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Psychology Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Psychology Major Courses

PSYC202 Statistics (3 Credits)
PSY 202 Statistics Three Credits Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, and various tests of significance using both parametric and nonparametric procedures. Cross listed with SOC 202. Meets quantitative reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)
PSYC210 Experimental Psychology (3 Credits)
PSY 210 Experimental Psychology Three Credits A study of research methods used in psychological experimentation. Students conduct psychological experiments both individually and in groups. Students learn to use the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and gain valuable writing and presentation skills that enable them to document and share the outcomes of psychological experiments. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and 202. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC230 Writing for the Social Sciences (1 Credit)
This course studies the basic principles of scientific writing in the social sciences with particular emphasis on the application of APA style in research reports and term papers. Students will apply these writing skills to projects in concurrent classes. Prerequisite: PSY101 or 220. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC350 Psychological Systems (3 Credits)
PSY 350 Psychological Systems Three Credits (WI) Models of inquiry are traced from the origins of psychology in western philosophy to its presnet position among the sciences. Students learn through presentations and interactive assessment techniques. Students are encouraged to develop verbal fluency with concepts and their knowledge of contributors in fields of sychology. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: Upper division psychology majors only. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC485 Psychology Seminar (3 Credits)
PSY 485 Seminar Three Credits This interactive course explores moral and ethical issues commonly faced by psychologists. Students develop personal vocational mission statements, present their portfolios and prepare for job interviews and/or graduate school admissions interviews. Working in teams of two or three, students prepare and present an educational workshop for a target audience within the campus and community on a topic of their choice. (Offered spring semester.)
Psychololgy Electives - Complete 17 Credit Hours (Credits Required: 17.00)
PSYC205 Child Development (3 Credits)
PSY 205 Child Development Three Credits This course examines human life from the prenatal period to adolescence. Theoretical and empirical investigations explore the process of development and influences of parenting. peer group, environment enrichment or impoverishment and culturally shaped social resources. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Offered every spring semester.)
PSYC206 Adolescent Development (3 Credits)
PSY 206 Adolescent Development Three Credits The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood. Emphasis is on developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence. Prerequisite: PSY 101 or 220 or admittance into the Teacher Education program. (Offered every semester.)
PSYC212 Developmental Psychology (3 Credits)
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology Three Credits This lifespan development course examines human growth and develpment from prenatal life through old age. Advances in research illumine the intellectual, emotional, social, moral, and religious development processes in persons across cultures and socio-economic strata. Group presentations as well as written reflections and reading reports assess student mastery of this course. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC205 Child Development (3 Credits)
PSYC240 Organizational Psychology (3 Credits)
PSY 240 Organizational Psychology Three Credits This course examines leadership and group behavior in organizational settings. Featured topics include group development, group dynamics, morale, motivation, decision-making, leadership skills and style, and use of power within organizational settings. Cross listed wuth MGT 240. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
PSYC206 Adolescent Development (3 Credits)
PSYC300 Group Dynamics (3 Credits)
PSY 300 Group Dynamics Three Credits The social psychological dynamics of fall groups are examined in the course. Both theoretical and experimental components of group process are integrated into the course content that includes group formation, intra- and inter-group conflict and group sructure. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC304 Social Psychology (3 Credits)
This course presents an introduction to Social Psychology by exploring theories and research related to social perceptions, social influence, and social relations. Major topics to be covered in the course include, but are not limited to, social influence processes, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, aggression, conformity, and attitude formation and change. Students will further explore these topics by designing and conducting a social psychological research project. Cross listed with SOC304. Prerequisites: PSY 101, SOC 101, PSY or SOC 202, and PSY 210 or SOC 210. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC305 Psychology of Religion (3 Credits)
Major theories, concepts, issues, and research methodologies in the study of the psychology of religion are examined in this course. Classic and contemporary views of religious experience are examined as well as the relationship between current psychodynamic theories and the experience of fiath. (Offered spring of odd calendar years.)
PSYC410 Physiological Psychology (3 Credits)
In this course students will be introduced to the field of Physiological Psychology through an exploration of the nervous system, somatosensory systems, sleep, thirst, ingestion, and the physiology of learning. Research from neuroscience, behavioral science, and biochemistry are included in research projects students undertake to demonstrate their mastery of course material through case-based investigations.
PSYC310 Psychology Of Personality (3 Credits)
PSY 310 Psychology of Personality Three Credits Theories of personality form perspectives through which students explore their own nature as a human being. Each major theory is examined in terms of its philosophical assumptions, major concepts, research regarding its validity, and resulting therapies. Recent neuropsychological evidence regarding the formation of the core self, the function of the autobiographical self, and the capacity for moral choice are included in the curriculum. Students experience theories and therapies through the roles of client and therapist through live-vignette work in the classroom. Prerequisite: PSY 101. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC315 Introduction To Counseling (3 Credits)
PSY 315 Introduction to Counseling Three Credits Current theories of psychological counseling and the techniques commonly used in therapy are the couse of this course. Role-play with peers allows students the opportunity to practice counseling skills and develop a personal counseling style.. Special emphasis is given to examining how faith and values influence the theory and practice of counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 304 or 310 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC330 Motivation and Emotion (3 Credits)
PSY 330 Motivation and Emotion Three Credits Theoretical and empirical findings in the fields of motivation and emotion are integrated with recent physiological findings in these areas. The psychological and physiological processes involved in sleep, hunger, thirst, arousal, hormonal balance, and response to stressful conditions are included in the curriculum. Students track their own daily cycles of wakefulness, rest, nutritional balance, activity, and felt sense of accomplishment. Research projects focus upon each student's motivational preferences and style of achievement. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or permission of the instructor. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC332 Consumer Behavior (3 Credits)
PSY 332 Consumer Behavior Three Credits Theoretical perspectives covered in this course include psychology, anthropology, economics, marketing, and sociology. The student examines how consumers move through decision preocesses from awareness to trial and brand loyalty. The course emphasizes the forming of a marketing plan that facilitates successful initial trial and result in brand loyalty. This course is open to advanced students in management and marketing as well as psychology. Cross listed with MFT 332. Prereq: This course is open to advanced students in management and marketing and psychology. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
PSYC360 Intro Psychopathology (3 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to abnormal behavior and addresses the different perspectives on what constitutes 'abnormality.' A vulnerability-stress-coping model of maladaptive behavior is emphasized within the course text and in class discussions. Causes, developmental courses, treatments, and outcomes of the major categories of mental disorders are studied from epidemiological, clinical, and phenomenological perspectives. This course typically includes involvement with communty based mental health programs. Prereq: PSY 310 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC365 Psychology Research Lab (1 Credit)
This course is designed to give advanced students formal research and professional development experience. In this course students revise or augment research projects begun in other courses, formalize their projects into either poster or paper symposium format, and present their finished projects at scholarly conferences. This course may be repeated one time for a total of two credits. Prrerequisite: PSY 101 or 220. (Offered fall semester.)
PSYC370 Learning and Cognition (3 Credits)
PSY 370 Learning and Cognition Three Credits Cognitive processing, working memory, long term memory, encoding, retrieval, and schema theory are the focus of this course. Classical and operant conditioning, shaping, and extinction are studied in the context of their current uses in facilitating improved cognitive performance. Students are encouraged to identify and explore their own preferred learning style as well as to improve their cognitive processing through class based exercises. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
PSYC389 Jr Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
PSYC395 Internship (4 Credits)
PSY 395 Practicum One to Four Credits (per semester) In the fields of psychology, undergraduate practicum courses provide students with an exposure to the contexts and organizations in which psychology services are offered to the public. Behavioral health facilities, country mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, shelters, teen centers, and early childhood intervention units are among the facilities selected by psychology students. Forty hours of practicum service for each hour of credit is required. This course may be taken in two separate semesters. Prerequisite: Completed 20 hours of psychology, and approval of department head.
PSYC405 Practicum (4 Credits)
PSY 405 Practicum One to Four Credits (per semester) In the fields of psychology, undergraduate practicum courses provide students with an exposure to the contexts and organizations in which psychology services are offered to the public. Behavioral health facilities, country mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, shelters, teen centers, and early childhood intervention units are among the facilities selected by psychology students. Forty hours of practicum service for each hour of credit is required. This course may be taken in two separate semesters. Prerequisite: Completed 20 hours of psychology, and approval of department head.
PSYC410 Physiological Psychology (3 Credits)
PSY 410 Physiological Psychology Three Credits Students are introduced to neuropsychological processes within the areas of psychopharmacology, vision, audition, olfaction, movcement, learning, depressive and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and sobstance abuse. Intercative assessment techniques provide students with ways to incorporate what they learn into their existing knowlege in the field of psychology. Meets the general education non-lab Biology course requirement. Prereq: PSY 202, 210. BIO 245 recommended. (Offered spring semester)
PSYC412 Psychological Assessment (3 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to psychological test construction, standardization, and the ethical uses of testing in the process of psychological evaluation and clinical treatment. Students explore recently published professional journal articles regarding the uses of misuses of psychological assessment data in clinical practice. Students gain and understanding of the process of administration, scoring, and an introduction to interpretation of psychological assessment tools. Assessment instruments examined in this course include personality inventories, temperament inventories, intelligence tests, psychomotor assessments, projective tests, career and vocational assessments, the process of neuropsychological assessment, and the assessment of attention disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 202 and 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
PSYC489 Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
PSYC490 Departmental Honors Thesis (2 Credits)

Available Emphases

Adult Clinical Psychology

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

Child/Adolescent Clinical

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

Marriage & Family

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

Organizational Psychology

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

Pre-Physical or Occupational Therapy

A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy or occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a discipline which uses several types of procedures to train or rehabilitate persons with motor disabilities. The disabilities may result from developmental problems, poor health or an accident.

Physical therapists usually specialize in helping people develop skills of large muscle groups, such as walking, range of joint motion or muscle strengthening after surgery or an accident.

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists plan and direct educational, vocational and recreational activities designed individuals with disabilities to become self-sufficient.

The OT helps patients develop activities such as eating, dressing, and writing as well as vocational skills such as typing and operating power tools. The patients' mobility coordination, self-sufficiency and confidence are all part of the therapy program. Design of special equipment or devices which will aid the patient in their daily endeavors are also part of the job.

 

Entrance Expectations in PT or OT

A student interested in a profession in physical therapy or occupational therapy must be prepared to accept the rigors of the educational process. Competition for entrance into most schools is very intense.

The student must have a very high GPA in their undergraduate program, an average or above average GRE test score, completed the courses required for entrance into the school to which they are applying, have good recommendations and show a strong desire to become part of the profession as shown through previous observational or volunteer activities in the field.

Greenville prepares a student well in the undergraduate science and psychology requirements. The general education requirements for graduation help prepare the student for the general section of the GRE. A few of the programs into which recent Greenville College graduates have been accepted in PT or OT are Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia, and Northwestern University in Illinois.

 

Educational Role of Greenville College

A student who wishes to pursue a career in physical therapy of occupational therapy can come to Greenville College to get a degree in biology or psychology and the necessary prerequisites for admission into a master's program in PT or OT. The student would take the GRE exam in the spring or summer of their junior year. The first semester of their senior year, the student would apply to graduate programs in which they are interested.

 

Required Courses for a Biology Major with a PT or OT Emphasis

  • General Biology - 8 credits
  • General Chemistry - 8 credits
  • General Botany - 4 credits
  • Cell Biology - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • General Physiology - 4 credits
  • Vertebrate Morphogenesis - 4 credits
  • Senior Seminar - 2 credits
  • One biology department elective

 

Suggested Courses

  • Physics (with lab) - 4 or 8 credits
  • General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and/or Psychopathology
  • Statistics and college math (calculus)
  • History or political science
  • A practicum course or verification of 100 hours of observation
  • Electives: Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Ethics

 

*Completion of all general education requirements for a BA degree are also required.

 

Greenville Advantages

The liberal arts education at Greenville College preceding the PT or OT training has the following advantages:

  • Greenville's goal is to educate the whole person which helps the student understand who they are and their role in the world.
  • A liberal arts education gives the PT or OT windows of opportunity for relating with patients in areas other than the patient's problem.
  • A liberal arts education teaches people from a broad base of perspective that also allows for better understanding of clients.
  • The classes from the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Science are rigorous courses that place emphasis on fundamental concepts taught by specialists in each field. The courses are those designed for majors in each respective department.
  • Greenville's emphasis on building servant leaders provides an excellent model for the physical or occupational therapist's career.
  • Greenville College honors Christ, the best model of a servant healer that we have in history, in all of its programming.

 

Accreditation

Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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School Psychology

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

The Teaching of Psychology

A focused study is not required to complete the psychology major, but is encouraged.

Career Opportunities

  • Adult Clinical Psychologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Counselor