Psychology

The study of psychology can help you understand other people and yourself by studying human behavior. Psychology covers a broad range of topics, including social interaction, language and communication, motivation, emotion and learning. Psychologists specialize in such areas as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, educational psychology and more. Study of psychology is helpful for many fields –business, education, the arts, and more. Those interested in a career relating to psychology may pursue further education to become a counselor, psychologist or mental health nurse, to name a few.

Psychology Program Information at Jackson College

Courses 

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology (4 CR)

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

PSY 140A Introduction to Psychology (4 CR) (Same as PSY 140)

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

Prerequisites: ENG 090*

PSY 144 Introduction to Probability & Statistics (4 CR) (Same as MAT 133 and CIS 203)

This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel®) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

Prerequisite: MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

PSY 152 Social Psychology (3 CR) (Same as SOC 152)

Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences, influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction will be studied.

Prerequisite: PSY 140 or SOC 231

PSY 161 Introduction to Counseling (3 CR)

Learn basic counseling microskills against a backdrop of comparative theories and systems of counseling. Ethical, legal and practical issues included.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 222 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 CR)

Methods and techniques for changing behaviors based on learning principles. Includes modeling, simulation, role playing, operant, aversion, fear reduction and self-management methods.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 225 Introduction to Group Therapy (3 CR)

This course is designed to expose the student to the principles and concepts associated with the conduct of group therapy. The course will be a combination of lecture and application. The course is designed for psychology/social work majors with an interest in clinical application.

Prerequisites: PSY 140 and PSY 161, PSY 251 or PSY 252

PSY 245 Infancy and Childhood (3 CR)

Physical, mental, emotional and social development of the human individual from conception through childhood. Genetic, prenatal and postnatal influences on development are examined. Cognitive and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology (3 CR)

Survey of those behaviors that do not fit the norm of society, including causal factors, specific disorders and treatment methods.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 252 Developmental Psychology (3 CR)

Principles and theories of human development from conception through adulthood, with applications to foster optimal development. Cognitive, behavioral and social learning theories are used to integrate research findings.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 256 Educational Psychology (3 CR)

Application of psychological theories to the teaching-learning process. Principles of cognitive and social development discussed along with discipline, motivation and assessment and evaluation.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

PSY 290 Human Sexuality (3 CR)

Physiological, psychological and sociocultural influences on human sexuality, including gender, sexual maturation and behavior, identity, values, orientation, relationships, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual disorders and therapy.

Prerequisite: PSY 140

PSY 344 Organizational Psychology (3 CR)

Performance management and organizational change techniques based on principles of behavioral psychology. Environmental change strategies are emphasized. Topics include personnel management, employee motivation, job satisfaction, compensation strategies and practices, employee behavior and leadership.

Prerequisites: ENG 131 and PSY 14