2014-2015

Course Listings

Psychology

PSYC 121 (US) Psychology for Sustainability (1)

Environmental degradation (resource overconsumption, pollution, climate change) is the most pressing problem confronting contemporary society—without a livable planet, humans, like other animals, cannot survive. Because human behavior is at the root of the problem, Psychology, the science of behavior, offers important insights for understanding and changing unsustainable individual and society systems. A service learning component is required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding Society
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Koger

PSYC 210 (US) Introduction to Psychology (1)

Systematic exploration of traditional fields of psychology, including biopsychology, sensation and perception, cognitive, learning, developmental, social, personality, and clinical areas. Special attention will be given to the nature of evidence and its interpretation in behavioral science, as well as to ethical considerations and controversies arising in connection with the conduct and application of psychological research.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding Society
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 252W (QA) Research Methods and Analysis I (1)

An examination of the scientific method as applied to psychological research. This course will address issues in theory testing, measurement, experimental and correlational designs and research ethics. The course will also cover descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis, including graphical and computer-based statistical analysis. Extensive laboratory and writing experience required, with coverage of library search methods and APA style.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 253 (QA*) Research Methods and Analysis II (1)

This course is a continuation of PSYC 252W. The course will cover basic and intermediate topics in inferential statistics, including coverage of correlation/regression analysis, ANOVA, effect size and power analysis. The course will emphasize the use of statistical software in the analysis of behavioral science data and will require the students to engage in technical writing of statistical reports.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning (*)
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 252W with a C- or better or consent of instructor. Writing-centered and Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning proficiency in PSYC 252W must be demonstrated prior to enrolling in this course.
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 300 Orientation to Major Program Internship (.25)

This course is designed to assist students in planning their Senior Year Experience. Professionals from various community agencies will be invited to discuss potential internship projects and field trips will be scheduled to selected agencies. By the end of the course, the student is expected to have negotiated an internship contract with the instructor and an off-campus supervisor, or a thesis proposal with a faculty member in the Psychology Department.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 252W and Junior standing with a declared major in Psychology
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 330 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan (1)

This is an introductory course in developmental psychology, designed to introduce physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes throughout the life span., We will also discuss the roles of environment and context on development, as well as policy and other practical applications of these concepts.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Witkow

PSYC 331 Development Psychology: Adolescence (1)

Developmentalists regard adolescence as a qualitatively special period/state of life which is different than prior childhood or future adult maturity. In contrast, some social historians see adolescence as a recent phenomenon shaped by industrialization and extended formal education which may be more apparent than real. Our interest is concerned with what adolescence means for our times. We will look at how general psychological theories interpret adolescence. We will also consider general issues young people deal with (family, school, employment, etc.), as well as special problems that some adolescents face (ethnic status, gender perspectives, and poverty).

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Witkow

PSYC 332 Personality Psychology (1)

An introduction to the major approaches to studying human personality (e.g., psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive) with emphasis on how traditional personality theories relate to existing and modern research. Assignments will offer opportunities for both self-reflection and analysis of course content.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Noftle

PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology: Adult (1)

This course will explore psychological disorders of adults. Utilizing the current diagnostic framework, symptoms of major mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenia will be reviewed. Additionally, issues regarding etiology, assessment, and diagnosis will be discussed. The primary focus will be on the understanding of the nature of the disorders; only minor emphasis will be given to the treatment of the disorders.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Edelson, Staff

PSYC 336 Social Psychology (1)

The study of individual thought and behavior in social contexts. Major content areas include the perception of oneself and others, social judgment and inference processes, attitude formation and change, conformity, altruism, aggression, prejudice and interpersonal attraction. The course emphasizes theory and findings from experimental laboratory research.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Friedrich

PSYC 337 Diagnosis of "Abnormal" Child and Adolescent Behavior (1)

When diagnosing psychological disorders, clinicians rely on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In this class, we will examine the scientific evidence regarding the reliability and validity of the DSM for diagnosing psychological disorders, particularly in children and adolescents. We will begin by considering the concepts of “abnormality” and mental illness as defined in the DSM and then examine child and adolescent disorders found in the DSM with regard to symptom presentation and etiology. Finally, we will evaluate the evidence regarding the reliability and validity of the DSM child and adolescent disorders we review.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Edelson

PSYC 340 Psychology of Learning (1)

A systematic introduction to the nature of the learning process, emphasizing a topical/theoretical orientation. Major topics covered include the historical legacy of neobehaviorism, classic and contemporary Pavlovian conditions, techniques of instrumental learning, the nature of reinforcement, aversive learning, generalization and discrimination, and recent developments in the field. A service learning component is included.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Designated as a Service Learning Course
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Koger

PSYC 341 Personnel and Industrial Psychology (1)

This course will explore the field of industrial/organizational psychology in its broadest sense. We will examine the psychology of work behavior from both a management perspective, with its emphasis on efficiency and productivity; and from a worker's point of view, including concerns about career development, job satisfaction and stress. Work-related issues in many types of organizations (e.g., educational institutions, social service agencies, profit-oriented manufacturing companies) will be considered.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Friedrich

PSYC 345 Biopsychology (1)

The biological bases of animal behavior will be examined. Neuroanatomical and psychopharmacological techniques will be applied to processes including sleep, emotion, learning, and memory, as well as neuropsychological disorders.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Koger

PSYC 350 Cognitive Processes (1)

This course will consider the subjects of attention, concept formation, pattern recognition, language, memory, artificial intelligence, creative thinking, problem solving and other aspects of cognition.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Miller

PSYC 351 Sensation and Perception (1)

This course explores the processes and mechanisms involved in detecting stimuli from the environment and how we perceive information gathered through sensation. Topics include psychophysics, neurophysiology, the visual system, object perception, color vision, sound and audition, touch and pain, and chemosensation (gustation and olfaction).

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Anually
  • Instructor: Stewart

PSYC 354 (US) Psychology of Women and Gender (1)

An examination of the psychological literature with be conducted with a focus on how our knowledge of human behavior, which was initially developed from the exclusive study of males, evolved to include the study of females. We will explore issues of sexism in psychological research, biological and socialization influences affecting females and males, and the effect of societally-constructed gender roles on human behavior. Specific topics that will be addressed include: cognitive abilities, morality, achievement, interpersonal violence, and mental illness.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Understanding Society
  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Edelson

PSYC 355 Cognitive Neuroscience (1)

Much of our knowledge of cognitive processes is derived from cases in which something has "gone wrong" with normal brain activities, either through brain injury or disease. Students will receive an introduction to neurobiological techniques and their application to the study of cognition. Neurological, neuropsychological and developmental abnormalities will be emphasized.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Stevens

PSYC 370 Topics in Psychology (1)

This course allows members of the Psychology Department to offer topical courses, in areas not already part of the curriculum, which can be tailored to meet student and faculty interests. May be repeated for credit.

Note: This course may count in one of the following foundation categories of the Psychology major depending on the topics offered.

PSYC 370A Topics in Psychology: Clinical and Applied

PSYC 370B Topics in Psychology: Biological and Psychophysical Processes

PSYC 370C Topics in Psychology: Cognitive and Learning

PSYC 370D Topics in Psychology: Social, Developmental, and Personality

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 390 Independent Study (.5 or 1)

Individual library and field research projects selected in consultation with Psychology faculty. These projects are intended for advanced students who wish to study a topic not normally available in the department curriculum.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 430 Topical Seminar in Psychology (1)

An opportunity to take a specialized advanced-level class from a faculty member or a psychologist working professionally in the Salem community. Seminars include the option of completing the senior thesis paper for psychology.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 252W and junior or senior standing
  • Offering: Every Semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 493 Senior Independent Study (.25 to 1)

The Senior level Independent Study can be taken as an extension of PSYC 498W for continued work on a research project or at a field internship site. Specifically, research interns may earn independent study credit for conducting advanced analyses on their research results and revising their empirical research reports, e.g., for potential publication. Field interns may earn independent study credit for continuing work at their internship site, in excess of the minimum requirement of 168 hours.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 210, PSYC 252W Senior Standing
  • Offering: Spring Semester
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 498W Senior Internship in Psychology (1)

The Senior Year Experience for Psychology majors involves practical experience obtained through either field internship at a community agency or other organization engaging in work related to psychology, or through a research internship in which students conduct original research under faculty supervision. Internship may not begin prior to successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment with PSYC 253. Students will write a major paper describing their experience in relation to their prior coursework in psychology, as well as a paper reviewing the empirical literature on a topic related to their internship.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 252W and PSYC 300 and senior standing
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

PSYC 499W Senior Honors in Psychology (.5)

Continuation of PSYC 498W for Psychology Honors candidates to complete their scholarly thesis requirement under faculty supervision.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 253 and PSYC 498W
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

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