The focus of the Liberal Arts Program is to provide the student with a breadth of program offerings in a chosen field of study. Liberal Arts students may focus their program in the following concentration areas: Behavioral Science, English, Government, History, Humanities, Psychology, or Social Science. All concentration electives must be selected in the chosen area of study.
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:
Compose well-structured, unified and coherent expository assignments.
Demonstrate information literacy through research assignments.
Apply the principles of critical thinking to assess required readings and points of discussion.
Describe the social, political and philosophical contexts that inform a Liberal Arts concentration.
Describe the diverse cultural and behavioral influences on a Liberal Arts concentration.
Apply a theoretical understanding to practical problems in a Liberal Arts field (Behavioral Science, English, History/Government, Humanities, Psychology, Social Science, or Sociology).
Psychology Concentration Outcomes
At the completion of the Psychology Concentration, the student should be able to:
Demonstrate, through oral and written assignments, familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in Psychology.
Apply critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to behavioral and mental processes in order to solve problems and evaluate competing theories.
Demonstrate the value of empirical evidence and ambiguous results.
Develop insight into the behavior and mental processes of one’s self and others.
Identify and apply effective psychological strategies for improving mental health and well-being and promoting ethical behavior.
Academic Division of Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts: Psychology Courses
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, major theories, different theoretical perspectives and research methods in psychology. The focus is on theories of personality, motivation, learning, intelligence, emotions, developmental processes, physiological psychology, perception, and psychological assessment. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
This course is designed to provide the student with an integrated understanding of child development as it relates to early childhood education. A broad theoretical background is combined with principles of application. Emphasis is on the social context of early development, group processes, influence of the family, role of play, and the development of cognitive capabilities. Visitations to pre-school centers required.
This course provides the student with a broad theoretical and practical basis for the understanding of human development. Emphasis is on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors, which affect the human organism from conception through adolescence. Various theoretical models including, Freud, Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Bowlby, and Elkin are discussed. Prerequisites: PSY 101, or permission of the instructor.
A comprehensive study of the adolescent dealing with adolescent development with a focus on physical, cognitive, emotional, and self-concept changes. Particular emphasis is placed on the adolescent in society and his/her relationship to parents and peers and how this influences development. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
Psychology of Change
This course examines major issues influencing adjustment and requires the student to explore these issues in relation to his/her own life. Some of the issues discussed include: Values clarification, racial/ethnic identity development, aggression, intimacy, depression, anxiety, and stress. Prerequisite: PSY101 or PSY216.
Psychology of Learning
This educational psychology course will explore the teaching and learning process; teaching with an emphasis on planning effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and assessment. It focuses on human development, learning theories, individual difference, and motivation. Prerequisite PSY 101.
A course designed to enable students to understand common group interactions and the individual’s attitudes and reactions to those situations. It aids students in understanding the socialization process, group theory, the characteristics of effective leadership in a variety of group structures, and the skills required to work effectively within teams. Prerequisite: PSY 101.
This course is a comprehensive study of the major mental disorders as defined by the DSM-IV TR. Etiologies and treatment for each disorder or cluster of disorders will be covered. Major disorders examined include the following: Anxiety disorders, dissociative & somatoform disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, neuropsychological disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
Growth & Development
This course explores human growth and development across the lifespan, from how the fetus develops a preference for familiar voices, to the adolescent identity crisis, to the development of wisdom in late adulthood. The course is organized around major developmental periods in the lifespan. Contributions of significant developmental theorists are highlighted. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
This course is intended to introduce the student to the tenets of health psychology, including, but not necessarily limited to, a history of health psychology; models of health psychology; an examination of the basic principles and theories pertinent to this field including the prevention and modification of health compromising behaviors; as well as the influences of psychosocial factors on mental health (e.g. stress, depression), physical health (e.g. heart disease, chronic illness, pain) and health-related behaviors (e.g. substance use and abuse, aggression, sexual behavior). Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
This course focuses on the many areas of psychology that apply to sports. A wide array of psychological subjects will be explored, including motivation, team experience, mental imagery, performance anxiety, youth sports, gender issues, and more. Multicultural and international views of the field will be included and class discussion of theories and research will be encouraged. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Psychology of Gender and Culture
The first part of this course will provide a critical examination of the theories and interesting debates that exist within the psychology of gender. The second part of the course will provide an introduction to the field of cultural psychology, including discussion of the psychology of race and ethnicity. As we discuss psychology’s tradition of focusing on differences between people, we’ll keep our similarities in mind.
Research Design & Methodology
The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the experimental methods used by psychologists and other social scientists in conducting their research. Students will be exposed to a variety of research designs as well as basic statistical theory covering hypothesis testing, ANOVA, and correlational analyses. Students will participate in the process of conducting research by formulating a testable idea, developing a method by which to test their idea, and communicating their idea to others. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and PSY 101
Introduction to Social Psychology
This course is a systematic study of interpersonal behavior, the manner in which individuals are influenced by the function within a group. Topics of particular focus include attitude formation, persuasion, prejudice, conformity, social perception, leadership, attraction, affiliation, and aggression. Prerequisites: PSY 101, or SOC 101, or permission of the instructor.