2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

PSYC - Psychology
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PSYC 101Introduction To Psychology3.00
Introduction to the scientific study of psychology covering major areas of study within the discipline, including biological bases of behavior, learning and conditioning, memory and cognition, motivation and emotion, social and cultural influences on behavior and attitudes, personality, health psychology, and mental illness. Select sections qualify as an Academic Service-Learning Course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
PSYC 189Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 200Profession of Psychology: Introduction1.00
This course is for students who are entering, or considering entering, psychology as a major and a career field and is part one of a two-part series required for psychology majors. It describes professional career specialties and discusses values and ethical principles of the profession. Other topics that may be covered include retrieval on psychology topics, interaction with community resources, and introductory interpersonal professional skills. Provides experience in information retrieval on psychology topics. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 212Critical Thinking3.00
The central objective of this course is to help students understand a diverse array of critical thinking styles. This course emphasizes that the type of thinking one applies depends heavily on one’s objective, cultural context, and personal style. These goals will be addressed through a series of modules, each one demonstrating different methods of engaging with ideas to determine their value, falsity, and/or truth. Students will be exposed to methods of reasoning in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students will be required: to reflect on their own decision-making process; to identify, evaluate and apply diverse perspectives; to connect and contrast different worldviews; and understand the historical sources of, and to demonstrate openness to, dissimilar worldviews. Cross-listed PHIL/PSYC 212.
University Studies Requirements:
Humanities - WLCP
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 225Sensation And Perception3.00
Sensory and central processes by which information from the environment is received and interpreted. Includes receptors and neural processing, thalamic and cortical processing, and principles of perception. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 227Interpersonal Skills3.00
Introduction to basic interpersonal helping skills within a problem-solving framework. Focus on interpersonal communication and development of elementary interviewing skills, the conscious use of self, working with uncooperative or resistant subjects and cross-cultural differences in the helping process. Exercises, role playing and simulations are used to enhance learning. Designed to accommodate non-Social Work majors in related disciplines. Cross-listed, SO W/PSYC 227.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 230Social Cognition3.00
How do we think about the social world around us? How do we form impressions and explain our own and others' behavior? This course will explore the automatic and controlled cognitive processes that shape our feelings, motivations, decisions, and biases. Additionally, we will examine how fundamental cognitive patterns form the basis for creating and maintaining prejudice.
University Studies Requirements:
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PSYC 258Gender, Psychology and Society3.00
Discussion and study of development of gender roles across the lifespan. Topics include the social construction of sex and gender differences, status and power, feminist psychology, childhood and adolescence, relationships, family, work and achievement, and diversity. Meets a requirement for the Women's Studies minor and General Education diversity credit. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details). Cross-listed as PSYC/GST 258.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 260Personality3.00
Insight into personality can be gained from many different points of view. Covers the major theoretical approaches to personality, including the psychonalytic, learning theory, humanistic, trait and sociobiological genetic approaches. Includes consideration of varying topics of research interest, such as gender roles, locus of control, infant and adult attachment, cultural variation, violence, resilience. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 270Psychology of Men and Masculinity3.00
This course is devoted to exploring men's experience in society, the cultural messages men receive about masculinity, and the implications of these for behavior and mental health. Topics include: ideology about the transition from boyhood to manhood, the privileges and perils of manhood status, men's friendships, work primacy, health issues, intimacy and power issues with women, negotiating male sexuality, male violence, and assumptions regarding men's role in the family unit. This is a course for both women and men about issues related to the social construction of masculinity in our culture. Cross-listed as PSYC/GST 270.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
PSYC 275Reading and Writing for Psychology3.00
This course builds fundamental skills in reading primary scientific literature and writing using the conventions of the social and behavioral sciences. The fundamentals of preparing a paper using APA style will also be covered.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 289Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 301Statistics for Psychological Research3.00
Methods of measurement and data analysis. Includes basic descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, tests for inequality of means, probability of discrete events, and nonparametric tests of association.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking PSYC 301 is having completed PSYC 101 and MATH GEN ED requirement.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 303Research Methodology in Psychology3.00
Experimental and other research designs. Ethical principles of psychology. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 275 and PSYC 301.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 304Research Methodology Lab1.00
Laboratory period meets two hours per week. Includes practice in data collection and analysis, research design, and report writing. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 301 and corequisite enrollment in PSYC 303.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 305Applied Behavior Analysis3.00
A two-pronged approach to behavior analysis and modification. First, basic learning principles and phenomena are discussed (both Classical and Operant Conditioning). Second, these principles are applied to modify socially significant behaviors. Particular focus paid to how ABA can be applied to the treatments of mental disorders, improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, and modifying personal habits. Meets the Learning, Cognition, and Language requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 310Social Psychology3.00
Study, discussion, and demonstration/experiments into the nature and causes of individual behavior and thought in social situations. Topics range from love, cooperation, and helping to prejudice, conflict, and aggression and cultural influences on these behaviors. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 311The Psychology of Close Relationships3.00
Designed to acquaint students with selected theories, basic research, and applied research in the area of close relationships and to increase students' skill and comfort in oral expression, critical analysis, and written communication through assignments and class discussions. Students read both classic and recent journal articles and chapters on a wide range of topics in the field of close relationships (sibling relationships, friendships, and romantic relationships-both heterosexual and homosexual). Encourages students to think critically about the components of healthy relationships.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PSYC 320Health Psychology3.00
Study of the impact of biological, physiological, social, and cultural factors on health and illness. Topics include physiological systems of the body, mind-body interactions, stress and coping, lifestyle and health, psychoneuroimmunology, pain, cross-cultural perspectives on health and illness, and management of chronic and terminal illness. Meets the Adjustment and Well-being requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 350Behavioral Neuroscience3.00
Study of the biological systems which underlie human behavior. Covers neural structure and physiology, genetic coding and hormones. Specific topics of interest to psychology are included, such as mental illness, the sleep-waking cycle, sensation, language, memory, stress, and sexuality. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 352Motivation And Emotion3.00
Introduction to the study of human motivation and emotion. Behavioral, cognitive, social, and humanistic theories of motivation will be explored. Major theories/models of emotion, in addition to student-selected topics in this area will be included. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for the Psychology major.
PSYC 353Psychopharmacology3.00
Students will examine how drugs influence the brain and behavior. Specifically, the course will discuss basic pharmacology (mechanisms of drug action in the brain) as well as overt behavioral and psychological changes rendered by the drug. Both legal (e.g. Prozac, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine) and illegal (e.g. marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and LSD) drugs will be discussed. Issues related to addiction and treatment will also be examined. Meets the Biological Aspects of Behavior requirement for the Psychology major.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 360Culture and Identity3.00
Introduction to the effects of culture on who we are and how we think of ourselves (and others). Central themes: How does culture construct the categories that come to define our identities (e.g., race, gender, class)? How does this differ from one cultural context (i.e., region; nation; continent) to the next? How do these constructs shape our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors? How does this contribute to intergroup / international conflict and misunderstanding? Classroom activities and assignments are aimed at confronting, acknowledging, questioning, and challenging the automatic assumptions that result from our own singular cultural experience, and experiencing differences in culture. Meets the requirement for the General Education diversity credit.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
PSYC 362Psychological Disorders3.00
Survey of major forms of psychopathology, including diagnostic criteria and clinical features of specific mental disorders, in addition to research on etiology and approaches to treatment. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 372Child and Adolescent Development3.00
Surveys the science and application of child and adolescent development, focusing on the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, and may highlight moral development, cultural differences, genetics, aggression, media and thought processes as they relate to various age groups. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 373Adulthood and Aging3.00
Examines the social, cognitive, and physical changes that occur through adulthood and older adulthood. Longitudinal and life-span approaches to development are highlighted along with how a changing life expectancy and demographic population are affecting research and quality of life in the population. Meets the Individual, Social and Developmental requirement for the Psychology major. Qualifies as an Academic Service-Learning course (see Academic Service-Learning for more details).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 389Psychology Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
PSYC 390Special Topics in Psychology1.00 - 3.00
Consideration of special topics related to the field of Psychology. Because the course content will vary, the student may take up to nine credits.
PSYC 403Memory and Cognition3.00
Discussion of theory and research into cognitive processes, including attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Meets the Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 404Senior Research3.00
Designing, implementing, and reporting an independent research study in psychology. Fulfills independent learning experience General Education requirement. Required for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101, PSYC 303 and PSYC 304.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 462Theories of Psychotherapy3.00
Survey and critical evaluation of major psychotherapeutic approaches for treatment. Includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies, humanistic-existential approaches, and exposure-based, behavioral and cognitive treatments in addition to constructivist, feminist, culture-sensitive, and integrative therapies. Meets the Adjustment and Well-Being requirement for Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
PSYC 464Psychological Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment3.00
Addresses methods of psychological assessment, diagnosis, psychological treatment approaches, training and professional roles, and specializations within the field. Meets the Adjustment and Well-being requirement for the Psychology major.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed PSYC 101.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
PSYC 476Psycholinguistics3.00
Examination of the role of psychological factors in the use of language, the relationship between language and thought, psychological approaches to meaning, and disorders of speech and language. Meets the Learning, Cognition and Language requirement for the Psychology major.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
PSYC 489Psychology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
PSYC 490Independent Study1.00 - 9.00
Planning, execution and report of original research or special study on a topic in psychology. Approval of the faculty advisor who will guide the research or study must be secured before registration. Prerequisite: 15 credits in psychology or consent of instructor. A maximum of nine credits may be earned under this course number, taken in one or more semesters.