Department of Psychology

Courses

101. Introduction toPsychology as a Social Science
Introduction to the general areas of psychology including such topics as learning, socialization, motivation, personality and development. This course is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses, unless otherwise specified.Three hours.

102. Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
Survey of general areas of psychology emphasizing the biological and physiological roots of behavior, including topics such as sensation, perception, behavioral genetics, animal behavior and physiological psychology.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Three hours.

123. Mind and Brain:  An Introduction to the Neurosciences
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the scientific study of the brain, focusing on topics of immediate interest to brain owners.  Material will be presented by the course director as well as 2-4 top neuroscientists from the Atlanta area who will, as guest lecturers, present material related to their expertise and research.  Course topics may include:  drugs and the nervous system, mental health, aging and Alzheimer’s disease, memory and attention, and social affiliation.  Three hours.

201. Research Methods and Statistics I.  (co-requisite with Psy 201L)
Introduction to the scientific method and the mathematical basis of descriptive statistics.  Scientific method, the organization, description, and characterization of data, scales of measurement, construction and interpretation of graphs and tables, measures of central tendency and variability, standardizing scores, correlation, regression, probability, and an introduction to hypothesis testing will be addressed in this course. Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Three hours.

201L. Research Methods and Statistics I Lab. (co-requisite with Psy 201)
Introduction to the use of descriptive statistics in psychological research. Topics covered in this course will include an introduction to research methods, the scientific method, developing research ideas, the role of statistics in psychological research, defining and measuring variables, frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, z-scores, correlation, introduction to probability, and hypothesis testing.  Computer software programs such as SPSS and MS Excel will be used to summarize, describe and present data. Prerequisite: Psychology 101. One hour.

202. Research Methods and Statistics II.  (co-requisite with Psy 202L)
Introduction to inferential statistics, advanced probability theory, nonparametric statistics and an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of hypothesis testing. The emphasis in this course will be on designing experiments and interpreting results, including the appropriate selection of controls, statistical testing and graphical presentation.  Students will also critically analyze published work in the field. Prerequisite: Psychology 201/201L.  Three hours.

202L. Research Methods and Statistics II/Lab (co-requisite with Psy 202)
Introduction to inferential statistics, advanced probability theory, nonparametric statistics and an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of hypothesis testing.  The emphasis in this course will be on designing experiments and interpreting results (includes choosing appropriate controls, applying appropriate statistical tests and representing the results graphically).  Students will conduct research experiments in the field and under laboratory conditions using human and nonhuman animal controls. Prerequisite: Psychology 201/201L.  One hour.

203. Research Methods and Statistics III.  (co-requisite with Psy 203L)
Introduction to advanced statistical techniques, including those used in qualitative research designs.  Students will be exposed to a number of statistical techniques, including 1 & 2 way ANOVA within design, 2 & 3 way ANOVA between design, multiple regression and correlation, Bayesian reasoning and Bayesian statistics. Students will critically evaluate published work in the field.
Prerequisites: Psychology 102, Psychology 202 and 202L.  Three hours.

203L. Research Methods and Statistics III/Lab (co-requisite with Psy 203)
Introduction to advanced statistical techniques, including those used in qualitative research designs.  The emphasis of this course will be on the design and implementation of advanced studies and data analyses utilizing the following statistical techniques: 1 & 2 way ANOVA within design, 2 & 3 way ANOVA between design, multiple regression and correlation, Bayesian reasoning and Bayesian statistics. Students will also critically evaluate published work in the field. Conduct of research experiments in the field and under laboratory conditions using human and nonhuman animal subjects is required. Prerequisites: Psychology 102 and Psychology 202 and 202L.  One hour.

204. Educational Psychology
Principles, research and applications of psychology in the human learning and teaching process.  Topics that are covered include cognitive and social development, theories of learning, learning abilities and challenges, motivation, learning environments, pedagogical approaches, assessment, and the roles of cultural factors.  Both mainstream theories and theories that are grounded in understanding African and African American issues in the field are discussed.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

260.  Psychology of the African American Experience
A study of theoretical and empirical psychological literature pertaining to the cultural, social and political realities of African Americans and the distinctions between the Africentric and Eurocentric perspectives. Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.  Three hours.

283.  Theories of Personality
Review of important theories of personality from psychoanalytic to learning theory approaches.  Theorists studied include Freud, Jung, Fromm, Rogers, Dollard and Miller, Skinner and others. Prerequisite: Psychology 102. Three hours.

287.  Developmental Psychology
Survey of human development from a lifespan perspective, including social, emotional and cognitive development.  Discussions will include genetic and environmental factors, parent-child relationships, and racial identity development. Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

297. Black Men, Black Boys and the Psychology of Modern Media
A personality psychology-rooted course that will look at the varied positioning of Black boys and men within media spaces. The course will explore how these framings inform identity assumption and behaviors across cultures. This exploration will be done through deconstructing contexts and human behavior paradigms relative to social norms, stereotype and less widely considered realities. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals of human behavior, media history, pop culture critique and content analysis. While cinema, television, recorded music and periodicals are considered for much of the course, new media streams will also be examined for behavioral and social influence on Black male identification. Black Boys, Black Men and the Psychology of Modern Media is based across the personality psychology levels of dispositional traits, characteristic adaptation and life story tellings (McAdams, 2004). This general structure is dynamic in a way that allows for shifting popular culture norms and for additional grounding in the media critique of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1998).
Prerequisite: Psychology 102 or Sociology 102 or with instructor’s approval. Three hours.

303.  Social Psychology
Exploration of influence of others on the individual, including conformity behavior, obedience, prejudice, attitude formation and change, social cognition, and political behavior.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

341.  Animal Behavior
A synthesis of comparative psychology and ethology, studying the behavior of animals.  Begins with an introduction to the role of evolution, genetics and neurophysiology in behavior.  Continues with an examination of specific areas in animal behavior, such as migration, sexual behavior, communication, dominance, territoriality, predator-prey relationships and social behavior.  Includes an introduction to areas that are closely related to animal behavior, such as sociobiology and behavioral ecology.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  Three hours.

341L.  Animal Behavior Laboratory
Laboratory and field research projects using a variety of small animals.  Investigating topics such as sexual behavior, territoriality, aggression, grooming and social behavior. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  One hour.

360.  African Centered Psychology II
Focuses upon understanding and applying various perspectives of African worldview to psychology.  The course utilizes the research and theoretical literature in psychology and other sciences, that attempt to explain pre-colonial African thought as it applies to human psychological functioning.  Applications to contemporary African American lifestyles are discussed.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.
Three hours.

369.  Relationships Between the Sexes
Study of the psychology of male/female relationships and interac­tions utilizing small group methods.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  Three hours.

372.  Learning and Memory
An empirical and theoretical examination of the processes of learning and memory. Prerequisites: Psychology 203/203L.  Three hours.

372L.  Learning and Memory Laboratory
Laboratory and field investigations of human and animal learning and memory.  Prerequisites: Psychology 203/203L.  One hour.

381.  Community Psychology
Examination of interaction between individuals and institutions in the community and the psychologist's role in intervention to maximize psychological functioning in this non-traditional setting.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

386.  Abnormal Psychology
Study of causation, description, and treatment of psychological maladjustment including mood and anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, personality disorders, and organic brain dysfunction as listed in DSM-IV-TR.  Prerequisites:  Psychology 102 and Psychology 202 and 202L.  Three hours.

389-390. Selected Topics In Psychology
This course may be offered each semester depending upon departmental needs, and the specific topic may vary.  Faculty and specific topic will be chosen through departmental discussion each semester.  Some topics may be repeated every other year while others may be repeated less frequently, depending on need, student interest, and faculty availability.  Possible topics include:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Qualitative Research
  • Language Development & Psycholinguistics
  • Forensic psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Advanced Seminar in ..(various areas)

Although the course structure is determined by the instructor, seminar format is encouraged, especially in the advanced topic courses.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours

393.  Health/Medical Psychology
Familiarizes students with the area of health psychology and the role of the health psychologist.  Understanding will be gained of the impact of psychological factors in health and illness.  Examines, from a biopsychosocial and cross-cultural perspective, the prevention, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of illness; relation of stress and health; coping strategies; interacting with health care systems; as well as health policy formation and implementation.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor.  Three hours.

400-401.  Supervised Fieldwork
Practical work experience in various community service centers and projects supervised by faculty and agency directors.  Prerequisite: Psychology 102 or permission of instructor. Three hours each semester.

444.  Leadership, Creativity, and Innovation
This multi-disciplinary course will explore practices that facilitate creative collaboration and innovation.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

450. Clinical Assessment
Introduction to the administration and interpretation of basic psychometric instruments, including tests of intelligence, aptitude, and personality.  Prerequisite: Either Psychology 283 or 386.  Three hours.

452. Techniques of Psychotherapy
Introduction to the basic theoretical orientations, methods and techniques of individual and group therapy as well as other intervention strategies.  Prerequisite: Either Psychology 283 or 386.  Clinical Assessment (PSY 451) need not be taken in order to take Techniques of Psychotherapy.  Three hours.

460.  Psychobiology
An examination of the interactions between biological aspects of an organism and its behavior; covers basic neuroanatomy and neural physiology; techniques of psychobiology; sleep and wake­fulness; internal regulation of motivation and emotion; neural basis of learning and memory; higher cortical functions, language, and recovery of function.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  Three hours.

461.  Psychobiology Laboratory
Designed to familiarize the student with some of the techniques used in the study of psychobiology.  The combination of demonstrations and individual projects gives the student an opportunity to work directly with various types of equipment in the investigation of the areas covered in Psychology 460.  Optional for B.A students taking 460.  Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.  One hour.

470.  Industrial/Organizational Psychology
The goal of the course is to provide broad exposure to the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  It includes methods and procedures used in maximizing the effectiveness of personnel selection and training.  It will also cover theory and research on organizational and environmental factors that influence behavior and employee satisfaction in the work setting.  Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission of instructor. Three hours.

495-496.  Directed Studies
Special problems, individual research, or field work under faculty supervision.  Three hours each semester. Prerequisites:  Psychology 102 and Psychology 202 and 202L.