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TPSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology (5) I&S

TPSYCH 202 Human Sexuality (5) I&S
Surveys biological, psychological, and social determinants of human sexuality and sexual behavior. Topics include cultural diversity, sexual development (physical and psychological), sexual health, reproduction (pregnancy, contraception, abortion), development of sex, gender orientation, adult sexual bonding, sexual abuse and assault. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 209 Fundamentals of Psychological Research I (5) I&S
Explores the basics of inquiry and research in the social sciences. Topics include the hypothesis testing, experimental design, research strategies/techniques, fundamentals of scientific writing, search and evaluation of literature in psychology, and ethical issues in psychological research. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 100; either TMATH 110, T HLTH 305, or T URB 225. Offered: AWSp.

TPSYCH 210 Abnormal Psychology (5) I&S
Historical and current definitions, theory, and research concerning abnormal psychological behavior. Major categories of psychopathology, including related treatment approaches. Assignments include: illustrative case studies, written critical perspectives of course materials, and interpretative analysis of major topics in field. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 212 Child Abnormal Psychology (5) I&S
Examines historical and current definitions, theory, and research concerning child and adolescent abnormal behavior. Covers major categories of psychopathology, including related treatment approaches. Includes illustrative case studies, written critical perspectives of course materials, and interpretative analysis of major topics in the field. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 220 Lifespan Development (5) I&S McKinley
Explores human cognitive and psychosocial development across the lifespan. Covers theories, methodologies, and research findings using a lifespan approach, which examines continuity and change from conception to death and the interaction of biological, psychological, and social aspects of development. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Nita Mckinley

TPSYCH 222 Infant and Child Development (5) I&S
Provides a comprehensive foundation in the twentieth century theories and ongoing research and evolving understanding of development in infancy and childhood in the twenty-first century. Covers genetics, embryology, fetal development, and explores developmental achievements from infancy to middle childhood. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 230 Educational Psychology (5) I&S
Explores individual learning and the educational process. Emphasis on theories of cognition, personal/social/moral development, learning differences, and motivation. Covers cultural/community influences on the learner and educational process. Includes overview of teacher roles, classroom management, educational assessment. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 240 Social Psychology (5) I&S
Surveys the major areas of social psychology, the science of human behavior in social situations. Emphasizes an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories and findings in social psychology. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 250 Human Cognition (5) I&S
Surveys cognitive psychology related to the mental processes associated with acquiring, storing, transforming, and using knowledge. Topics include perception, attention, learning, memory, metacognition, imagery, language, problem solving, and decision-making. Emphasizes identifying these concepts in everyday situations and application to educational and criminal justice fields. May not be taken for credit if TPSYCH 355 already taken. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 260 Biopsychology (5) I&S/NW
Focuses on the biological events that influence psychological processes and behaviors. Topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, and the biological bases of sensation and perception, motivation, learning, cognition and communication, emotion, and mental disorders. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 300 History and Systems of Psychology (5) I&S
Examines historical, current, and theoretical systems in psychology, such as psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and existentialism. Offers a critical and philosophical examination of the field of psychology and its relationship to other disciplines. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 301 Psychology of Adjustment (5) I&S
Covers research and theory about how people cope with change and adjustment. Focuses on change in theories of human development, the ways in which change is assumed to occur, strategies for managing change at the personal, organizational and societal level and the relationship between stress or social disorder and change. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 309 Fundamentals of Psychological Research II (5) I&S
Explores forms of inquiry form empirical laboratory research to fieldwork and phenomenological methods discussed in relationship to types of problem and research questions. Discusses quantitative and qualitative methods for gathering and reporting data as well as design, control, and the problem of interpretation and bias. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in TPSYCH 209.

TPSYCH 310 Controversies in Clinical Psychology (5) I&S
Explores advanced abnormal psychology topics, including controversies and social issues in mental health assessment, treatment, and diagnosis. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 210 or TPSYCH 212.

TPSYCH 311 Personality Theory (5) I&S
Covers the major theories of personality within the field of psychology. Students compare and contrast theoretical models, gain understanding of their development within the context of the theorists' lives, and apply the theories to their own life experience. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Clotia L. Robinson

TPSYCH 312 Mental Illness Across Cultures (5) I&S, DIV Cargill
Explores advanced abnormal psychology topics from a global perspective such as how mental illness is understood by different cultures and in different historical periods. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 210 or TPSYCH 212. Offered: Sp.

TPSYCH 313 Personalities Disorders (5) I&S
Examines current models and empirical research on personality disorders. Includes case studies, empirical data, and theoretical explanations of personality disorders. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 210.

TPSYCH 314 Tests and Measurements (5)
Explores the theory, methods, and applications of psychological testing and evaluates the advantages and drawbacks of psychological testing in general, and selected tests in particular. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 101; TPSYCH 209.

TPSYCH 320 Race, Class, and Gender Contexts of Child Development (5) I&S
Explores how cultural contexts that include racism, classism, and sexism, as well as other contexts, such as school, family, and neighborhood, differentially shape the experiences of children. Applies these contexts to specific topics, such as cognitive development, identity, moral development, families, peers, and media. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Nita Mckinley

TPSYCH 321 Adolescent Psychology (5) I&S
Explores the multiple contexts of adolescents' lives, including the interactions of biology, psychology, and sociocultural aspects of development. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101
Instructor Course Description: Lauren Montgomery Nita Mckinley

TPSYCH 322 Adult Development (5) I&S
Examines adult development, beginning with the transition to adulthood through young, middle, and old adulthood. Focuses on diverse individual experiences and social/contextual factors in the U.S. and their effect on the changes, choices, opportunities, and paths through adulthood. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101

TPSYCH 323 Parenting Practices and Parent-Child Relationships (5) I&S
Examines current theory, research and training concerning parenting practices and parent-child relationships, as well as diverse parenting beliefs and practices. Considers how parenting and parent-child relationships are shaped by contextual factors such as culture, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101

TPSYCH 330 Inquiry and Research in the Social Sciences (5) I&S
Forms of inquiry from empirical laboratory or bench research to field work and phenomenological methods discussed in relationship to types of problem and research questions. Discusses quantitative and qualitative methods for gathering and reporting data as well as design, control, and the problem of interpretation and bias. Prerequisite: either TMATH 110, T HLTH 305, TSOCWF 351, STAT 220, STAT 311, or T URB 225.

TPSYCH 349 Sexual Identities (5) I&S
Explores the lives and current issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, with particular attention to developmental, community, and political issues and their intersections. Emphasizes current areas of consensus and discord among members within, across, and outside these communities.

TPSYCH 350 Human Memory (5) I&S
Covers research and theory in key areas of memory. Issues include information processing theory, the link between memory processes and their biological underpinnings, autobiographical memory, implicit memory, and the effect of emotion on memory. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 250.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 351 Psychology of Perception (5)
Explores the psychological, biological, and cultural contributions to the perceptual processes mediating our ability to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. Emphasis is place on understanding vision and its role in action and perception. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 352 Judgment and Decision-Making (5) I&S
Examines current models and empirical research on human information processing in judgment and decision making. Includes both normative and descriptive theories of decision making with a focus on decision making under risk and uncertainty. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 101 or PSYCH 101; either TMATH 110, T HLTH 305, TSOCWF 351, STAT 220, or STAT 311.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 360 Health Psychology (5) I&S
Introduces the field of health psychology, which is concerned with how biological characteristics, behavioral factors, and social conditions influence health and illness. Topics include the foundation of health psychology, health behavior and primary prevention, stress and coping, treatment setting, and chronic illness. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 400 Psychology of Women (5) I&S
Focuses on psychological and feminist framework to the examination of women's lives and development. Emphasis on how gender and sexism interact with ethnicity, class, and age to influence women's understanding of themselves. Topics include gender differences, images of women, motherhood, and violence against women. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 401 Family Violence (5) I&S
Comprehensive interdisciplinary investigation of the pervasive social problem of family violence. Explores the history, theoretical explanations, causes, and consequences of family violence, including intimate partner violence, date and marital rape, elder abuse, and child physical and sexual abuse. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 403 Psychology of Black Women (5) I&S
Applies a psychological and feminist framework to the examination of black women's lives and development. Emphasizes the coping techniques used by black women throughout history. Topics include mental health, violence, male-female relationships, and cross-racial friendships. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 404 Psychology of Food and Culture (5) I&S
Covers a global look at the social, symbolic, and political-economic roles of food and eating. Examines cultural, ethnic, and gender issues in relation to the production and consumption of food, as well as the neurobiological effects of certain foods on brain activity. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 405 Body Image and the Psychology of Appearance (5) I&S
Examines the individual and social forces that shape body image, and psychological and physical correlates of body image. Influence of physical appearance on social perception is covered, and adaptation to social/psychological appearance demands in terms of both problems, such as eating disorders, and resistance. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Nita Mckinley

TPSYCH 406 Chemical Dependency (5) I&S
Examines the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors involved in drug dependency. Examines prevention, intervention, treatment, and 12-step programs including those related to various ethnic and cultural groups. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Amanda Edwards Stewart

TPSYCH 407 The Cultural Context of Developmental Psychology (5) I&S
Extends understanding of basic ch9ld development by critiquing and placing in cultural context Western models of development and methodologies used to search for universal development. Explores importance of culture to understanding developmental processes and the political nature of developmental psychology. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Nita Mckinley

TPSYCH 409 Group Counseling and Dynamics (5, max. 15) I&S
Examines group work, group processes, patterns of communication, group and individual goal-setting, leadership, personal control, decision-making, self-esteem, and cultural factors. Includes role-playing and simulations and group participation. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.
Instructor Course Description: Lauren Montgomery

TPSYCH 410 Existential Psychology (5) I&S
Examines the philosophical and literary movement of existentialism and its impact on clinical psychology. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 411 Psychology and the Arts (5) I&S
Examines the relationship between psychology as a research and clinical discipline and the arts, with a focus on the fine arts and music. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 414 Psychology of Contemporary African-AMerican Culture (5) I&S
Examines issues of contemporary African-American culture using an interdisciplinary approach and a psychological perspective. Topics include arts and media representations, political involvement, language, identity development, and personal relationships. Emphasizes social context as a way to better understand the psychological functioning of individuals of African-American descent. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 416 Freud and His Critics (5) I&S Cargill
Examines the work of Sigmund Freud, its impact on clinical psychology, and historical and contemporary criticisms of this theoretical school. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101. Offered: Sp.

TPSYCH 420 Attachment and Interpersonal Relations (5) I&S Forrest
Takes a historical approach examining infant and adult attachment from its interdisciplinary origins, through the development of the methods used to test the theory, to its current status. May also cover topics at the boundaries between attachment and other areas, such as culture or neuroscience. Prerequisite: TPSYCH 311.

TPSYCH 421 Social Psychology, Law, and Society (5) I&S Forrest
Examines the interaction of social psychology and the law and the role both play in the development of legal policy. Considers selected topics at the forefront of psych-legal inquiry, such as eyewitness testimony, confession evidence, and implicit bias. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 240, TPSYCH 250, T CRIM 200.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 422 Psychology and the Legal System (5) I&S
Focuses on the application of psychological research methods and knowledge to contemporary issues in the legal system. Topics include psychology of policing, criminal profiling, serial killers, criminal investigations, pretrial publicity, competency/insanity, scientific jury selection, juror decision making, sentencing/death penalty, and the social scientist as an expert witness. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 431 Sexual Deviance (5) I&S
Examines various psychological, sociological, and biological theories that purport to explain the causes, consequences, and cure for atypical sexual behaviors, including fetishism, exhibitionism, sexual addiction, pedophilia, and erotophonophilia (lust murder). Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 202 or TPSYCH 210.

TPSYCH 432 Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence (5) I&S
Examines sexual criminality, its nature, characteristics, dimensions, and ramifications in American society and internationally. Topics include, sexual assault, sex offenders and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and sexual predatory crimes, such as sex trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 441 Diversity and Health Psychology (5) I&S
Examines diverse personal, sociocultural, and institutional factors that have an impact on health and illness, including socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity/culture, gender, sexual orientation, aging, and disability. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 450 Contemplative Science (5) I&S
Focuses on the interface between Buddhist studies and the use of Buddhist principles and practices in science. Examines Buddhist perspectives on mind, self, and consciousness, contemporary research on mind-body processes, and how Buddhist-based approaches are applied in social science, neuroscience, medicine, and consciousness studies. Prerequisite: minimum 3.0 grade in TPSYCH 101.

TPSYCH 471 Applied Issues in Cognition (4-5, max. 10) I&S
Examines cognitive issues in applied settings, such as the workplace and education. Topics include such issues as attention, expertise, problem solving, decision-making, human error, automation, navigation, and individual differences. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either TPSYCH 209 or TPSYCH 330.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen J Ross

TPSYCH 496 Psychology Internship (1-5, max. 10) I&S
Allows students to complete an internship with an organization whose mission is related to psychology or other closely related field under faculty supervision. Offered: AWSpS.

TPSYCH 498 Directed Readings in Psychology (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Allows student to engage in independent, in-depth study of any area of psychology or related interdisciplinary area under faculty supervision. Students develop a reading syllabus, discuss the reading with their advisor, and write and revise an APA-style paper analyzing the readings. Offered: AWSpS.

TPSYCH 499 Undergraduate Psychology Research (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Allows student to conduct independent research in psychology or other closely related field under faculty supervision. Students work on 3-15 hours per week on independent research, meet with their faculty supervisor, and write a paper related to their experience. Offered: AWSpS.