Psychology, Gerontology and Social Work Offerings

GO 203 - Physical/Mental Health and Aging

In this course, the physical and mental health of older adults is examined from an applied perspective for human services providers. Topics include normal and pathological changes; family and social factors; skills and adaptations for maintaining good physical health; assessment; intervention and skills needed to help older adults access appropriate treatment in the health care system.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

GO 261 - Growing Old in a New Age

America is growing older. This course explores the myths and realities associated with issues about aging; love, intimacy and sexuality in later years; social roles and relationships; work, retirement and economics; how the body changes throughout the aging process; and surviving growing older in contemporary America.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

GO 262 - Aging in America: Aging Programs, Services, Systems, and Policies

This course is an analysis and description of the developing field of gerontology. It consists of an in-depth study of needs of the elderly such as legal information, social security, tax relief, health, home and personal safety, nutrition and food purchasing, political power, mobilizing grass roots support groups, resources in the community for senior citizens, consumerism, and transportation. Discussions of the institutional interrelations that affect the elderly and analysis of changes needed in American society to aid senior citizens are also included.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

GO 263 - Death and Dying

Illness and death can occur during all life stages, we need to be prepared. This class will cover historical perspectives; define death, attitudes toward death, dying process, grief and loss, etc. GO 263 and SO 263 are equivalent courses. Students will not receive credit for both.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

GO 282 - Gerontology Practicum I

Program and instructor approval required. This course combines classroom training with beginning field experiences (10 hours per week) in a community-based human services agency. Emphasis is on knowledge of the community power structure, funding bases, and the internal working of human services organizations. Opportunities in the labor force, certification requirements, and networking are explored.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

GO 283 - Gerontology Practicum II

Program and instructor approval required. This course provides classroom training on principles of human services delivery with advanced practical experience (10 hours per week) in a community-based human services agency. Emphasis is on identifying systems and resources to link the systems with the people and how to mobilize the systems and the people.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 100 - Strategies for College and Life Success

This course is designed to assist students in becoming active learners through self-assessment, self-exploration, skill development, and building an understanding of the college environment. This class uses psychology to help students explore, understand, and problem solve larger life issues that may be interfering with their success as a learner while offering tools and techniques intended to improve college and life success. This is not an introduction to psychology class.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 106 - Managing Personal Stress

An experiential study of causes of stress, physiological and psychological responses, and methods used to manage personal stress. Emphasis will be placed on the emerging field of behavioral or holistic medicine. Students participate in stress management techniques such as relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and physical exercise.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 201 - General Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This course is an introduction to the many different areas of which this discipline is comprised. These areas include: psychological theories, research methods, the relationship between brain and behavior, human development, learning, memory, cognition, group dynamics, personality theories and the identification and treatment of abnormal behavior.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 203 - Psychology of Adjustment

A holistic approach to psychology and its application in the varied aspects of everyday life; emphasis is on personal adjustment and mental health. This class requires a deep investigation of one\'s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Typical classroom applications include learning, human development, stress, love, sex, identity, work, and loss.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 231 - Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology is the scientific study of abnormal human behavior. This course examines contemporary scientific understanding of a wide variety of psychological disorders that affect people. Of particular focus are the causes, symptoms and effective treatment of psychological disorders from psychological, biological and sociocultural perspectives.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 232 - Developmental Psychology

This course is the scientific study of how people change and remain the same from conception through death. Development is explored across the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 233 - Child Psychology

Child Psychology is the study of human development from conception through adolescence. The cognitive, physical, and psychosocial development of children and adolescents is explored through theory and research. Students are encouraged to apply knowledge of child development to everyday life.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 234 - Adolescent Psychology

This course explores human development during adolescence (11-18 yrs) and early adulthood (18-25 yrs). The course emphasizes the role of culture and historical context in shaping physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development during this age period.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 241 - Introduction to Behavior Analysis

This course provides an overview of the concepts, principles, and applications of behavior analysis. It will examine the theoretical foundations and underpinnings of behavioral psychology as it relates to respondent and operant conditioning, contingency analyses, and the critical examination of empirical data. The course will also introduce students to the applications of behavior analysis in areas such as self-management, child management, autism, developmental disabilities, behavioral gerontology, business and industry, community behavior analysis, animal training, ethics, and psychological disorders.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 251 - Education Psychology

Prerequisite: PY 201 -- This course studies how psychology is applied to understanding teaching and learning in educational settings. It is designed to meet the pre-professional requirements for students who are planning on transferring as education majors to a four year school; therefore there is an out of classroom service learning component to the course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 260 - Social Psychology

Prerequisite PY-201: This course is intended for students with a good foundation in psychology. Students will explore the relationship between individual behaviors and mental processes within the social environment. Typical applications of social psychology include social cognition and perception, attitudes, conformity, stereotyping, gender, group process, and aggression.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 263 - Psychology of Learning

Prerequisite PY - 201: This course is intended for students with a good foundation in psychology. The course provides a historical, theoretical, and applied perspective on the psychology of learning. Topics include Behaviorism (classical and operant conditioning), Social Learning Theory, and Cognitivism (information-processing, constructivism, and socio-constructivism).
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 281 - Introduction to Statistics

Prerequisites: PY201 & MA 107. Descriptive techniques in gathering data. Measures of central tendency. Measuring of dispersing with particular emphasis on the z-scores and applications to curve of probability. Tests of significance using t-test and chi-square. Sampling techniques of sample difference.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

PY 283 - Research Methods

This class is an examination of basic research methods in psychology. Students will be introduced to the logic of psychological research, the formulation and testing of hypotheses, research design, sampling procedures, data collection, and data analysis. This class will also cover the consumption and critique of research, ethics in conducting research, and how individual values and cultural context influences scientific research.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

SW 150 - Introduction To Social Welfare

This class introduces the historical development of social welfare in the Old and New worlds. The context of the course is founded in an overview of Social Work, Social Welfare and role of the Social Workers. The course provides a description of the establishment of Social Welfare and Social Service Programs existing in the United States. An emphasis is on the discussion of values underlying the existing social systems.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

SW 216 - Social Work Interviewing and Assessment

This class provides an introduction to types, purposes and stages of interviewing. Students are introduced to basic empathy training. Skill development for observation, listening, non-verbal communication, rapport-building, information giving and information gathering are fundamental components of the class. Students are introduced to beginning assessment, monitoring and working with culturally diverse, oppressed, or psychologically maladaptive clients.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)