Psychology Course Descriptions

PSY 100 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A broad introduction to the concepts, methodology and major content areas of psychology designed to provide the student with a scientific basis for understanding human behavior. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 130 LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A comprehensive review of human growth and development from the prenatal period through infancy, childhood, adolescence and the various stages of adulthood up to and including old age, death and bereavement. Each developmental era will be examined in terms of its psychological, emotional, cognitive, interpersonal/social and relevant existential/spiritual aspects. Not open to child study majors. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 150 GROUP DYNAMICS AND COMMUNICATION 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A theoretical introduction to small group processes, with an emphasis on the relationship between groups and the individual and the communication process. Students participate in small group exercises as part of the course requirements. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 180 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Examination of the biological, social and cultural influence on the psychological development of women. Focus on the vital issues that modern women face daily in a rapidly changing world. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

PSY 200 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the major theories of learning and the study of human and animal research in classical and operant conditioning, observation learning and verbal learning. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 210 COGNITIVE PROCESSES 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of models of human cognition focusing on perceptual processes, mental representation, thinking and problem solving, reasoning, language, intelligence and creativity. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 220 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A comprehensive survey of adolescent behavior in its intellectual, emotional and social aspects. Techniques for enhancing the adolescent’s potential for growth and productivity are given special consideration. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 230 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Focus on human development from early adulthood through middle age, aging and death. Emphasis on the growth of the individual in relation to contemporary society, with theoretical viewpoints and empirical results from individual, social and developmental psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 251 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An analysis of the processes of social interaction and their effects upon the behavior and attitudes of individuals and groups. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 261 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the major contemporary theories of personality and the important applications associated with each theoretical approach. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 271 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the diagnostic classifications of abnormalcy with an emphasis on causation and treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 280 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Application of psychology to business and industry in the area of personnel selection, training and evaluation, job satisfaction, motivation, communication and man-machine interface. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 281 (BUS 130) (HA 130) ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the study of management theory concerning human behavior in formal organizations. The student is given the opportunity to test theories through analysis and discussion. Prerequisite: BUS 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 282 (BUS 210) CONSUMER MOTIVATION AND BEHAVIOR

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The examination of consumer motivation and behavior employing the disciplines of anthropology, psychology and sociology. Freud, Skinner and Maslow’s theories are utilized. The purpose of the course is to enable the student to understand what motivates the consumer to buy and why. Prerequisite: BUS 200. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 290 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the application of psychology to the legal system, including mental health law, the rights of special groups, domestic violence and child abuse, child custody, sexual harassment and abuse, assessing competency and insanity, psychological damage, psychological autopsy, jury selection and behavior, eyewitness testimony, polygraphs and mental health professionals as expert witnesses. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 300 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to psychological measurement, including the history of mental testing; the statistical concepts of test construction; and a survey of tests of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, personality and tests for special populations. Students will administer practice tests and participate in demonstrations of the major types of assessment techniques. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 310 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The basics of statistical analysis needed for conducting research and for understanding experimental literature in the behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 315 STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the various inferential statistics for hypothesis testing in psychological research, including bivariate analysis; analysis of variance; linear, curvilinear and multiple regressions; and non-parametric approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and PSY 310. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 325 INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to the methods and theory of behavior modification and its application to specific behavior problems. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 330 SELECTED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Focus on areas of psychological inquiry not covered in depth in the regular course offerings of the department. The selected topic can change each time this course is offered. It will enable students to take advantage of faculty expertise in areas of interest to both faculty and students. Prerequisite: At least 12 credits in psychology or departmental permission. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Offered at department’s discretion.

PSY 340 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Traces the development of psychology from it roots in philosophy to the evolution of psychology as a science over the last 100 years. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

PSY 350 HUMAN SEXUALITY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Examination of the biological, behavioral and cultural aspects of human sexuality with emphasis on current research. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Students may not take CH 407 Human Sexuality in Health and Disease. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits, Fall.

PSY 355 INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the field of school psychology with an emphasis on assessment, counseling and consultation as they are practiced in the school setting. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 357 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The major emphasis of the course will be on understanding individual and group behavior within the context of communities. Topics include strategies for the prevention of mental illness and mental health promotion, collaborative community research, psychological stress and social support, the development of community intervention, organizing community change and citizen participation in mental health initiatives. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

PSY 360 COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the origins and characteristics of the counseling relationship, including an analysis of the major contemporary theories and techniques of counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

PSY 370 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the principles and techniques of clinical interviewing, evaluation, referral and the planning of treatment. Field placements provide students with an opportunity to observe the various institutional settings in which clinical psychologists work and the variety of psychological services offered there. Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 271 and permission of the instructor. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours placement a week, 3 credits. Additional conferences will be scheduled on a regular basis for supervision of the placement experience. 1 semester. Fall and spring. Insurance fee-$35.

PSY 380 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A survey of the physiological bases of behavior including an overview of the nervous system and the structure of the brain; a discussion of the influence of hormones and chemical transmitters within the brain on psychological functions; and an examination of the influence of physiological process on such activities as sleep, emotional states, eating behavior and learning and memory. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

PSY 391 INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL METHODOLOGY

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Theory and technique in the experimental study of behavior, including research projects and formal written reports. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and PSY 310. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring. Lab fee-$30.

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