Psychology (PSY)

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY)

Psychology is the scientific study of individual human and animal behavior. A student of psychology can expect to investigate the following topics: learning, motivation, social influences, perception, cognition, neuroscience, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior. The study of psychology also involves learning how psychologists work, including the areas of experimental methods, statistical analysis, and clinical psychology. From the basic courses to the more advanced, students achieve a greater understanding of themselves and others that will serve them well in their relationships and in any careers they may pursue.

In addition to the basic skills in writing, critical thinking, and use of technology expected of all Western students, Psychology majors have the opportunity to be involved in laboratory work. As students advance in their experience and knowledge, they can become involved in individual projects under faculty supervision. There are also internship opportunities available outside the classroom with programs for at-risk children, in domestic victim advocacy, at the local probation departments, and in other social service agencies statewide and nationally.

As many careers in psychology require a graduate degree, the Psychology Major at Western not only contributes to a solid liberal education, but also provides excellent preparation for graduate study. Students interested in careers in applied psychology are encouraged to pursue the Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology Emphasis. The Experimental Psychology Emphasis provides students with a broad background in the biological bases of behavior and offers preparation for graduate studies in experimental psychology or the neurosciences. The General Psychology Emphasis allows Psychology majors the freedom to choose courses that meet individual needs and interests.

FACULTY

Professor Susan J. Coykendall; Associate Professor Scott I. Cohn; Assistant Professor Lindsey Fast;
Lecturers Kari E. Commerford, Mae MacIntire, and David Pinkerton.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

Psychology Major: Standard Programs

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS
A minimum of 39 credits is required:

PSY 100  General Psychology

3 cr

PSY 200  Statistics and Data Analysis

3 cr

PSY 210  History of Psychology

3 cr

Psychology electives

8-9 cr

Two of the following:

 

PSY 270  Developmental Psychology

3 cr

PSY 368  Psychopathology

3 cr

PSY 460  Psychological Testing

3 cr

PSY 475 Clinical Psychology

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

PSY 258  Introduction to Personality

3 cr

PSY 324  Forensic Psychology

3 cr

PSY 361  Industrial and Applied Psychology

3 cr

PSY 369  Health Psychology

3 cr

PSY 457  Social Psychology

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

PSY 301  Research Methods

3 cr

PSY 335  Learning and Behavior

4 cr

PSY 336  Psychology of Motivation

3 cr

PSY 338  Cognitive Psychology

3 cr

PSY 345  Biological Psychology (with laboratory)

4 cr

PSY 380  Evolutionary Psychology

3 cr

PSY 437  Behavioral Pharmacology

3 cr

One of the following capstone courses:

 

PSY 498  Capstone Seminar in Psychology

3 cr

PSY 499  Capstone Internship in Psychology

3 cr

CLINICAL, COUNSELING, AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY EMPHASIS
A minimum of 40 credits is required:

PSY 100  General Psychology

3 cr

PSY 200  Statistics and Data Analysis

3 cr

PSY 210  History of Psychology

3 cr

PSY 270  Developmental Psychology

3 cr

PSY 301  Research Methods

3 cr

PSY 345  Biological Psychology (with laboratory)

4 cr

PSY 368  Psychopathology

3 cr

PSY 457  Social Psychology

3 cr

PSY 460  Psychological Testing

3 cr

PSY 475  Clinical Psychology

3 cr

One of the following:

 

PSY 335  Learning and Behavior

4 cr

PSY 336  Psychology of Motivation

3 cr

PSY 338  Cognitive Psychology

3 cr

PSY 380  Evolutionary Psychology

3 cr

PSY 437  Behavioral Pharmacology

3 cr

One of the following:

 

PSY 258  Introduction to Personality

3 cr

PSY 324  Forensic Psychology

3 cr

PSY 361  Industrial and Applied Psychology

3 cr

PSY 369  Health Psychology

3 cr

One of the following capstone courses:

 

PSY 498  Capstone Seminar in Psychology

3 cr

PSY 499  Capstone Internship in Psychology

3 cr

EXPERIMENTAL EMPHASIS
A minimum of 40 credits is required:

PSY 100  General Psychology

3 cr

PSY 200  Statistics and Data Analysis

3 cr

PSY 210  History of Psychology

3 cr

PSY 301  Research Methods

3 cr

PSY 345  Biological Psychology (with laboratory)

4 cr

Psychology Electives

9 cr

Four of the following:

 

PSY 335  Learning and Behavior

4 cr

PSY 336  Psychology of Motivation

3 cr

PSY 338  Cognitive Psychology

3 cr

PSY 380  Evolutionary Psychology

3 cr

PSY 437  Behavioral Pharmacology

3 cr

One of the following capstone courses:

 

PSY 492  Independent Study

3 cr

PSY 498  Capstone Seminar in Psychology

3 cr

PSY 499  Capstone Internship in Psychology

3 cr

Psychology Minor
The Psychology Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits:

PSY 100  General Psychology

3 cr

Psychology electives

     15 cr

Capstone Course Requirement. The following courses in the Psychology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: PSY 498 Capstone Seminar in Psychology, or PSY 499 Capstone Internship in Psychology (with a minimum grade of “C” ).