Psychology Undergraduate Courses

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MET PS 101 General Psychology
Fall ‘14

Basic introduction to the study of psychology as a behavioral science. Emphasis on learning, motivation, perception, personality, and social psychology.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Avery-Peck CAS 218 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 221 Psychology of Human Sexuality

The course provides a psychological framework for reviewing the science of human sexuality. Emphasis is placed on not only what has been learned, but how it has been studied. The clinical, developmental, personality, social psychology, and neuropsychological theory and research of human sexuality are presented. Specific topics include sexual dysfunctions and sex therapy, bio-social views on sexual differentiation, alternative sexual orientations, and attraction to love.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 222 Creativity

Human creativity stands at the core of the human experience. It plays a key role in the type of societies we create, the types of inventions we come to rely on and the works of art we love. This course reviews current theories, research and applications of this rapidly evolving and fascinating field of study. Students also learn what they can do to enhance their own creative process and participate in innovation.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 234 Psychology of Learning
Fall ‘14

Theory and techniques in learning and their applications in different settings. Explores problem solving, memory, reward and punishment, and reinforcement schedules in animals, normal classrooms, and remediational settings.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Staff CAS 315 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 241 Developmental Psychology
Fall ‘14

Critical and technical review of theories on intellectual and social development of infants and children. Emphasis is on the role of early experiences and biological factors in the later formation of personality and intellectual motivational behaviors. Discusses the work of Erikson, Piaget, and Freud.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Cox CAS 218 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 251 Psychology of Personality

Provides a conceptual framework for understanding the development, organization, and change of the normal individual according to such diverse theoretical positions as the psychoanalytic, humanistic, and social learning schools.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 253 Psychology of Dreams
Fall ‘14

Covers a wide range of theoretical and empirical studies on dreams; presents a review of the major schools of thought regarding the origin, content, and purpose of dreams; topics include dream interpretation, the physiology of sleep and dreams, daydreams, and nightmares. Note: This course cannot be used as one of the principal courses required for the CAS psychology major or minor.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Shim CAS 237 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 261 Social Psychology
Fall ‘14

Manner in which the behavior, feelings, and thoughts of one individual are influenced and determined by the behavior and/or characteristics of others. Attraction, attitudes, aggression, person perception, and groups. Readings cover theories, experimental research, and application.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Mercurio CAS 204A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 273 Introduction to Clinical Psychology

An overview of the field of clinical psychology as applied to children, adolescents, and adults. Theoretical, applied, and research topics include: neurobiology, psychopharmacology, individual and group psychotherapy, testing and assessment, family systems therapy.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 275 Principles of Counseling and Motivational Interviewing

Basic theories of counseling and motivational interviewing are compared and contrasted. Emphasis is placed on investigating the various contexts in which these theories and techniques are particularly applicable (e.g. , sports psychology, weight loss, smoking cessation, crises management, etc.)   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 295 Psychology and Film: Images of Madness

Classic feature films (1920's to the present) portraying mental illness are considered from both cinematic and psychosocial perspectives. The public image of madness on the big screen is related to clinical concepts and practices current during the period of the film.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 302 Women and Health in the Twenty-First Century

Examines current issues directly related to the health experiences of women in America and around the world. Topics include an historical overview of women's health and examine in depth issues such as: gender specific medicine; puberty, body image and eating disorders; contraception and the abortion issue; infertility and technology; pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding; violence against women; incarcerated women and the female brain. Provides a framework to integrate the social variables involved in exploring the roles played by men and women as medical consumers and its affects on overall health and attitudes.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 320 Play and Art Therapy

Considers the psychological roots of play and creative processes as they relate to child and adult therapy. Specific schools of play and art therapy are considered. Emphasis is on psychological processes and direct application of therapies. Note: This course cannot be used as one of the principal courses required for the CAS psychology major or minor.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 323 Experimental Psychology: Learning

Methodology, results, and interpretation of respondent and operant conditioning. Experimental analyses of selected topics in learning within the context of reinforcement theory. Students write reports of instructor- and student-planned experiments using the albino rat as subject. Laboratory course.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 324 Exp Psy Develop

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MET PS 325 Experimental Psychology: Personality
Fall ‘14

Experimental and observational investigations of selected aspects of personality. Demonstration of experimental procedures; participation in laboratory and field studies. Laboratory course.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Staff FLR 264 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 326 Exp Psy Social

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MET PS 330 Leadership in the Workplace

This class is aimed at students who are eager to develop an understanding of the interplay between psychology, leadership, and workplace dynamics within organizations. The focus of the class is on the practical as well as the applied and theoretical aspects of organization psychology. Investigations will focus on actual work related case studies and leadership and work related issues, as well as an investigation of the dynamic nature of the field. We will use the classroom setting as a laboratory to analyze cases and to discuss solutions for work related problems. This class is ideal for students preparing to enter the workplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 335 How the Brain Works: An Introduction to Neuropsychology

Where do our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors come from? They all originate in the brain. The mysteries of the brain become accessible through the study of tragically commonplace medical events and conditions such as stroke and dementia and exceptionally rare cases where n = 1 (the amnesic patient H.M.; the infamous Phineas Gage). Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the brain and behavior. This course examines the anatomical structures of the brain including the cerebral lobes, brain stem and subcortical regions and will explore cognitive processes including memory, language, attention, and emotion. Significant emphasis will be placed on the relation between brain disorders (resulting from head injury, stroke, degenerative disease, etc.) and abnormal behavior.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 340 Business and Organizational Psychology
Fall ‘14

The discipline of business and organizational psychology is a fast-growing expert area in the behavioral sciences. As a whole it concerns itself with the scientific application of psychological principles, research, theories, methods, and interventions to the world of business and organizations. This course introduces the undergraduate student to the discipline's theories, methods, and practical applications.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Diamond FLR 133 T 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
MET PS 350 Depression and Disorders of Mood

Examines current theories and research findings on depression and mania. Evaluation of major biological and psychosocial theories and treatments. Attention to personality, psychosocial risk factors, and depression in children. Note: This course cannot be used as one of the principal courses required for the CAS psychology major or minor.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 366 The Psychological Unconscious

The psychological unconscious has been cause for fascination since the dawn of civilization among philosophers, scientist and artists. In recent years, thanks to swift advances in the neurosciences, many unconscious phenomena have been studied experimentally and revealed to us. These empirical studies, when combined with the theoretical work of previous generations, offer sharp insights into how the psychological unconscious works in generating thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 371 Abnormal Psychology

Explores the complex causes, manifestations, and treatment of common behavior disorders. Introduces abnormal behavior in the context of psychological well being to show these behaviors along a continuum from functional to dysfunctional. Interviews with patients and analysis by therapists and other mental health professionals provide students with invaluable perspectives on the suffering of behavioral disorders as well as the multiple approaches to treatment.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 401 Psychological Perspectives on Self and Identity

This course explores the manifold ways in which the sense of "who one is" as a person is approached and understood within the field of psychology. The psychological construct of identity will be utilized to survey the varying ways in which the experience and nature of "one's own sense of self" is examined and elucidated across the major sub-fields of psychology, including: developmental psychology; personality psychology, abnormal psychology, humanistic, existential and transpersonal psychology; and the psychology of religion. Particular consideration will be given to the significance of such cultural and contextual factors as race, ethnicity and gender.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 404 Senior Seminar in Psychology and Culture

This class addresses the key role culture plays in shaping the human experience. Emphasis will be put on key social, affective, and cognitive aspects of group identity and self-identity development. The historical role psychology has played in understanding these phenomena will be reviewed. Topics that will be covered include: cross cultural communication and the constant evolution of prejudice and racism in today's world. The course is taught in seminar format and requires intensive student motivation and participation.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 472 Psychology of Women
Fall ‘14

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the myriad factors influencing the development of girls and women in a variety of cultures and societies. Topics that will be covered include feminist scholarship and research; gender socialization, women's biology, and health; sexuality, relationships and family; and work, career, and power issues.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Perreault CAS 235 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 492 Independent Study

Independent Study arranged with the appropriate instructor.   [ Var cr. ]

MET PS 497 Health Psychology

Health Psychology is the branch of psychological science that deals with identifying and understanding factors that help enhance human health and prevent disease. Through education, research, and treatment, health psychologists intervene in a wide variety of clinical conditions, including addictions, chronic illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, pain management and many others.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 501 Special Topics in Psychology

PS501 is the designation for "Special Topics in Psychology". The subject matter for PS501 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one PS501 can be offered in a given semester. For course descriptions, please contact the Department of Applied Social Sciences or the Student Advisor.

Fall 2013, PS501 B1: "Psychology of the Family"
Psychology of the Family will examine societal and family issues impacting family dynamics and family functioning. It will examine the various components of the family, including marriage, parenthood, gender roles, relationships among family members, cross cultural perspectives, uncoupling, sexuality and intimacy, family counseling, and other important aspects of family life.

"The Psychology of Eating."
The psychology of eating will focus on understanding the psychological processes underlying eating and eating-related health problems. The course will cover the spectrum of eating behavior beginning from what we currently view as healthy eating through body dissatisfaction and dieting and finally ending with obesity and eating disorders. Attention will be devoted to understanding the development of psychological health problems associated with food choice, eating behaviors, and our bodies. We will also spend time examining social and cultural influences on eating and food. Course topics will include healthy eating, food choice and food preferences, the meaning of food, social and cultural influences on eating, body image and dieting, weight regulation, obesity, and eating disorders.

Spring 2014, PS501 B1: "Sports Neuropsychology"
Sports neuropsychology is the study of the effects of participation in sports on the structure and function of the brain. Approximately 4 million sports-related traumatic brain injuries occur in the U.S. annually, and these impacts have been associated with both short and long-term changes in mood, behavior, and cognition. First, this course will begin with a brief overview of key brain structures and their connections in order to serve as a foundation for the remainder of the course. Second, we will review current methods of assessing and managing sport-related brain injuries and review sports- related neurological disorders, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy and post-concussion syndrome.

PS 501 D1: "The Psychology of Adult Life"
This course examines the range of ways psychologists view adulthood, life events and transitions. We'll investigate contexts of adult life (including culture, gender and cohort), as well as rites of passage. Topics include career development, lifelong learning, relationships, making meaning, dealing with trauma and stress, the aging process and end of life experiences. Biographies, documentaries, and student-conducted interviews will provide material through which we'll investigate the phenomenon of adulthood.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 510 Special Topics

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MET PS 515 Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Methods, Practice, and Theory

The field of forensic psychology lies at the crossroads of psychology, the law, and the criminal justice system. This course presents upper-level undergraduates and master's level graduate students with the scope of forensic psychology practice and research. First, the course focuses on the scope of the field: what forensic psychologists do, the ethical conflicts they encounter, and the field's special methodology (e.g., assessment of malingering and deception). The use and function of expert witness testimony is reviewed and critically evaluated. A range of civil and criminal psychological issues is addressed including eyewitness memory, sexual offenders and battered women.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET PS 520 Violence&Trauma
Fall ‘14

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Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Rousseau SHA 206 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET PS 592 Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what makes it possible for human beings to lead happy, meaningful and productive lives--sometimes despite formidable odds. This course offers an introduction to the discipline's methods, empirical findings and theory.  [ 4 cr. ]