Counseling Foundations
Counseling Concentration
Advanced Psychology Electives

Counseling Foundations
Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
A study of the general subject matter in the field, including child psychology, heredity and environment, individual differences, the nervous system, personal adjustment, human development, intelligence, mental processes, and abnormal behavior.

Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3 credits)
This course will impart a basic understanding of psychological concepts about identity and culture and how they affect interactions with others. The course focuses on a multicultural perspective for understanding and working with diverse populations, and will examine theoretical and research literature concerning gender, race/ethnicity, relation, etc. in the provision of psychological services.

History & Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
A study of the history of psychology, including early and modern schools of thought, important trends, famous psychologists, as well as recent developments in the field. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.

Statistics for Research (3 credits)
A course in basic and intermediate methods of applied statistics, with emphasis on the analysis of data from laboratory and field experiments. Both parametric and non-parametric techniques are presented, and the logic underlying experimental design and statistical inference is stressed. Recommended for students anticipating graduate study or research careers. Not open to majors in Business Administration. Prerequisite: Elementary Functions. 3 hours Lecture and Discussion – 3 credits

Methods of Psychological Research with Laboratory (4 credits)
This course examines research methods used to study human behavior. Research design, including experimental, correlation and survey methods are examined. Course topics include: the design of psychological experiments, data collection, data analysis and interpretation and preparing a research report. Students use SPSS statistic software to conduct literature reviews, analyze data, and write research reports in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology and Statistics for Research, or Permission of Instructor. 

Senior Seminar
Under faculty direction, students explore topics in psychology.  This tutorial approach culminates in the preparation of a paper of considerable length with an oral defense/presentation.


Counseling Concentration
Lifespan Development (3 credits)
This course focuses on physical, cognitive, social, personality and moral development over the lifespan. Students will be introduced to human development concepts, issues and theory with emphasis on interrelationships between individuals, families, schools, communities, and culture.

Personality Theories (3 credits)
A review of the major theories of personality development and personality functioning. In addition to covering the details of each theory, the implications and applications of each theory are considered.

Introduction to Counseling Theories (3 credits)
This course serves as a general introduction to the primary theoretical perspectives that guide the works of counseling psychologists. It introduces students to the process of counseling and psychotherapy.

Introduction to Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
This course includes information relating to stages in the counseling process, interviewing skills, counseling objectives, and appropriate strategies. Students actively learn various counseling techniques using the mediums of role playing, peer critiques, videotaping, and discussions. Ethical considerations are emphasized. Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Counseling Theories.

Measurement and Assessment in Psychology (3 credits)
This course involves discussion of the theory and application of psychological tests of intellectual functioning, achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes and personality. Multiple testing contexts are discussed, including educational and psychological research, counseling and guidance, and private industry. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.

Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
This study of abnormal psychology in American society, including its occurrence, condition, and treatment, emphasizes the maintenance of good mental health. Topics include mood disorders, substance abuse, brain disorders and dream analysis. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology.


Advanced Psychology Electives (Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for all.)
Educational Psychology (3 credits)
A practical treatment of the theory and practice of teaching and learning and their application in the classroom, family, and community. Topics include: conditioning, cognitive processes, motivation, testing and grading. ED 2230 open to Education majors only. Any student may take the course with an LA prefix.

Child Development (3 credits)
This course involves theory and research on psychological development from conception to adolescence. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes will be studied.

Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
This course studies the development and behavior of adolescents with a focus on understanding the adolescent in terms of family, peers, school, culture and the community at large. Identity development, delinquency and sexuality will all be examined with an emphasis on how to provide services to the adolescent in need.

Substance Use and Abuse (3 credits)
An introduction to the elementary dynamics of substance use, abuse, dependency and treatment designed to facilitate the acquisition and retention of information needed by the prospective professional in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. Suggested Prerequisite: Biological Science I.

Social Psychology and Human Interaction (3 credits)
The scientific studies of how people interact, communicate, influence, interpret and relates to one another. The courses focuses on the way an individual relates to groups as well as on how various groups affect the individual. Topics include prejudice, groupthink, attitude inoculation, polarization, eyewitness testimony, altruism, aggression, bargaining, mediation, arbitration, and conciliation.

Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
This course provides an overview developmental disabilities, delays, and disorders from a life-span perspective. Topics include individual progress, services, and policies with attention to both family support and school-based principles of inclusion for youth. Course will include observations of youth with developmental disabilities.

Couples and Family Counseling (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce systems theories utilized in marriage and family counseling. Topics include family development, issues and concepts, and interventions associated with major family therapy models.

Introduction to Behavior Modification (3 credits)
An introduction to the concepts, theories and applications of learning theory and behaviorism as they are applied to a variety of treatment conditions and applications in a variety of settings, with special emphasis on school settings.

Childhood Psychopathology (3 credits)
This course explores the biological, psychological, and social/cultural factors in the etiology, course, and treatment of childhood disorders. Suggested Prerequisite: Abnormal Psychology.