L.PSY-101: Introductory Psychology
An introduction to the science and practice of psychology as a discipline within the liberal arts. All sections will include an overview and brief history of psychology, basic research methods and statistics, physiological psychology, and human development. Each section will also include three or more of the following topics: learning and/or cognition, social psychology and/or motivation-emotion, abnormal psychology and/or clinical-counseling psychology. 3 credits.
L.PSY-121: Developmental Psychology
A study of human development across the lifespan, with emphasis on the factors influencing physical, cognitive, and emotional development. 3 credits.
L.PSY-131: Psychology of Stress
This course will introduce students to theories and principles related to the sources and effects of stress. Students will learn about different sources of stress and anxiety and how physiological systems are affected by stress. As part of the course, all students will spend one weekend off campus on a two-day silent retreat and will attend presentations outside of the regularly scheduled class times. There will be an additional course fee to cover costs of the retreat and special instructors. 3 credits.
L.PSY-190: The Working Poor
Through a hands-on simulation, readings, class discussions, guest speakers, and media presentations, students will gain a foundational knowledge of the history of the working poor in the U.S., the theories regarding causation and reduction, and the grassroots efforts for change as they relate to the social class referred to as the working poor. Students will build on this foundation by developing a specific knowledge of the working poor in the Dubuque community. 3 credits. January term.
L.PSY-211: Research Methods & Statistics I
An introduction to the use of research strategies and tools of measurement in psychology. The SPSS computer program will be used to introduce basic data handling, descriptive and correlational statistics. Students will be expected to participate in elementary research studies, produce APA-style research papers, and evaluate research literature. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in the foundational mathematics requirement, L.PSY-101 or equivalent. 4 credits.
L.PSY-212: Research Methods & Statistics II
This course continues instruction in psychological research by reviewing the basics of the scientific method, ethics, and APA style. Experimental research will then be introduced, along with more advanced inferential statistics. More complex designs, such as meta-analysis and factor analysis will be discussed. Students will again be expected to participate in elementary research studies, produce APA-style research papers, and evaluate research literature. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101 or equivalent and L.PSY-211 (with C- or better). 4 credits.
L.PSY-221: Abnormal Psychology
An examination of mental disorder in terms of etiology and therapy. Prerequisites: L.PSY101 or 121; and sophomore standing. 3 credits.
L.PSY-224: Applied Social Psychology-AI
Are social forces affecting your individual decisions? Can one person change an entire community? This course will apply theories and research in social psychology to the examination of these questions. Students will reflect on their personal social experiences, discuss literature written about individual struggles with society, and explore ways to effect positive social change in their communities. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
Introduction to Personality examines the life-long interaction between individual and environment in the forming and periodic reforming of one’s personality. Age-related tasks central to the development of a healthy personality will be highlighted. The interaction among the biological, the psychological, and the socio-cultural will be emphasized in describing and explaining personality. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PSY-227: Culture & Psychopathology-AC
The course material considers mental illness categories in light of the influence of culture on the diagnosis, course and prognosis. Foundational concepts include a consideration of mind/body dualism, the concepts of self and the phenomenon of resilience. The foundational concepts provide a cultural lens for understanding the broader culture of “mental illness” as it occurs around the world. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PSY-231: Sensation & Perception
A study of the physiological mechanisms that are responsible for how our sensory systems operate and how we use these sensory systems to organize perceptions of reality. The emphasis of this class is on the conversion of external stimuli into neural activity. Topics include understanding visual, cutaneous, and auditory processing. Lab included. Prerequisite: L.PSY-101. 3 credits.
L.PSY-242: Industrial-Organizational Behavior
A survey of how psychology principles may be applied to the behavior of people at work. Topics covered include job analysis, selection, performance appraisal, training, work motivation, work teams, leadership and organizational development. Prerequisite: L.PSY101. Recommended: L.PSY-211 or L.BUS-250. 3 credits.
L.PSY-244: Social Psychology
Social psychology is a subfield of psychology focused on how people interact, influence one another, and make judgments about others. This course is designed to be an introduction to the scientific study of social psychology, primarily for psychology majors or minors. Prerequisite: L.PSY-101. 3 credits.
L.PSY-252: Positive Psychology-AI
Students will examine a variety of human strengths such as love, empathy, and happiness and will explore the factors that influence each strength’s development and expression in their lives. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PSY-265: Psychology as a Profession
This course is designed to help students explore career options with a psychology major. Students also develop a professional resume and learn about the wealth of resources available to make good career and professional decisions as their academic career progresses. Prerequisite: L.PSY-101 or L.PSY-121. 1 credit.
L.PSY-267: Psychology & the Arts-AA
In this course, students will explore how art is perceived, created, and used. Students will study perception, cultural differences, personality and creativity, and art as therapy. There will be activities designed to enhance creativity. Artistic experience is not required! Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PSY-278: Cross-Cultural Psychology
This course will utilize theories and concepts from cross-cultural psychology and intercultural communication to take an in-depth look at culture in general and at a variety of micro-cultures, including gender, social class and popular culture. Students will read an assortment of writings focused on cultural diversity and current issues regarding specific cultural groups. 3 credits.
L.PSY-285: Drugs & Human Behavior-AH
This is a course about drugs that alter mood, thought processes and behavior by influencing the functioning of nerve cells (neurons). Students will not need an extensive background in biology, chemistry or psychology to master the material covered in this class. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and a Mathematical Modeling (-FM) course and a college level introductory course in at least one of the following: biology, chemistry, psychology. 3 credits.
L.PSY-323: Psychology of Adulthood & Aging-AI
A survey of modern knowledge about the processes of becoming old (aging) and old age itself. Emphasis is placed on cognitive processes, personality, and mental health. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.PSY-331: Physiological Psychology
Basics of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with applications in genetics, motivation, emotion, movement, sleep, sensory processes, and mental disorders and their treatment. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101. Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor required. 3 credits.
L.PSY-332: Learning & Cognition
An overview of how people learn, acquire and use knowledge. Course examines mental processes to include learning, memory, and cognition. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101. Recommended: L.PSY-211. 3 credits.
L.PSY-333: Motivation & Emotion
Contemporary theories of motivation and emotion, empirical approaches to the study of motivation and emotion emphasizing application to humans. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101. 3 credits.
L.PSY-341: Interpersonal Relationships
Psychological study of relationships. Topics include social attraction, intimacy, and interpersonal communication. Special attention will be given to the psychological characteristics of successful relationships. Several theoretical perspectives will be studied, including psychology, sociology, communication, and gender studies. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. 3 credits.
L.PSY-351: Advanced Research Methods
Supervised research in selected topics in psychology. Students are trained as members of a research team in this course that builds on methods introduced in L.PSY-212. Ongoing research projects offer opportunities for the application of research design, statistical analysis, library research, report writing, and presentations at conferences. Admission by written permission of the instructor only. Prerequisite: L.PSY-212. 1 credits.
L.PSY-390: Psychology Peer Assistantship
Students will serve as classroom assistants for psychology professors in introductory psychology or developmental psychology classes. Prerequisites: Instructor approval is required; junior standing is preferred. 1 credit.
Supervised field work in the area of applied psychology. Students should arrange for a field setting the semester before they register. Admission by written permission of instructor only. See internship coordinator for more information. 1 to 3 credits.
L.PSY-441: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Overview of the methods of psychological assessment including: interviewing, intellectual, neurological, and personality testing; and systems assessment. Overview of theories and techniques of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: L.PSY-101. Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor required. 3 credits.
L.PSY-490: Senior Seminar & Portfolio-PJ
This seminar course is designed to enhance the professional skills of candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in psychology, skills in idea generation, library research, critical reading, ethical decision-making, and oral/written communication. Students will develop these skills by reading and discussing the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and by researching, presenting talks, writing papers, and discussing current issues and controversies in psychology. Prerequisites: L.PSY-101, and either L.PSY-211, L.CRJ-323, or L.SOC-332. Requirement: psychology majors, senior standing. 3 credits.
L.PSY-490E: Comprehensive Examination
A placeholder course which indicates attempt and completion of the required comprehensive examination. 0 credits. Pass/fail only.