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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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Provides an overview of the discipline of psychology. Emphasizes developing an understanding of opportunities in psychology at the University of Kansas, exploring service-learning options related to the major, and helping students plan goals for their education through an understanding of their personal values and options within and outside the discipline. Open to KU-degree-seeking students only. Contact the Psychology Department to enroll in the course. Non-degree-seeking and non-KU students may enroll in the course by signing up with KU Continuing Education. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC
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A basic introduction to the science of psychology. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. LEC
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An introductory survey of personality theories, development, assessment and current research. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. LEC
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An examination of the scientific "ways of knowing" employed by psychologists to discover the laws governing human behavior across a wide domain. The focus of the course is upon these methods and the statistical techniques that support them. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An examination of the scientific "ways of knowing" employed by psychologists to discover the laws governing human behavior across a wide domain. The focus of the course is upon these methods and the statistical techniques that support them. Open to students in University and Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Not open to students taking PSYC 200. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101. LEC
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This course is designed for the study of special topics in Psychology. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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An introduction to statistical concepts and methods as they relate to analysis and interpretation of psychological data. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An introduction to statistical concepts and methods as they relate to analysis and interpretation of psychological data. Open only to student in University and Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken PSYC 210. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and MATH 101 or equivalent placement. LEC
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An introduction to contemporary research and theory in human learning and memory, relevant perceptual processes, and higher functions such as language. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or equivalent placement. LEC
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Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey course on the science and application of child and adolescent development; including physical, motoric, social, emotional, and cognitive changes from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, genetics, and may incorporate content on aggression, morality, parenting, media, and peers. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey course on the science and application of child and adolescent development; including physical, motoric, social, emotional, and cognitive changes from conception through adolescence. The course covers methods and theory, genetics, and may incorporate content on aggression, morality, parenting, media, and peers. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors Programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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An examination of psychopathology including anxiety disorders, psycho-physiological disorders, affective disorders, and schizophrenic disorders. Disorders are considered from psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and biological perspectives. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Open to students in College or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An introduction to the psychology of social behavior. Systematic consideration of such concepts as social influence, conformity and deviation, social attitudes and prejudice, socialization and personality, communication and propaganda, morale, and leadership. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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An introduction to the psychology of social behavior. Systematic consideration of such concepts as social influence, conformity and deviation, social attitudes and prejudice, socialization and personality, communication and propaganda, morale, and leadership. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey of basic topics relating to the biological bases of behavior, including the physiology of neuronal and synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology. This survey will be followed by lectures on selected topics within the area of brain and behavior such as motivation, appetite, reward, language, and left-right hemispheric differences. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Psychology, an introductory course in Biology and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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A survey of basic topics relating to the biological bases of behavior, including the physiology of neuronal and synaptic transmission, neurochemistry, and neuropharmacology. This survey will be followed by lectures on selected topics within the area of brain and behavior such as motivation, appetite, reward, language, and left-right hemispheric differences. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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The organization and function of the nervous system as it relates to topics of interest to psychologists, including pain, anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, schizophrenia, akinetic and dyskinetic movement disorders, and senile dementia. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology, and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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The organization and function of the nervous system as it relates to topics of interest to psychologists, including pain, anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, schizophrenia, akinetic and dyskinetic movement disorders, and senile dementia. Open to students in University or Departmental Honors programs or by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology, an introductory course in biology, and one of the following: PSYC 200, PSYC 201, PSYC 210, PSYC 211, MATH 101, MATH 104 or exemption based on ACT or SAT score. LEC
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This course is designed for the study of special topics in Psychology equivalent to courses at the 300 to 600 level at KU. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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The applied study of child development theories and research methods on the influences and effects of television and related visual media on childhood in the contexts of families, schools, and society. (Same as ABSC 405 and THR 405.) LEC
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A survey of the nature and sources of differences in human behavior and a consideration of the consequences of these differences for society. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A social psychological perspective on adult intimate relationships, examining friendship, dating, committed relationships, and the dissolution of committed relationships. Topics include romance, jealousy, self-disclosure, power, loneliness, and social support. Discussion of heterosexual and homosexual relationships, traditional forms (e.g., marriage) of relationships as well as alternative lifestyles (e.g. cohabitation) and gender-linked differences in relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the social and cultural sources of self-experience. The first part of the course emphasizes a general process: how the development and experience of self, though it might seem essentially personal, is shaped by social interaction. The second part of the course highlights particular cases: how self-experience may be constructed differently depending on the particular social and cultural settings a person inhabits. Cases include influences of gender, socioeconomic status, and age group on the construction of self-experience within societies from around the world, and ethnic-identity groups within the USA. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Examines the data and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise Cognitive Science, an inter-disciplinary approach to studying the mind and brain. Topics may include: consciousness, artificial intelligence, linguistics, education and instruction, neural networks, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary theory, cognitive neuroscience, human-computer interaction, and robotics. (Same as LING 418, PHIL 418, and SPLH 418.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Clinical application of personality theories; personality development and assessment research. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A basic survey course in the development of thinking and understanding in normal children. The course will cover Piaget's theory and information processing theories at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include perception, attention, learning, memory, language, problem solving, and individual differences from birth to the mid-teens. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or ABSC/HDFL 160. LEC
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A survey of human behavioral genetics for upper division undergraduates. Emphasis is on how the methods and theories of quantitative, population, medical, and molecular genetics can be applied to individual and group differences in humans. Both normal and abnormal behaviors are covered, including intelligence, mental retardation, language and language disorders, communication, learning, personality, and psychopathology. (Same as ANTH 447, BIOL 432, SPLH 432.) Prerequisite: Introductory courses in biology/genetics or biological anthropology and psychology are recommended. LEC
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An introduction to social and personality development with consideration of both classic and contemporary theoretical viewpoints. The role of social contexts is considered (e.g., family, peers, communities), as well as biological influences (e.g., behavioral genetics). Topics include parent-infant attachment, peer relationships, aggression, etc. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Faculty supervised laboratory or field research for Human Biology majors. Students design and complete a research project in collaboration with a Human Biology faculty member. (Same as ANTH 449, BIOL 449, and SPLH 449.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Human Biology major. FLD
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Study of human musical behavior, including basic psychoacoustic phenomena, musical taste, functional music, musical ability, cultural organization of musical sounds, and the affective response. Prerequisite: General Psychology, MEMT 370, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A seminar for juniors and seniors in the Honors Program in Psychology. Students who have been admitted to the Honors Program in Psychology may enroll for one credit for one or both semesters of their junior year and are required to enroll for two credits for both semesters in their senior year. IND
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This course covers a variety of theoretical views concerning the origins of stereotypes and the factors that maintain them, as well as how and when the revision of such beliefs take place. Analysis of various stereotypes (including gender and race) and the experience of prejudice across a variety of cultural contexts is examined. Many difficult social issues are discussed in depth. Prerequisite: PSYC 360 or PSYC 361; or consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of the psychological theories about women; similarities and differences in behavior of women and men; the effects of biological and social factors on the behavior of women and men; and issues of concern to women of different races, sexual orientations, ages, and so forth. (Same as WGSS 468.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or WGSS 201. LEC
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Review of current psychotherapies with special references to their underlying philosophies, theories of personality, techniques, and effectiveness. Issues concerning the use of drugs in the treatment of mental disorders are also reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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This course reviews recent evidence on the roles of dreaming and dreamless sleep. Psychological, developmental, personality, and social psychological aspects are considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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The neurobiology of higher mental processes such as perception, attention, learning, memory, thinking, and language, as studied by techniques such as recording from individual neurons, electrical brain stimulation, brain damage, and brain scans and measurements of regional cerebral blood flow in conscious people. Emphasis will be placed on in-class analysis of original research articles. Prerequisite: One of the following courses - PSYC 318, 319, 370, 371, 380, or 381; or consent of instructor. LEC
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Investigation of a special research problem or directed reading in an area not covered in regular courses. No more than 3 hours of PSYC 480 may be counted toward the minimum hours required for the major. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Guided participation in ongoing research programs to augment quantitative skills through direct practicum experience. No more than 3 hours of PSYC 481 may be counted toward the Psychology minor or the Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience major requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 200 or PSYC 201 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. RSH
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Introduction to human sensory and perceptual capabilities. Topics include: sensory systems, perceptual development, and perceiving color, objects, space, movement, sound, speech, touch, smell, and taste as well as various perceptual illusions. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Students conduct psychology focused fieldwork in an organization related to their professional/career goals. Credit hours are determined on the basis of 120 clock hours for 3 credit hours, 80 clock hours for 2 credit hours, and 40 clock hours for 1 credit hour. An internship plan (contract) is developed by the student in conjunction with the student's academic adviser and signed off by the academic adviser and an authorized agent of the internship site. At the conclusion of the internship experience, the authorized agent of the internship site writes the academic adviser indicating that the student has met the goals of the internship plan and the hours required. Prerequisite: Admission to the Psychology major. FLD
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An advanced course in the theories and basic concepts of child development. Coverage includes: (a) analyses of the general logic, assumptions, and principles of the five major approaches: normative-maturation, psychoanalytic, social learning theory, cognitive-developmental, and behavior analysis; (b) historical background of developmental theory; (c) social-cultural influences on theory construction; and (d) some cross-cultural perspectives. Not open to students previously enrolled in HDFL 290. Prerequisite: PSYC 104, or HDFL 160, HDFL 161, HDFL 432, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of psychological aspects of selected social issues in contemporary American society. Race relations and the civil rights movement. Political extremism. Public opinion and social change. Social psychological approaches to a variety of social problems. Prerequisite: PSYC 360 or 361, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course examines classic issues in psychology--free-will and determinism, nature and nurture, the mind-body problem, approaches to human action, cultural influences on psychological theories, the evolution of intellectual paradigms, and inductive and deductive approaches to social scientific research--from multiple perspectives within psychology and related social sciences. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or equivalent. LEC
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A second course in statistics with emphasis on applications. Analysis of variance, regression, analysis, analysis of contingency tables; possibly selected further topics. Prerequisite: Grade of B- or better in PSYC 210 or PSYC 211. LEC
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An introduction to the field of human sexuality. Topics to be covered include sexual anatomy and physiology, fertilization, pregnancy, birth and lactation, contraception, human sexual response, sexuality across the life cycle, love, marriage, alternatives to marriage, sexual orientation, sex differences in behavior, parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases, sex and the law, and sex education. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Optional course for students currently enrolled in PSYC 510 or may be taken after completion of PSYC 510. Will offer students practical experience in an infant research laboratory. Students must spend a minimum of nine hours a week (on three different half days) in laboratory. They will learn to observe and record infant behavior, to handle data from experiments and participate in the planning and discussion of laboratory research. Acquaintance with and involvement in the issues of obtaining informed consent and ethical aspects of infant research will be included. Prerequisite: Current enrollment or previous enrollment in PSYC 510 and consent of instructor. LAB
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In-depth coverage of human memory phenomena, including phenomena concerning acquisition, storage and retrieval, unconscious forms of memory, memory monitoring and control, and practical aspects of memory such as autobiographical memory, mnemonic techniques and eyewitness memory. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A review of the literature on the development of memory in young children, and the implications of this research for understanding children's eyewitness testimony. The course will present current research on children's long-term memory abilities, the impact of stress on recall performance, the effectiveness of various types of interviewing techniques, and the suggestibility of children's recollections. Policy issues and potential guidelines for the elicitation and evaluation of children's memory reports in both clinical and legal arenas will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or ABSC/HDFL 160, or consent of instructor. LEC
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An examination of research on women and violence, including rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and child sexual abuse. The nature, prevalence, causes, and consequences of violence against women are discussed. (Same as WGSS 521.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Introduction to the study of language development; emphasis on the psychological processes underlying syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of language development in children. Prerequisite: One of the following courses - PSYC 318, 319, 333, or 334; or consent of instructor. LEC
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A review of the literature on contemporary psychological and developmental disorders of children and youth. Course will present current models of psychopathology, classification systems, assessment methods, and treatment approaches designed for the individual, the family, and the community. Specific attention will be given to age, gender, and cultural differences and similarities. Topics include: anxiety disorders, oppositional behavior disorders, physical/sexual abuse, learning disabilities, and autism. (Same as ABSC 535.) Prerequisite: ABSC 160, PSYC 333, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of recent research on psycholinguistics covering the perception, production, and comprehension of language. Topics include: the biological basis for language, the nature of comprehension processes, and memory for the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic components of language. Prerequisite: One of the following courses - PSYC 318, 319, 333, or 334; or consent of instructor. LEC
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The course considers the relationship between culture and psyche. One theme throughout the course involves revealing the cultural grounding of psychological functioning. The second and complementary theme involves identifying the psychological processes involved in the phenomenon of culture. Prerequisite: PSYC 333, 334, 360 or 361 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A review of evolutionary theory and its application to human personality, cognition, interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, and development. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and at least 3 additional hours in Psychology, or consent of instructor. LEC
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An advanced study of the application of theories and concepts of developmental and behavioral psychology to a range of specific issues and problems of childhood and adolescence. This course will rely heavily upon the empirical research literature. Topics include contemporary social issues and child development, research in applied settings, assessment, intervention, and prevention, as well as program evaluation. (Same as ABSC 565.) Prerequisite: ABSC 160 or PSYC 333, and ABSC/PSYC 535. LEC
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An application of psychological processes and concepts to the American legal system. Among the topics covered are the socialization of legal attitudes, opinions about the purposes of the criminal justice system and especially of prisons, the concept of "dangerousness," the nature of jury decision making, and the rights of prisoners, patients, and children. LEC
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A study of the processes underlying the dynamics of the group, including the observation of group phenomena and a consideration of their relation to research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 360 or 361, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of psychological approaches to analysis and intervention in the field of international conflict and peace-making. Focus on major contributions and important paradigms for explanation and action. Prerequisite: PSYC 360 or consent of instructor. Background study in international relations or recent world history desirable. LEC
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An introduction to the study of attitudes focusing on problems of measurement and on empirical findings and theories of attitude acquisition and change. Prerequisite: PSYC 360, 361, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Consideration of the psychological antecedents of religious experience, the nature of religious experience, and the behavioral consequences of religion. Focus will be on psychological theory and research relevant to religious thought, feeling, belief, and behavior. (Same as REL 581.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Examination of non-linguistic behavior in human communication, including proxemics (spacing), kinesics (movement and expression), and paralinguistics (voice quality). Includes phylogenetic and developmental perspectives, methods of analysis, applications to interpersonal problems. (Same as COMS 590.) Prerequisite: COMS 356 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 211. LEC
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A lecture course to help students become more aware of and responsive to the psychological needs of persons with physical illnesses or disabilities. Emphasis is upon the meanings of such conditions in individuals' lives and the effects of treatment and rehabilitation settings on psychological adaptation. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An introduction to the core assumptions and research findings associated with human strengths and positive emotions. Also an exploration of interventions and applications informed by positive psychology in counseling and psychotherapy, and its application to school, work, family and other close relationships. (Same as PRE 580.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Individuality in cognitive and personality attributes is surveyed, and analyzed by current psychological theory. The course includes topics on the structure of intellect and personality, cognitive theory, brain research and behavior genetics as relevant to the understanding of individuality. Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology. LEC
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Review of research and theory concerning the role of psychological factors in the development of physical illness and the contribution of psychologists to the treatment and prevention of physical illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An examination of the theory and literature on sex role development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Particular attention is given to approaches stressing androgyny and variations on traditional roles. Processes of socialization into both traditional and non-traditional roles are stressed. Literature on females is emphasized, but male sex role development is also covered. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or HDFL 160. LEC
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A survey of selected topics in the area of personality (e.g., defense mechanisms, aggression, interpersonal relations). Prerequisite: PSYC 120 or PSYC 420 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of the historical development of modern theoretical systems in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 104, plus twelve hours in psychology. LEC
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A consideration of experimental findings and theories concerning classical and instrumental conditioning. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Lectures and laboratory research on human information processing as related to theories of word recognition, reading, and language comprehension. Major emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, interpretation, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Lectures and laboratory work on human sensory processes and how they result in perceptions of the environment. Experience is provided in designing and implementing research as well as in the skills necessary for statistical analysis, interpretation of data, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Lectures, laboratory and field work on various issues in research in social psychology (e.g., conformity, attitude change, social processes). Two two-hour periods a week and appointment for research. Prerequisite: PSYC 104, PSYC 360, and PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Lectures and laboratory research on contemporary issues in clinical psychology. Emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, interpretation of data, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Lectures and laboratory work on psychophysiology and neuropsychology research methods. Overview of psychophysiological tools to measure the central and peripheral nervous systems. Experience designing and implementing neuropsychology and psychophysiology research. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Impact of factors of social environment and physical growth upon psychological development from puberty to young adulthood. (Same as ABSC 626.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104, PSYC 333, or HDFL/ABSC 160. LEC
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The historical and empirical foundations of clinical psychology. Significant trends in theory, research, and social organization which have shaped clinical practice. A review of clinical practice. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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An advanced course in child development that includes a survey of the field's principles and theoretical approaches, and current issues in research and practice. Topics will include: prenatal development, cognition and language, social-emotional development, socialization influences in childhood, developmental psychopathology, and social policies. (Same as ABSC 632.) Prerequisite: ABSC/HDFL 160, PSYC 333, or instructor permission, and senior or graduate status. LEC
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Study of the family as a psychosocial system. Emphasis is placed on factors affecting contemporary families including family structures, development, communication patterns, disorders, and treatment approaches. Theory, empirical evidence, and practical principles that may lead to maximizing individual growth in the family unit are discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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Addresses psychological and behavioral effects of drugs, including psychotropic medications. A central theme is that effects of drugs frequently cannot be characterized solely from a pharmacological perspective. Thus, emphasis is placed on examining the interaction of pharmacological and behavioral variables. For example, how do psychological factors moderate responses to drugs? The nature of this area assumes some knowledge of general psychology, research methods, biology, chemistry, neurophysiology, and the nervous system. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Reviews recent research and application in the field of mental health and aging. Theoretical perspectives appropriate for understanding mental health issues with increased age are discussed. The epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment methods associated with a variety of mental health conditions are surveyed. The community mental health resources available for older adults are discussed as well as practically-related issues such as evaluations of functional independence and competency among older adults. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Elementary distribution theory; t-test; simple regression and correlation; multiple regression and multiple correlation; curvilinear regression; logistic regression; general linear model. Applications across the behavioral and social sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 790 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: A grade of B- or better in a beginning course in statistics (e.g., PSYC 210 or PSYC 211, MATH 365, POLS 306, COMS 356, SOC 510, or equivalent) is recommended, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Course covers one-way analysis of variance, linear trends, contrasts, post hoc tests; multi-way analysis of variance for crossed, blocked, nested, and incomplete designs; analysis of covariance; repeated measures analysis of variance; general linear model. Applications across the social, educational, and behavior sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 791 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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A review of the principal techniques of behavior therapy, exclusive of operant-based therapies. Emphasis upon systematic desensitization, implosion, assertion training, and modeling techniques. Special attention given to outcome research relevant to the effectiveness of these techniques. Recommended: A course in abnormal psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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A survey of the methods used to study the effects of drugs on behavior, and of the effect of selected drugs on behavior, particularly the narcotics, hallucinogens, and drugs used in the treatment of mental illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
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This course covers nonparametric statistical methods for testing hypotheses. Topics include a review of parametric statistics, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, and motivations for using nonparametric techniques. In-depth coverage is given to distribution-free procedures, goodness-of-fit tests, resampling methods, and theory underlying nonparametric methods. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 879 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Research techniques and methods useful in quantifying parameters of human performance that affect system functioning. Special emphasis is placed on modeling visual, auditory, and orienting systems and on human information processing. Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course covers the theory behind, and application of, exploratory factor analysis. Topics include a review of multiple linear regression and matrix algebra. In-depth coverage is devoted to diagrams, model specification, goodness of fit, model selection, parameter estimation, rotation methods, scale development, and sample size and power issues. Extensions to confirmatory settings are elaborated. Both the theory underlying factor analytic techniques and hands-on application using software are emphasized. Applications across the social and behavioral sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 887 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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An examination of the social construction of sexuality and research methods and issues relevant to sexuality. These concepts are applied to various topics, such as defining and conceptualizing sex and gender, sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, the social control of sexuality, sexual coercion and abuse, and abstinence-only sex education. The course does not cover anatomical or physiological aspects of sexuality. (Same as WGSS 689.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104 or WGSS 201. LEC
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Discussion of current problems in psychological theory and research. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and sophomore status. LEC
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Social, psychological, and economic adjustments required by aging; changes in cognition, role and personality necessitated by advancing age. Prerequisite: PSYC 210 or PSYC 211 and one of the following: PSYC 318, PSYC 319, PSYC 350, PSYC 351, PSYC 360, PSYC 361, PSYC 370, PSYC 371, PSYC 380, or PSYC 381; or graduate standing; or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course begins with recommendations for how to write a test, covers basics of classical test theory, and then emphasizes modern statistical methods for analyzing item data. Methods include factor analysis of categorical responses, methods for identifying measurement invariance (differential item functioning), and item response theory. Approximately one-half of the meetings are labs (primarily consisting of data analysis). The course is offered at the 600 and 800 levels with additional assignments at the 800 level. Prerequisite: PSYC 790/650 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. LEC
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Introduction to the central methods used in the analysis of multivariate data. Includes linear transformations, multivariate analysis of variance, multivariate multiple regression, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, factor analysis, and an introduction to methods for clustering and classification. Applications across the behavior and social sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 893 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Introduction to statistical methods for modeling multilevel (hierarchically structured) data. Topics include a review of ordinary least squares regression analysis, random effects ANOVA, intraclass correlation, multilevel regression, testing and probing interactions, maximum likelihood estimation, model assumptions, model evaluation, and the analysis of longitudinal data. Emphasis will be on the theory underlying multilevel modeling techniques and hands-on application using software. Applications across the behavioral and social sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 894 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Introduction to multivariate analyses of count data, including error models, statistical inference, loglinear models, logit models, logistic regression, homogeneity, symmetry, and selected other topics. Applications across the behavioral and social sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 895 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Introduction to statistical methods for modeling latent variables. Topics include a review of latent variables, covariance structures analysis, mean structures analysis, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), structural equation modeling (SEM), multiple group CFA, longitudinal CFA, longitudinal SEM, and hierarchical CFA. Applications across the behavioral and social sciences are emphasized. Course consists of three hours of lecture and a required one-hour lab session where computing applications are taught. Students taking this course as PSYC 896 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 650 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Reviews and contrasts various statistical models for the analysis of change. Course focuses on techniques to analyze longitudinal (repeated measures) data beyond the repeated-measures ANOVA framework. Applications across the behavioral and social sciences are emphasized. Students taking this course as PSYC 991 will have different course requirements. Prerequisite: PSYC 696 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. LEC
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