on persons, concepts, problems, and systems from which current psychology evolved. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2393.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

PSY 3411, 3412, 3413 Selected Topics

One to three hours

Topics chosen from a variety of subjects such as the Psychology of Genius and Creativity, the Psychology and History of the Holocaust and Sport and Exercise Psychology. May be repeated for credit when a different topic is studied. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered each semester

 

PSY 3423 Social Psychology

Three hours

An investigation of how the behavior, feelings and thoughts of an individual are influenced or determined by the behavior and characteristics of others. Topics for discussion include attraction, attitudes, aggression, persuasion, and group behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 1013.

Offered spring semester

 

PSY 3493 Research Seminar

Three hours

An opportunity for students to develop research skills in a content area with the goal of completing and presenting an empirical research project. Members of the class also produce the departmental online undergraduate research journal. Prerequisites: PSY 2383 and 2393.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology

Three hours

The nature, causes, and treatment of maladaptive behavior including personality disorders, psychoses, reactions to stress, anxiety disorders, and other dysfunctions. Includes a review of diagnostic techniques, biological and psychological therapies, preventive programs and other strategies of intervention. Prerequisite: PSY 1013; PSY 2233 recommended.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 4262, 4263 Field Experience

Two to three hours

Placement in a variety of off-campus settings to gain practical exposure to the professional field. Open to Psychology majors. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor. A student may receive a letter grade for a maximum of 3 credit hours; any additional hours will be graded 'S' or 'U'. Students must supply transportation to the field placement sites. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2233; PSY 2243 recommended.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 4333 Cognitive Psychology

Three hours

A study of major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, imagery, categorization, language, and problem solving. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2393.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

PSY 4343 Theories of Learning

Three hours

A study of the major theories, research methods, and empirical findings of animal and human learning. Classical and operant conditioning paradigms are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and 2393.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

PSY 4353 Behavioral Neuroscience

Three hours

A study of the biological bases of behavior. Topics for consideration include neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, learning and memory, emotion, drug effects, and the biological correlates of mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 1013; PSY 2393 strongly recommended.

Offered fall semester

 

PSY 4411, 4412, 4413 Independent Research in Psychology

One to three hours

Student-directed research supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. Prerequisites: PSY 3493 and consent of a supervising instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

PSY 4493 Seminar in Psychology

Three hours

A capstone in the discipline emphasizing contemporary issues and an approach to psychology from a Christian perspective. Prerequisites: PSY 2393, six hours of BBL, and junior standing.

Offered spring semester