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Changes to clinical psychology offerings:

PSYC 232 Psychological Diagnoses (formerly Abnormal Psychology)

This course examines current practices in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses and explores theories about the causes of these disorders. Major psychological disorders such as depression, substance abuse, and schizophrenia are evaluated in light of the latest research findings.

PSYC 110 or permission of instructor

Hannan, Wenze

PSYC 237 Psychological Treatments

Examines some of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy, such as psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and client-centered therapy. Students are involved with both conceptual and practical aspects of each approach.

PSYC 110

Hannan, Wenze

New Spring 2022 course offering – PSYC 270: Sports Psychology

Students enrolled in this course will explore the world of human sport performance from a psychological perspective. The course serves as an introduction to the fundamental foundations of sport psychology theory and practice, examining topics such as motivation, team dynamics, the anxiety-performance relationship, leadership, personality, and techniques for mental performance enhancement.

PSYC 329 Clinical Psychology

Advanced study of how clinical psychologists ethically and effectively assess, research, and treat psychological diagnoses. This is a laboratory course, in which students will both learn about the kinds of questions and analyze the kinds of data that clinical scientists and practitioners do. Specific topics may include psychosocial treatment development, factors that define an empirically supported treatment, common research strategies and data analytic techniques, current research trends, and ethical considerations in clinical psychology research.
Lecture/Laboratory [NS, W]

PSYC 203 and either PSYC 232 or 237

Hannan, Wenze

Changes to prerequisites
PSYC 334 Mood Disorders

Prerequisite: PSYC 232 or PSYC 237

Capstone offerings in 2021-2022

Fall 2021
PSYC 490_01: Disabilities and Assistive Technology

PSYC 490 (Capstone): Disabilities and Assistive Technology is a seminar that examines the historical, theoretical, applied, and ethical aspects of uses of technology to assist people with disabilities. Students evaluate historical perspectives on disability as well as contemporary models of disability and disability rights. The psychological and social experiences of people with disabilities are explored, including first-hand perspectives of disabled people and people with disabilities. The nature of technology is considered, especially as it applies to augmenting the capabilities of people with disabilities. A variety of perspectives on inclusive design are reviewed, and assistive technologies for several domains of functional impairment are covered in detail.


PSYC 490_02: Fundamental Questions in Psychology

Psychology today has become highly specialized, and at times, the subfields that comprise psychology seem to have little in common with one another.  You have seen this for yourselves when taking courses in areas such as development, cognition, learning, physiological psychology, perception, clinical psychology, social psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology; courses that can appear almost unrelated to one another.  There are, however, certain fundamental questions about behavior and mental processes that are of interest across multiple sub-fields of psychology; and further, multiple areas of psychology can contribute to our understanding of these questions.  This course will examine a subset of these fundamental questions.  Specific topics will vary somewhat from semester to semester, but in general we will address three related meta-questions:

Who are we?  Possible questions in this section include: What is the “self?”  Do we have more than one self?  What is personality?  How does personality develop?  Does nature or nurture play a dominant role in behavior?  What is consciousness?

Why do we behave the way we do?  How much of our behavior is under conscious control?  Do we have free will?  What is motivation?  How predictable is our behavior?

 How can we best understand ourselves?  How similar or dissimilar are nonhuman and human animals?  How effective has the standard null hypothesis research model been for understanding behavior?  How much progress has psychology made in understanding behavior and mental processes?


Spring 2022 (tentative)

PSYC 490_XX: Psychology of Prejudice

Despite increasing efforts to eradicate prejudice in our society, we have yet to achieve equality in the treatment and opportunities for many social groups across race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and other features. From a social psychological perspective, we will examine the causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in their many forms. Both individual and group-level processes impact judgments, performances, and attributions of blame to perpetrators and targets of prejudice. We will study empirical research and theory to better understand the ways in which stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination can be automatic, maintained, and reduced.


PSYC 490_XX: Psychology and the Law

In this capstone course, we will examine the intersection of psychology and the law from a wide range of perspectives. We will build on what you have learned in your psychology courses by integrating a variety of approaches in our analyses of theoretical and applied issues that arise in the study of psychology and the law. During the semester, we will examine five topics: (1) stages of a jury trial (2) eyewitness evidence (3) false confessions (4) serial killers & mass murderers, and (5) genetics and criminal responsibility. In addition, we may discuss other current topics in psychology and the law as they arise during the semester. A major focus of this course will be on the continued development of your oral and written communication skills in ways that will translate to life beyond Lafayette.