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Graduate Courses in Psychology (PSY)


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* PSY 5325 Professional Ethics (3-0). A study of values, standards, and ethical ideas that guide professional applications of psychology in teaching, research, and practice, including an in-depth exploration of ethical principles and professional codes of conduct. Course meets concurrently with PSY 4325 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

*PSY 5331 Psychology of Aging (3-0). A study of psychological perspectives of aging and applications.Topics include cognitive and biological changes, psychopathologies and physiological maladies that are unique to this population, healthy ways to manage this developmental stage, and intervention strategies.Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4331 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions,and/or presentations for graduate students.Prerequisites: Psychology 2301. Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

* PSY 5335 Health Psychology (3-0). A study and application of contemporary theories and research in health psychology. Emphasis is on the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in relation to illness and wellness. Topics include pain and its management, behavioral factors in cardiovascular disease, weight management, alternative methods of healing, and connections between stress and disease. Course meets concurrently with Psychology 4335 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Psychology 2301. Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

* PSY 5381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.) Course meets concurrently with PSY 4381 but requires additional readings, papers, discussions, and/or presentations for graduate students. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor and dean.

PSY 6302 Core Concepts in Psychological Science. (3-0). A survey of the major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, decision-making, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, animal behavior, and applied psychology.

PSY 6303 Social Psychology (3-0). A study of the development and modification of human interaction, including topics such as social motives, social influence, aggression, attraction, attitudes, and group processes.

PSY 6307 Psychopathology (3-0). Survey of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors associated with selected behavior pathologies of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. 

PSY 6309 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (3-0). A study of clinical application of cognitive-behavioral therapies, techniques and interventions to a wide range of mental and emotional problems. The course will also examine some brief therapy approaches and techniques.

PSY 6311 Theories of Personality (3-0). An in-depth review of the major contemporary theories of human personality and the empirical research related to each. Applications are made about the role of personality in a variety of contexts.

PSY 6313 Research Design and Analysis (3-0). An investigation of and practice in research methods and analysis. The focus is on the statistical analysis of various research designs including univariate analysis of variance, multiple means tests, complex comparisons, regression, analysis of covariance and computer applications. A research paper incorporating the above material is required.

PSY 6314 Research Methods (3-0). An in-depth treatment of non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and true experimental (or randomized) designs focusing on advantages and disadvantages of each. Special emphasis is placed on how the various research designs are related to generalized causal inference and the common misinterpretations connected with these inferences and associated statistical analyses.

PSY 6315 Marriage and Family Counseling (3-0). Examination of current issues, theories, and therapeutic techniques in the field of marriage and family counseling.

PSY 6321 Individual Intellectual Assessment (3-0). A study of standardized individual measures of intelligence. While primary emphasis is placed on the administration, scoring and interpretation of the Wechsler scales of intelligence, students will be exposed to several other measures of intelligence and related abilities in adults, adolescents and children. Clinical interviewing and report writing are also emphasized.

PSY 6322 Psychological Assessment (3-0). A study of widely used measures of personality and intelligence. Students will gain experience in conducting interviews and behavioral observations, and they will learn how to administer, score and interpret a variety of psychological tests. Students will also gain experience in writing professional reports.

PSY 6323 Individual Counseling (3-0). Review of the major theories and techniques of individual counseling. Pre-practicum application of selected individual counseling techniques.

PSY 6324 Group Counseling (3-0). Review of the major theories and techniques of group counseling. Pre-practicum application of selected group counseling methods.

PSY 6325 Counseling Methods and Techniques (3-0). Knowledge and application of conceptual and practical skills needed for individual and group counseling. Emphasis is placed on working within an evidence based treatment model of selecting and applying interventions. Designed to prepare students for practicum.

PSY 6326 Counseling with Minorities (3-0). A descriptive and comparative analysis of classical counseling theories as they apply to ethnic and cultural diversity. An exploration of nontraditional counseling techniques for individuals of different racial, cultural, or socioeconomic status.

PSY 6327 Therapy With Children and Adolescents (3-0). A study of clinical interventions that integrates multicultural and relational approaches in therapy with children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on translating conceptualizations of client’s problems into specific treatment plans and interventions. The course examines various disorders including depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, eating disorders, and conduct disorders.

PSY 6329 Professional Orientation to Counseling (3-0). An introduction to the counseling profession including specialty areas. This course introduces students to the role and function of counselors and related professions in various areas of practice. The history of counseling, professional goals and objectives, ethical standards, legal issues, professional trends, professional associations, credentialing, and the academic preparation of counselors are covered.

PSY 6330 Applied Economic Psychology (3-0). The use of behavioral science methods in studying economic behavior, focuses on contributing solutions to individual and societal problems.

PSY 6332 Social Perception (3-0). Using the social psychological perspective, this course is a study of how people perceive, relate, and interact with others in their social environment. 

PSY 6334 Environmental Psychology (3-0 ). A review of research and theory on transactions between people and physical environments emphasizing adaption, opportunities for goal-directed action, and sociocultural processes. Topics include human territoriality, personal space, crowding, environmental stressors, and person-environment perspectives of social interaction and group processes.

PSY 6335 Health and Wellness Psychology (3-0). The application of psychology to the prevention and  treatment of illness using a biopsychosocial perspective. Topics include stress and its management, pain and its management, epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and cancer, alternative methods of healing,exercise and applied clinical nutrition.

PSY 6336 Psychology of Chemical Dependency (3-0). A study of substances of abuse, their biological and psychological effects, and intervention strategies for chemical dependency.

PSY 6338 Educational Psychology (3-0). An overview of the field of educational psychology, focusing on cognitive, social, and motivational aspects of efficient learning in a variety of settings, such as the workplace and the classroom. Special emphasis is given to interventions that enhance cognitions, effortful task engagement, and the environmental contexts in which learning takes place.

PSY 6341 Advanced Learning (3-0). A detailed study of current perspectives of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, social learning, and biological constraints on learning. Emphasis is on theoretical approaches to these types of learning. 

PSY 6342 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (3-0). An in-depth investigation of the principles of neuroscience and how they relate to cognition and behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the cellular and chemical bases of neural activity and how this activity is reflected in both normal and abnormal behavior.

PSY 6343 Employee Assistance Counseling (3-0). A study of counseling techniques within the context of Employee Assistance (EA) programs. Topics include EA careers and professional affiliations, the range of EA services in the workplace, intervention techniques, and ethics and codes of conduct. Issues in mental health counseling include substance abuse, emotional distress, health care concerns, financial and legal concerns, interpersonal conflict resolution, workplace safety concerns, and adjustment to major life events such as births, accidents, and deaths.

PSY 6345 Advanced Psychological Assessment (3-0). Involves the practical application of a variety of psychological assessment techniques. Students will be required to administer, score, and interpret psychological test batteries, and they will also provide appropriate feedback of the test results. In addition, treatment planning will be emphasized. Prerequisites: PSY 6322.

PSY 6347 Developmental Psychology (3-0). A course that will study the various levels of life span in human beings. An integrated approach involving genetics and environmental factors will be used to assess each stage of development.

PSY 6350 Organizational Psychology (3-0). The study of human behavior in organizations, primarily at the group level. Topics include values and attitudes such as job satisfaction, personality at work, group behavior, teams, leadership, organizational structure and theory, organizational culture and climate, and conflict. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology.

PSY 6351 A Survey of Vocational Counseling Methods (3-0). A course designed to analyze vocational theory and career development and explore principles related to vocational decision making. Selected vocational assessment batteries will be used to help students gain familiarity with vocational tests. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology. 

PSY 6352 Personnel Selection (3-0). A review of techniques and strategies for effectively matching individuals with organizations. Topics include job analysis, the measurement of individual differences, strategies for making selection decisions, legal issues related to selection, and an evaluation of common selection tools such as interviews and ability tests. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology.

PSY 6353 Theory and Techniques of Consultation (3-0). An examination of the consultation process, including the role of the consultant, stages in consultation, the development of consulting skills, and political/ethical issues. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology.

PSY 6354 Seminar in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3-0). An overview of the professional psychologist at work in organizations. Topics include research issues, personnel issues, organizational issues, and ethical and legal issues. Prerequisite/Corequisite: 6 graduate semester credit hours from Psychology 6350, 6351, 6352, 6353, 6355.

PSY 6355 Psychology of Human Performance (3-0). An in-depth study of the application of psychological principles to the optimization of human performance in the workplace. Issues include signal detection theory, attention and perception, mental workload, manual and automated control systems, and the prevention of stress and human error. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology.

PSY 6356 Training and Performance Evaluation (3-0). A focused exploration of training and performance evaluation in organizations. Emphasis will be placed on needs assessments, training theory, training planning and design, training evaluation, and performance evaluation techniques. Prerequisite: Psychology 6352. 

PSY 6357 Motivation, Emotion, and Stress (3-0). A detailed analysis of current theory in motivation, emotion, and stress as they relate to the modern workplace. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical knowledge, measurement, and applications of these topics using current literature in the field. Prerequisite: PSY 6350.

PSY 6358 Applied Research Methods (3-0). An examination of the methods and statistics commonly used when conducting research in applied settings. Topics will include qualitative data collection and analysis, quasi-experimental designs, organizational survey research, longitudinal designs and program evaluation. Prerequisite: Psychology 6313.

PSY 6359 Attitude Theory in Organizations (3-0). A survey of important work-related attitudes in organizations. Emphasis will be given to the development, maintenance, and effects of these attitudes with respect to critical organizational outcomes. Examples of such attitudes are job satisfaction, organizational citizenship, and counterproductivity. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours in undergraduate psychology. 

PSY 6360 Leadership (3-0). This course will familiarize the student with the content domain of leadership including theories, research, problems, and controversies. Fundamental issues of description, identification, conceptualization, and measurement will be addressed. Both historical and contemporary views of leadership in organizations will be investigated.

PSY 6361 Seminar in Teaching of Psychology (3-0). A course designed for students who have a strong interest in pursuing careers involving the teaching of psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the preparation and presentation of course content and the evaluation of student achievement. Students receive supervised experience in teaching an introductory course in psychology. Prerequisite: 18 semester credit hours in graduate psychology and permission of instructor.

PSY 6362 Basic Experimental Methodology (3-0). This course will involve a focused treatment of basic methodological skills and knowledge pertaining to I-O psychology, including internal/external validity, sampling theory, scale construction and validation, and basic consultation skills regarding these issues.

PSY 6363 Advanced Experimental Methodology (3-0). This course will involve a focused treatment of advanced methodological skills and knowledge pertaining to I-O psychology, including complex research designs, quasi-experimental designs, time-series designs, and other uncommon approaches.

PSY 6371, 6671 Counseling Psychology Practica: 6371 Professional Orientation and Applications; 6671 Internship. Nine semester hours (450 clock hours) of supervised practical experience in a suitable setting using counseling techniques to meet the requirement of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for subdoctoral certification and for partial fulfillment of the requirement of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure as a professional counselor. In 6371, the student is also provided professional orientation that includes legal and ethical aspects of practice, knowledge of licensing boards’ rules and regulations, and awareness of other related professional issues. Prerequisites: Psychology 6307, 6323, 6324.

PSY 6372, 6672 Practicum in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Six semester hours of supervised practice in applying psychological skills in organized settings (Psychology 6372 may be repeated once). Prerequisite: 9 graduate semester credit hours from Psychology 6350, 6351, 6352, 6353, 6354, 6355, 6356, 6357, 6358.

PSY 6381 Special Topics (3-0). A course dealing with selected topics in psychology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

PSY 6391 Research. A specialized course of individual research or directed reading. (May be repeated once for credit.) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PSY 6399 Thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

PSY 6699 Thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology 6313 or 6314.

* A maximum of 6 semester credit hours of 5000-level courses may be taken for graduate credit by graduate students, with the approval of the Program Advisor and the Graduate Dean.