PSY 199 Special Studies
Terms and hours to be arranged.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-3

PSY 201 General Psychology
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered may include: research methods, biological bases of behavior,
learning, memory, perception, cognition and development.
Credits: 4
Exploring Knowledge: Social, Historic, and Civic Perspectives

PSY 202 General Psychology
A study of the science of human behavior and experience. Areas covered may include: consciousness, personality, health psychology,
motivation, intelligence, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and social psychology.
Credits: 4
Exploring Knowledge: Social, Historic, and Civic Perspectives

PSY 218 Psychological Foundations of Education
A survey of psychological topics relevant to educational settings. These topics may include child and adolescent development, learning,
memory, cognitive processes, motivation, assessment and behavioral management. This course is designed for education majors.
Psychology majors should not take this course.
Credits: 3

PSY 300 Introduction to the Major: Careers and Opportunities
Introduces students to the psychology major and explores career opportunities and graduate school. Professional and career
development theory will be reviewed. Students are encouraged to apply class material to personal decision-making.
Credits: 4

PSY 301 Introduction to Research Methods
An exploration of psychological research including topics of design, methodology, statistical analysis and report-writing. Course
activities include a significant student-research project and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled
class meeting times.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 310 Building Resilience in Children
Resilience is the ability to overcome hardships and bounce back after challenging life experiences. Positive relationships with caring
adults build resilience in children. In this course, you will learn content relevant to working with and building resilience in children from
diverse backgrounds. You will apply your knowledge in weekly interactions with children at Independence Elementary School (IES).
Children at IES are especially vulnerable and in need of support with resilience as they experience high rates of poverty, parental
incarceration, and traumatic childhood experiences (ACES). This course involves weekly class meetings at WOU and 20 hours of
service learning work with children at IES. Students must pass a criminal background check.
Credits: 4
Integrating Knowledge Citizenship, Social Responsibility, and Global Awareness
Note: Students must pass a Central School District criminal background check. Travel off campus is required as students will complete
20 hours of service learning work at Independence Elementary School in Independence, Oregon.

PSY 311 Developmental Psychology
The psychological study of human development from conception to death. Stages and issues of development throughout the lifespan
are identified and examined.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent)

PSY 328 Mental Health
A survey of theories of adequate and optimal psychological functioning. A study of processes that may lead to the development of
adaptive functioning and its maintenance and how these processes may be brought into play in the individual’s environment or
community.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 334 Social Psychology
Examines the function and mechanisms underlying how people think about, influence and relate to one another. A central theme is the
continual interaction between the person and the situation. Topics covered: formation and changing of attitudes; strategies of social
influence; intricacies of close relationships; interpersonal conflict and aggression; helping behavior; and group productivity and decisionmaking.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent)

PSY 336 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Explores the relationship between the study of psychology and law. Specifically, how psychological practice and theory can be utilized
by law enforcement, courts and others involved with the justice system to help arrive at appropriate decisions regarding such issues as
incarceration, treatment, insanity, competence to stand trial and child custody determination.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 202; PSY 201 recommended

PSY 349 Introduction to Behavior Modification
A survey of behavior modification topics including principles of learning and relevant methodology. An exploration of practical
applications.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent)

PSY 350 Evolutionary Psychology
Introduction to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. We will apply to humans the same adaptationist lens that
evolutionary biologists apply to other species. The evolved function of various psychological mechanisms will be considered. Course
will begin with an in-depth introduction to evolution by natural selection, followed by a survey of more specific psychological phenomena
studied from an evolutionary perspective.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor

PSY 360 Cognitive Psychology
This class provides an overview of basic topics in cognitive psychology including learning, memory, attention, sensation, perception,
language/phonology and problem-solving.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent)

PSY 390 Theories of Learning
Survey of fundamental concepts of learning including classical, instrumental and operant conditioning. Investigates the spectrum of
learning and human behavior from reflexes and simple learning to thinking and language.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent)

PSY 398 Graduate Study in Psychology: Exploration and Preparation
Graduate school application process will be explored in detail. Various professional opportunities and roles resulting from graduate
study in psychology will be explored. Students will complete the required materials for graduate applications.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) and consent of instructor

PSY 399 Special Studies
Terms and hours to be arranged.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-4

PSY 400 Human/Animal Bond
This course traces our long-standing relationship with domesticated pets. Research indicates that companion animals serve various
important functions in the lives of humans including; increasing psychological and physical health, the teaching of responsibility and
social skills in children, provide service to those with disabilities, work with first responders to save lives and decrease loneliness in
older adults. This class will also focus on the impact that the death of a companion pet has on an individual or family members.
Credits: 4

PSY 403 Peer Advising
The course spans three terms (Fall, Winter and Spring). Students will be trained as Peer Advisors and staff the Psychological Sciences
Peer Advising Center. Students will learn peer advising theory and be trained to assist fellow peers in academic planning.
May be repeated for up to 16 credits
Eligible for the RP grade option.
Credits: 1-6
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

PSY 406 Special Individual Studies
Designed for individual or special studies in a defined area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-6

PSY 407 Seminar
Terms and hours to be arranged.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-15

PSY 408 Workshop
Terms and hours to be arranged.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-15

PSY 409 Practicum
Field experience in applied psychology.
May be repeated for credit.
Credits: 1-9
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

PSY 410 Mentoring I
Student will serve as a mentor for an “at risk” middle school or high school student. Mentors help students develop skills for academic
success, emotional and social growth and provide a forum for developing problem-solving approaches to concerns and issues.
Students receive training on the mentoring process, goal-setting and communication.
Does not apply toward a psychology major/minor.
Credits: 1-4
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

PSY 411 Mentoring II
Students continue to mentor, collect, analyze and present data on mentoring progress towards goals.
Credits: 1-4
Prerequisite: PSY 410

PSY 415 Psychology of Sports
This course will survey the current state of the psychology of sports. Psychological theory and research findings will provide the basis
for suggestions about applications to sport situations. A central focus will be on the critical and empirical evaluation of the common
knowledge in this area.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 420 Advanced Topics in Geropsychology
Each time course is offered a single special topic in geropsychology or gerontology will be studied in-depth. Topics may include
diseases of older adulthood, applied applications of gerontology, social aspects of aging, long-term care issues, regulatory issues, brain
health or the effects of positive lifestyles on the aging process.
May be repeated for credit, if content is different.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 423 Interviewing and Appraisal
Exploration of the interview as a method of information gathering and interpersonal influence. Topics include training in specific
interviewing skills, multicultural considerations in interviewing, ethical practice of interviewing and the application of interviewing skills.
Examples will be drawn from any areas of human interaction including the helping professions and business.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 425 Drug and Alcohol Assessment
Provides an overview of the current knowledge related to substances and the psychological assessment of substance use. Objectives
include increased knowledge about the co-occurrence of substance use and other mental health concerns or disability statuses;
diversity and ecological perspectives about substance abuse; and the ethical assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of
substance abuse concerns.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 423 recommended

PSY 426 History of Psychology
Historical study of psychologists, basic psychological concepts and theories.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 427 Crisis Assessment and Intervention
This course offers students an overview of current best practices, roles and functions, ethics, and professional practice in the field of
crisis intervention. Crises occur when an individual’s usual coping mechanisms fail in the face of a perceived challenged or threat
leading the individual to experience impairment and distress. Crises explored in this class include but are not limited to mental health
crises, suicidal ideation, intimate partner violence, and financial crises. Student will also learn about the issues involved with assessing
dangerous behavior and how to develop a safety plan.
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 423 recommended

PSY 435 Theories of Personality
Exploration of major historical and contemporary theories of personality development and functioning and their relation to current issues
in psychology. Research resulting from the theories, as well as personal application of the theories, will be emphasized.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 437 Advanced Social Psychology
An in-depth study of several social-psychological theories and their application to social issues and interactions. Topics may include
small-group interaction and functioning, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence and social relations.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 334 (or equivalent)

PSY 438 Advanced Forensic Psychology
Designed to delve deeper into many of the challenging practical, moral and social dilemmas faced within the field of forensic
psychology. Students will apply a critical focus to the utility of psychological practices (both research and psychotherapeutic) in the
courtroom, as well as gain an understanding of the legal personnel with whom they may interact. Other topics may include:
neuropsychology research, serial murder and profiling, treatment within corrections; sex offending and child welfare.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 336

PSY 439 Positive Psychology
Examines psychological factors and principles that help explain positive outcomes, well-being and personal growth in humans. Areas of
focus will include positive emotional experiences and appraisals such as happiness, life satisfaction, well-being, positive personal
characteristics, interests and values and positive institutions as they promote growth and fulfilling experiences. There will be a
significant applied component of the class in which students will explore their own reactions and personal qualities.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 443 Psychology of Teamwork
Provides students with opportunity to increase self awareness of their existing teamwork skills, develop stronger teamwork skills, as
well as learn and apply social psychological principles aimed at increasing group effectiveness. Topics covered include: group
development, social interdependence, group communication and decision-making, managing conflict, enhancing group creativity and
leveraging diversity. Course activities may include several large scale group projects and meetings with other students in their groups
outside of regularly scheduled class time.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 334 recommended

PSY 445 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Students will examine how psychology is applied to workplace in settings such as industry, business, government and social service.
Topics include trends in organizational and job design, personnel selection and placement, training, performance appraisal, work
motivation, job satisfaction and leadership. Course activities include weekly quizzes, several projects interviewing members of various
organizations, keeping a work journal and in-class participation in the form of analyzing case studies.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 334 recommended

PSY 446 Psychology of Leadership
Introduction to leadership, focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasizes the practice of leadership. Examines topics such
as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to
out-group members, handling conflict, overcoming obstacles and addressing ethics in leadership. Helps students understand and
improve their own leadership performance. Activities may include a service-learning component with a community organization,
analyzing case studies and developing individual leadership portfolios.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 334 recommended

PSY 447 Organizational Consulting
Students will identify and enhance their skills for effective managing and/or consulting within a variety of organizations. Topics include:
building process consulting skills, models of organizational change; diagnosis and feedback of organizational challenges; evidencebased intervention strategies at the individual, group, inter-group and organizational level; and minimizing resistance to change. Course
activities may include lectures and discussions; role plays; exercises; and simulations.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 445 recommended

PSY 448 Topics in Organizational Psychology
Topics may include at different times: strategic planning and implementation; productivity issues; career development with
organizations; managerial participative management programs, negotiation, mediation and arbitration processes; occupational safety
and health.
May be repeated for credit, if content is different.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 334 recommended

PSY 449 Psychology of Creativity
Examines and integrates a broad range of creativity research in psychology and related scientific fields including anthropology,
sociology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics include individual creativity as well as the social and cultural contexts of creativity,
including the role of collaboration in the creative process.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor

PSY 450 Psychopathology
Exploration of the nature, causes and treatment of various forms of mental health concerns and disorders in adults. A range of
abnormalities will be examined from reactions to stressful events to psychosis. The criteria for the various mental disorders as defined
by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association will be reviewed. Course will integrate perspectives
generated from the biopsychosocial perspective.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 451 Behavioral Neuroscience
A study of the ways that the physiology of the brain and body are related to behavior. Sub-topics may include sleep and dreaming,
learning and memory, pain, sexual behavior, disordered emotional states and psychopharmacologic agents.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 458 Language Development
Overview of contemporary theory, research and issues related to language development. Topics include phonological, semantic,
syntactic and morphological development, communicative competence and the underlying physiological and cognitive mechanisms of
language acquisition.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 (or equivalent), PSY 311 recommended

PSY 460 Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar
This class covers advanced topics in cognitive science including cognitive development, cerebral localization of function, hemispheric
interaction/differences, individual differences in cognition, object recognition, face recognition, spatial perception and
neuropsychological disorders.
May be repeated for credit, if content is different.
Credits: 1-4
Prerequisite: PSY 360 or PSY 451

PSY 461 Psychopharmacology
Designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of psychotropic drugs and their action within the nervous system. Basics of
pharmacology, adverse effects, indications and drug interactions will be discussed.
Credits: 4

PSY 463 Childhood Psychopathology
Examination of the nature, causes and treatment of emotional and social challenges in children and adolescents. A broad range of
issues will be examined from minor problems in living to psychotic breaks with reality and self-destructiveness. The home, school and
cultural environments will be examined as well as possible genetic and biological determinations of the mental health of children and
youth.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 465 Motivation
Deals primarily with human motivation. Topics such as stress, conflict, learned motives, arousal and unconscious determinants will be
considered.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Three or more hours of 300-level psychology

PSY 467 Quantitative Methods
Methods that psychologists use to describe, summarize and make inferences about measurements made on people, things or events.
Course activities include a significant student-research project and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly
scheduled class meeting times.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 301 and MTH 105 or higher for students completing an BAS or BS in Psychology

PSY 468 Advanced Research Methods
Experimental, correlational and survey methods employed in psychological research with an emphasis on statistical analysis. Course
activities include a significant student-research project and may include meetings with the instructor outside of regularly scheduled
class meeting times.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 467 with a grade of C- or better

PSY 473 Sensation and Perception
Principles and theories relating to sensory stimulation and perceptual processes will be explored. Psychophysical methods will be used
to demonstrate human visual and auditory processes.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 480 Infancy and Childhood
Theory and research related to prenatal, infancy and early childhood phases. Includes study of the motor, emotional, cognitive, social
and linguistic domains with emphasis on applications for professionals offering services to young children and their families.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 481 Middle and Late Childhood
Theory and research related to children who are between school age and adolescence. Emphasis on socialization, cognitive
development and deviations from typical development.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 482 Adolescence
Study of the transitions and issues of adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for
parents, teachers and professionals offering services to adolescents and youth.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 483 Adulthood and Aging
Examination of current models of aging. Includes theory and research relevant to early, middle and late adulthood. Emphasis on
applications of information concerning the issues of adulthood.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 484 Death, Dying and Grief
Focuses on numerous topics related to the developmental processes of death, dying and grief throughout the lifespan. Course activities
will include significant in-class written and oral projects as well as out-of-class excursions.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 487 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Study of the relationship between culture and psychological functioning.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202

PSY 488 Theories of Development
Theories of human development across the lifespan are examined, integrated and compared. Assumptions of major, contemporary
theories of development are studied including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 489 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
Single special topic in development will be studied in-depth. Topics may include the development of sex roles, moral development or
social skills training.
May be repeated for credit, if content is different.
Credits: 1-9
Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 492 Psychology of Women
Application of psychological methods to the study of women’s roles and behavior. Sub-topics may include development, sexuality,
achievement, aptitudes and work.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 515 Psychology of Sports
This course will survey the current state of the psychology of sports. Psychological theory and research findings will provide the basis
for suggestions about applications to sport situations. A central focus will be on the critical and empirical evaluation of the common
knowledge in this area.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 525 Drug and Alcohol Assessment
Provides an overview of the current knowledge related to substances and the psychological assessment of substance use. Objectives
include increased knowledge about the co-occurrence of substance use and other mental health concerns or disability statuses;
diversity and ecological perspectives about substance abuse; and the ethical assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of
substance abuse concerns.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 423 recommended

PSY 527 Crisis Assessment and Intervention
This course offers students an overview of current best practices, roles and functions, ethics, and professional practice in the field of
crisis intervention. Crises occur when an individual’s usual coping mechanisms fail in the face of a perceived challenged or threat
leading the individual to experience impairment and distress. Crises explored in this class include but are not limited to mental health
crises, suicidal ideation, intimate partner violence, and financial crises. Student will also learn about the issues involved with assessing
dangerous behavior and how to develop a safety plan.
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent) or consent of instructor; PSY 423 recommended

PSY 535 Theories of Personality
Exploration of major historical and contemporary theories of personality development and functioning and their relation to current issues
in psychology. Research resulting from the theories, as well as personal application of the theories, will be emphasized.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 537 Advanced Social Psychology
An in-depth study of several social-psychological theories and their application to social issues and interactions. Topics may include
small-group interaction and functioning, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, social influence and social relations.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 334 (or equivalent)

PSY 550 Psychopathology
Exploration of the nature, causes and treatment of various forms of mental health concerns and disorders in adults. A range of
abnormalities will be examined from reactions to stressful events to psychosis. The criteria for the various mental disorders as defined
by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association will be reviewed. Course will integrate perspectives
generated from the biopsychosocial perspective.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 551 Behavioral Neuroscience
A study of the ways that the physiology of the brain and body are related to behavior. Sub-topics may include sleep and dreaming,
learning and memory, pain, sexual behavior, disordered emotional states and psychopharmacologic agents.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202 (or equivalent)

PSY 561 Psychopharmacology
Designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of psychotropic drugs and their action within the nervous system. Basics of
pharmacology, adverse effects, indications and drug interactions will be discussed.
Credits: 4

PSY 563 Childhood Psychopathology
Examination of the nature, causes and treatment of emotional and social challenges in children and adolescents. A broad range of
issues will be examined from minor problems in living to psychotic breaks with reality and self-destructiveness. The home, school and
cultural environments will be examined as well as possible genetic and biological determinations of the mental health of children and
youth.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 218 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 565 Motivation
Deals primarily with human motivation. Topics such as stress, conflict, learned motives, arousal and unconscious determinants will be
considered.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Three or more hours of 300-level psychology

PSY 580 Infancy and Childhood
Theory and research related to prenatal, infancy and early childhood phases. Includes study of the motor, emotional, cognitive, social
and linguistic domains with emphasis on applications for professionals offering services to young children and their families.
Credits: 4

PSY 581 Middle and Late Childhood
Theory and research related to children who are between school age and adolescence. Emphasis on socialization, cognitive
development and deviations from typical development.
Credits: 3

PSY 582 Adolescence
Study of the transitions and issues of adolescence. Includes an overview of theory and research with an emphasis on applications for
parents, teachers and professionals offering services to adolescents and youth.
Credits: 4

PSY 583 Adulthood and Aging
Examination of current models of aging. Includes theory and research relevant to early, middle and late adulthood. Emphasis on
applications of information concerning the issues of adulthood.
Credits: 4

PSY 584 Death, Dying and Grief
Focuses on numerous topics related to the developmental processes of death, dying and grief throughout the lifespan. Course activities
will include significant in-class written and oral projects as well as out-of-class excursions.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 587 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Study of the relationship between culture and psychological functioning.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201 and PSY 202

PSY 588 Theories of Development
Theories of human development across the lifespan are examined, integrated and compared. Assumptions of major, contemporary
theories of development are studied including a review of related research findings and consideration of practical applications.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 589 Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
Single special topic in development will be studied in-depth. Topics may include the development of sex roles, moral development or
social skills training.
May be repeated for credit, if content is different.
Credits: 1-9
Prerequisite: PSY 201, PSY 202 and PSY 311 (or equivalent)

PSY 592 Psychology of Women
Application of psychological methods to the study of women’s roles and behavior. Sub-topics may include development, sexuality,
achievement, aptitudes and work.
Credits: 4

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