Chatham University

Psychology (B.A.) Curriculum

The psychology curriculum enables students to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes, to appreciate and respect others, and to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate alternatives, including employment and graduate or professional school. This major is applicable to any career in which an understanding of human thought and behavior is central, including the health sciences, personnel/human resources, social work, introductory level counseling, interviewing, and data collection.

Program Requirements

+ Core courses

PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

PSY152 Human Growth and Development

Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are studied throughout the life span. Major theories of development are discussed. Applications and examples are presented from applied contexts. Special needs of individuals at various stages throughout the life span are addressed. This course is NOT a substitute for 200 and 300 level development courses that apply toward majors in psychology and social work and certification in education. Does not count towards the psych major.

PSY213 Statistics and Research Design

This course is designed to introduce students to essential research tools. Topics include frequency distributions, indices of central tendency, variability, and various inferential statistics, including nonparametric techniques. This course also examines research design procedures with an emphasis on analysis of variance. Priority given to psychology, social work and forensics majors. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

PSY215 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Major approaches to "helping" are examined and compared within two basic course orientations: a person-centered framework and a rational-emotive one. Interviewing and listening skills are discussed and practiced. The course also features guest lecturers who are practitioners in human-services settings. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

PSY217W Critical Thinking in Psychology

PSY307 Cognitive Psychology

A survey of theories and research concerned with human cognitive processes. Topics include attention, memory, problem solving, and concept formation. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permissio of instructor.

PSY314W Foundations of Behavioral Research

This course examines the scientific method employed by psychologists. Topics include sampling, validity and reliability, experimentation, and field research. Students also conduct laboratory assignments on areas within learning, cognition, and social psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 and 213 or permission of the instructor.

PSY331 Social Psychology

An examination of human social behavior with an emphasis on social influences that people have upon the beliefs or behaviors of others. The course covers methods of inquiry as well as the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. Representative topics include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, prejudice, aggression, and interpersonal relationships. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101

PSY341 Psychobiology

An examination of the biological correlates of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the central nervous system and its structure, organization, and function. Specific topics considered are sleep, learning, memory, sexual behavior, motivation, and complex processes such as thought and language. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or by permission of instructor.