Psychology | Course Catalogue

2020-2021 Catalogue

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. Psychology focuses both on explaining, predicting, and controlling behavior, and also on understanding inner experience and consciousness, including emotion, thoughts, memories, self-awareness, and perceptions. In addition, psychology considers the impact of social and cultural context on behavior and experience. Psychology has its origins in multiple disciplines such as philosophy and biology and in many countries, including Germany, England, and Austria. It has flourished in the United States, and both professional and research organizations have had dramatic increases in membership. The psychology program at Wesleyan emphasizes intensive training in psychological research that will prepare students for graduate study. Students who plan on entering the workforce after graduation will also benefit from an understanding of the role of research in their field. 

Major Program. A major in psychology provides a student with a foundation for graduate and/or professional study. There are numerous fields and specialties available in this discipline, including physiological, cognitive, developmental, social, personality, clinical, counseling, community, health, industrial/organizational, experimental, consumer, evolutionary, school, and forensic psychology. Interdisciplinary specialties such as psycholinguistics are also options. Some of these require more than a four-year degree, and some require graduate work at the doctoral level. But a major in psychology also enables one to enter the world of work without advanced study. A psychology major who plans to seek a position in the human services field after graduation should work with her advisor to select interdisciplinary courses that will complement the major courses. 

Major Requirements: Psychology

The curricular model on which the psychology major is organized is described as a "generalist" model which places psychology squarely in the liberal arts tradition. This model includes an introductory course, methods courses in statistics and research, content courses in several areas of psychology, and integrative or capstone courses. As the introductory course, general psychology is a survey of the field with emphasis on research findings and methods of research. The methods courses (statistical methods, preparing to conduct research, and research methods) enable students to read, evaluate, and conduct psychological research. Content courses include the knowledge base of the discipline. According to the generalist model used, students are required to take at least two psychology courses with a brain and cognition orientation, one course with a clinical/counseling orientation, and at least two psychology courses with an interpersonal orientation. These content courses and elective courses, as outlined below, enable students to sample several areas in building a sound, broad knowledge base.

Capstone work in the major is provided through two required courses. One is a course in psychological history and systems with a strong writing component. The other is the senior seminar with emphasis on synthesizing empirical findings, speaking, and writing. 

Wesleyan College’s psychology program closely follows the American Psychological Association’s recommended guidelines for the undergraduate major. Each of the broad goals below include several learning outcomes that we expect students to be able to meet by the end of their degree. 

  1. Develop a knowledge base that includes significant development in breadth and depth of knowledge in psychology
    1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
    2. Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
    3. Apply psychological principles to relevant situations 
  2. Develop a scientific approach to understanding human behavior 
    1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
    2. Practice psychology information literacy
    3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
    4. Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
    5. Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry
  3. Develop ethics and values that includes an appreciation of human diversity, as well as a sensitivity to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class as they relate to psychological theory, research, and practice
    1. Evaluate psychological science and practice using ethical standards
    2. Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
    3. Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels
  4. Develop written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to the standards and practice of the discipline of psychology 
    1. Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
    2. Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes 
    3. Interact effectively with others

APA recommendations regarding professional development are met through Wesleyan College's Here to Career Professional Development Experience courses. 

Required for a major in psychology are forty-one to forty-two semester hours.
I. Core Requirements: 19 hours
PSY 101 General Psychology 3 hours
MAT 220 Statistical Methods* 3 hours
PSY 230 Reading, Writing, and Review: Preparing to Conduct Research in Psychology* 3 hours
PSY 305 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences* 3 hours
PSY 306 Systems of Psychology 3 hours
PSY 441 Senior Seminar in Psychology* 3 hours
* Courses denoted with an asterisk should be taken sequentially. See course descriptions in Catalogue. MAT 220 and PSY 230 may be taken concurrently.
II. Content Requirements (Brain and Cognition): 7-8 hours
Select two:
PSY 207 Principles of Neuroscience 4 hours
PSY 310 Cognitive Psychology 3 hours
PSY 314 Learning and Memory 4 hours
III. Content Requirements (Clinical/Counseling): 3 hours
Select one:
PSY 304 Psychology of Personality 3 hours
PSY 340 Testing and Therapy 3 hours
PSY 325 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
IV. Content Requirements (Interpersonal): 6 hours
PSY 203 Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology 3 hours
V. Electives: 6 hours
Select two:
PSY 201 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3 hours
PSY 235 Nature and Manifestation of Prejudice 3 hours
PSY 260 Drugs and Behavior 3 hours
PSY 301 Psychology of Gender 3 hours
PSY 312 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 hours
PSY 330 Forensic Psychology 3 hours
PSY 396 Special Topics in Psychology 3 hours
PSY 451 Directed Independent Study
PSY 452 Field Study

(or other brain and cognition or clinical/counseling content courses not selected in Sections II and III.)

A suggested course schedule is as follows:

First Year
WIS 101 or ENG 101
MAT 130 or Equivalent
PSY 101
Laboratory Science
Foreign Language 
Elective/Gen Ed
MAT 220
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Foreign Language  
Second Year
PSY 230*
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 230
PSY 207
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 305*
PSY Elective/Elective
PSY 240
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Third Year
PSY 340 or PSY 304
PSY 452 or Elective
PSY Elective
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 310 or 314
PSY 325 or PSY Elective
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Fourth Year
PSY 441
PSY 306
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY Elective/Elective
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
*Research sequence (PSY 230/305) may be started in either sophomore or junior year. 


Integrative Experience: The Integrative Experience requirement is met through PSY 441: Senior Seminar in Psychology. In this course, students apply accumulated knowledge to critical analysis of a selected issue or problem in psychology and develop their understanding of how research evidence is generated and applied to real-world issues. 

Professional Development: Throughout their Wesleyan education each student is given opportunities to explore professional and career choices, and to develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for professional success. Each student will complete PDE 400 Professional Development Experience and PDE 401 Professional Practice Seminar.

Psychology majors gain professional experience through internships and field experiences, and PSY 441. Students who intend to work within the human services field are strongly encouraged to consider an internship as part of their major. 

Minor Requirements: Psychology. A minor in psychology requires 21-22 hours in psychology. Required are PSY 101, 203, 207, 240, 310, 325, and one additional psychology course (3-4 hours) at or above the 200 level.

Minor in Equine Assisted Therapy. A minor in equine assisted therapy allows students to explore a growing field in which mental health professional utilize horses in a therapy setting. Equine assisted therapies differ from therapeutic riding in that the therapy setting is conducted on the ground rather than in the saddle, and the horse is part of a three-pronged therapy team (mental health specialist, equine specialist, and the horse). The EAT minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to therapy, giving students additional tools and experiences to carry into their professional roles upon graduation. The minor combines well with biology and psychology for students interested in veterinary studies or further study in equine assisted therapy or with business for students who wish to pursue equine-related business opportunities. Students will have the option to become EAGALA certified through the program. See the Equine Assisted Therapy catalog listing for full details. 

Minor in Neuroscience. The neuroscience minor allows students to explore the nervous system and its contributions to human and animal behavior. Students enrolled in this minor are encouraged to attain a solid understanding of the underlying concepts; to develop skills in experimental design and data analysis; to approach problems and tasks logically, creatively, and critically; to become knowledgeable of theory used in the current literature; and to become proficient in using methodology commonly employed in research in neuroscience. This minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience and integrates information from both biology and psychology. The neuroscience minor coupled with a major in biology or psychology provides an excellent background to pursue varied career opportunities. See the Neuroscience catalog listing for full details.

Minor in Organizational Behavior. Combining content from business and psychology, the organizational behavior minor provides students with a more focused exploration of the impact of human behavior (both as individuals and in groups) on organizational practices. This minor would be an ideal option for a psychology or business major who plans to apply to related graduate programs. Note that this minor is not available to business majors completing the organizational behavior track within that major. Students who plan on entering the workplace following graduation will benefit from increased knowledge relating to human resources, conflict management, and employer-employee relations in governmental, for-profit, and non-profit organizations in both public and private sectors. See the Organizational Behavior catalog listing for full details.

Five-Year Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Students may complete the intensive, five-year program that leads to the awarding of both the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Students in this program will be able to use graduate courses to fulfill 4 credit hours of requirements for the bachelor’s degree; this will result in a savings of cost and time required for the completion of the master’s degree. By completing an extra 5 undergraduate credits in the first three years of study, students will also save money on their graduate degree. The graduate section of the catalogue includes descriptions of 500- and 600-level psychology courses. Students must apply to the graduate program in I-O Psychology and be accepted before enrolling in graduate courses; students will be classified as undergraduates until they complete all requirements for the A.B. Information about applying to the graduate program is described in the graduate section of the catalogue. A suggested course schedule is as follows:

  Fall    Spring
First Year 
(30 undergraduate hours)
WIS 101 or ENG 101
MAT 130 or Equivalent
PSY 101
Laboratory Science
Foreign Language 
Elective/Gen Ed
MAT 220
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Foreign Language  
Second Year
(30 undergraduate hours)
PSY 230
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 230
PSY 207
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 305
PSY 260 or Gen Ed
PSY 240
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Third Year 
(35-36 undergraduate hours)
PSY 312 or 340
PSY 452 or Elective
PSY 306
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 310
PSY 235
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
Fourth Year
(30 total hours: 21 undergraduate and 9 graduate)
PSY 441
PSY 312 or PSY 340
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 503
PSY Elective or Elective
Elective/Gen Ed
Elective/Gen Ed
PSY 504
PSY 505
Summer after Fourth Year
(6 graduate hours) 
PSY 506 Online
PSY 620 Online 
Fifth Year 
(19 graduate hours)
PSY 502
PSY 601
PSY 602
PSY 610
PSY 603
PSY 604
Total Graduate Hours: 34
Total Undergraduate Hours: 116 minimum
Number of Graduate Hours counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees: 4 (PSY 502, 4 hours)

Other Postgraduate Opportunities. Although a substantial portion of psychology graduates with a bachelor’s degree will enter the job market directly, many will continue on to psychology-related graduate programs, professional programs in law or medicine, or advanced study in closely related fields such as social work or speech-language pathology. The psychology major prepares graduates for professional employment in a wide variety of settings, including non-profits, educational institutions, healthcare or business settings, and government agencies. 

Resources for Non-Majors. The department has many resources for the non-major. The introductory course (PSY 101) provides a broad overview to the discipline and would be useful to all other majors on campus. In addition, it fulfills one of the social science divisional requirements for general education. Students interested in exploring the field of human services may enroll in Introduction to Human Services (PSY 106), which fulfills the speaking competency requirement for general education under the social sciences column. The Psychology of Gender (PSY 301) fulfills the synthesizing requirement for general education. Many students in other disciplines, especially in business, education, and communications, find that Statistical Methods (PSY 220) is an invaluable tool, and it fulfills the quantitative reasoning requirement for general education. Nursing students and other non-majors find Developmental Psychology (PSY 240) useful and interesting. Some of our courses also appeal to non-majors in terms of practical applications; examples include testing and therapy, abnormal psychology, and forensic psychology.

Psychology (PSY) Course Descriptions

PSY 101: General Psychology.
Goal: Understanding self and others, predicting behavior, and understanding and control of behavior. To be able to apply methods of research and application of psychological principles to everyday life.
Content: Research methods; child, adolescent, and adult psychology; psychological testing; personality, and abnormal psychology; psychotherapy; social psychology; applied psychology; history of psychology; and physiological processes, principles of learning and memory, human perception, and cognition.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Individuals & Communities; (SBS/PS).
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 106: Introduction to Human Services. 
To introduce students to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to provide professional and ethical leadership in various human services settings. 
Content: Historical background, philosophies, purpose, organizational structures, funding, and management of human service agencies. 
Taught: Annually.
Prerequisite: None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Foundation Building; Speaking.
Credit: 3 hours. 
PSY 119: Service Learning. 
 To engage students in supervised community service activities and to facilitate reflection on civic responsibility to the needs of the community. 
Content: Students participate in weekly sessions designed to prepare for, reflect on, and analyze their individual community service experiences. Students will select community service settings from a list of agencies in the Macon/Middle Georgia area provided through the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. 
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 1-3 hours; Credit/No Credit grade option only. 
PSY 200: Behavioral Research and Assessment.
Goal: To provide the student with a broad overview of behavioral research methods and assessment practices that are commonly found in psychology; to develop skill in interpretation and integration of complex findings as appropriate for a variety of audiences  
Content: Fundamentals of behavioral research, including the philosophy of science and measurement and specific features of designs commonly used in psychology; the role of assessment within the practice of psychology; ethical concerns in research and practice; dissemination of research findings through oral and written formats; basics of APA-style.
Taught: On a rotating schedule as part of the online program.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 and MAT/PSY 220.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 201: Psychology of Human Sexuality.
Goal: To explore biological, psychological, interpersonal and sociocultural aspects of human sexuality.
Content: Issues surrounding multiple and often contradictory elements that shape sexual attitudes and behaviors.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as WST 201.

PSY 203: Social Psychology.
Goal: To provide students with a scientific understanding of human social behavior in its various forms.
Content: Social perception, attitude formation and change, interpersonal attraction, aggression, group processes, health, gender and other topics through examining contemporary social psychological theories and research.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 207: Principles of Neuroscience.
Goal: To provide the student with an understanding of physiological processes that mediate psychological functioning.
Content: The biological bases of sensation, perception, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, and consciousness; overview of recent and significant developments in this area.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 4 hours; cross-listed as NSC 207.

PSY 220: Statistical Methods.
Goal: To introduce students to the logic of designing an experiment and interpreting the quantitative data derived from it.
Content: Study of binomial and normal distributions, measures of central tendency, and tests of hypotheses.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: None.
Gen. Ed. Category: Foundation Building; Quantitative Reasoning.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as MAT 220.
PSY 230: Reading, Writing, & Review: Preparing to Conduct Research in Psychology.
Goal: To introduce the student to behavioral research methods that will then be used in the creation of an original research proposal; to provide discipline-specific writing instruction. 
Content: Fundamentals of behavioral research, including the philosophy of science and measurement and specific features of quantitative research designs commonly used in psychology. The development of a research proposal on a topic of a student’s own interest will provide practice in understanding and integrating research findings, along with experience in APA-style writing. 
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisite: PSY 101; MAT/PSY 220 should be taken previously or concurrently. 
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 235: Nature and Manifestation of Prejudice. 
Goal. This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand and engage with psychological research investigating what causes, perpetuates, and reduces prejudice in society. 
Content: This course will offer an overview of classic and current psychological experiments investigating prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. By investigating these topics through data and scientifically supported theories, students will be provided with the information needed to think critically about stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in many contexts involving many characteristics (sex, race, ethnicity, weight, etc.). The class will end by focusing on a project that allows students to design an evidence-based plan to address issues of prejudice in the classroom or community.
Taught: Spring. Alternate years
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 3 hours. 

PSY 240: Developmental Psychology.
Goal: To develop knowledge about the processes of growth and development throughout the entire lifespan. To understand theory, research methods, and major research findings of developmental psychology.
Content: Theories of development, prenatal development, physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 260: Drugs and Behavior.
Goal: To examine the major classes of drugs which affect behavior, including drugs of abuse and drugs used in the treatment of mental disorders.
Content: The pharmacology of drugs of abuse and drugs used in treating mental disorders is explored. Exploration of historical background of drugs as well as social context.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as NSC 260.
PSY 301: Psychology of Gender.
Goal: To further students' understanding of psychological knowledge as it applies to women and gender issues.
Content: Exploration of the manner in which psychology provides a unique perspective on the study of gender, focusing primarily on women, with emphasis on research methodologies, empirical findings, theory, and current and historical controversies.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 or WST 200.
Gen. Ed. Category: Synthesizing Perspectives; Women's Experiences; (SBS/PS).
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as WST 301.
PSY 304: Psychology of Personality.
Goal: To promote synthesized understanding of the person through an integration of theory and research.
Content: Exploration of environmental and inherited factors which produce a particular personality structure; includes psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential, trait, behavioral, social learning, and cognitive theories.
Taught: Fall. Alternate years.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 305: Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences.
Goal: To explore additional research methods content; to extend the understanding of behavioral research methods by guiding students through the process of carrying out a study of their own design. 
Content: Coverage of complex research designs, quasi-experimental designs, and single case designs; the use of statistical software packages for data analysis; practical and ethical issues involved in designing and carrying out studies and working within groups. Hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and presentation (oral, poster, and paper). 
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisites: PSY 101, MAT/PSY 220, and PSY 230.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 306: Systems of Psychology.
Goal: To acquaint the student with contemporary points of view in psychology through a survey of modern psychological schools, their historical development, special problems, and contributions to the field.
Content: Historical development and current position of structuralism functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology, and cognitive psychology. Classical readings.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisites: PSY 101, junior or senior standing.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 310: Cognitive Psychology.
Goal: To foster an understanding of the human mind and how it operates by discussing the major theories, concepts, and research in cognitive psychology.
Content: Detailed examination of how humans encode, perceive, remember, and use the information encountered in daily life. Topics examined include pattern recognition, mental imagery, attention, memory, language, problem solving, creativity, and artificial intelligence.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as NSC 310.
PSY 312: Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Goal: To understand the application of psychological principles to the workplace and business organizations.
Content: Organizational behavior, job culture, organizational change and leadership, personnel recruitment and evaluation, job safety, job satisfaction, productivity, and team behavior will be examined. Research methods in I/O psychology and global issues in I/O psychology will be explored.
Taught: Spring, alternating years.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 314: Learning and Memory.
Goal: To provide students with a clear and comprehensible integration of classic and contemporary achievements in the field
of learning and memory.
Content: Principles of respondent and operant conditioning as well as memory and cognition in terms of possible mechanisms, current research, the theory.
Taught: Fall.
Prerequisites: PSY 101.
Credit: 4 hours; cross-listed as NSC 314.

PSY 325: Abnormal Psychology.
Goal: To understand the psychological disorders, how abnormality is defined, and the ways that psychologists study and treat them.
Content: Issues and controversies in defining psychological abnormality; classification and description of abnormal behaviors including physical symptoms and stress reactions, anxiety, addictive disorders, sexual dysfunction, personality disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders; and theory and research on epidemiology, etiology, treatments and prevention of pathology.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 330: Forensic Psychology.
Goal: To understand the application of psychological principles to forensic psychology.
Content: Forensic Psychology involves the application of psychological knowledge or methods to a task faced by the legal system. Both the production and application of the knowledge and methods of psychology to the civil and criminal justice system are explored (e.g., eyewitness memory and testimony, criminal behavior, jury decision making, and competency evaluations).
Taught: Spring
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as FSC 330.
PSY 340: Testing and Therapy.
Goal: To study the value, uses, and limitations of many types of tests including general and special abilities, interests, personality surveys, projectives, and aptitudes. To study the value, uses and limitations of many types of psychotherapies, including individual, family, and couples interventions.
Content: Study of testing ethics, reliability and validity determination, specific test uses and misuses, statistical analysis of test results, the therapeutic alliance, ethics in psychotherapy, models of intervention, and effectiveness of various therapeutic approaches.
Taught: Fall, alternate years.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.
PSY 343: Health Psychology.
Goal: To examine the influence and interaction of biological, social, and psychological factors on individual health
Content: Basics of physiological systems, promotion of healthy behaviors and prevention of illness, management of stress and pain, experience of severe health problems, and the impact of culture on health. Focused examination of specific conditions and experiences, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and substance use.
Taught: On a rotating schedule as part of the online program.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.
PSY 365: Community Psychology.
Goal: To understand how psychological findings can be integrated into practice within the community, taking into account the complex and interpersonal nature of the system.
Content: History and guiding principles of the field, systems theory, cross-cultural practice, ethical concerns, community organizing, advocacy and social justice; planning and development of an intervention based on evidence-based practices.
Taught: On a rotating schedule as part of the online program.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 396: Special Topics in Psychology.
Goal: To understand psychological topics not covered in-depth in other courses offered in the department.
Content: Topics vary. A student may take no more than two such special topics courses. Recent topics have included Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Good and Evil, Neuroesthetics, and Psychology of the Future. 
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as NSC (if content applies). A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.
PSY 441: Senior Seminar in Psychology.
Goal: To equip the student to apply accumulated knowledge to critical analysis of a selected issue or problem in psychology. To understand how research evidence is generated and applied to real-world issues.
Content: Students will develop an individual research project that includes a fully developed written review of the literature and a research prospectus that proposes its application. Students will participate in class-wide projects that will center on the development and/or application of psychology research evidence.
Taught: Fall for Psychology majors; Spring for Applied Psychology majors
Prerequisites: PSY 101; MAT 220; PSY 230 and PSY 305, or PSY 200; and senior standing.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide opportunities to engage in faculty-supervised or student-controlled research projects. To study a topic in-depth not ordinarily offered by the department.
Content: Topics vary; examples: AIDS research project; abortion attitudes; projective techniques; analysis of childhood fairy tales.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Psychology major of senior standing, and permission of instructor.
Credit: 3 hours.

PSY 452: Field Study.
Goal: To gain experience in application of psychological findings to community settings including psychiatric hospitals, social service agencies, and crisis lines, etc.
Content: Varies with instructor.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Appropriate background and permission of intern supervisor.
Credit: 1-12 hours.

PSY 499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required).

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