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B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the study of human behavior and of the internal and external patterns that affect others and us. These factors are analyzed by psychologists using the scientific method. The findings from this research make the courses in psychology interesting, informative, and relevant. You can use what you learn in psychology. Courses range from General Psychology, which is available as a part of the Common Core for all students, to Child Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Statistics, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, internship experiences, etc. Each course provides options that help to make the Cheyney University student better rounded.

In addition to these options, we offer an exciting major that can prepare students for graduate education in any of the broad areas of psychology including: clinical, experimental, physiological, drug and alcohol counseling, marriage and family therapy, child development, educational psychology, industrial psychology, social work, and a number of additional areas.

A major in psychology can also be an asset in business, the health sciences, in effectively developing a family, and in the other helping professions. While it is possible to enter some of these fields with a bachelor of arts degree, we encourage our students to enroll in graduate study to open an even wider range of exciting psychology-related careers to them.

General Education Requirements…….. 51 cr. 

Major Core Requirements

Psychology Major

Each student must take all of the following:

  • RPS 211, Introduction to Psychology…………….. 3
  • RPS 331, Statistics for Soc and Beh Sciences I.... 3
  • RPS 332, Statistics for Soc and Beh Sciences II... 3
  • RPS 300, Theories of Learning…..……...…........... 3
  • RPS 319, Personality…………………………………. 3
  • RPS 410, Intro. to Experimental Psych…............ 3
  • RPS 411, Advanced Experimental Psych…........ 3
  • RPS 445, Senior Seminar…………………............... 3

Total Major Core Requirements…………………. 24 cr.

Each student must take at least one course in each of the following areas:

PHYSIOLOGICAL ELECTIVE ………......................... 3

  • RPS 405, Physiological Psychology
  • RPS 408, Sensation and Perception

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE.......................... 3

  • RPS 217 Social Psychology
  • RPS 320 Psychology of Small Group Behavior
  • RPS 325 Psychology of the Black Experience
  • RPS 330 Industrial Psychology
  • RPS 326 Psych of Minority Grps. in a Global Context

DEVELOPMENTAL ELECTIVE….............................. 3

  • RPS 212 Educational Psychology
  • RPS 318 Child Psychology
  • RPS 317 Adolescent Psychology
  • RPS 316 Human Growth and Development

CLINICAL ELECTIVE………………........................... 3

  • RPS 314 Abnormal Psychology
  • RPS 420 Clinical Psychology
  • RPS 415 Motivation
  • RPS 409 intro. to Psychological Testing

Total Area Electives……………………………….. 12 cr.

Social Science Elective…………………………... 3 cr.

Total Psychology Major………….......................... 39 cr.

Free Electives……………………….……................ 30 cr.

Total Credits for BA in Psychology....................... 120

Only one “D” is permitted in psychology courses for the major.

Courses for Psychology Minor ………………………….. 18 credit hours

Required Courses:
All students must take the following courses:

  • RPS 211 Introduction to Psychology
  • RPS 300 Psychology of Learning

Cluster Requirement:
Students must take one course from two of the three clusters:

  • Social Psych Cluster: RPS 317, RPS 320, RPS 325, RPS 330
  • Clinical Cluster: RPS 314, RPS 319, RPS 420
  • Developmental Cluster: RPS 212, RPS 313, RPS 316, RPS 318

Electives:
Students must take an additional two electives from Psychology.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Note: All courses are not offered each academic year.

RPS 211 Introduction to Psychology (3). Course presents a capsule view of the bio-social influences on human behavior as revealed through psychological investigations. Prerequisite to most psychology courses.

RPS 212 Educational Psychology (3). Nature of the learner and the learning process with special reference to learning in a school setting. A critical look at the procedures of appraising pupil progress and instructional techniques teachers use in the classroom.

RPS 217 Social Psychology (3). Individual conduct in a social context. Aspects of human personality which are modified by society in the formation and motivation of individual conduct and conviction. The method of social inquiry and experimentation demonstrated.

RPS 221 Advanced Psychology (3). An extension of RPS-211 for students who plan to major in psychology, or have a science-teaching, scientific, or liberal arts orientation. A more in-depth study of the areas of psychology. Prerequisite: RPS 211.


RPS 300 Psychology of Learning (3). A consideration of areas of learning; verbal, perceptual, motor, conditioning, trial and error, insight, and related matter. Emphasis on both human and animal learning. Opportunity for experimentation. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 308 Human Sexuality (3). Sexual anatomy, physiology, and behavior of both sexes, from conception through adulthood, is explored. The course will be taught by references to respected authorities in each three basic categories: biophysiological, psychoemotional, and sociocultural.

RPS 313 Psychology of Adolescence (3). The physical, social, mental, and emotional problems of adolescence, their causes, and their effect upon the adolescent’s development. Objective bases fro understanding and guidance of youth in educational, social, and personal growth. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 314 Abnormal Psychology (3). A systematic study of nature, etiologies, syndromes, therapies, and prognoses of mental deficiency, psychosomatic disorders, criminal and delinquent behavior, psychoneuroses, and psychoses. Case structures illustrating patterns of deviant behavior will be utilized. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 316 Human Growth and Development (3). Developmental process from prenatal period through senescence. Emphasis on behavioral changes taking place at various stages of development as functions of heredity and environment. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 318 Child Psychology (3). The physical, social, mental, and emotional aspects of child growth with emphasis on the behavior pattern at various levels of development. Verification of general principles of child development is encouraged through direct observation of young children. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 319 Personality (3) (Writing Intensive Course). How psychologists theorize about what makes us the unique people we are. Psychoanalytic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral theories will be examined. Issues in the development of personality will be explored. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 320 Psychology of Small Group Behavior (3). An introduction to the theory and practice of small group structure and process, with consideration of relevant research. Cohesiveness, conformity, power, inter-group and intra-group conflict and cooperation are studied as aspects of group structure and process. Students observe and participate in small group processes. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 325, The Psychology of African American Experiences (3) (African American Heritage Course). The philosophical orientations and sociocultural concerns of black Americans from several psychological perspectives. Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor styles of black people. Research techniques to study this behavior, a review of the available research on black experiences, and a study of changes in the dynamics of relationships of black people in American society.

RPS 330 Industrial Psychology (3). Principles, concepts, methods, and results in advertising and selling. Job and worker analysis, selection training, monotony fatigue, worker adjustment, accident prevention, morale, and labor-management problems. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 331 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences I (3). The use of statistics as a tool for scientific investigation in social and behavioral sciences with special emphasis on descriptive and relational techniques. Prerequisite: MAT 002 or higher.

RPS 332 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences II (3). This course deals with inferential statistics, i.e., probability, sampling, "t" tests, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: RPS 331 or RSO 351 or MAT 205.

RPS 403 Animal Psychology (3). The study of human and animal behavior in the natural setting. Evolutionary and genetic viewpoints involving these behaviors will be examined. Courtship and mating behavior, parental and other behaviors will be studied. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 405 Physiological Psychology (3). Physiological mechanism underlying behavior; neuro-anatomy, sensory, muscular, and glandular structures and functions in relation to learning, perception, motivation, and emotion. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 408 Sensation and Perception (3) The physiological, social, and motivational factors involved in the sensory and perceptual processes. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS 409 Introduction to Psychological Testing (3). The theory and practice of testing. Emphasis on the nature, use, limitations of typical tests of intelligence, achievement, special abilities, aptitudes, personality, and interests. Prerequisite: RPS 211 and RPS 331 or RSO 351 or MAT 205.

RPS 410 Introduction to Experimental Psychology I (3) (Writing Intensive Course, Information Literacy Course). Scientific methodology as applied to experimental psychology. Basic procedure, terminology, and designs necessary in carrying out psychological experiments. Prerequisite: RPS 211. It is strongly recommended that students first complete Statistics RPS 331 and RPS332.

RPS 411 Advanced Experimental Psychology (3). An extension of RPS-410. Students design and conduct independent research projects using animals. Emphasis on the evaluation and thus the appreciation of psychological experimentation. Prerequisite: RPS 410 (Minimum of C or better). It is strongly recommended that students first complete Statistics RPS 331 and RPS 332.

RPS 420 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3) (Writing Intensive Course). Clinical psychology, its nature and types of problems. Diagnostic instruments, methods, and techniques; individual and group therapeutic theories, methods, and techniques. Professional roles and opportunities for clinical psychologists. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

RPS-445 Senior Seminar in Psychology (3) (Writing Intensive Course). Students are encouraged to develop a psychological problem and attempt its solution through utilization of scientific methods of problem solving. This course has as its primary objective the integration of theoretical concepts from a variety of fields of psychology. The student will be required to draw upon the content of various courses in psychology in order to develop new analyses, theories or optional solutions to significant issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisites: RPS 211, 331, 332 and 410. Required of all majors during their senior year.

RPS 460 Special Topics (3). Studies in selected psychological topics. May cover recent developments in a particular area of psychology. Course content varies by semester, and will be announced in the proceeding semester. Prerequisite: RPS 211.

 

 

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