Students explore human behavior in connection to self, community, and service while gaining an understanding of the scientific methodology of psychology via laboratory, coursework, and experiential learning.
The Psychology minor provides a rigorous, exciting and complex exploration of the science of behavior and mental processes, grounding students with an understanding of how psychology is applied in both therapeutic and research settings. Topics covered in the minor program include individual development, cognition and memory, personality, abnormal behavior, and group, social and cultural processes.
The 12-credit curriculum in the Psychology minor is based in three distinct areas of study: Topics in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Counseling. Students pursuing this minor are required to complete one course in each discipline.
Courses in Topics in Psychology include Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Holistic Psychology. The coursework in Developmental Psychology features behavioral study at every stage of the human lifespan, including infancy, preadolescence, adolescence, and adult development. Counseling topics examine strategies and techniques related to trauma, crisis, family intervention and group dynamics.
This course explores the major paradigms of personality theory through the use of lectures, discussions, and case studies. Current research is examined and models of personality development are discussed as they relate to current clinical practices. Perspectives will include biological and trait; psychoanalysis, along with other Neo-Freudian perspectives; feminist; socialbehavioral; and humanistic/holistic.
In this course students will examine three historical East Indian texts on the nature of consciousness, mind and psychology: Samkhya’s philosophy, The Taittreya Upanishads and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. We will critically explore how the interpretation of these historical texts is shaped by academics, those with political agendas, gurus, and the writers of popular New Age texts. We will also explore the ideas presented within these texts within our own lives, reflecting on the process by which we make meaning. This course is primarily lecture and discussion based.
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