Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Core courses (9 hours): These courses are designed to provide students with a strong background in the basic areas of general psychology.

Students must take the following courses:

  • PSYC 685 Statistics
  • PSYC 686 Research Design and Methods
  • PSYC 620 Ethics

Electives (15 hours): Students must also choose five of the following courses:

  • PSYC 601 Selected Topics in Psychology
  • PSYC 606 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 610 Attachment and Family Relations
  • PSYC 611 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 612 Seminar in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 613 A Seminar in Theories of Learning and Behavior
  • PSYC 650 Psychopathology

Experiential Component (6 hours): This component is designed to provide students with valuable experience related to professional psychology. Students must take two of the following three courses:

  • PSYC 671 The Teaching of Psychology
  • PSYC 672 Directed Research
    PSYC 673 Internship/Practicum Experience

Thesis Requirement (6 hours): All students will be required to choose a thesis committee, design, and conduct a committee-approved project, complete a thesis defense, and write a committee approved APA style thesis that will be placed in the college library. The thesis will involve the design and implementation of an approved research project. The thesis committee will consist of two full-time psychology faculty members (one chair, one member) and one other outside member selected by the student.

  • PSYC 691 Thesis 1
  • PSYC 692 Thesis 2

Description of MAP Courses

PSYC 600 Selected Topics in Psychology
An in-depth examination of the research and theory behind a specific topic, debate or question in the field of psychology. Topics are chosen by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester. May be taken twice for credit with consent of the graduate program director and department chair.

PSYC 606 Developmental Psychology
Advanced examination of theory and research in the area of human development. Includes areas of cognitive and social emotional development with emphasis on the development of infants and children.

PSYC 610 Attachment and Family Relations
This course focuses on an advanced review of the major theories and current research in the area of attachment and family relations. Topics include attachment theory and measurement, infant-parent attachment, and adult attachment and marital satisfaction. Emphasis on research methodology and current social conditions which influence the family.

PSYC 611 Cognitive Psychology
This course focuses on advanced review and critique of the major theories and research findings in the area of cognitive psychology. Topics include perception, attention, memory, problem-solving, reasoning and decision-making, and psycholinguistics. Emphasis is placed on the integration of topics into a model of information processing in the human mind.

PSYC 612 Seminar in Social Psychology
This course provides students with an in-depth overview of theories and research in the area of social psychology. Emphasis is placed on conducting research in social psychology.

PSY 613 Theories of Learning and Behavior
This course will start with a review of basic concepts in operant and classical conditioning and then proceed to modern empirical and theoretical developments. Topics to be discussed include choice, behavioral economics, self-control/impulsivity, behavioral momentum, reinforcement of variability/creativity, language, and forgetting. We will also discuss implications of learning theories for the modification of behavior in general, and examine their application to specific areas like food intake and drug abuse. Students will be expected to examine the implications of these empirical and theoretical developments for issues in their specific field of interest.

PSYC 620 Professional Ethics
Nature of ethical inquiry using selected major philosophers as its foundation. Students develop or use already developed case studies to explore ways of ethical thinking among researchers and practitioners of psychology.

PSYC 650 Psychopathology
In depth analysis of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders from varying theoretical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on an empirical approach to psychological disorders.

PSYC 671 Practicum in the Teaching of Psychology
This course provides students with knowledge and experience in the teaching of psychology at the college level. The course reviews the theory and research behind effective teaching methods and assessment, as well as covering potential problems and issues that may arise in teaching psychology. Students will assist the instructor in all aspects of undergraduate course instruction, including preparing and presenting a class lecture and/or class demonstration.

PSYC 672 Practicum in Directed Research
Students electing this course are expected to be significantly involved in active research beyond the research that is required as a part of their thesis requirement. This research can be student initiated or can involve assisting in a faculty member’s research.

PSYC 673 Practicum in Applied Psychology
Students electing this course will be exposed to and involved in the professional practice of psychology in an applied setting. Students will be required to complete supervised experience at an approved practicum site. (e.g., Clinical, industrial-organizational,
family-child center.).

PSYC 685 Statistics
This course provides both a conceptual and practical understanding of basic and advanced statistical methods of data analysis in the area of psychology. Topics include exploratory data analysis, multifactor between-subjects and repeated-measures analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, partial correlation, and multiple regression. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of data using SPSS.

PSYC 686 Research Design and Methods
Study and evaluation of research methods, issues and problems in the major areas of psychology. Topics include case studies, naturalistic observation, and correlational research, within and between experimental designs, factorial research, and quasi-experimental methods.

PSYC 691 Thesis I , PSYC 692 Thesis II.
Original research conducted under the direction of a member of the graduate psychology program leading to the written completion and oral defense of a Master’s thesis.