Minors

Objectives

  • To give students the opportunity to apply psychological data and theory to a wide variety of personal, social, and work-related problems.
  • To make students familiar with the relevant empirical and theoretical literatures as well as the process by which practical applications are derived.
  • To give students opportunities to read, discuss, and write about selected examples of application as well as the more general theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues involved.

Competencies

Students will learn about historical and current trends in psychology in various areas of applied psychological research. They will also learn about the special theoretical and methodological issues faced in the application of nomothetic data and theory to specific problems and populations. Students will become familiar with the wide variety of traditional and emerging professional roles that exist in the applied specialties of psychology. They will become aware of and begin to understand careers in the health care, mental health, business, and design professions that are based on work in psychology. Students majoring in business, engineering, or design fields or contemplating careers in health-related fields, law, or business should gain a new and valuable perspective on their major fields.

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 250 - Applied Psychology
  • PY 358 - Social Psychology

Choose 3 courses from the following (9 hours):

  • PY 251 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PY 359 - Psychology and the Law
  • PY 531 - Psychological Testing
  • UI 354 - Lifestyle Enhancement

All 300+ level PY courses require completion of 45 hours.

Objectives

  • To provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the principles, theories, and data relating to the field of developmental psychology.
  • To facilitate the students' application of basic knowledge of the developmental process to their chosen career fields.

Competencies

Students will gain knowledge of classic and recent developments in the field, as well as learn about the various contexts (e.g., social, physical, etc.) which affect development. Students will learn to critically evaluate information about the development process. Such evaluation will be accompanied by opportunities to apply information (facts), theories, and principles to the student's own field or career of interest.

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 120 - The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence OR PY 222 - Development of the Adolescent
  • PY 220 - Psychological Development Across the Life Span

Choose two courses from the following (6 hours):

  • PY 325 - Psychological Development of the Family
  • PY 329/529 - Psychology of Death and Dying
  • PY 444 - Childhood Psychopathology (Prerequisite: PY 120/CF 120 or PY 220)
  • PY 525 - Maturity and Aging

All 300+ level PY courses require completion of 45 hours.

Objectives

  • To provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the theories, experimental research findings, and investigative techniques across the subfields of psychology.
  • To provide students with a greater understanding of themselves as behaving organisms.
  • To provide students with a basic awareness of psychological factors that influence events which occur in their personal lives and in the world around them.

Competencies

Students will acquire knowledge of fundamental theory and research in various fields of psychology. Students will also develop their ability to think critically and make informed judgments about theories and claims regarding human behavior. In addition, students will develop their awareness of psychological processes which influence human behavior, their ability to make informed value decisions, and their ability to function competently in their chosen careers.

Core Courses (3 hours)

  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology

Choose 1 course from each area (15 hours):

Area I: Basic Processes

  • PY 362 - Learning and Memory
  • PY 366 - Introduction to Sensation and Perception
  • PY 466 - Introduction to Physiological Psychology

Area II: Cognition (Prerequisite: 1 Psychology course)

  • PY 353 - Social Cognition
  • PY 460 - Cognitive Processes

Area III: Developmental

  • PY 120 - The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence
  • PY 220 - Psychological Development Across the Lifespan
  • PY 222 - Development of the Adolescent
  • PY 325 - Psychological Development of the Family
  • PY 525 - Maturity and Aging

Area IV: Clinical/Personality

  • PY 432 - Introduction to Personality
  • PY 440 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PY 441 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Area V: Applied Psychology

  • PY 250 - Applied Psychology
  • PY 251 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PY 358 - Social Psychology

All 300+ level PY courses require completion of 45 hours.

Objectives

  • To provide students with knowledge and understanding of basic personality and clinical psychological principles.
  • To provide students with knowledge and understanding of psychological techniques and approaches that may be used in human services fields.

Competencies

Students will learn basic psychological principles in the areas of personality and clinical psychology. They will learn to critically evaluate current research in these fields. This knowledge will enable them to keep abreast of new information, skills, and techniques that will allow them to provide better services to clients in applied settings.

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PY 432 - Introduction to Personality
  • PY 440 - Abnormal Psychology

Choose 3 courses from the following (9 hours):

  • PY 358 - Social Psychology
  • PY 359 - Psychology and the Law
  • PY 441 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PY 442 - Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • PY 444 - Childhood Psychopathology (Prerequisite: PY 120/CF 120 or PY 220)
  • PY 531 - Psychological Testing

All 300+ level PY courses require completion of 45 hours.

Contact

573.651.2132
psychandcounseling@semo.edu
Scully 404
Department of Psychology and Counseling
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701