General Psychology

Purpose

This foundational course covers human development from a selected number of psychological theoretical perspectives. By development, we refer to “patterns of growth and change that occur in human beings between conception and death,” (Woolfolk & Perry, 2012, p. 4). For the purposes of this course, we follow human physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth from infancy to adulthood. Using the biopsychosocial approach, we study the maturation of human beings to better understand how both nature and nurture affect behavioral, cultural and cognitive trajectories. Finally in studying both continuity and change that occurs as we develop, major issues, controversies and cross-cultural perspectives are discussed.

General Psychology

Purpose

This course is a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and findings of contemporary psychology. It is an introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes. Students will be exposed to the various areas within the field such as learning theory, development, personality, clinical psychology, and intelligence.

Psychology of the Exceptional Child

Purpose

This course is designed to encourage students to consider the cognitive and emotional disorders arising in childhood and adolescence. They review topics that include intellectual and learning disabilities, and behavior disorders as well as the problems of etiology and treatment.

Computers for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Purpose

This course is designed to nurture an understanding of the computer as a professional tool in the social and behavioral sciences with special emphasis on data collection, data description and data analysis (with statistical software e.g. SPSS for Windows), use of the Internet, on-line bibliographic searching, computers in teaching and learning, and computerized techniques in psychological testing.

Quarterly Quote

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." ~ Alan Rickman

"We categorized, labeled, and measured ourselves and then made a niche to match. The niche became our boundary, so that our aim became filling niches instead of fulfilling our lives." ~ Virgina Satir