The psychology program integrates an applied emphasis with a foundation grounded in the sciences. The program presents a balanced treatment of the major approaches to contemporary psychology and fosters in the student an appreciation of the problems and promise of the discipline of psychology.

To complete the psychology major successfully, a minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche College.

The following course work is required:

  • 32 credits in psychology: 11 required credits and an additional 21 credits completed from courses listed below;
  • 37 credits of core requirements;
  • 51 credits of general electives selected by the student with the approval of the academic advisor.

Summary of Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 credits

  • PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC1021
    INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This survey course introduces students to several critical areas of psychology. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the scientific method, its application to psychology, and the insights gained from scientific research. The interactions among biological processes, cognitive and emotional responses, sociocultural forces, and behavior are examined. Included are such diverse topics as: health, stress, and coping; consciousness, sleep and dreams; effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior and health; psychological disorders; social psychology; types of learning and behavior management, information processing approaches including memory, encoding and retrieval; and the relationship of the nervous system to thought, feelings, and behaviors.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC3011
    RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the major experimental designs and methods of scientific psychology. The nature of psychology as a science, types of and evaluation of research design and conclusions, conducting of research, preparation of research papers and ethics in research in psychology are covered.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 & PSYC3070 or CRIM2011 & MATH1040 or CRIM2012

  • PSYC3070
    CRITICAL SKILLS FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS

    PSYC3070
    CRITICAL SKILLS FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This one credit course addresses several skill areas of importance to upper level students: their required capstone classes (finding references, writing with APA, reading primary research); career planning (job searches, graduate school planning), advanced study/reading skills with emphasis on primary research.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the capstone course that is required of all psychology majors. It is designed to assist students to complete their undergraduate study of psychology through independent reading and library and database research, writing of an integrated literature review, and class discussion of these seminar papers which are presented orally by the students.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC3011

Psychology Electives: 21 credits

  • PSYC2015
    HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC2015
    HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course explores psychological contributions to physical health and illness enhancement of physical health and the understanding and control of psychological processes that undermine health are addressed from theoretical and applied perspectives. Topics include the psychology of stress, pain, illness and treatment, and addictive lifestyle behaviors such as drinking and smoking.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2018
    HUMAN SEXUALITY

    PSYC2018
    HUMAN SEXUALITY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course explores adult human sexuality from multiple perspectives: biological bases, roles of gender, cultural influences, and historical foundations. Topics include the exploration of healthy sexual activity, conception and pregnancy. Sexual problems will be addressed as well, covering such topics as sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual exploitation.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2022
    CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    PSYC2022
    CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the field of developmental science with emphasis on the period from conception through middle childhood. The course approaches development by making use of both historical and contemporary scientific theory and investigates the major domains of development--biological, cognitive, social and emotional-from a chronological perspective.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2036
    PSYCHOLOGY & HUMOR

    PSYC2036
    PSYCHOLOGY & HUMOR

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Psychology and Humor introduces students to the content area and measurement and research issues on the topic of humor. Thematic use of material from the study of humor is used to illustrate many of the basic discipline areas of psychology, including understanding of theory, research methods, testing, personality, cognition, and development.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC2040
    ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

    PSYC2040
    ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental changes occurring during adolescence. Attention will be given to the contexts in which development occurs: the family, school, and peer group-as well as psychological changes in identity, autonomy, and intimacy. Psychological disorders that manifest during adolescence will be examined.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC2061
    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides an introduction to educational psychology, the science of learning and teaching. Students will be exposed to the research methods used in psychological science, theoretical approaches to cognitive development and learning, and applications of those theories to understanding student behavior in the context of the school environment.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC2065
    FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC2065
    FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The course provides the student with a general introduction to the practice of forensic psychology. The field addresses ways in which experts in psychological science contribute to the legal system. Potential topics include eyewitness memory, the insanity defense, child custody, lie detection, criminal profiling, violent crime, and more.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PSYC3023
    ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC3023
    ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course begins with definitions of abnormal behavior. Most of the course focuses upon various classifications of abnormality based on the most recent DSM, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, stress and physical health, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, sexual and gender-identity disorders, and schizophrenia. Etiology, symptomatology, and treatment are explored throughout the semester.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3025
    INDUSTRIAL & ORGANIZATIONAL PSYC

    PSYC3025
    INDUSTRIAL & ORGANIZATIONAL PSYC

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course studies the organizational structure and processes in a variety of areas, including personnel, recruitment, selection, placement and counseling; supervision and leadership; motivation and moral; the conditions of work; training, organizational climate; consumer psychology; multinational corporations and diversity in organizations.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3028
    THEORIES OF PERSONALITY

    PSYC3028
    THEORIES OF PERSONALITY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore theory and research on personality and other factors contributing to consistency in individuals' behavior, cognition, and emotion. Concepts from major perspectives like the psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, biological, humanistic, and more will be examined. Finally the application of theory to many topics will be covered, potentially including psychological disorders, gender differences, interpersonal relationships, morality, and pro- and anti-social behavior.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3029
    SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY(SOCL3029)

    PSYC3029
    SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY(SOCL3029)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course addresses the scientific study of human behavior, cognition and emotion as it is shaped by the psychosocial environment. Topics include social cognition, group dynamics, interpersonal attraction, conformity, aggression, prejudice, persuasion, and helping behavior. Cross-listed with SOCL3029

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3030
    INTERPERSONAL & GROUP DYNAMICS

    PSYC3030
    INTERPERSONAL & GROUP DYNAMICS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course reviews current psychological theory and research on small groups and interpersonal relations with an examination of interaction between individual behavior and group phenomena. The course provides a significant experience in the dynamics of a small group.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3032
    PSYCH OF ADULTHOOD & AGING

    PSYC3032
    PSYCH OF ADULTHOOD & AGING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the years from emerging adulthood through the end of life from a development are explored, with attention given to qualitative and quantitative approaches. Theories of change throughout the life course are investigated, as well as normative changes in physical health, cognition, work life, personality, and intimacy.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3035
    BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC3035
    BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course explores physiological bases of human psychological experiences. The nervous and endocrine systems are examined in relationship to emotions, stress, psychological disorders, and other processes.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3040
    COUNSELING THEORIES & METHODS I

    PSYC3040
    COUNSELING THEORIES & METHODS I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the first course in a two-course counseling sequence. Taken together, these two courses are designed to: a) familiarize students with the basic concepts in the field of counseling; b) introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy; and c) enable students to develop a level of counseling skill that will enable them to function effectively in a supervised setting. This first semester is more than 50% abstract (lecture/discussion) learning.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3041
    COUNSELING THEORIES & METHODS II

    PSYC3041
    COUNSELING THEORIES & METHODS II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This is the second course in a two-course counseling sequence. Taken together, these two courses are designed to: a) familiarize students with the basic concepts in the field of counseling; b) introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy; and c) enable students to develop a level of counseling skill that will enable them to function effectively in a supervised setting. This second semester is more than 50% experiential (role-playing; classroom exercise in the use of specific counseling techniques) learning.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC3040

  • PSYC3045
    EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC3045
    EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A comprehensive exploration of the application of Darwinian principles to behavior and mental processes. This scientific prospective provides a provacative and compelling explanation for the human animal's cross-cultural similarities. This course emphasizes cognition and social behavior vis-a-vis natural selection and evolutionary fitness. Topics include mating, parenting, survival, morality, and others.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3063
    CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR:LAW & PSYCHOLOGY(CRIM3063)

    PSYC3063
    CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR:LAW & PSYCHOLOGY(CRIM3063)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course, through an integration of psychology, criminology, and law, examines criminal behavior from both a psychological and legalistic perspective. Elements of the course include psychological explanations of individual personality development and examination of the concept of evil; rational choice and thrill-motivated theories of criminality, and the FBI's methodology for analyzing the crimes committed by selected types of criminals. The course employs famous trials to illustrate the legal means that society uses to deter and punish criminal behavior and the rules of evidence that determine the role of psychology in our legalistic system of criminal justice.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H or CRIM1001

  • PSYC3150
    COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC3150
    COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Cognitive Psychology explores the interdependent processes that occurin everyday mental activity. Topics addressed include perception, attention, memory,, problem-solving, and others. Students will discover the world of events that occur as they ask, "What was I thinking?!"

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC3152
    APPLIED LEARNING

    PSYC3152
    APPLIED LEARNING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will address basic principles of learning and conditioning as well as their usefulness in behavior modification. Applications to normal and abnormal behavior in the home, school, work and other environments will be emphasized.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC4050
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY:

    PSYC4050
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY:

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A collection of courses covering a broad range of topics in advanced psychology, offered according to student need and interest. The precise title is announced during registration period for any given term. Counseling Survivors of Trauma: This course explores the nature & experience of trauma. Multiple theories are explored regarding the effects of traumatic impact on the individual psyche. Although the course emphasized the issues of adult survivors of early childhood trauma, especially sexual abuse & other maltreatment, issues relevant to other post traumatic stress related disorders with adults & children are included. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to begin to understand trauma as a construct, and work to understand the implications of trauma on personality development.

    PREREQUISITES:

    PSYC1021 or PSYC1021H

  • PSYC4051

    PSYC4051

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  • PSYC4052

    PSYC4052

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  • PSYC4056

    PSYC4056

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  • PSYC4057

    PSYC4057

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