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Overview of Courses

Offered every fall

Behavior, Healthcare, & Society 

PSYC 116

This course is designed for students interested in health professions and covers introductory topics in psychology and sociology. There will be discussions of how the foundations of behavior influence physical and mental health and how values guide decision-making, as well as exploration of the ethical issues that health care professionals face. Students will apply fundamental knowledge about people and culture to better appreciate how individuals interact with health care professionals, understand their health and illness, and make decisions about their care. This course helps students realize how psychological and social factors may influence the type of care they provide.

*This course uses no-cost materials/textbooks.

Offered every fall

Adult Psychopathology

PSYC 220/221

Develops knowledge of psychological disorders and mental illness as well as empathy for individuals with these disorders and their families. Focus will be on disorders commonly seen in adulthood, including cognitive decline. There will be discussion of the development and presentation of disorders and the role of family, communities, and other contexts. Some treatment will be discussed. Students also have the option to connect class content to real-world contexts by volunteering at an approved site in the community.

Offered every semester

Research Methods & Statistics

PSYC 245

Students will learn the basics about research design and be able to identify and conduct statistical analyses appropriate for the design. Students will learn to analyze data using JASP, R, or both. Several professors in the department teach PSYC 245. Dr. Reavis usually teaches it once every three semesters.

*This course uses no-cost materials/textbooks

Usually offered every other spring semester

Friends & Enemies: Research Methods in Peer Relationships

PSYC 352

This course is a research methods course using peer relationships as an example. The class will discuss the importance of peers for development and cover topics such as friendship, bullying, romantic relationships and popularity. The class also will discuss interventions that help improve children’s relationships and adjustment. Students will lead discussions and learn to critically read empirical articles. Students will conduct a research project as part of the course, and by the end, students will be prepared to conduct an independent study in Comprehensive Senior Research.

*This course uses no-cost materials/textbooks.

Offered in the spring, usually every 2-3 years

Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC 363

Develops knowledge of psychological disorders and mental illness as well as empathy for individuals with these disorders and their families, with a focus on adjustment and disorders in childhood and adolescence. Students complete a service-learning placement, which involves volunteering an appropriate site serving children or adolescents.

Offered every semester

Comprehensive Senior Research

PSYC 486

Every psychology and neuroscience senior completes an independent research project under faculty supervision. Several faculty members in the department oversee this course. Dr. Reavis is usually the faculty supervisor in the spring.

*This course uses no-cost materials/textbooks.