Sep 25, 2022  
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Political Science

  
  •  

    POLS 2270 - Introduction to the Legal Process


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course serves as an introduction to the American legal system. Emphasis is placed on how courts and lawyers function, how cases are decided and the means by which courts interpret legislation. This course is cross-listed as CJ 2270 .

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100 .
  
  •  

    POLS 2400 - Political Science Research Methods


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered annually.

    Political Science Research Methods (PSRM) introduces students to the scientific and quantitative study of politics. It introduces the scientific method and concepts, measurement techniques, research design, data gathering techniques (univariate, bivariate, and multivariate), and the limitations to the study of politics via science and quantitative techniques.

  
  •  

    POLS 2500 - Political Systems of the Modern World


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course provides a comparative analysis of modern national governments. The importance of the world’s political heritage and the implications for the emerging nations of liberal democracy, communism and dictatorship are explored.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
  •  

    POLS 2540 - Global Issues in Film


    3 cr. 3hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course introduces students to crucial global issues of our time, many of which principally concern developing, non-Western nations, but all of which will impact the future of the U.S. Through film viewings, readings, writing, and discussion, students will engage with global problems and learn to develop their own critical viewpoints on complex issues. Students will analyze both documentaries and narrative films as artistic treatments of human problems. Their final project will require an in-depth study of, and presentation on, media representations of global issues pertaining to one nation. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 2540 /IDIS 2540 . CTW, GDCN

    Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1100  and ENGL 1200 
  
  •  

    POLS 2550 - Sex, Race and the Constitution


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course examines the long history of discrimination in the United States on the basis of race and gender. It examines in detail the guarantee of equal protection of the law found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and how the meaning of what is equal have evolved over time. Topics covered will include how to define and measure equality, affirmative action, racial preferences in college admissions, voting rights, distinction based on gender, equality based on physical differences between men and woman, the evolution of the right of privacy, abortion and sexual harassment.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
  •  

    POLS 2600 - The First Amendment


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course examines the basic rights and freedoms derived from the First Amendment to the Constitution. The course will examine in depth great controversies of freedom of speech, press and religion. Topics covered will include protection for hate speech, speech codes on college campuses, prior restraints on the press, and free exercises of religion, and governmental limitations on the establishment of religion.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
  •  

    POLS 2700 - Criminal Procedure: Rights of the Accused


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course examines the basic rights and freedoms derived from the portions of the Bill of Rights addressing criminal procedure. The course will examine in depth the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth Amendments to the Constitution. Topics covered will include protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, due process of law, the right to counsel, the right to confront witnesses, trial by jury and the meaning of cruel and unusual punishment.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
  •  

    POLS 2701 - International Organizations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The frequent international decisions confronting country and international organizational leaderships, as well as nongovernmental organizations and private sector leaderships underscore how this course focuses on some of the biggest contemporary international issues in the twenty-first century. The course aims to strengthen the student’s grasp of and judgement about political, economic and security/military issue areas of global politics and the impact of international organizations, successful or not.

  
  •  

    POLS 3000 - Public Policy Analysis: Case Studies in American Politics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course covers four major divisions of public policy: health, education, labor and welfare. The aim is to attain an understanding of how the American political system works through a study of the policy that has come out of that system.

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1500 .
  
  •  

    POLS 3160 - The Civil Rights Movement


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course examines the modern Civil Rights Movement in the larger historical context of the African-American freedom struggle, from its roots in abolitionism and Reconstruction through the period of legalized racial discrimination to the dismantling of legal segregation to the ongoing persistence of white privilege. This course is cross-listed as HIST 3160 /AAST 3160 /AMST 3160 . CTW, Hist

  
  •  

    POLS 3400 - The Conduct of American Foreign Policy


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    American policies around the globe, and responses to such global issues as the environment, human rights or nuclear proliferation, have become increasingly significant on a national and international level. This course will introduce students to American foreign policy. L

  
  •  

    POLS 3500 - Constitutional Law


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    Constitutional Law is the product of interpretation, power and political calculation. The collusion and collision of these forces produces the parameters of our governmental system. The U.S. Supreme Court over the years has issued many decisions which have fundamentally shaped and altered the scope and distribution of government authority. This course is the study of the product of these decisions and the shaped our current system of government. L

    Prerequisite(s): POLS 1000  or POLS 1100  or CJ 2000 .
  
  •  

    POLS 3510 - International Terrorism


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course applied to an interdisciplinary approach to identify the contexts, origins, causes, patterns, trends, and explanations of international terrorism. Students will study terrorist organizations, their structure, financing, agenda, objectives, methodology, international links and use of technology. They will also study anti-terrorist measures, state-sponsored terrorism and emergency management as it affects terrorist incidents. Credit is not awarded for both POLS 3510 and CJ 3510 

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
  •  

    POLS 3700 - Asian Politics and Culture


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course introduces the politics and culture of three major Asian states: China, Japan, and India. It begins with their philosophy, history and society to give students a basic understanding of the Asian peoples and then, approaches their politics.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
  •  

    POLS 3800 - Third World Politics, Economics, and Society


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course represents an introduction to the developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America. These developing nations have a significant impact on global politics. Through an examination of the history, politics, economics and societies of these nations, the students will gain a greater understanding of the developing world.

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1200  or IDIS 1800 .
  
  •  

    POLS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Political Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The mission of this course is twofold: first to engage original research in the field of Political Science and second to develop an integrative portfolio demonstrating that students have mastered the skills needed to graduate with a degree in Political Science. Students will engage in a semester-long research project on aspects of current importance in the discipline. This will include topic selection, literature review, methodology, and extrapolation of Political Science theory. Secondly, students will organize work products retained from previous courses in a portfolio, which must be submitted and evaluated as part of this course. Using these work products as evidence, students will complete an integrative analysis of their competencies in Political Science. This analysis will thoughtfully describe how and what they have learned as a Political Science major.

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing as a Political Science major
  
  •  

    POLS 4200 - History of Political Theory


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course traces the development of political philosophy from the early modern up to the birth of the modern. In a series of readings we will examine such concepts as the “state of nature” and its concomitants—natural law, natural rights, civil society, the “primitive,” the right to property (private or otherwise)—as well as the material foundations of social and political arrangements, warfare and its role in the state of nature and/or civil society, the power of the executive, and even slavery. By its very nature this course is interdisciplinary, as it is both an introduction to the history of ideas and a survey of political philosophy. Cross-listed with  

  
  •  

    POLS 4350 - Moot Court


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    In this course, students will intensively study a specific area of law for the purpose of arguing in a moot court competition. Moot court involves teams of student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court, and the judging of performances by panels of faculty and attorneys. The top teams emerging from this course will be eligible to represent the university at the national tournament.

  
  •  

    POLS 4360 - Intitute for Understanding Government Decision Making


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered in the Summer only. Also offered evenings.

    The institute focuses on understanding the inner workings and political dynamics of government decision making that affects us locally, regionally, and globally. We integrate our invited elected officials, senior-level policy makers, strategic researchers, business leaders, and nongovernmental organization directors into our daily exploration and application of cutting edge case studies and simulation crisis scenario exercises.

  
  •  

    POLS 4900 - Independent Study in Political Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The Independent Study is open to students who have the permission of the supervising instructor and the department. The course of study, meetings, and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
  •  

    POLS 4905 - Legal Internship


    3 cr. 10 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
  •  

    POLS 4915 - Legal Internship


    6 cr. 20 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
  •  

    POLS 4920 - Legal Internship


    9 cr. 30 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
  •  

    POLS 4925 - Legal Internship


    12 cr. 40 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Internships are available in several regional law offices for those persons interested in paralegal work. These internships prepare students for positions in law offices, public administration and other human services work.

  
  •  

    POLS 4940 - Internships in Political Science


    3-12 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Off-campus opportunities, carrying appropriate academic credit, are available in local, state and federal government offices and with political campaigns. Internships are open to students who have the permission of the department. Credit and hours are arranged by special permission.

  
  •  

    POLS 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr. Day course offered every Semester.


Psychological Science

  
  •  

    PSY 1100 - General Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course introduces the student to the contemporary discipline of the science of human behavior and mental processes. Topics investigated include the scientific method, biological bases of behavior, maturation, motivation, emotions, learning, personality and adjustment. The course is prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology. CTW

  
  •  

    PSY 1200 - Human Growth and Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This lifespan course emphasizes a study of the physical, physiological, social and psychological development of the individual from conception to old age. CTW

  
  •  

    PSY 2000 - Research Design and Analysis I


    4 cr. 4 hr. Offered every semester

    This is an introductory course in research design and statistics. The course will give students the tools required to conduct basic descriptive research and simple data analysis in psychology and related fields. APA (American Psychological Association) format will be introduced.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and at least a 2.0 in MATH 1700 .
  
  •  

    PSY 2100 - Research Design and Analysis II


    4 cr. 4 hr. Offered every semester

    This course is a continuation of the study of the scientific method and data analysis as it applies to the study of psychological processes. This course will focus upon the philosophy of experimentation, techniques of systematic observation, experimental control and specific types of experimental designs. Data analyses will be introduced for each type of research design discussed. Students will design, conduct, analyze and write in APA format.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and PSY 2000 .
  
  •  

    PSY 2110 - Introduction to Research Methods


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The emphasis in this course is on research design, including consideration of sampling procedures, questionnaire design, methods of observation and reporting.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
  •  

    PSY 2140 - Cognitive Neuroscience


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Offered every Semester.

    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience serves to introduce and cultivate an appreciation of the complexity of cognitive functioning, behavior and their relationship with the brain. The course is designed to take a systems approach to understanding issues related to the study of brain, mind, and social relations. The course will introduce scientific findings from the fields of biology, psychology, linguistics, and computer science. Students will learn how this multidisciplinary approach is leading the way to answering some of humankind’s most enduring questions related to “mind”, “awareness”, “knowing”, believing”, “reality”, and “free will”.

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2230 - Adolescent Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Adolescence as a stage of development and as a cultural phenomenon is investigated in this course. The influence of physical, cognitive and psychosocial factors on the adolescent’s search for identity are examined. Emphasis is on an interdisciplinary approach that draws on relevant theories and research from a wide range of fields.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2300 - Psychology of Personality


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Dynamic factors in personality formation are studied through some of the leading theoretical positions on personality development.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
  •  

    PSY 2350 - Abnormal Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course presents an overview of the symptoms associated with each of the major diagnostic categories described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Subjective experience of the disorders, their etiologies and their treatments are addressed.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
  •  

    PSY 2370 - Interpersonal Effectiveness


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every Semester.

    This is a lab-based course which introduces and develops interpersonal competence, particularly as it pertains to dyadic situations. Basic skill areas such as observation, listening and questioning are addressed, as are integrative skills, such as conflict resolution and relationship development. Students are asked to become more aware of their own interpersonal behavior, and are introduced to the extensive research literature on interpersonal behavior. Applications in both the personal and the professional domain are addressed. The class meets LAS speaking and listening requirement for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
  •  

    PSY 2450 - Psychological Testing


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the theory and use of psychological testing. Methods of test evaluation, analysis and interpretation are presented. Standardized testing instruments used to measure human cognitive and affective factors are explored and their purposes reviewed.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or   and MATH 1700 
  
  •  

    PSY 2500 - Social Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course provides an introduction to the study of human social behavior. Representative topics include attitudes and their formation, aggression, prosocial behavior, conformity and interpersonal attraction, as well as group dynamics, structure and leadership. The application of social-psychological research to contemporary social problems is also considered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  .
  
  •  

    PSY 2550 - Group Dynamics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    The nature and dynamics of interpersonal relationships are revealed in typical group settings such as classrooms, work settings, and other discussion-oriented groups.  Emphasis is on both content and process as demonstrated in a laboratory learning environment.  The course may include a 10-hour intensive experience.  The class meets LAS speaking and listening requirements for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s):   or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2610 - Organizational Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course examines organizational influences on motivation and satisfaction of the workforce. Methods of surveying organizational climate are introduced, and a variety of intervention methods are evaluated.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2645 - Psychology of Human Resources


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course addresses the psychological theory and research concerning human resource systems in organizations. The course covers methods of job analysis, development and use of assessment tools to select employees, performance measurement and appraisal and employee training and development. The course also addresses the legal and ethical issues of discrimination in the work setting.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2660 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    Sport and exercise psychology is the scientific study of people and their behavior in sport and exercise activities, and the application of the resulting knowledge. In this course we review reasons for involvement in sport and exercise, and review the effects of physical activity on mental health and well-being. We also address factors that influence individual and team performance, such as motivation, confidence, and group dynamics. Finally, students are expected to engage in some form of sport or exercise during the course, and to consider how course concepts can help them achieve enjoyment and success.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2665 - Health Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every other year.

    The course will provide students with a general introduction to theories and research within the field of health psychology. We will cover several topics in the field including the degree to which health behaviors can be predicted by health beliefs and cognitions, patient-provider communication, psychoneuroimmunology, coping with chronic illness, and models of health promotion and prevention. Students will be exposed to these topics through theoretical papers and primary research studies.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2680 - Psychology in Action


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    In this seminar course students will explore trends and emerging specialities in the field of professional psychology and debate current issues and controversies. An important part of the course is a major project that connects psychology to each student’s personal career goals.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2700 - Educational Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The contributions of psychological science to the field of education, including considerations of varied teacher and learner characteristics, learning environments, theories of learning and achievement, and the use of assessment in instructional design and educational decisions, are covered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2810 - Cognitive Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    The goal of this course is to become familiar with major theoretical and empirical issues of cognitive development from infancy to adolescence. Students will develop a basic understanding of the science of cognitive development and the ability to apply their knowledge to the field of education.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2820 - Perceptual Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The goal of this course is to development a basic understanding of visual and auditory perceptual development during infancy. Lectures, reading and other assignments will focus on classic and contemporary theories of how perception develops and evaluate current perceptual development research.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2830 - Socio-Emotional and Personality Development


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course will examine the biological, social and psychological processes underlying socio-emotional and personality development. Major theoretical perspectives will be examined through advanced readings and primary sources. Emphasis will be given to the interrelated developmental processes underlying each behavioral domain. Contectual factors such as family, peers, school and career choices, and those related to development and change in such areas as selfconcept, gender role, identity formation, moral reasoning, prosocial and aggressive behaviors will be considered.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2840 - Developmental Psychopathology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course examines the field of Developmental Psychopathology or the study of the developmental processes that contribute to the formation of, or resistance to, psychopathology. We will cover the major theories that explain the development of childhood disorders such as, autism, ADHD, eating disorders, depression and anxiety as well as, the symptoms and treatment of different disorders. We will also address the many influences on the development of psychopathology in children, such as, culture, family, peer groups and genetics. B

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 2950 - Addictive Behaviors


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course is designed for students who plan a career in the helping professions (including education), or who wish to understand the cognitive, emotional, social and biological correlates of alcohol and other drug abuse, or other addictive behaviors. A framework is presented for viewing such compulsive behaviors as part of a continuum from normal to dysfunctional, and controversies in the field are discussed. Students will be exposed to models of addiction, a classification of drugs, prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse and information necessary to work with clients who are affected by addiction, including assessment and diagnosis, modalities of treatment, the role of support groups and relapse prevention. In addition to lectures and class discussion students are required to attend community support group meetings and to participate in a community prevention project such as the (Great American Smokeout). This course is cross-listed as HMSV 2950 .

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 3410 - Experimental Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course is an analysis and study of the scientific method, experimental designs and laboratory methods in behavioral science, emphasizing laboratory experiments and scientific communication of results. Students design, analyze and report their own research. Computer data analysis is also covered. The course meets LAS junior/senior writing requirements, as well as LAS requirements for computer literacy for the Psychology major.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 2000 , PSY 2100 , and MATH 1700 ; junior or senior standing in the major.
  
  •  

    PSY 3420 - Biological Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually.

    This course concentrates on biopsychology—the discipline of neuroscience that focuses upon understanding the relationships between the brain and behavior. We cover the physiological foundations of biopsychology such as the anatomy of the nervous system, as well as the research tools and methods used to investigate issues in biopsychology. Major topics include brain plasticity and the ways in which the brain can recover from damage and/or disease, the biological foundations of important human behaviors such as eating, sleeping and dreaming, and the biopsychology of cognitive and emotional disorders such as Alzheimers and schizophrenia.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 3430 - Sensation and Perception


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    In this course principles related to a person’s awareness of their world are studied. We specifically look at the relationship between the physical stimulus and the psychological experience that a person has.  Topics covered include principles of psychophysics the anatomy/physiology of the visual, auditory, chemical (olfactory and gustatory) and tactile/cutaneous senses; the nature and properties of the physical stimuli that these senses respond to; and the factors that influence the interpretation of these senses such as culture, learning/past experience, motivation, expectations and personality.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 3480 - History and Systems of Psychology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This advanced course provides a consideration of contemporary psychology as seen in its historical perspective. The development of psychological concepts and theories is traced from their antecedents in philosophy and the physical sciences.

    Prerequisite(s): Junior/senior standing, PSY 2000  and PSY 2100  and one course from the following: PSY 3420 , PSY 3500 , PSY 3530 , PSY 3550 , PSY 2810 , PSY 2820 .
  
  •  

    PSY 3500 - Psychology of Learning


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course focuses on the theories, concepts, and principles of learning; the historical aspects of learning theory; the experimental study of the learning process; and the relationship between learning theories, concepts, and principles and their uses.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 3530 - Motivation


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    Characteristics of motivated behavior, explanation of sources of motives, and application of theories to current research and interpersonal skills are studied in this course. Emphasis is on the biological, learned, and cognitive components of motivation. Topics include internal and external motives, the relationship of stress and motivation, the place of physiological processes in motivation, issues in motivation of others, motivation for aggressive/passive behaviors and success/failure motivation.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or  
  
  •  

    PSY 3550 - Cognition


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Serving as foundations for this course are the neuroscience of cognition and the historical roots upon which our present understanding of human information processing rests. Specific topic areas include attention, semantic and episodic memory, comprehension, categorization, language, problem-solving and reasoning. Artificial intelligence and the emergence of cognitive science are also considered. Methodology is emphasized throughout the course as students consider classic research studies and apply various techniques in classroom exercises.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1100  or PSY 1200 
  
  •  

    PSY 4200 - Contemporary Theories of Mind


    3 cr. 3hr. Day course offered annually.

    The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to develop a deeper appreciation of the nature of psychology and problems with contemporary philosophical/psychological theories of mind. This course will focus on some of the philosophical problems of trying to develop a scientific account of mind and behavior. We will examine leading contemporary positions such as functionalism, eliminative materialism, cognitivism and biological naturalism and the strengths and shortcomings of those positions as we deal with such topics as the mind-body problem, intentionally, perception and action, and freedom of the will. At the end of this course, students will have developed a deep understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary theories of mind and behavior. This understanding will allow students to evaluate critically philosophical and psychological theories of mind, understand and question their own implicit assumptions about the nature of mind and behavior, and deepen their own understanding of human nature.

    Prerequisite(s): PSY 3480 
  
  •  

    PSY 4800 - Teaching Practicum in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    Students assist an individual faculty member in the teaching of Psychology. Responsibilities vary with the course. The Teaching Practicum is offered by invitation of faculty only.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average overall and in the major.
  
  •  

    PSY 4803 - Teaching Practicum in Psychology


    3 cr. 9 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    Students assist an individual faculty member in the teaching of Psychology. Responsibilities vary with the course. The Teaching Practicum is offered by invitation of faculty only.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average overall and in the major.
  
  •  

    PSY 4810 - Practicum in Psychology


    3 cr. 9 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Students perform basic and applied work in Psychology. Students work with staff in areas of mutual interest.

    Prerequisite(s): A 2.5 cumulative average in psychology .
  
  •  

    PSY 4820 - Practicum in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Students perform basic and applied work in Psychology. Students work with staff in areas of mutual interest.

    Prerequisite(s): A 2.5 cumulative average in psychology .
  
  •  

    PSY 4900 - Independent Study


    1-6 cr. 3-18 hr. Day course offered as needed. Also offered evenings.

    This experience is offered primarily to Psychology students of junior or senior standing, and requires approval of the professor and of the Psychology Curriculum Committee. The student must petition the Psychology Curriculum Committee the semester prior to undertaking the independent study. Independent study may take the form of special advanced reading programs, problem identification and research, assistantships, or acquisition of professional skills. Under no circumstances is independent study substituted for regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may be taken for one to six semester hours.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average in the major.
  
  •  

    PSY 4904 - Advanced Seminar in Psychological Science


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every other year

    This course explores, in depth, a specific topic area within psychological science.  The topic areas will reflect the expertise of the psychological science faculty.  An emphasis is placed on reading primary literature and journal articles, and the course acquaints the student with methodology used in contemporary research in the specific area.

    Prerequisite(s):   and junior/senior standing.
  
  •  

    PSY 4950 - Internship in Psychology


    6 cr. 18 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Through an Internship the student experiences the relationship between courses in Psychology and their applications in the field. Work is carried on in settings approved by the department, faculty member, and an on-site supervisor. Internships are available in service agencies, business, and industry. Each internship presupposes specific course background. Students are encouraged to discuss Internship plans with their advisors early in their university experience. Interested students must contact the Psychology coordinator early in the prior semester of the year in which the Internship is desired. Business and industry Internships are offered only in the spring semester and some direct service Internships are available during the fall semester as well. Liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): 2.5 cumulative average overall and in the major; program approval.
  
  •  

    PSY 4960 - Internship in Psychology


    12 cr. 36 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Through an Internship the student experiences the relationship between courses in Psychology and their applications in the field. Work is carried on in settings approved by the department, faculty member, and an on-site supervisor. Internships are available in service agencies, business, and industry. Each internship presupposes specific course background. Students are encouraged to discuss Internship plans with their advisors early in their university experience. Interested students must contact the Psychology coordinator early in the prior semester of the year in which the Internship is desired. Business and industry Internships are offered only in the spring semester and some direct service Internships are available during the fall semester as well. Liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): 2.5 cumulative average overall and in the major; program approval.
  
  •  

    PSY 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.


Science Education

  
  •  

    SCED 1000 - General Botany


    Also offered evenings.

    (see BIOL 1400 )

  
  •  

    SCED 2000 - Nutrition


    Also offered evenings.

    (see BIOL 1650 )

  
  •  

    SCED 2001 - Human Sexuality


    Also offered evenings.

    The biological aspects of human sexuality are discussed. The purpose of this course is to relate information rather than to advise.

  
  •  

    SCED 3000 - Winter Botany


    Also offered evenings.

    This course is an out-of-doors study of the environment during the winter. Daily field trips to study both aquatic and terrestrial plants are used to discover how they adapt to the cold weather condition.

  
  •  

    SCED 3270 - Common Rocks and Minerals


    Also offered evenings.

    (see GEOG 3270 )

  
  •  

    SCED 4000 - Introduction to Astronomy


    Also offered evenings.

    (see PHYS 2000 )


Sociology

  
  •  

    SOC 1100 - Introduction to Sociology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course encourages the student to critically analyze the social world, which they inhabit. Major theoretical orientations and major concepts of the discipline are reviewed. Social institutions such as family, education, and medicine are examined, and different research techniques used by sociologists are introduced. This course is a prerequisite for all other sociology courses. CTW, GDC

  
  •  

    SOC 2007 - The Sociology of Disability


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered once every other year

    This course looks at disability from a sociological perspective.  How people with various disabilities understand and live their lives are often predicated on notions of health, rehabilitation, infirmity and spiritual transcendence.  To derive answers to the many questions that disability presents we will explore how sociological theories and perspectives can be applied to disability as a concept and its lived reality.  During the semester we will examine the concept of disability and its historical roots, looking at the structural issues that have impacted people with disabilities.  We will look at causes of disability.  We will examine the activism of people with disabilities.  We will also examine research and theories that seek to problematize the notion of disability and its relationship to institutional frameworks and medical initiatives.  This course will examine these issues via film, television, radio, the internet and written texts along with classroom interaction. Free Elective

  
  •  

    SOC 2250 - Cultural Anthropology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    The course introduces students to varying cultures. Attention is given to hunting and gathering, pastoral, horticultural, agricultural and industrial societies. Cultural change imposed by industrialization and technological revolution in both developing and modern societies is also analyzed and discussed. The intent of the course is to give students knowledge about the development and variability of cultures, living styles, and values, so that they are prepared to tackle elusive questions of the capabilities, limit and future of human societies.

  
  •  

    SOC 2300 - Sociology of Aging


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course examines the socially defined age, the aging process and aging societies. It considers such topics as age roles, the status of the elderly across cultures and across history, and the downward mobility of the elderly in American society.

  
  •  

    SOC 2440 - Urban Sociology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course provides a survey of urbanization and the various problems associated with contemporary urban life. Computer-assisted analysis of large-scale data sets helps students explore the issues in planning development. A cross-cultural and historical approach to American urban life is emphasized.

  
  •  

    SOC 2500 - Race and Ethnic Relations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    This course provides a comparative, historical and interdisciplinary introduction to interactions between racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and other societies. Students explore social attitudes and consequences of racial and ethnic difference, and examine how such differences affect the lives of American people. Consideration is given to the political, economic, legal and socio-cultural experiences of various minority groups.

  
  •  

    SOC 2510 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every other year.

    A survey of the peoples and cultures of Africa is the major focus of this course. This course examines the social and cultural systems of groups including the Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa-Fulani, Kpelle, Bantu Tiriki, Ganda, Jie, Rwanda, Swazi and Pastoral Somali.

  
  •  

    SOC 2520 - Drugs and Alcohol


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    In this course, students explore sociological issues revolving around drug and alcohol use and abuse in the American society. Topics of discussion include the socio-historical origins of drugs and alcohol use from a cross-cultural perspective; effects of formal organizations such as drug rehabilitation and alcoholic centers on drug users; and push factors such as family, work, and economic pressures, as they relate to chemical dependency. Also investigated are society’s drug problems in terms of legal and illegal drug use; medical versus recreational use of psychoactive drugs, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco; and definitions and classifications of psychoactive substances. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2600 - Sociology of Developing Societies


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring. Also offered evenings.

    This course provides a survey of the socioeconomic characteristics and features of the developing societies in the context of historical and contemporary experiences of those societies. One of the primary objectives of the course is to critically analyze how the socioeconomic characteristics of the less developed societies affect and are affected by their relationships with developed Western societies and their implications for development. The role of women in development and the impact of development on women also are examined.

  
  •  

    SOC 2620 - Sociology of Religion


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    The course emphasizes the structure and function of religious organizations, beliefs and practices. Current issues in American religion are also explored. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2630 - Sociology of Families


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The course analyzes family structures and functions. Current trends along with practical solutions to problems of family living are discussed. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2650 - Sociology of Organizations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    The course introduces the study of work organizations as social systems. The impact of technological change and the effects of structural factors on organizations are considered. Approaches to organization diagnosis and development are discussed. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2700 - Social Problems


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered annually. Also offered evenings.

    The course examines underlying dynamics and consequences of contemporary social conditions believed to be both undesirable and changeable. Strategies for resolving social problems in the environmental, economic, family, medical, political, and legal spheres are analyzed and compared. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2720 - Medical Sociology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    In this course, students explore the effects of stratification on health status and health care. Topics discussed in class include communication between physicians and patients of different socio-cultural backgrounds; formal organizational studies of health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, or doctors’ offices; social factors and their relation to chronic illness; and the sociology of mental illness. Also investigated are the relationships between doctors and nurses, the organization and utilization of health services, the comparative examination of health systems either within a society or in a cross-cultural perspective, and the perception of illness as deviant or aberrant behavior. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2750 - Criminology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course provides a survey of the field of criminology, including such topics as theories of crime; criminal statistics; homicide, rape and property crimes; white collar crimes and corporate deviance; and debates on punishment and rehabilitation. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2760 - Juvenile Delinquency


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course examines major sociological theories of delinquency including an analysis of empirical studies. Attention is also given to the juvenile judicial system and proposed treatment programs. B

  
  •  

    SOC 2800 - Sociology of Education


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course provides an introduction to the ways sociologists think about educational goals, processes and outcomes. Students investigate a variety of historical, theoretical and substantive issues, including the development of the U.S. public education systems, the distribution of education in society, the players in the system, the influence of social factors on educational experiences and educational reform. B

  
  •  

    SOC 3000 - Social Stratification


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    The course provides a critical examination of the dominant perspectives and dimensions of social stratification, using a cross-cultural, historical and interdisciplinary framework. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of U.S. class structure and the effects of social stratification on life chances of groups. B, I, C, IDIS

  
  •  

    SOC 3130 - Basic Skills of Social Research


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    The course emphasizes the aims and techniques of various research methods as applied to sociological study and practice. Topics covered in class include a critical examination of literature reviews, interviewing, observation, questionnaire development, data entry and quantitative computer analysis of data. The course meets LAS computer literacy for Sociology majors requirement. Q

    Prerequisite(s): SOC 1100 , MATH 1700  and sophomore status.
  
  •  

    SOC 3140 - Application of Social Research in the Work Setting


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course provides a deeper understanding of techniques of social research than SOC 3130 . The application of such techniques to consumer behavior, business and government organizations, and social agencies, is examined.

  
  •  

    SOC 3160 - Social Theory


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring. Also offered evenings.

    The course studies social philosophy precursors, sociological scientific theorists from Comte to Parsons and contemporary schools of thought in Sociology. The course meets LAS writing requirement for Sociology majors. B

    Prerequisite(s): Social Research and two intermediate level Sociology courses .
  
  •  

    SOC 3500 - Law and Society


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This course focuses on law as a practical resource. Students examine how the availability of law is distributed in society, what the law provides for those who use it, and how the law has been influenced by certain trends of use. Students study ways in which the law has been analyzed and discover the nature of legal evolution and social change.

    Prerequisite(s): Two intermediate level sociology courses .
  
  •  

    SOC 3770 - Women in American Society


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    This seminar course examines the statuses, roles, expectations and realities of women, particularly as experienced in the contemporary U.S. Patterns and differences among women’s lives are explored through a variety of readings, class discussions and writing projects. (Cross listed in Women’s Studies IDIS 2340 ) B, C, I, IDIS

    Prerequisite(s): Two intermediate level sociology courses
  
  •  

    SOC 4901 - Independent Study


    1-6 cr. 3-18 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course is a program of study designed for in-depth learning in a specific topic for which no regular course is available. This Independent Study is only for Sociology majors and may be taken no more than two times with permission of faculty. Independent Study requires approval of the professor and of the Sociology Curriculum Committee.

    Prerequisite(s): 3.0 cumulative average in the major.
  
  •  

    SOC 4960 - Internship in Sociology


    6 cr. 15 hr. Day course offered annually.

    The Internship is arranged in consultation with faculty and carried out under the auspices of an approved agency or program at the local, state or federal level. This experience is designed to develop skills in sociological practice, principles and/or research. Students are encouraged to discuss Internship plans with their advisors early in their university experience, as there are specific procedures and required courses. Liability insurance is required of all students enrolled in this course.

    Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing, 2.5 cumulative average in the major, program approval.
  
  •  

    SOC 4970 - Internship in Sociology


    12 cr. 30 hr. Day course offered annually.

    See SOC 4960  for description and prerequisites.

  
  •  

    SOC 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr. Day course offered as needed. Also offered evenings.

 

Page: 1 <- 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12