Research Methods and Lab – In depth course at either advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. Provides theoretical and practical training in the methodology and analysis of human social behavior. Successful completion will demonstrate proficiency in:
- Different types of methodology: experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, and archival
- Ethical issues associated with conducting research
- Critical evaluation of research, as well as information encountered in daily life
- Design, administer, analyze and present quantitative, observational, archival, experimental research
Controversies in Psychology – Comprehensive course at either advanced undergraduate or graduate level. In-depth examination into theoretical conflicts of social behavior. Successful completion will demonstrate proficiency in:
- Understanding controversies discussed in a variety fields of psychology: should psychologists be scientists or practitioners, can psychologists solve social issues, the accuracy of perception, is self-esteem important, the evolution of sex differences, our ability to diagnose disorders, and the effects of media violence
- Implementing methodologies designed to compare the different hypotheses of the controversies
- Supporting one side of an argument with evidence
Applications in Psychology – Practical course at the beginning or mid undergraduate level. Provides practical training in being successful after graduation. Successful completion will demonstrate proficiency in:
- The role of psychology in addressing social problems through interactions with researchers, program directors, and other guest speakers from various community agencies.
- An understanding of the steps necessary to move forward in their chosen career goals through the completion of a career portfolio outlining a career path in psychology.
Study Skills and Personal Development – Practical course at the beginning undergraduate or beginning graduate level. Provides practical training in doing well in a psychology program of study. Successful completion will demonstrate proficiency in:
- University Skills including note taking, using electronic resources, conducting a literature search, effective group work, academic integrity, and critical evaluation
- Writing Skills including creating a title, writing an introduction, in-text referencing, APA style, discussing empirical studies, and writing a conclusion
- Research Skills including ethics, conducting a literature search, utilizing the library, making presentations and posters, and basic research methodology
Introduction to Psychology – Comprehensive course at the beginning undergraduate level. Introduces students to the field of psychology. Successful completion will demonstrate proficiency in:
- An understanding of what psychology is, and what psychologists do.
- Topics like memory, learning, development, emotion, and psychological disorders.
- Critical thinking skills, and an ability to apply them in a variety of situations.