PSYC/SOC 205 The Family
This course examines the basic dynamics of family relationships from both psychological and sociological perspectives. By completing this course, students should be able to explain the major family structures and the family life cycle, identify typical patterns that develop within families, show proficiency in the practical skills for handling family conflict and describe the reciprocal influence of family life, culture and society. Cross listed as PSYC 205 The Family.
PSYC 209 Social Psychology
The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of social psychology. There are three major sub-goals: (1) To introduce the ways in which social psychologists think about and approach the world. One of the recurring themes will be that social psychology relies on experimental studies of the social processes that surround us in everyday life. The results of such experiments sometimes do, and sometimes do not, support intuitions that people might have about social behavior. (2) To introduce the body of knowledge and underlying principles that currently exist in the field. (3) To encourage thought about the implications of social-psychological research for daily life. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or PSYC 131
PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling
This course covers the basic principles and techniques of counseling. By completing this course, students will be able to articulate the major approaches to counseling (e.g., action oriented therapies, experiential/emotive-oriented therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group approaches, and systems approaches), demonstrate specific skills commonly used in counseling, understand common issues typically faced by counselors, appreciate the mechanics of the healing process, and understand career possibilities in the field of counseling. Prerequisites: PSYC 324 or PSYC 361
PSYC 372 Positive Psychology
This course explores how and why people thrive and experience well-being. Positive psychology is the scientific approach to understanding people’s strengths and promoting positive functioning. Students will be able to describe, discuss, implement, and appraise the major theories of the factors related to psychological well-being. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the influence of biological, personal, cultural, and social contexts on human well-being.