Apr 06, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014 - 2015 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2014 - 2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Physics

  
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    PHY 474 - Thermal Physics

    [4 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PHY 241/243/243H, PHY 242/244/244H, MTH 181, MTH 182, MTH 281. Temperature, entropy, thermal equilibrium, equations of state, thermodynamic potentials, thermodynamic stability, and phase transitions; applications, including fluids, electromagnetic radiation, and computer simulations.


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    PHY 475 - Statistical Physics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PHY 330, PHY 474. Microcanonical, canonical, grand-canonical ensembles, fermions, bosons; and applications, including fluids, normal modes, solids, metals, electromagnetic radiation, phase transitions, and computer simulations.


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    PHY 480 - Optical Materials

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PHY 241/243/243H, PHY 242/244/244H. This course covers: dielectric waveguides and optical fibers; semiconductor concepts and energy bands; semiconductor junctions; light emitting diodes (LEDs); lasers; photodetectors and photovoltaic devices; optical modulators.


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    PHY 493 - Advanced Topics in Physics

    [1-3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Faculty permission. Topics approved by the physics faculty. May be repeated up to 3 times for a total of 5 credits.


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    PHY 497 - Independent Study

    [1-4 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Approval of physics faculty member. Content and credit as arranged with instructor. Graded S/U.


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Political Science

  
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    PSC 111 - American Government

    [3 credit(s)]
    History and evolution of American political processes, institutions and public policies from the founding period to the present, including importance of federalism, culture, public opinion, parties, interest groups, elections and the media, nature and quality of American democracy, political challenges, dilemmas, and reform.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 211 - State and Local Government

    [3 credit(s)]
    This course introduces students to features of the American states and their governments. The course will explore similarities and differences among the states' constitutions and key governmental institutions (administration, legislative, and judicial). The course will examine distinctive elements of states' politics with a particular focus on their political cultures and party systems. The course will briefly examine aspects of states' local governments.


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    PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Basic concepts and theories of comparative politics through an analysis of selected political systems and governments in Western and non-Western societies. Topics will include ideology, political culture, institutional development, interest group politics, political participation, decision-making, economic development and underdevelopment, collective violence and stability, and political, economic, and bureaucratic elites.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 231 - International Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Focuses on problems of security and strategies for enhancing security and well-being in the post-Cold War era. Basic concepts and processes of world politics are illustrated through the analysis of great power and regional rivalries. Topics include strategies and instruments such as conventional and nuclear war; alternative security strategies such as economic nationalism, diplomacy, international law, and international organization; and changes in the current international system related to economic globalization, environmental interdependence, transnational movements and nonstate actors.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 241 - Freedom and Authority

    [3 credit(s)]
    An examination of the treatment given to the differing concepts of authority and freedom by major political theorists. Specific concern will focus on the conflicts between the two concepts. Theorists considered include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Madison, Tocqueville, Mill, and Green.


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    PSC 251 - Introduction to Data Analysis

    [3 credit(s)]
    Sources of information for research in political science, the use of computers as a research tool, and elementary statistical analysis.


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    PSC 274 - Introduction to the Middle East

    [3 credit(s)]
    This course is designed to introduce students to the history, religious diversity, political systems, economy, and culture of the Middle East. The course includes a brief examination of ancient Middle Eastern civilizations and its history to the world. The course also examines important historical junctures influencing the region today. It will include the contents, similarities, and diversities of Middle Eastern culture. The course examines three monotheistic religions and how Middle Easterners vary widely in their religious beliefs. It explores how this religious variance impacts Middle Eastern culture. The course introduces students to multiple aspects of the arts. Cross-listed with ARB 274 and HIS 274.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 301 - Urban Politics and Policy

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. An overview of the development and implementation of urban public policies and programs as products of institutions and processes in cities, suburbs and metropolitan areas. Special attention will be given to the condition of African-Americans.


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    PSC 305 - Cultural Diversity in U.S. Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Examines the role of African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and other minorities in American politics. Particular attention is directed at barriers to participation, the critical factors in minority political successes, the problems and possibilities of coalition politics, and related policy issues.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 310 - Constitutional Law

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Basic principles of the United States Constitution, including judicial review, separation of powers, the powers of the presidency and Congress, and federalism. Introduction to individual rights and liberties, including right to privacy and the rights of criminal defendants.


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    PSC 311 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Constitutional principles relating to race and sex discrimination; freedom of religion; and freedom of speech, press, and assembly.


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    PSC 315 - Public Policy and Administration

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Evaluation of alternative models for the U.S. policy-making process focusing on the political, institutional and bureaucratic influences of policy decisions. Emphasis will be given to the role public bureaucracies have had in shaping and influencing the policy process in a rapidly changing environment including decision-making, organizational theory, and the historical context of the adminstrative state.


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    PSC 317 - Political Parties and Elections

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Importance of political parties and elections in American political history and development of the party system; role of public opinion, parties, and interest groups in democratic politics; effects of culture, political socialization, campaign politics, and issues on voting behavior; politics of social movements, the formation of political coalitions, and partisan realignment; party activity at state and local levels.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 318 - The Presidency and Congress

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Patterns of cooperation and conflict between the presidency and Congress in the making of United States public policy, both foreign and domestic; examination of issues of congressional revitalization and reform, and the dramatic growth in presidential power.


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    PSC 319 - Public Opinion

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Role of public opinion in democratic theory; methods and problems of polling and survey research; nature, formation, distribution, and learning of political attitudes; issues of democratic stability; group opinions, voting behavior, and elite behavior, and their impact on the policy-making process, public policy, and the quality of American democracy.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 321 - Political Violence

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Background conditions leading to political violence and revolution; ideology, class, ethnicity; the state's response to civil violence; strategies to prevent or engender violence; the destruction and reconstruction of consensus in a political system; the effectiveness of violence as a method of political influence; and the basis of political order also explored.


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    PSC 325 - Western European Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Governmental structures and political processes in Western Europe; the European community and integration; separatist groups and disintegration; development of European human rights policies and processes, problems and prospects of parliamentary democracy.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 326 - Politics of the Third World

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Problems and political dynamics of "developing states and societies" through a study of specific African, Asian, Latin-American, and Middle Eastern countries; class and ethnic conflict; the role of the military and bureaucracy; the capacity of the state to promote economic development and political order; role of global and regional system security and development; structural adjustment and regional autonomy policies.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 327 - Politics of Peaceful World Change

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Possibilities for peaceful and equitable solutions to conflicts created by inequalities in economic development, global resource scarcity, the population explosion, and threats of ecological disaster; mechanisms for resolving these conflicts, including alternatives to the present international system; international law and organization.


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    PSC 328 - International Political Economy

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Evolution of international economic policies and theories from mercantilism, and classical liberalism; structural approaches such as Marxism and Dependency, Rational Choice; international trade; international monetary policy and debt; investment and technology exchange; economic and technical assistance; economic integration; and globalization.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 329 - Politics and Political Economy in the European Union

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. The course will explore the institutions and policy making process of the European Union (EU) and the theoretical traditions in the study of European integration. The institutional form of the EU and the type of European political economy and "polity" which is emerging.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 331 - United States Foreign Policy

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Major issues of American involvement in world politics; analysis of contemporary events and current international tensions; the politics of rivalry and alliance; the evolution of defense strategy; military interventions; diplomatic negotiations; the role of ideology, trade, and aid; U.S. foreign policy decision-making; theories of bureaucracy; interagency and interbranch relations; and role perceptions.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 332 - Politics in the Middle East

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Arab-Israeli conflict and relationships among the Arab states; role of the major powers in the Middle East; consideration of ideas and political manifestations of nationalism, the impact of imperialism, aspects of military strategy, problems of development, and the politics of oil; role of ethnicity, tribalism, culture and religion in explaining politics in Middle Eastern states.


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    PSC 334 - Causes of War

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Course examines the causes and prevention of war in both historical and theoretical perspective. While focusing on mainly the causes of large-scale interstate wars, several contemporary issues of relevance such as nuclear proliferation, ethnic conflict, and terrorism will be discussed in the later weeks of the semester. The course is structured in a way that surveys various causal claims about the origin of war at different levels of analysis. The course will also investigate several historical cases such as World War I, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 335 - East Asian Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Focuses on the politics of China and Japan; political origins of cultural and institutional patterns, including communism, party politics, legislative affairs, local government, the role of government in economic management in promoting social order and social change. Course may deal with several additional East Asian states.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements. . Focuses on the politics of China and Japan; political origins of cultural and institutionalquisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Focuses on the politics of China and Japan; political origins of cultural and institutional patterns, including communism, party politics, legislative affairs, local government, the role of government in economic management in promoting social order and social change. Course may deal with several additional East Asian states.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 339 - Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. This course examines the challenges, obstacles, and prospects for economic development in the Middle East and North Africa. It surveys theories of economic development and applies them to individual states in the region. Specifically, the course addresses questions about the role of natural resources in development. It examines the impact of population growth and the consequences of regional conflict on development. The course explores development outcomes in an era of globalization.


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    PSC 341 - Modern Political Thought

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Political thought from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on liberalism and its critics, from Rousseau to postmodernism. Emphasis on figures such as Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Foucault, and feminism as well as other theorists. Western Culture and Civilization, Writing. .

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSC 342 - American Political Thought

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Consideration of thought about American political institutions and practice. Major topics include revolutionary ideas and antecedents; framing of the Constitution and constitutional debate; 19th-century responses to slavery and large-scale industrialism; and modern social construction of race and gender. Other topics may include Jefferson, Paine, Melville, Jacksonianism, Progressivism, and modern liberal thought. .

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements. Requirements.


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    PSC 394 - Special Topics In Political Science

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Must have at least sophomore standing to be eligible for this course. Important political issues with contemporary significance and potential consequences for future change. May include foreign or domestic issues. Topics will be announced. May be repeated for credit with departmental permission.


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    PSC 401 - City Council Internship Program

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and completion of the urban specialization or permission of the instructor and students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major. Fieldwork assignments with members or committees of Cleveland's City Council. Research paper required.


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    PSC 402 - Campaign Politics Internship

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and completion of a specialization or permission of the instructor and students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major. Fieldwork assignments with candidates for public office, examination of the literature on campaigns and elections combined with intensive training in campaign strategy and tactics, and seminars to assess fieldwork experience. Research paper required. (Offered only in even-numbered election years.)


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    PSC 403 - Administrative Internship Program

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and completion of a specialization or permission of the instructor. Students must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major. Fieldwork assignments with executive branch agencies of government, community, or neighborhood organizations; and other agencies whose activities are directed toward public-sector concerns, seminars to assess fieldwork experience. Research paper required.


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    PSC 405 - State Government Administrative Internship

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and completion of the state specialization or permission of the instructor. Students must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major. Fieldwork assignments with executive branch agencies of state government, seminars to assess fieldwork experience and to examine and discuss operations of state government. Written report required.


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    PSC 406 - International Relations Internship

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core in political science or international relations, and completion of at least one additional 300- to 400-level course in international politics, or permission of the instructor. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major. Fieldwork assignments with public or private sector actors or with non-governmental organizations with international operations and/or policy interests. Written report required. Does not substitute for PSC 421/422 in the IR major curriculum.


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    PSC 407 - Summer Internship

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Introductory core or permission of the instructor. Fieldwork assignments with a city council, an administrative organization (government or non-profit), or an electoral campaign. Students must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major. This course does not count toward the completion of the Public Services Specialization. A research paper is required along with a final report on the internship placement.


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    PSC 420 - Seminar in American Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and one 300-level course in American politics, or permission of the instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in American politics. Extensive writing assignment required. Detailed description of topics and methods to be publicized in advance.


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    PSC 421 - Seminar in Comparative Politics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and one 300-level course in comparative politics, or permission of the instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in comparative politics. Extensive writing assignment required. Detailed description of topics and methods to be publicized in advance.


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    PSC 422 - Seminar in International Relations

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and one 300-level course in international politics, or permission of the instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in international relations. Extensive writing assignment required. Detailed description of topics and methods to be publicized in advance.


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    PSC 423 - Seminar In Political Theory

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Introductory core and one 300-level course in political theory or law, or permission of the instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in political theory. Extensive writing assignment required. Detailed description of topics and methods to be publicized in advance.


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    PSC 496 - Independent Study

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Junior standing, permission of instructor. Independent study guided by faculty member. A substantial written assignment is one of the requirements.


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Psychology

  
  
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    PSY 101H - H: Intro to Psychology Honors

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite:  Honors standing or permission of University Honors Program. Survey of psychology, including coverage of methodology and measurement; intelligence and personality; psychological disorders and their treatment; the biological bases of behavior; social influence and persuasion; learning; and perception, memory, and cognition.


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    PSY 293 - Special Topics In Psychology

    [2-3 credit(s)]
    Course content will be announced in the semester course schedule. This course may be taken three times on different topics.


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    PSY 312 - Research Methods

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101. This course examines the scientific concepts and principles that are central to psychology research. Topics will include psychological inquiry and the scientific method, research design, measurement, scientific writing, and reporting of results, and ethical issues in psychological research. Students will also learn to think critically about and analyze psychological research reported in newspapers, popular magazines, and local and national news shows.


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    PSY 331 - Industrial-Organizational Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Introduction to the methods used by industrial/organizational psychologists to increase organizational effectiveness and individual well-being. Topics include selection, training, appraisal, job attitudes, work motivation, leadership, job design, organizational culture, and work environment. Course is closed to freshmen and non-degree students.


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    PSY 335 - Consumer Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Examination of the role of psychological processes (such as attitudes, needs, personality) in influencing one's reaction to consumer goods and services. Implications for advertising, marketing research, and public opinion polling will be addressed.


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    PSY 339 - Social Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Theory and method in social psychology, impression formation, social cognition, attitude change, social influence, group processes, applications of social psychology.


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    PSY 342 - Psychology of Personality

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. This course surveys the major theories of personality and its measurement. Emphasis is placed on understanding how personality influences behavior. Psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives, among other topics, will be surveyed.


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    PSY 344 - Intellectual and Personality Testing

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Course covers basic theory of psychological assessment. The construction, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests of intelligence, abilities, and personality will be discussed. Depending on instructor, emphasis will be placed on measurement theory or practical applications.Course is closed to freshmen and non-degree students.


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    PSY 345 - Abnormal Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Examination of the field of abnormal psychology, surveying the major psychological disorders and their classification. Causes and treatments of the major disorders are explored from various theoretical perspectives.


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    PSY 349 - Introduction To Clinical Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Introduction to the professional practice of clinical psychology. Clinical and research activities (assessment, therapy, consultation, system intervention), training models, settings (clinic, hospital, school, court) and professional issues (roles, ethics, laws) are among the topics examined.


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    PSY 351 - Personal Behavior Modification

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Introduction to behavioral theory, assessment, and modification techniques. Consideration of several skills central to adjustment in contemporary society (such as assertion, active listening, anger and stress management, rational thinking, and decision-making) Students will be required to conduct a behavioral self-management project that attempts to change a personally relevant behavioral concern and then describe the project in a detailed paper.


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    PSY 352 - Human Sexuality

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. This course provides students with a balanced presentation of theory, data, and practical application in the area of human sexuality. Students will explore their attitudes, beliefs, and feelings about human sexuality. The course will help students become more comfortable with their own sexuality; develop greater sensitivity to the attitudes, beliefs, and feelings of others, and create and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships with others.


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    PSY 353 - Health Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. The impact of behavior, cognition, and affect on biological function and dysfunction is examined from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Stress and coping styles, behavioral medicine (such as compliance, pain management, behavioral factors in acute and chronic illness), lifestyle choices, and habit control are among the topics considered in relation to the prevention and treatment of disease.


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    PSY 356 - Multicultural Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. The study of all aspects of human psychology (cognitive, affective, behavioral) as it occurs in settings where people of different backgrounds encounter one another. The emphasis will be on the diversity of the USA, and the aspects of social identity we sill study include those based on race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic class, religion, and other salient, socially constructed differences.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSY 361 - Psychology Of Consciousness

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101.Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. An examination of a wide range of material relevant to the understanding of human consciousness. Topics include the nature and history of human consciousness, altered states of consciousness, sleep and dreams, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, and behavior-altering drugs.


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    PSY 368 - Perceptual Processes

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. This course is a detailed review of human sensory and perceptual processes with applications to psychological issues (such as visual form perception, auditory sensory analysis, perceptual constancies, and attention). The visual and auditory modalities will be emphasized.


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    PSY 370 - Psychology of Learning

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Survey of research findings and theoretical issues in the study of basic learning processes, such as habituation and sensitization, varieties of conditioning, contingencies of reinforcement and punishment. Such processes contribute to understanding and treating behavioral problems.


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    PSY 372 - Memory and Cognition

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Examination of major areas of theory and research in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, including the topics of perception and attention, memory, semantics, language comprehension, production and acquisition, and the processes of reasoning and decision-making.


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    PSY 385 - Psychology of Motivation

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Survey of major concepts, research findings, and issues in the study of the selection, initiation, and persistence of behavior across the spectrum of psychology.


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    PSY 390 - Field Placement

    [4 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101, at least 8 credit hours of psychology courses at the 300- to 400-level and permission of the instructor. Advanced students are placed in an applied setting in the community, presenting the opportunity to learn the process of utilizing previously acquired academic knowledge within the context of an applied setting. Placement experiences are supplemented by on-site supervision, weekly group meetings, outside reading assignments, and a written report. May be repeated for credit for a total of 8 credit hours, but only eight credit hours of PSY 390 and PSY 396 combined can be applied toward the 42-hour requirement for psychology majors.


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    PSY 393 - Special Topics in Psychology

    [1-3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Course content will be announced in the semester course schedule. This course is repeatable.


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    PSY 396 - Independent Study

    [4 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 311 or equivalent, written permission of the instructor, and departmental approval. May be repeated for credit for a total of 12 credit hours with a change of topic, but only 8 credit hours of PSY 390 and PSY 396 combined can be applied toward the 42-hour requirement for psychology majors. Offered every semester.


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    PSY 411 - Computer Applications of Statistics

    [3 credit(s)]
    Pre-requisites: PSY 101 and PSY 311 (or PSY 317) or equivalent or permission of instructor. This course is designed to help students become proficient at using statistical software (such as SAS) in order to analyze data. Emphasis will also be placed upon interpreting analyzed data. Topics covered will be ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, and chi-square.


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    PSY 414 - Writing in Psychology

    [2 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101. This course is designed to develop the writing skills of students with respect to writing conceptual ( review or theoretical ) papers according to APA format. A substantial written report is one of the requirements. Enrolled students must be concurrently enrolled in any 300-or 400-level content -based psychology course. Prior to registering, students must obtain a written agreement from the content course instructor to serve as a grader of the required written report. The content course instructor, in consultation with the student, will determine the topic of the written report.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSY 415 - Evaluating Psychological Research

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 312, senior standing, and the completion of at least 28 hours of PSY courses. This course serves as a capstone for BA psychology majors. Students will critically review the knowledge that they've gained throughout their coursework and will use this knowledge to critically evaluate new psychological information. Course assignments include oral presentations and a major paper.

    This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.  Click here for more information about General Education Requirements.


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    PSY 429 - Psychology of Aging

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: PSY 101. Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. Comprehensive survey of aging - the final developmental period in the lifespan. Topics include methodological issues, theoretical perspectives on aging, changes in cognitive, social, and personality functions, and psychopathology.


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    PSY 448 - Mental Health and Aging

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. PSY 101 and PSY 345, or permission of instructor. Course focuses on the nature and problems of old age, including change, and stability associated with the aging process; mental-health issues; assessment and treatment of emotional and organic brain disorders in late life, and long-term care vs. home-care issues.


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    PSY 479 - History of Psychology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. PSY 101 and three psychology courses (not to include PSY 396). Examination of the development of psychological ideas since the Classical Period, and of Psychology as a discipline since the nineteenth century.


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    PSY 481 - Psychopharmacology

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. PSY 101 and BIO 100 or equivalent. Covers the principles of drug actions in the nervous system and describes the effects of drugs on behavioral variables; deals with drugs that are used in recreational and clinical settings.


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    PSY 482 - Biological Basis of Behavior

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: Closed to freshmen and non-degree students; PSY 101. This course reviews our knowledge of how behavior and cognition are controlled by neural and other physiological processes. The content falls into three areas: an examination of neurons and neurotransmitters; a description of sensory and motor systems; and a summary of various behavioral and cognitive phenomena (e.g., learning, memory, psychiatric disorders) and how the central nervous system is involved in their control.


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    PSY 487 - Brain and Cognition

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Closed to freshmen and non-degree students. PSY 101. Cognitive neuropsychology is the study of cognitive processes as revealed by their disruption due to brain damage, and by modern techniques of brain investigation. The course presents current topics in cognitive neuropsychology, including units on basic brain anatomy and functioning, perceptual and attentional processes, language, and memory.


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    PSY 493 - Special Topics in Psychology

    [2-3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Psychology major, senior standing, or permission of instructor. Seminar on current research in psychology. Specific topics will be announced in the semester course schedule. May be repeated three times on different topics.


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    PSY 495H - Honors Seminar

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisistes:  PSY 101 and permission of instructor or enrollment in the University Honors or Scholars Program.  For students who have been admitted to the Honors Program in Psychology. Discussion of research methods and current controversies in psychology; development of a research proposal for the project that will be carried out in PSY 497H and completed in PSY 498H.


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    PSY 497H - Honors Project

    [1-4 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 495H, and permission of instructor. For students who have been admitted into the Honors Program in Psychology and who have completed PSY 495H. Students conduct research for their honors theses proposed during PSY 495H under the supervision of the director of the Honors Program or of another faculty member.


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    PSY 498H - Honors Project and Defense

    [3 credit(s)]
    Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 495H, and permission of instructor. For students who have been admitted into the Honors Program in Psychology and who have completed PSY 495H. The student completes the research proposed during PSY 495H, and writes and defends an honors thesis. Research is supervised by the director of the Honors Program or by another faculty member.. This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.


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    PSY 499 - Exit Evaluation

    [0 credit(s)]
    Prerequisite: Senior standing. Final exit examination and outcomes assessment evaluation required of all graduating seniors. Graded S/U


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Recreation

  
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    REC 200 - Leisure & Society

    [3 credit(s)]
    Introduction to the concepts, foundations, and principles fundamental to the study of leisure in society. Provides an overview of recreation delivery systems, the recreation profession, and the administration of recreational programs. Examines current issues, future trends, and career options in the leisure field.


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Religious Studies

  
  
  
  
  
 

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