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Psychology -Courses Offered

Courses Offered

PSYCH 210 (WI)
Social Psychology
3 SH
Individual human behavior in a social context; social perception; attitude development and change; group processes; socialization. Students design and conduct a community-based research project. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: PSYC 221.
PSYC 221 General Psychology F; S 4 SH
Psychology as a science of human behavior; the work of the psychologist; modes of thought and methods of study; motivation; sensing; learning; perceiving; thinking; emotion; personality; testing. The first course in Psychology for all students regardless of major.
PSYC 222 Statistics & Data Analysis
F, S 3 SH
Basic statistics and statistical concepts as related to the design of experiments; the analysis and interpretation of data obtained in psychological research. Satisfies the general education requirement in Mathematics.
PSYC 226 (WI) Behavior Problems F 3 SH
Personality disorganization and deviant human behavior; biological, sociological, and psychological causation. Students will apply knowledge through the evaluation of case studies. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 or SOCY 201 and Junior Standing. This is a writing intensivecourse,
PSYC 295 Psych Dev. Across the Lifespan F; S 3 SH
Students ill learn the biological, social, emotional and cognitive changes that all people go through as they move across the lifespan-from birth to old age.  Prerequisite: PSYC 221  
PSYC 321 (WI) Experimental Psychology S 4 SH
The study of research methodology, including case study, correlational, and experimental methods. Students design and conduct a research project, from data collection through analysis and the presentation of results in APA style. The experimental method is emphasized. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: PSYC 221, PSYC 222.
PSYC 322 Physiological Psychology F even 3 SH

Relationship between the brain and behavior; psychophysiological approaches to the study of perception, attention, sleep, learning, motivation, and psychotic behavior. Prerequisites: PSYC 221, PSYC 222, PSYC 321.

PSYC 420 Group Processes S 3 SH
Exploration of communication and influence in groups, including persuasion, leadership styles, and group decision-making. Students will apply knowledge through an evaluation of an actual group and/or a group described in literary works. Prerequisite: PSYC 221.
PSYC 421 Personality S 3 SH
Analysis and discussion of the major theories of personality. Theorists studied include Freud, Jung, Horney, Cattell, Allport, Adler, Mischel, Bandura, and others. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge through the analysis of biographical materials. Prerequisites: PSYC 221 or SOCY 201 and Junior Standing. This is a writing intensive course.
PSYC 425 Counseling S 3 SH
Approaches to counseling that can be used by psychologists, teachers, ministers, and others engaged in therapeutic work. Prerequisites: PSYC 221 and PSYC 424.
PSYC 426 Sensation and Perception F odd 3 SH
Current experimental findings and theories related to sensory processes and perceptual phenomena. Laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: PSYC 221, PSYC 222, PSYC 321.
PSYC 427 Field Instruction in Psychology F; S 2-3 SH
Students are given an opportunity to develop beginning skills in providing direct services to clients in a variety of settings. It is intended to orient the student to the helping professions early in the college career. Prerequisites: PSYC 221 or SOCY 301 and permission of the instructor.
PSYC 435 Psychology of Women S odd 3 SH
Survey of research regarding gender differences in biology, cognition, personality development, communication, mental health, gender role socialization, and life experiences. Students will be asked to apply knowledge gained through an evaluation of personal experiences or those of others. Prerequisite: PSYC 221.
PSYC 436 Organizational Psychology S even 3 SH
The study of people at work. The application of psychology to organizational and management issues, including what motivates people to work, what leads to job satisfaction, organizational structure, and processes of communication, selection and training, individual performance measurement, the design of work itself, innovative ways to change organizations.
PSYC 440 (WI) Research in Psychology F; S 2-4 SH
This course will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a research project. The projects will be completed under the direction of a faculty sponsor. The student and faculty member will create a contract detailing responsibilities and products to be completed for the class. This contract will be agreed upon by the student, faculty sponsor, and the Department Chair. Both a written and an oral research report are required. The oral report will be presented to a panel consisting of the faculty sponsor, the School Head, and the Department Chair. Students are expected to complete 3 hours of research per week for each semester credit received. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of the Psychology faculty sponsor and the Department Chair.
PSYC 501 Learning S even 3 SH
Major theories and principles of learning. Applications of learning principles in applied settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 and either PSYC 321 or SOCY 504 or HSVR 301.
PSYC 524 Cognitive Processes S odd 3 SH
Research and theories on complex cognitive processes; associative learning; remembering; concept learning; acquisition and use of language. Laboratory experiences are included. Prerequisites: PSYC 221, PSYC 222, PSYC 321.
PSYC 525 History and Systems of Psychology F 3 SH

Analysis of the principal historical antecedents of modern psychology and their relevance to major contemporary systematic positions. Students conduct a research project evaluating the influence of particular theorists/researchers on contemporary psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 221 and Senior Standing.


Psychology - Degree Requirements


40 Semester Hours Minimum
All students majoring in Psychology must take the following three (3) courses in the order listed:
PSYC 202 General Psychology PSYC 321 Experimental Psychology
PSYC 222 Statistics & Data Analysis    
Other courses required of all students majoring in Psychology are listed below. They need not be taken in the order listed:
PSYC 225 Social Psychology PSYC 421 Personality
PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology PSYC 501 Learning or PSYC 524 Cognitive Processes
PSYC 295 Psych. Dev. Across the Lifespan PSYC 525 History and Systems of Psychology
PSYCH 322 Physiological Psychology OR
PSYC 426 Sensation Perception
    (All Psychology majors must take  this course in the Fall of their senior year.)


21 Semester Hours Minimum

PSYC 202S Introduction to Psychology
plus any other 18 SH of PSYC courses.

Psychology (PSYC)

The Psychology curriculum offers a broad range of courses in developmental and experimental psychology. Studies are offered in the psychology of children, adolescents and adults; the psychology of adjustment and behavior problems and counseling. In experimental psychology, studies are offered in learning, cognitive processes, sensation and perception and other areas.

Psychology is an exciting discipline for most students. Many non-majors take classes in Psychology as part of their general education or elective studies.

For students studying in other fields, the Psychology program offers minors in Developmental Psychology, Experimental Psychology and Social Psychology.

Students graduating in Psychology often continue with graduate work in counseling or experimental psychology.

Deparment: Psychology and Human Services
Department Head: Don Poe, Ph.D.
Office: Misenheimer
Mailing Address: PO Box 960 Misenheimer, NC 28109
Phone: 704.463.3041
Fax: 704.463.1363



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Psychology Career Information and Helpful Links


American Psychological Association
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

APS American Psychological Society
The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

NHS National Human Services Organizations
The NOHS Vision: Strengthening recognition of the unique and valued role of human services professionals.