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Psychology - Curriculum

The psychology major is designed to give students a broad background in the discipline of psychology. Required courses in the major expose students to the range of theoretical approaches in psychology (PSY 110-Introduction to Psychology, PSY 351-Theories of Personality, and PSY 496-Senior Seminar) and a solid understanding of the scientific basis of psychology (PSY 230-Introduction to Statistics, PSY 333-Research Methods, and either PSY 337-Learning and Behavior, or PSY 338-Cognition). Electives allow students to explore other topics of interest. The curriculum is designed to be flexible.

The department offers bachelor of science degrees in psychology.

Psychology Major: 36 credits

Required Psychology Courses:

PSY 110:  Introduction to Psychology (3)

PSY 132:  Critical Thinking (3)

PSY 220/PSY 223/PSY 227:  Child Development/Adolescent Development/Adult Development and Aging (3)

PSY 230:  Introduction to Statistics (3)

PSY 243:  Using APA Format (1)

PSY 333:  Research Methods in the Behavior Sciences (3)

PSY 337/PSY 338:  Learning and Behavior/Cognition (3)

PSY 351:  Theories of Personality (3)

PSY 363:  Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)

PSY 485/PSY 476:  Internship/Empirical Research Project (3)

PSY 495:  Senior Seminar (3)

Psychology Electives: 5 credits
The elective credit hours will be determined by students and their advisors in accordance with the students vocational goals.

Non-Psychology Electives:
Majors are encouraged to elect BIO 111-Biological Science and BIO 112-General Zoology.

Psychology Minor: 21 credits
Required Psychology Courses:


PSY110 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY230 - Introduction to Statistics
PSY333 - Research Methods
PSY351 - Theories of Personality

Minor Electives (choose three): 9 credits
The elective credit hours will be determined by students and their advisors in accordance with the students vocational goals. Electives may include courses offered at Clarke and Loras Colleges.

Psychology Courses:
PSY110 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
A prerequisite for all other psychology courses, this course offers a survey of the major topics covered in the field of psychology. The student is introduced to concepts and theories in such areas as development, learning, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social behavior. (offered fall and spring)

PSY125 - Educational Psychology (3)
A survey of psychological foundations of education, including developmental characteristics, applications of behavioral and cognitive theories, motivation, evaluation, classroom control, and exceptional students. (offered fall)

PSY210 - Psychology of Adjustment (3)
An examination of the problems faced in normal development and the strategies used in coping with the stresses these problems create. (offered in spring)

PSY220 - Child Development (3)
A survey of historical and theoretical perspectives on the growth and development of the child. Topics cover physical, cognitive, social, and personality development. (offered spring semester)

PSY223 - Adolescent Development (3)
A survey of developmental changes characteristic of adolescence. Topics include identity, independence, gender, cognitive changes, and parent-child relationships. (offered fall semester)