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Master of Arts in Psychology Courses (PSYC)      

PSYC 500: Introduction to Graduate Learning is Psychology
2 hours
In this course, students improve their ability to navigate the virtual campus and become familiar with library, career center, and writing center resources. This course requires the articulation of a professional identity based on master's-level training in psychology. Students will examine professional roles, organizations, specializations requirements, and codes of ethics in psychology. Learners choose a focused area of study within the field of psychology and identify the educational steps necessary to successfully complete the master's degree in their chosen specialization.

PSYC 503: Graduate Writing and Communication
2 hours
Student will be exposed to APA writing style as the usual and customary writing in psychology. In addition, the student will learn the various practices and procedure of grant writing. Finally, the student will be exposed to various consultative practices to include documentation, presentation strategies and peer consultations. Terminal projects will also be discussed.

PSYC 506 – Introduction to Statistics
3 hours
Provides an introduction to statistics. The rationale and methods used to numerically manipulate information. This course focuses on analysis of data most often collected by individuals in the social sciences.

PSYC 508. Research Design
3 hours
An introduction to the use of scientific methods in the study of behavior. Considerations of experimental design and methodology are integrated with the treatment of data analysis, and the interpretation of results.

PSYC 512. Tests & Measurements
3 hours
Theory and principles of psychological measurement, test construction, use, evaluation and interpretation; problems in assessment and prediction are discussed.

PSYC 510: Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
3 hours
This course emphasizes legal and ethical dilemmas that confront psychologists in professional practice as well as the issues facing the profession. Students obtain knowledge of the APA code of ethics and standards regarding professional practice and demonstrate skill with the laws that establish the qualifications, rights, and duties of psychologists in their local jurisdiction.

PSYC 520: Graduate Statistics
3 hours
This course covers descriptive and inferential statistical methods, including univariate and multivariate techniques. This course will require class participation, SPSS work in the computer lab and the completion of a data analysis project.

PSYC 525: Graduate Research and Readings
3 hours
This course develops the student's ability to understand and utilize applied research techniques in psychology settings. Topics covered include developing research and null hypotheses, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, sampling techniques, data collection strategies, reliability and validity and the concept of hypothesis testing. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their own research proposals as well as apply this knowledge to the demands of their professional responsibilities.

PSYC 533: Clinical Methods in Psychology
3 hours
The course is a survey of clinical methods in psychology including a review of psychopathology, introduction to basic principles of assessment and treatment, and current issues.

PSYC 535: Cultural Diversity
3 hours
The purpose of this course is for students to gain competence using a multi-cultural perspective in the clinical practice of psychology. The course addresses the implications of a multi-cultural perspective for developing current approaches to managing individual and social problems.

PSYC 537: Lifespan Development
3 hours
This course provides an inclusive survey of contemporary and classical psychological theory and research related to human physical, cognitive, psychological, and social development throughout the lifespan.

PSYC 540: Crisis Intervention
3 hours
Students will be introduced to the various crisis intervention theories and models and the application toward various crises such as, but not limited to, natural disasters, substance abuse, homicide, suicide, domestic violence, mental health, and terrorism.

PSYC 543: Biological Bases of Behavior
3 hours
This course examines the structural and functional relationship between the central nervous system, physiology, sensory processes, and human behavior. This course is divided into two components: 1) physiological psychology; and 2) evolution, genetics, and behavior. Students will become familiar with the biological bases of memory and the biological/genetic characteristics of psychiatric disorders.

PSYC 545: Psychopathology
3 hours
This course examines the characteristics of psychological disorders presently found in the DSM-IV-TR. Historical, sociopolitical, medical, behavioral, and epidemiological implications of the current nosological system are addressed. Additional topics include differential diagnosis within diagnostic categories, etiology, and alternatives to the existing system. Research in this field is also discussed.
PSYC 547: Substance
3 hours
The course presents a biopsychosocial view of contemporary substance abuse treatment, types and classes of addictive substances.

PSYC 550: Psychological Assessment
3 hours
This course examines current state-of-the-art procedures in applied behavioral analysis. Students will undertake the implementation of state-of-the-art psychological testing instruments.

PSYC 553: Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
3 hours
The course provides a review of state-of-the-art intellectual and cognitive assessment tools. Training in intellectual assessment across the lifespan will be provided with particular emphasis placed on the Wechsler tests. The course will also survey other individual and group intelligence tests and examine controversial issues and current theoretical models of intelligence. Laboratory course; materials fee.

PSYC 555: Personality Assessment
3 hours
This is a course on the objective methods of personality evaluation. Instruction is provided for the use and interpretation of specific instruments that assess adult psychopathology, such as the MMPI-2 and MCMI-III. The course also provides an introduction to nonclinical personality evaluation and selected trait measures. Students will write clinical reports and review research in personality assessment. Laboratory course; materials fee.

PSYC 570: Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
3 hours Students examine the manner in which human behavior is shaped and altered by cognition, affect, and the interrelationship between the two. Research from the fields of perception, motivation, language, memory, and learning is reviewed.

PSYC 573: Brief Therapeutic Approaches
3 hours
This course provides a practical overview of the evidence-based brief therapies designed for counselors, teachers, probation and human services professionals who work with complex school, home and community problems such as multi-problem families, substance abuse, and repeated crises at home and work.

PSYC 575: Group Therapy
3 hours
Along with the exploration of various theories and development of groups, students will explore group dynamics and various roles members play within the group. Therapeutic processes will also be discussed.

PSYC 577: Marital and Family Therapies
3 hours
The course examines the historical and cross-cultural views of the multifaceted and changing forms and structures of the family. Contemporary theories and current issues in marriage and family therapy are addressed.

PSYC 591: Independent Study
1-3 hours
At times a student finds a subject area within psychology of particular interest. This class under the guidance of a faculty member will allow the student to research and explore such domain interests.

PSYC 593: Topics in Psychology
3 hours
In order to foster students' growth and development, this course will offer topics not specifically listed in the graduate program. These offerings will allow the student to gain additional depth and breadth in their field. Emphasis will be place on scholarly discernment of data. A sequence of prescribed class could lead to a certificate in specific areas of psychology.

PSYC 595: Internship
6 hours
The internship is an organized field experience that provides supervised, face to face training with clients/patients using both psychological assessment and clinical intervention. The minimum practicum experience is 1000 hours.

PSYC 597: Thesis Maintenance
3 hours
Individuals who have not completed their Master's thesis work will need to register for this course.

PSYC 599: Thesis
3 hours
Under the direction of a thesis committee, the student will plan, research and write the master's thesis. The thesis option is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to pursue doctoral study.

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