University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Psychology

Majors:

Minor:

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior - how and why we think, feel and act . It is a diverse field that touches all aspects of human endeavor.

The objectives of the Department of Psychology are to provide students with learning experiences in and out of the classroom which will increase their critical thinking skills, facilitate their acquisition of the body of knowledge inherent in the study of human behavior, equip them with its research methodology, and prepare them for employment or graduate school.

The Department of Psychology offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees. Each student, in consultation with an advisor, selects a program leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science with appropriate elective credits according to individual interests and goals. The availability of both degrees allows the student to plan a double major or a major in psychology with a strong concentration of study in a related or complementary discipline. Each psychology major must complete: PSY 101PSY 216, and PSY 217 early in his or her academic career. The remaining requirements are stated in the two outlines below. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the chairperson.

Psychology majors are required to attain grades of C- or better in the following courses:

PSY 101Introductory Psychology3
PSY 216Elementary Statistics3
PSY 217Experimental Psychology3

and any two courses from each of the two core groupings:

PSY 321Cognitive Processes3
PSY 322Learning3
PSY 323Psychology of Perception3
PSY 422Physiological Psychology3

PSY 341Social Psychology3
PSY 351Child Psychology3
PSY 361Personality3
PSY 363Abnormal Psychology3

If a C- or better is not attained, courses will have to be retaken if they are used to satisfy the psychology major.

A minor in psychology consists of eighteen semester hours.

Faculty

Carolyn Roecker Phelps, Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Allik, Biers, Butter, DaPolito, Eggemeier, Korte, Kuntz, Moroney
Professors: Polzella, Reeb
Associate Professors: Bauer, Crutcher, Elvers, Katsuyama, Kirschman, Roecker Phelps, Zois
Assistant Professors: Davis, Dixon, Fuhs, Goodnight, Kunz, Montoya, O'Mara
Visiting Assistant Professor: Berry
Lecturers: Engle, Farnsworth, Layman-Guadalupe, Rodriguez

 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (psy) MINIMUM 124 HOURS

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3-4
Introduction to Statistics 1
Calculus I with Review
Introductory Calculus I
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Sciences)11
Social Sciences, excluding PSY courses (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements36
PSY 101Introductory Psych (Satisfies CAP Social Science)3
PSY 216Elementary Statistic3
PSY 217Expermntl Psychology3
Select two courses from:6
Cognitive Processes
Learning
Psy of Perception
Physiological Psy
Select two courses from:6
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Hst of Psychology
Honors Thesis
Senior Seminar
Ind Research Sem
PSY courses (300/400 level) 2, 312-24

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124

1

Selection of MTH 207 is strongly recommended.

2

No more than a total of six hours of PSY 352, PSY 477, PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494 and/or PSY 497 may count toward the thirty-six semester hours required in PSY for the major.

3

May include CAP Components.

 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology (psy) MINIMUM 120 HOURS

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Science Breadth Requirements
Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Science
Mathematics 16-8
Select one mathematics sequence from:
Calculus I with Review
   and Calculus I with Review
Introductory Calculus I
   and Introductory Calculus II
Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
   and Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
Natural Sciences 224

Major Requirements36
PSY 101Introductory Psych3
PSY 216Elementary Statistic3
PSY 217Expermntl Psychology3
Select two courses from:6
Cognitive Processes
Learning
Psy of Perception
Physiological Psy
Select two courses from:6
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select one course from: (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Hst of Psychology
Honors Thesis
Senior Seminar
Ind Research Sem
PSY courses (300/400 level) 312-24

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Social and Behavioral Science, excluding PSY courses (Includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

1

The Mathematics requirement may also be satisfied by taking MTH 207 and one calculus course: MTH 137, or MTH 148, or MTH 168.

2

Two three-semester hour natural science courses (BIO, CHM, GEO, PHY) with accompanying laboratories are required. The remaining sixteen semester hours may be fulfilled by courses in BIO, CHM, GEO, PHY, and CPS courses as well as by MTH courses beyond the departmental MTH requirement.

3

No more than a total of six hours of PSY 352, PSY 477PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494 and/or PSY 497 may count toward the thirty-six semester hours required in PSY for the major.

 

Minor in Psychology (psy)

Psychology
PSY 101Introductory Psych3
Select one course from:3
Cognitive Processes
Learning
Psy of Perception
Physiological Psy
Select one course from:3
Social Psychology
Child Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Select three PSY courses (300/400 level) 19
Total Hours18

1

Only three semester hours of PSY 352, PSY 490, PSY 493, PSY 494, and/or PSY 497 may count toward the minor.

Courses

PSY 101. Introductory Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of human behavior including development, motivation, emotion, personality, learning, perception; general application of psychological principles to personal, social, and industrial problems. Students must participate in departmental research.

PSY 216. Elementary Statistics. 3 Hours

Basic probability and applied statistics: measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, tests between means, linear regression, correlation, and ANOVA. Prerequisite(s): MTH 102 or higher; PSY 101.

PSY 217. Experimental Psychology. 3 Hours

Basic concepts of scientific methods as applied to psychological problems. Experiments to familiarize students with application of scientific methodology to study of human psychological processes. Required of all psychology majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, PSY 216.

PSY 251. Human Growth & Development. 3 Hours

Focuses on stages of human development from infancy through the aging adult. Emphasis is on various theoretical approaches and the development associated with each stage. Psychology majors may not take for credit toward major. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 321. Cognitive Processes. 3 Hours

Information-processing approach to attention, perception, memory, imagery, and thought. Theoretical structures including neuron modeling of higher cognitive and experimental processes. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 321L. Cognitive Processes Laboratory. 1 Hour

In-depth discussion of seminal research in cognition. Collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 321) or permission of instructor.

PSY 322. Learning. 3 Hours

Foundations of the learning process. Classical and instrumental paradigms and variants of each considered in preparation for investigations of complex learning. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 323. Psychology of Perception. 3 Hours

Introduction to major theoretical and experimental work in perception, including visual, auditory, proprioceptive, and other sensory systems. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 333. Psychological Tests & Measurements. 3 Hours

Survey of major tests of intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality presently used in clinics, schools, personnel offices, and research settings. Emphasis on evaluation and comparison, rationale of construction, ethical considerations. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 216) or equivalent.

PSY 334. Industrial Psychology. 3 Hours

Introduction to modern efforts to improve human performance in industrial organizations and society; selection and placement of employees, morale, training, and incentives. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 341. Social Psychology. 3 Hours

Survey of major theoretical and experimental work in the field; attitudes, conformity, emotions, group dynamics.

PSY 344. Interpersonal Relationships. 3 Hours

Social psychological research in nonverbal behavior, social exchange, self-disclosure, and interpersonal attraction and how these are related to developing relationships. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 351. Child Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of psychological processes from the developmental point of view; changes in perception, cognition, emotion, and social behavior from infancy to adolescence. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 352. Field Experience in Child Psychology. 1 Hour

Practical experience with a community agency providing instructional, recreational, or therapeutic services. Volunteer four to five hours weekly. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101; PSY 351 (may be taken as a corequisite).

PSY 353. The Psychology of Adult Development & Aging. 3 Hours

Provides a general introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of adulthood and aging with a specific focus on aspects of interest to psychologists: cognitive, intellectual, personality, and biological changes across adult development. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 355. Developmental Psychopathology. 3 Hours

Survey of developmental theory and research related to the psychopathology of infants, children, and adolescents. Focus is on etiology, identification, and intervention. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 351) or permission of instructor.

PSY 361. Personality. 3 Hours

Introduction to the study of personality through analysis of such major theories as those of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, and Rogers. The development of personality and the stability of personality characteristics over time. Review of clinical and experimental findings. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 363. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Hours

Patterns of disordered behavior; social, psychological, and physiological factors; theoretical explanations of abnormal behavior. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 364. Psychotherapy. 3 Hours

Survey of current types of psychotherapy. Emphasis on similarities and differences in underlying theories of behavioral change and associated techniques. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 366. Health Psychology. 3 Hours

Explores psychological research, theory, and techniques in health-related areas, such as health promotion, the identification of contributors to illness, illness prevention, stress and coping, stress management, changing health beliefs and behavior, pain and its management, and the management of chronic and terminal illnesses.

PSY 368. Community Psychology. 3 Hours

The application of psychological principles to the understanding and prevention of prevalent community problems including teen pregnancy, school violence, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 375. Psychology of the Arts. 3 Hours

Explores the psychological experiences associated with the creation and appreciation of music, art, and literature. Course content is presented in terms of the theories, methods, and research findings in the fields of perception, cognition, and development.

PSY 410. Questionnaire Design. 3 Hours

Students will learn about critical issues in questionnaire design and use, the advantages/disadvantages of questionnaires, types of questionnaires, questionnaire development strategies, scale selection, and how to evaluate questionnaires. Students will develop, test and evaluate a questionnaire in a domain of interest to them. Depending on the size of the effort, students may work in teams.

PSY 422. Physiological Psychology. 3 Hours

Neurophysiological analysis of attention, sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, and learning. Electrophysiological methods are discussed. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 431. Interviewing & Counseling. 3 Hours

Integrated approach to the theory, techniques, skills, and values of interviewing and counseling. Practice through written assignments, self study, classroom exercises, and role-playing. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 435. Human Factors. 3 Hours

Students learn methods to improve the interface between humans and their environment. Human characteristics are studied to determine the best way to design the task, product, workstation, or other environmental features to accommodate the human. Students in the School of Engineering must have junior or senior status.

PSY 443. Psychology of Women. 3 Hours

Survey of topics related to the psychology of women, such as gender identity and roles, theories of female development, relationships, achievement, language, health issues, spirituality, sexuality, and violence. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 444. Environmental Psychology. 3 Hours

Study of the effects of the physical and social environment on human behaviors, attitudes, and affective responses. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 341) or permission of instructor.

PSY 445. Technology, Environment & Behavior. 3 Hours

Examines the cultural bases for the individual and societal choices which humans make about their use of technology. Technology is broadly defined to include human-machine systems.

PSY 450. Psychology for Ministry. 3 Hours

Human development and adjustment, interpersonal communication, and the psychology of religion. Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Lay Ministry Program or permission of instructor.

PSY 451. Psychology of Religion. 3 Hours

Addresses the psychological study of the nature of religion and religious experience; explores the development of internalized beliefs, attitudes, and values and the effect they have on individual functioning. An introductory course in psychology is highly recommended. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing.

PSY 452. Cognitive Development in Children. 3 Hours

Major approaches to the study of cognitive development; attentional and mediational development in children's learning, memory, and problem solving; language development and Piaget's theory. Prerequisite(s): (PSY 101, PSY 351) or permission of instructor.

PSY 457. Television & Its Effects on Children. 3 Hours

Readings in psychological research on the broad effects of television on children. Emphasis on analyzing and evaluating the research. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 461. Current Implications of Drug Dependency. 3 Hours

Survey of effects, symptoms, treatment, causalities, and myths associated with drug use and abuse. Emphasis on existing treatment methods and psychological implications of drug dependency. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.

PSY 462. Human Sexuality. 3 Hours

Psychological factors in human sexuality including developmental, biological, and social perspectives. Such topics as sexual orientation, gender identity and roles, sexual relationships, sexual dysfunction, power and violence, and commercialization.

PSY 471. History of Psychology. 3 Hours

The evolution of psychology from its origins in philosophy, science, clinical, and applied settings. Emphasis on integrating these systems and schools of thought with modern psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of instructor.

PSY 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

PSY 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

PSY 480. Senior Seminar Capstone. 3 Hours

Seminar project and presentation in the scholarship, activity and/or practice related to the major. Students will present their work in a forum appropriate to the major.

PSY 490. Internship in Psychology. 1-6 Hours

Supervised experience arranged on an individual basis in appropriate settings. For junior or senior psychology majors who have completed prescribed course work only. Consult internship director for details. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Grade Option Two only.

PSY 493. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours

Problems of special interest investigated under faculty direction. Area and criteria for evaluation to be specified prior to registration. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 494. Readings in Psychology. 1-6 Hours

Directed reading in a specific area of interest, under faculty supervision. Topic and criteria for evaluation to be specified prior to registration. May be repeated up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 495. Special Topics in Psychology. 1-3 Hours

Topics of special interest to faculty and students; intensive critical evaluation of appropriate literature. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

PSY 497. Service Learning Experience. 1 Hour

Supervised community research or service experience that complements a specific upper division course in Psychology. Repeatable up to three semester hours. Corequisite(s): A 300-400 level Psychology course.

PSY 499. Independent Research Seminar Capstone. 3 Hours

Project and presentation of special interest investigated under faculty direction.