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Psychological Science

Courses

Psychology courses at Carthage provide a background for a better understanding of the modern world, other academic fields, and one’s self. Classes can be taken as courses for a major or minor concentration in psychology, as supporting courses for other majors, or because of general interest. Scroll down to read descriptions of the Psychological Science courses offered at Carthage, or click on the following links for additional resources.

 

  • PYC 1500

    Introduction to Psychological Science (SOC)

    4cr
    A team-taught introduction to the methods and principles of psychological science.
    NOTE: Majors must pass this course with a C- or better to move on in the major courses.
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 2010

    Research Methods and Statistics I (SOC)

    4cr
    An introduction to statistical and research methods in psychological science, including the design and execution of research projects and the organization, analysis, and interpretation of results.
    Prerequisite: PYC 1500 with a grade of C- or better
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 2110

    Interpersonal Dynamics

    4cr
    A study of issues and concepts related to human interactions in pairs, triads, and small groups. Theoretical perspectives are reviewed with a focus on practical strategies and problem solving in everyday encounters.
    Prerequsite: PYC 1500

  • PYC 2150

    Sensation and Perception (SOC)

    4cr
    A survey of research and theory that addresses the complex question of how our sense organs communicate with our brain to process and organize the vast amount of sensory information available in the environment. Particular emphasis is placed on applying the scientific method to perceptual psychology.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2010 with a grade of C- or better

  • PYC 2200

    Social Psychology (SOC)

    4cr
    A survey of research and theory that illuminates how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by the presence of others. Topics include social cognition, attitudes, social influence, conformity, stereotyping and prejudice, emotions, attraction, close relationships, group processes, aggression, and prosocial behavior.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2010 with a grade of C- or better or permission of instructor
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 2300

    Cognitive Psychology (SOC)

    4cr
    A survey of research and theory that attempts to explain human thought processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory, language, and problem solving. An emphasis is placed on research methodology and the evaluation of data from online laboratories.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2010 with a grade of C- or better
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 2850

    Child and Adolescent Development (SOC)

    4cr
    A study of behavioral changes during the first years of life through adolescence and of the important theories and models about these changes. Physical, language (normal and atypical), cognitive, and socioemotional changes will be considered with specific emphasis on the practical significance of these changes for educators and others.
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 3010

    Research Methods and Statistics II (SOC)

    4cr
    An advanced introduction to statistical and research methods in psychological science, including the design and execution of research projects and the organization, analysis, and interpretation of results.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2010 with a grade of C- or better
    Spring

  • PYC 3460

    Psychology of Women and Gender

    4cr
    This course examines the psychology of women and gender from a social constructivist theoretical framework. In addition to gender, the course utilizes intersectional theory to explore the ways that race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability interact and operate at individual, interpersonal, and cultural levels to modify experiences. Finally, the course examines the social and political implications of our cultural understandings of woman, man, and gender.
    Prerequisites: PYC 2200 or WMG 1100

  • PYC 3500

    Abnormal Psychology (SOC)

    4cr
    This course is an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior and psychological or mental disorders. Major psychological disorders will be reviewed. Each disorder will be examined by its description, the etiology of the disorder, and treatment.
    Prerequisites: Any PYC breadth course and PYC 2010

  • PYC 3600

    Organizational Psychology

    4cr
    Organizational Psychology applies social psychological methods and principles to understand how interactions among individuals, groups, and the broader social context impact organizations. By examining topics such as motivation, leadership, intergroup dynamics, conflict, and organizational culture, this course will prepare students to be successful members and leaders in organizations.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2200

  • PYC 3650

    Childhood Psychopathology (SOC)

    4cr
    This course concerns the diagnosis of, assessment of, and intervention with children and adolescents who are experiencing or are at risk for significant emotional, cognitive, or mental disabilities. Specific risk factors for children of the disadvantaged will also be studied.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2850 and PYC 2010
    Fall

  • PYC 3750

    Psychology of Personality (SOC)

    4cr
    An examination of the major approaches to the explanation of personality. How do various theorists understand the basic processes that are common to all people, the traits that are shared by some people, and the specific ways in which individuals are unique?
    Prerequisites: PYC 2200 and PYC 3010

  • PYC 3850

    Adult Development and Aging (SOC)

    4cr
    The psychology of adult development and the processes of aging will be studied. Theories and empirical study of adult functioning during the contemporary long lifespan will be considered, including the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains. Practical implications for the education and societal care of a growing population of middle-aged and aging persons will be emphasized.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2850

  • PYC 4010

    Psychology of Stress

    4cr
    This course covers a timely emphasis on the role of stress in production of disorders in health and psychological status. Some treatment of subcultural and cultural definitions of stress will be included. This course can be counted as a depth course.
    Prerequisite: PYC 2200 or PYC 2150 or PYC 2850 or NEU 2100

  • PYC 4150

    Globalization and Psychology

    4cr
    This course covers a timely emphasis on the global applicability of principles and research on human behavior. Further, cross-cultural research methodologies will be considered.
    Prerequsite: PYC 2200 or PYC 2150 or PYC 2850 or NEU 2100

  • PYC 4700

    Fieldwork in Psychological Science

    4cr
    Seminar class with psychology instructor combined with field experience under the supervision of psychologists and other professionals in various selected agencies in the community.
    Prerequisites: By permission of the department chair, junior standing, and PYC 3010 with a grade of C- or better.
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 4800

    Thesis in Psychological Science

    4cr
    In this course students develop a Senior Thesis. The course will culminate in a thesis and an oral presenation. Exceptional thesis will be considered for honors in the major.
    Prerequisites: By permission of the department chair, junior standing, and PYC 3010 with a grade of C- or better
    Fall/Spring

  • PYC 4990

    Senior Thesis Completion

    0cr
    Students should register for PYC 4990 during the semester that they intend to complete their Senior Thesis.

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