Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Psychology


2012-2014 Catalog

Psychology

Faculty

Kenna Bolton Holz, Assistant Professor
Eleni N. Pinnow, Assistant Professor
RaLynn C. Schmalzried, Assistant Professor
Shevaun L. Stocker, Assistant Professor

Psychology Program Description

Psychology is one of four programs housed in the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity. The other three are the Legal Studies, Social Work and First Nations Studies Programs.

The Psychology program at the UW-Superior prepares students for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines within the context of a public liberal arts education. Our graduates have been successful in master's and doctoral programs in psychology, social work, and counseling as well as in fields such as law and dentistry. For UW-Superior, a liberal arts education means that your coursework will emphasize broad themes such as developing critical thinking skills, understanding diversity, attending to global issues and providing service to the local community.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Psychology program has five student learning outcomes for the students in the major:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective skills in written and oral communication through critiques of psychological research, original research reports, application papers and reaction papers dealing with psychological theories and research.
  2. Students will be able to design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations.
  3. Students will be able to apply psychological principles to individual, interpersonal, group, and societal issues.
  4. Students will be able to use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes.
  5. Students will demonstrate preparedness to further their education or enter the work force.

Psychology Major Requirements

34 total credits

Basic Core courses (16 credits required):

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 200 Profession of Psychology: Introduction -- 1 credit
PSYC 300 Profession of Psychology: Development -- 2 credits
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3 credits
PSYC 303 Research Methodology in Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 304 Research Methodology Lab -- 1 credit
PSYC 404 Senior Research -- 3 credits

Academic Service Learning courses (1 course required):

Designated AS-L courses that are listed in a Content Area will meet both the AS-L and the Content Area requirement.

PSYC 258 Introduction to Psychology Of Women -- 3 credits
PSYC 305 Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3 credits
PSYC 362 Psychological Disorders -- 3 credits
PSYC 372 Child and Adolescent Development -- 3 credits
PSYC 373 Adulthood and Aging -- 3 credits

Content Area courses (12 credits required; one course from each of the following content areas):

Individual, Social and Developmental courses (3 credits required):

PSYC 260 Personality -- 3 credits
PSYC 310 Social Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 372 Child and Adolescent Development -- 3 credits
PSYC 373 Adulthood and Aging -- 3 credits

Biological Aspects of Behavior courses (3 credits required):

PSYC 225 Sensation and Perception -- 3 credits
PSYC 350 Brain and Behavior -- 3 credits
PSYC 353 Psychopharmocology -- 3 credits

Adjustment and Well-Being courses (3 credits required):

PSYC 320 Health Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 352 Motivation and Emotion -- 3 credits
PSYC 362 Psychological Disorders -- 3 credits
PSYC 462 Theories of Psychotherapy -- 3 credits
PSYC 464 Clinical/Counseling Psychology -- 3 credits

Learning, Cognition and Language courses (3 credits required):

PSYC 305 Applied Behavior Analysis -- 3 credits
PSYC 403 Memory and Cognition -- 3 credits
PSYC 476 Psychology of Language -- 3 credits

Elective courses:

Electives to be selected in consultation with your advisor to reinforce personal interests and educational/career goals. Electives may be selected from additional courses in the above content areas, or from the courses below:

PSYC 212 Critical Thinking -- 3 credits
PSYC 227 Interpersonal Skills -- 3 credits
PSYC 258 Introduction to Psychology of Woman -- 3 credits
PSYC 311 The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 3 credits
PSYC 360 Cross-Cultural Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 390 Selected Topics -- 3 credits
PSYC 490 Independent Study -- 1-9 credits

Psychology Minor Requirements

21 total credits

Required course (3 credits required):

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology -- 3 credits

Content Area required courses (9 credits required; one course from 3 of the 4 areas listed below):

Individual, Social and Developmental course:

PSYC 260 Personality -- 3 credits
PSYC 310 Social Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 372 Child and Adolescent Development -- 3 credits
PSYC 373 Adulthood and Aging -- 3 credits

Biological Aspects of Behavior course:

PSYC 225 Sensation and Perception -- 3 credits
PSYC 350 Biological Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 353 Psychopharmocology -- 3 credits

Adjustment and Well-Being course:

PSYC 320 Health and Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 352 Motivation and Emotion -- 3 credits
PSYC 362 Psychological Disorders -- 3 credits
PSYC 462 Theories of Psychotherapy -- 3 credits
PSYC 464 Clinical/Counseling Psychology -- 3 credits

Learning, Cognition and Language course:

PSYC 305 Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYC 403 Memory and Cognition
PSYC 476 Psychology of Language

Elective courses:

Electives to be selected in consultation with your advisor to reinforce personal interests and educational/career goals. Electives may be selected from additional courses in the above content areas, or from the courses below:

PSYC 212 Critical Thinking -- 3 credits
PSYC 227 Interpersonal Skills -- 3 credits
PSYC 258 Introduction to Psychology of Woman -- 3 credits
PSYC 311 The Psychology of Close Relationships -- 3 credits
PSYC 360 Cross-Cultural Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 390 Selected Topics -- 3 credits
PSYC 490 Independent Study -- 1-9 credits

Psychology Minor - Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level Requirements

22 total credits

All EA-A licensure students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements as outlined in the Secondary Education Teaching Certification section of this catalog. Students are also required to pass a subject-specific Praxis II exam designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction before being placed for student teaching.

Required courses (19 credits required):

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3 credits
PSYC 303 Research Methodology in Psychology -- 3 credits
PSYC 304 Research Methodology Laboratory -- 1 credit
PSYC 362 Psychological Disorders -- 3 credits
PSYC 372 Child and Adolescent Development -- 3 credits
PSYC 462 Theories of Psychotherapy -- 3 credits

Psychology Elective course:

An additional course is to be selected in consultation with your advisor to reinforce personal interests and educational/career goals. This course may be selected from additional courses in the content areas or from the elective courses.


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