Psychology

Contemporary psychology is an empirical science actively pursuing basic research and applications in school settings, the workplace, and the treatment of personal problems in private life. The curriculum for the psychology major consists of courses critically examining the basic theories, findings, and applications of psychological research. Training is geared toward preparing students for later advanced studies. In addition to the major, the College offers a minor in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with specializations in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or Human Services Personnel Counseling (HSPC), counseling the Spanish-speaking client, and pastoral counseling.

Psychology Major

Undergraduate Psychology Mission Statement

The Psychology Department at Mount Saint Mary's College is teaching-oriented and student focused. Our goals for students, and our curriculum, reflect our concern that students have a broad knowledge base in psychology and strong research skills, as these are the foundations of any career relating to psychology. We value the ethical application of psychology in counseling settings, in the research laboratory, and as part of community service. The mission of the Psychology Department is to prepare our students to pursue advanced study, or to apply psychological knowledge in a variety of professions.


Program Requirements for B.A.

It is recommended that psychology majors take MTH 1 or MTH 10 (GS-IIIE) in preparation for PSY 40 Basic Statistical Methods.

In addition to fulfilling general studies requirements, all psychology majors are required to take the following courses:

Foundation Courses

PSY 1*

Introduction to Psychology (GS-IIIF)

(3)

PSY 12

Child/Human Development (GS-IIIF)

(3)

PSY 52

Biological Psychology (GS-IIIF)

(3)

PSY 52L

Biological Psychology Lab

(1)

Methods Courses

PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods (GS-VIIB, IIIE)

(3)

PSY 106

Basic Research Methods (GS-VIIA)

(3)

PSY 106L

Basic Research Methods Lab

(1)

Core Courses

PSY 125

Introduction to Counseling

(3)

PSY 132

Personality Theory

(3)

PSY 145

Social Psychology

(3)

PSY 168

Abnormal Psychology

(3)

PSY 134

Learning & Memory

(3)

or

PSY 160

Cognition & Perception

(3)

 

 

 

Specialization Courses

(15)

Total Units for Major: 47

*PSY 1 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses.

Psychology Major Specializations

Psychology majors must select a specialization. The specialization may be changed at any time with advisor authorization.

General Psychology

The specialization in general psychology provides a broad foundation in psychology, with experience in both clinical and research settings. Students are free to explore areas in psychology of special interest with 9 elective upper division units.

Required Courses

PSY 192

Counseling/Clinical Practicum

(3)

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

(3)

Elective Courses (upper division, selected in conjunction with advisor)

PSY 1xx

 

(3)

PSY 1xx

 

(3)

PSY 1xx

 

(3)

Minors and double majors worth considering: American studies, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, child development, computer information science, computer programming, cultural studies, documentary film and social justice, economics, English, French studies, gerontology, graphic design, history, liberal studies, mathematics, media communication, philosophy, political science, pre-law, religious studies, social work, social science, sociology, Spanish studies, women's studies

Counseling/Clinical Psychology Specialization

The specialization in counseling/clinical psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing further education (masters or doctorate) in preparation for a career in counseling or clinical psychology. Students pursuing this track will receive applied training and fieldwork in an area of their choosing within a social services setting.

Required Courses

PSY 155

Psychological Testing

(3)

PSY 172

Developmental Psychopathology

(3)

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence

(3)

PSY 192

Counseling/Clinical Practicum

(3)

Select 1 of: (3)

PSY 165

Behavioral Psychopharmacology

 

PSY 188

Crisis Intervention

 

PSY 175

Human Sexuality

 

PSY 119

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

 

PSY 138

Nonprofit Management

 

PSY 120

Forensic Psychology

 

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

 

Minors and double majors worth considering: art, biology, business administration, child development, cultural studies, gerontology, history, religious studies, social work, sociology, Spanish studies, women's studies

Child and Adolescent Psychology Specialization

The specialization in child and adolescent psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing further education (masters or doctorate) in preparation for a career in counseling or clinical psychology focusing specifically on children and/or adolescents. Students pursuing this track will receive applied training and fieldwork in an area of their choosing within a social services setting working, focusing specifically on the needs of minors.

Required Courses

PSY 172

Developmental Psychopathology

(3)

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence

(3)

PSY

Child and Adolescent Psychology Practicum

(3)

Select 2 of:

 

(6)

PSY 155

Psychological Testing

PSY 113

Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures

PSY 118

Interventions for Children with Disabilities

PSY 165

Behavioral Psychopharmacology

PSY 188

Crisis Intervention

PSY 175

Human Sexuality

PSY 119

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

PSY 138

Nonprofit Management

PSY 120

Forensic Psychology

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

Minors and double majors worth considering: art, biology, business administration, child development, cultural studies, history, religious studies, social work, sociology, Spanish studies, women's studies

Research Psychology Specialization

The specialization in research psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing further education (masters or doctorate) in a pure or applied research area of psychology (e.g., social, developmental, cognitive, neuroscience, educational, sports). These courses provide the opportunity for research experience needed for admission to most graduate programs. Electives allow students to select courses in the area of their research interest.

Required Courses

PSY 155

Psychological Testing

(3)

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

(3)

PSY 194

Advanced Research

(3)

Elective courses (upper division, selected in consultation with advisor)

PSY 1xx

 

(3)

PSY 1xx

 

(3)

Minors and double majors worth considering: computer information science, computer programming, mathematics, philosophy, and any major or minor related to the topic of research interest.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization

The specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing further education (masters or doctorate) in pursuit of a career in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This field conducts research and applies existing psychological research findings to design more effective organizations and improve the motivation, performance, and job satisfaction of organizational members.

Required Courses

PSY 148

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

(3)

PSY 142

Industrial/Organizational Internship

(3)


Select 3 of:

 

(9)

PSY 155

Psychological Testing

 

PSY 129

Motivation

 

PSY 138

Nonprofit Management

 

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

 

Recommended:

 

BUS 5

Business Law I (GS III)

 

or LWS III

Women's Issues in Business and Economics (GS III)

 

PHI 92/192

Business Ethics (GS VB)

 

Minors and double majors worth considering: business administration, computer information science, cultural studies, economics, graphic design, media communication, women's studies

Health Psychology Specialization

Health psychologists are either researchers, who study such things as patients' coping strategies and adjustment to illness, or clinicians, who work with patients to help them better cope with illness. This specialization is designed for students who want to further explore the mind-body relationship. They may wish to pursue graduate study (masters or doctorate) in health psychology, or enter another area of health care (e.g., public health, nursing, physical therapy) after receiving their BA.

Required Courses

PSY 122

Health Psychology

(3)

PSY 143

Health Internship

(3)

Select 3 of:

 

(9)

PSY 119

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

 

PSY 118

Interventions for Children with Disabilities

 

PSY 175

Human Sexuality

 

PSY 165

Behavioral Psychopharmacology

 

PSY 107

Positive Psychology

 

PSY 121

Grief and Bereavement

 

PSY 193

Research Assistantship

 

 

 

 

Recommended:

 

RST 49/149

Biomedical Issues in Christian Ethics (GS VA)

 

or RST 78/178

Death and Afterlife (GS VA)

 

PHI 168B

Bioethics (GS VB)

 

Minors and double majors worth considering: biology, chemistry, child development, cultural studies, documentary film and social justice, gerontology, religious studies, social work, social science, sociology, Spanish studies, women's studies

School Psychology

The specialization in school psychology is designed for students interested in pursuing further education (masters or doctorate) in preparation for a career in school psychology. School psychologists work with students at schools, typically working at more than one school at a time. They primarily perform assessment and evaluation. Students pursuing this track will receive applied training and fieldwork within a school setting.

Required Courses

PSY 155

Psychological Testing

(3)

PSY 150

School Psychology Practicum

(3)


Select 3 of:

 

(9)

PSY 113

Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures

 

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence

 

PSY 118

Interventions for Children with Disabilities

 

PSY 172

Developmental Psychopathology

 

PSY 188

Crisis Intervention

 

PSY 175

Human Sexuality

 

PSY 165

Behavioral Psychopharmacology

 

 

 

 

Recommended:

 

ART 5

Fundamentals of Art (GS IIIA)

 

or MUS 6/106M

Varieties of Music (GS IIIA)

 

ENG 12/112

Literary Analysis (GS IIIB)

 

HIS 1A

Western Civilization (GS IIIC)

 

or HIS 3/103

World History (GS IIIC)

 

POL 1

American Government and Institutions (GS IIIG)

 

PHI 15

Introduction to Philosophy (GS VB)

 

Minors and double majors worth considering: art, child development, cultural studies, history, religious studies, social work, sociology, Spanish studies, women's studies

Psychology Major Suggested Sequence of Courses

The following is a model for completing the Psychology major in four years. Only Psychology courses are listed.

First Year

PSY 1

Introduction to Psychology

(3)

PSY 12

Child/Human Development

(3)

PSY 40

Basic Statistical Methods

(3)

Second Year

PSY 106

Basic Research Methods

(3)

PSY 106L

Basic Research Methods Lab

(1)

PSY 132

Personality Theory

(3)

PSY 52

Biological Psychology

(3)

PSY 52L

Biological Psychology Lab

(1)

PSY 168

Abnormal Psychology

(3)

PSY 1xx

Specialization Course

(3)

Third Year

PSY 125

Introduction to Counseling

(3)

PSY 145

Social Psychology

(3)

PSY 134

Learning and Memory Processes

 

or PSY 160

Cognition and Perception

(3)

PSY 1xx

Specialization Course

(3)

PSY 1xx

Specialization Course

(3)

Fourth Year

PSY 1xx

Specialization Course

(3)

PSY 1xx

Specialization Course

(3)

Undergraduate Psychology Policies

Majors must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in Psychology courses applied toward degree requirements. Grades of C- or lower must be repeated. Courses may only be repeated one time. The higher grade will be computed in the GPA.

Students must successfully complete with a grade of C or higher any prerequisites before being admitted to courses with listed prerequisites. This policy may only be waived with instructor consent.

Students must also complete General Studies requirements and electives for a total of 124 semester units, including the Modern Language requirement. At least 15 upper division units must be completed in the MSMC Psychology program.

Psychology Minor

Requirements

A Psychology minor requires a minimum of 18 units selected in consultation with the Department Chair. At least four upper division courses with a grade of C or better are required. Three courses (9 units) must be completed in the MSMC Psychology program.

Counseling Psychology, Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Those applying for the Masters degree in Counseling Psychology should have all of the following:

  • A Bachelors degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 for undergraduate work.
  • A recommended minimum of 12 upper division units in the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology or Education). If the undergraduate degree is not in Psychology, applicants must take an Introductory Psychology course prior to entering the program.
  • Successful completion of an Introduction to Psychology course.
  • See other general requirements of the Graduate Division.

Program Concentration

Marriage and Family Therapy (Minimum of 50 units required)

The Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy will teach students to apply psychotherapeutic research and principles in the treatment of individuals, couples and families. The focus of the program is on clinical assessment, planning and implementation of treatment goals for those with emotional difficulties and distress. Students will learn the theories and ethical practice of psychotherapy, to be applied in a variety of treatment settings. The program meets academic requirements for those who seek the California Marriage and Family Therapy License.

Preparation (6 units)

PSY 202

Psychological Foundations of Growth, Development, and Learning

(3)

PSY 268

Psychopathology

(3)

Theories of Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (14 units)

PSY 203

Multicultural Counseling

(2)

PSY 225

Counseling Theory and Procedure

(3)

PSY 236

Family Therapy

(3)

PSY 241

Marriage and Relationship Counseling

(3)

PSY 274

Psychological Treatment of Children

(3)

Counseling Skills (13 units)

PSY 230

Psychological Testing: Theory and Procedure

(2)

PSY 235

Group Dynamics: Theory and Procedures

(3)

PSY 265

Behavioral Psychopharmacology

(2)

PSY 269AB

Field Experience in Counseling

(6)

[with a minimum of 180 client contact hours and 240 total BBS-acceptable hours]

Family Challenges (3 units)

PSY 237

Human Sexuality

(1)

PSY 238

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

(1)

PSY 240

Spousal Abuse

(1)

Research (3 units)

PSY 200

Research Methods

(3)

Professional Ethics and Law (2 units)

PSY 263

Laws and Ethics in Counseling

(2)

Oral Exam

PSY 298

Case Presentation and Oral Exam

(0)

Emphasis (9 units)

PSY 2xx

 

(3)

PSY 2xx

 

(3)

PSY 2xx

 

(3)

Students who do not complete their thesis or project during the semester they originally enroll in PSY 295/296 must enroll in PSY 297, a one-unit continuation course, each subsequent semester until the thesis/project is completed. Students may enroll in the one-unit continuation course a maximum of three times.

Students may take the case presentation a maximum of two times. The examination must be successfully completed by the end of the 12th week of the semester the student intends to graduate.

Emphasis (9 units)

In order to complete 50 semester units, MFT students complete nine (9) units of elective coursework. Elective units may be selected to create an emphasis in Counseling the Spanish-speaking client, Pastoral Counseling, clinical skills, research skills, or another area of special interest to the student.

Graduate Psychology Policies

Professional behavior is expected from MSMC students at all time. Students must abide by the ethical standards of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, all departmental and College policies, and the policies of any and all placement sites. If the expectations of the College or the placement site are not met, the student is subject to dismissal from the program.

Students enrolled in the Masters programs at MSMC must maintain a 3.0 GPA. If they fall below this GPA, students are put on probation and given one semester to bring their grades up to a 3.0. If this is not achieved, they will be dismissed from the program.

Students must earn the grade of B- or better in each course applied toward degree requirements. Courses may only be repeated one time. The higher grade will be computed in the GPA. If a student does not earn a B- or better upon repetition of the course, the student will be dismissed from the program.

ENLACES Certificate Program

Counseling the Spanish-Speaking Client (17 units):

Coursework familiarizes students with the diversity of cultures in the Spanish-speaking community, the unique issues that these cultures bring to the counseling setting. Professional terminology and theory in Spanish, and the Spanish-language psychological literature, are emphasized, in addition to practicum experience working with Spanish-speaking clients. This certificate program is a unique focus of the Mount St. Mary's College Masters in Counseling degree.

This certificate requires:

PSY 203

Multicultural Counseling

(2)

PSY 245

The Cultures of Spanish-speaking People of the Americas

(3)

or

SPA 244

Hispanic Civilization and Cultures

(3)

PSY 275

Professional Spanish for Counselors

(3)

PSY 269AB

Fieldwork Experience

(6)

(Internship must involve work with Spanish-speaking clients.)

PSY 290

Workshop

(3)

(Three 1-unit special topic workshops must be taken.)

Pastoral Counseling Certificate Program

Pastoral Counseling Emphasis (12 units):
This emphasis allows students to combine Psychology and Religious Studies courses in their degree program, and to focus on pastoral counseling within selected Psychology courses.

The emphasis requires:

PSY 225

Counseling Theory and Procedure

(3)

(taken with the pastoral counseling emphasis)

or RST 280A

Theories of Pastoral Counseling

(3)

 

PSY 236

 

Family Therapy

 

(3)

(taken with the pastoral counseling emphasis)

or RST 280B

Pastoral Counseling: Family Therapy

(3)

RST 283

Psychology of Religion

(3)

PSY 203

Multicultural Counseling

(2)

or RST 284B

Issues in Pastoral Counseling: Cross Cultural Issues

(1)

 

PSY 240

 

Spousal Abuse

 

(1)

or RST 289

Special Studies in Pastoral Counseling

(1-3)

Psychology Courses

*Course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students must obtain instructor's consent before taking this course. See appropriate listing of course description for prerequisites.

PSY 1 Introduction to Psychology (3)

This course is an introduction to the study of mental processes and behavior. The course will survey major concepts, research findings, and practical applications of current research. The course focuses on questions such as: How do people change and grow from infancy to adulthood? How do we learn and remember best? How does biology influence behavior? How do our senses help us to interpret the world? How does personality work? How do other people affect our behavior? What does it mean to be "abnormal"? GS-IIIF

PSY 12/102 Child/Human Development (3)

Introduction to human development from conception to death. Covers major theories of psychological growth, interactions between heredity and environment, and the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Focuses on concepts and issues important in prenatal development, thinking and social relationships in childhood and adolescence, effective parenting, and personal growth through the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 1 (waived for qualified Liberal Studies majors and for Single Subject Credential students). GS-IIIF

PSY 13 Child Development (3)

Introduction to child development from conception to adolescence. Covers major theories of psychological growth, interactions between heredity and environment, and the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development in childhood and adolescence. Focuses on concepts and issues important in prenatal development, thinking and social relationships in childhood and adolescence, including effective parenting and personal growth. Prerequisite: PSY 1 (waived for qualified Liberal Studies majors and for Single Subject Credential students). This course does not meet the PSY 12 requirement for either the Psychology major or the Nursing major. GS-IIIF

PSY 14 Adult Development (1)

A survey of the major psychological theories and milestones related to adult development. Course topics include developmental stages of adolescence, young adulthood, middle age and the process of advancing age. In combination with a previously completed course in child development, this course meets the life span human development requirement of the MSMC Department of Nursing. Prerequisite: PSY 12.

PSY 36 Language and Literacy Development in the Young Child (3)

An in-depth study of the acquisition and development of language and emergent literacy from birth through age 8. Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development and its relationship to the language arts will be studied. Children's literature will be surveyed, with an emphasis on winners of the Caldecott Award. The course will encompass how to choose books and ways to integrate them into the preschool curriculum. Prerequisite: PSY 12.

PSY 40 Basic Statistical Methods (3)

Focus on applied descriptive and inferential statistical techniques as used in behavioral science research. Topics covered include properties of distributions, measures of central tendency, elementary probability theory, hypothesis testing, correlation, and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: PSY 1and satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination or completion of MTH 2X. MTH 1 or 10 recommended. GS-IIIE, VIIB

PSY 52 Biological Psychology (3)

Critical survey of the structure and function of the nervous system. Topics include the neural control of sensory systems, hormonal systems, motor systems, learning, memory, emotions, and sleep. Particular emphasis is placed on recent advances in our knowledge of brain structure, neurotransmitter systems, neural development and plasticity, neuropharmacology, neuropathology, and psychopathology. Prerequisites: BIO 5, PSY 1. GS-IIIF

PSY 52L Biological Psychology Lab (1)

Required concurrent laboratory supplement to PSY 52. The laboratory provides the background in neuroanatomy necessary to understand basic principles of neural function. Emphasis is placed on learning to recognize gross and microscopic structures of the brain within a functional perspective. Prerequisites: BIO 5, PSY 1.

PSY 106 Basic Research Methods (3)

Introduction to the scientific method and its use in answering questions about psychological phenomena. Covers each of the major steps in the research process, including formulation of hypotheses, choice of appropriate research designs, empirical testing of hypotheses with proper controls and regard for ethical issues, systematic analysis of data, and reporting of results in a scientific format. Must be taken concurrently with PSY 106L. Prerequisite: PSY 40. GS-VIIA

PSY 106L Basic Research Methods Lab (1)

Required laboratory supplement to PSY 106, which must be taken concurrently. The laboratory sessions provide structured practice in conducting psychological research. Students perform several simple studies on topics in different areas of psychology assigned by the instructor. The final laboratory report should demonstrate competence in formulating and testing hypotheses, as well as in reporting the results and their interpretation in the format specified by the American Psychological Association. Prerequisite: PSY 40.

PSY 107 Positive Psychology (3)

Survey of the research and applications of positive psychology, the study of the human strengths that contribute to personal and societal growth. Covers topics such as happiness, well-being, wellness, optimism, creativity, self-efficacy, pleasure, coping, empathy, attachment, compassion, prosocial behavior, and building positive environments. Prerequisite: PSY 1.

*PSY 110 Gender Issues in Psychology (3)

Exploration of the psychological theories and research findings related to gender issues. Topics to be covered include gender role development, gender differences in personality, and the analysis of social issues of gender and sexuality in the realms of society, politics, and culture. Prerequisite: PSY 1.

PSY 112 Careers and Observation in Child Development Settings (3)

Overview of the child development field and careers working with children under age 13 and their families. Each student will observe in a community child development setting for a minimum of 15 hours. Professional ethics and current issues in the field will be explored. Prerequisites: PSY 12 and (EDU 32 or PSY 113).

PSY 113 Learning in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures (3)

This course examines how developmental, biological and cultural factors influence the ability and motivation to learn. Assignments and class discussions address the role of teachers, parents, and other adults in facilitating children's development in school contexts. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between cognitive performance and the total sociocultural environment in which the child and adolescent lives. Prerequisite: PSY 12 GS-VI

*PSY 118 Intervention of Children with Disabilities (3)

This course will survey a variety of physical disabilities, as well as different levels of general cognitive functioning that identify children as qualifying for Special Education programming. The course will go on to investigate the current "best practices" strategies and interventions for the effective development of psycho-social, behavioral, and instructional integration of "exceptional children" into the least restrictive environment offered within the public education system. Prerequisite: PSY 1.

PSY 119 Alcohol and Substance Abuse (3)

This course reviews the historical, social, cultural, psychological, and behavioral factors associated with patterns of psychoactive substance use in the United States. As an introductory course designed to provide general knowledge and background about drugs and alcohol, the course examines the effects of substance use on human cognition, emotion, and behavior, examines models of abuse/addiction, and explores the application of both traditional and innovative models of prevention and treatment. The effects of alcohol and other substance use on society is also addressed. Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 120 Forensic Psychology (3)

This course will survey the field of forensic psychology. Topics such as expert witness testimony, mandatory sentencing, criminal profiling, police misconduct, domestic violence, child custody, jury selection, sanity, ability to stand trial, risk assessment, death penalty, and public policy will be covered. Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 121 Grief and Bereavement (3)

This courses exams the grief processes that take place within individuals and families as they experience loss in a sociocultural context. The course will address the nature and causes of grief, factors that facilitate and/or impede the ability to function after loss, different cultural perspectives on grief, and strategies for coping with loss. Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 122 Health Psychology (3)

This course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect the efforts people make in promoting good health and preventing illness; the treatment people receive for medical problems; how effectively people cope with and reduce stress and pain; and the recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems. Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 124 Child and Adolescent Psychology Practicum (3)

Applied work enhancing a student's ability to use the principles of psychology in counseling or clinically-related settings, working with children and/or adolescents. Course includes weekly seminar oriented towards integrating experiences with theory. Prerequisites: PSY 125, PSY 172, PSY 139.

PSY 125 Introduction to Counseling (3)

Survey of basic counseling skills, with emphasis on the underlying theoretical framework. Stages and goals of the therapeutic process will be examined. Students will participate in demonstrations of basic counseling techniques (e.g., reflective listening, confrontation, demonstration of empathy). Course work will focus on practical applications of these skills. Prerequisite: PSY 168.

*PSY 128 Adulthood and Aging (3)

Exploration of psychological factors of the process of aging. Focus will be on attitudes, values, motivations, and behavior as they are influenced by environmental and biological changes associated with aging. This course is conducted as a seminar and includes a fieldwork component; visiting and evaluating various care facilities for the senior population. Prerequisite: PSY 1, PSY 12.

*PSY 129 Motivation (3)

Comparison of the range, strengths and limitations of the prominent theories explaining high and low motivation. Explores common motivation problems and their effect on the individual and society. Motivation treatments are applied to a variety of contexts, including education, work, love and others. A critical analysis of the current applied motivation literature is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 145.

PSY 132 Personality Theory (3)

Comprehensive study of the major theories of personality (e.g., Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, Humanistic, Cognitive). The course will address development, structure and dynamics of personality, utilizing contemporary research. Survey of these theories highlights the origin of normal and pathological personality development. Prerequisite: PSY 12.

PSY 134 Learning and Memory Processes (3)

Explores the major forms of learning and memory processes common to human and non-human animals. Focuses on the most basic learning processes, particularly classical and instrumental conditioning, but also covers observational learning. Examines the essential features of memory processes as explained by information processing models. Particular attention is paid to applications of learning and memory theories in solving practical problems in normal and clinical situations. Prerequisite: PSY 1, PSY 106/106L or consent of instructor.

PSY 138 Managing Non-Profit Organizations (3)

Will introduce non-business majors to managerial theories to lead non-profit organizations. The learning experience includes review of literature, class presentations and active sponsorship of service organizations. A service learning project integrates theory with practice, requiring team cooperation, planning and accountability. (Also BUS 139, GER 138, EDU 138c and SOC 138.)

PSY 139 Child Abuse and Family Violence (3)

A theoretical exploration of the causes, nature, and impact (physical, social and psychological) of the various forms of family violence as well as the methods used by counseling professionals for intervention, remediation, and prevention. Prerequisite: PSY 12

PSY 142 Industrial/Organizational Internship (3)

Applied work enhancing a student's ability to use the principles of psychology in an organizational setting. Course includes weekly seminar oriented towards integrating experiences with theory. Prerequisites: PSY 125, PSY 148.

PSY 143 Health Psychology Internship (3)

Applied work enhancing a student's ability to use the principles of psychology in a physical health-related setting. Course includes weekly seminar oriented towards integrating experiences with theory. Prerequisites: PSY 122, PSY 125.

*PSY 144 Psychology of Prejudice (3)

Exploration of psychological factors involved in the development and maintenance of racism, sexism, ageism, and other manifestations of prejudice. Focuses on research of both individual and group behavior and includes consideration of techniques for combating prejudice in individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. Prerequisite: PSY 1. Recommended: PSY 145. GS-VI

PSY 145 Social Psychology (3)

Surveys the pervasive and invisible social forces acting upon individuals and the social aspects of human nature. Topics covered include the way we perceive others, the way others affect our perceptions of our selves and our own behavior, persuasion, conformity, "mob" behavior, gender and ethnicity issues, attraction and aggression. Prerequisite: PSY 1.

*PSY 148 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)

Introduction to the psychological relationship between individuals and their work places, particularly business settings. Focuses on the psychology of work and practical techniques in personnel selection, placement training, job appraisal, productivity enhancement, and assessment of consumer behavior.

PSY 150 School Psychology Practicum (3)

Applied work enhancing a student's ability to use the principles of psychology in an educational setting. Course includes weekly seminar oriented towards integrating experiences with theory. Prerequisites: PSY 125, PSY 155.

*PSY 151 Divorce and Remarriage (3)

Examination of the short and long-term consequences of divorce on family members, focusing on exacerbating factors. Emphasis is on the role of psychologists and mediators in minimizing these effects. Prerequisites: PSY 12 and consent of instructor.

PSY 155 Psychological Testing (3)

Introduction to the field of psychological testing, including an examination of history, theory, and construction of tests as well as a survey of principal individual and group tests of intelligence, personality, interest, and ability currently used in clinical and research settings. Special attention will be placed on the development of skills for evaluating the reliability, validity, and ethics of psychological tests and their applications. Prerequisite: PSY 40, PSY 106/106L.

PSY 160 Cognition and Perception (3)

Surveys our current understanding of how the human mind acquires information about the environment and how it manipulates that information in both verbal and non-verbal form. The course will begin with an examination of the perceptual phenomena that relate to cognition. The course will then examine the cognitive processes involved in selective attention, perception, memory storage and retrieval, representation of knowledge, language comprehension and production, thought, and decision making. Stress is placed on understanding the relevance of cognitive research to practical problems in normal and clinical situations. Prerequisites: PSY 106 & 106L.

PSY 165 Behavioral Psychopharmacology (3)

The course is designed to introduce students to the psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. The course will emphasize integrating counseling and the use of medications with different populations. Additionally, socio-political issues associated with psychotropic medications will be explored. Prerequisites: PSY 52 & 52L, PSY 168.

*PSY 167 Special Topics in Psychology (1-3)

Seminar on any one of many topics in the field of psychology. Format varies with topic and instructor(s). Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 168 Abnormal Psychology (3)

Explores mental health concepts, principles of psychopathology, and related treatment techniques. Surveys the various forms of abnormal behavior, covering their features, potential causes, and most effective treatments. Entails analysis of case studies using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM IV). Prerequisite: PSY 1.

*PSY 172 Developmental Psychopathology (3)

Examination of childhood psychological disorders, including disturbances in sleep, eating, toileting, speech, mood, and cognitive functions, drug use, conduct disorders, autism, and pervasive developmental disorders. Addresses issues in diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisites: PSY 12, PSY 168.

PSY 175 Human Sexuality (3)

Survey of topics central to the study of sexuality. This course provides a strong foundation in physiology, sexual arousal and dysfunction, history of sexuality, and gender issues. Current topics, such as sexually transmitted diseases, prostitution and rape are explored. The course provides a perspective of human sexuality from historical, biological, psychological, cultural and sociological points of view.

PSY 178 Psychology and Film (3)

Exploration of psychological theories and research through the use of modern film. The course will explore current topics in specialized areas of psychology (e.g., abnormal, social). Film will be used to depict human interactions and provoke thought and analysis of theory and research.

*PSY 182 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

The course illuminates the history of psychological ideas, as well as the lives and cultural contexts of prominent theorists. Emphasizes the historical development of ideas leading to modern psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 132.

PSY 185 Psychology of Law (3)

Overview of the intersection of the disciplines of psychology and law. Introduces the philosophical foundation of both fields, the legal system of the United States, clinical issues and the law (e.g., psychological assessment, determination of competency, involuntary commitment, family law, and criminal behavior) and psychological research on the legal system (e.g., juror decision making, jury dynamics, judicial bias, eyewitness testimony and police procedure). Prerequisites: PSY 1.

PSY 186 Violence Against Women (3)

Survey of the research literature pertaining to sexual assault, partner violence, and sexual harassment. Students will examine psychological theories concerning causes and prevention of violence against women, as well as the experiences of women as victims of these forms of violence.

PSY 187 Careers in Psychology (3)

Explores options available to students interested in careers in psychology. Job options available at different degree levels (e.g., B.A., Masters, Ph.D.) are highlighted, as appropriate preparation plans for particular careers are developed by students. Panel discussions by professionals in the field of psychology allow students to gain knowledge about the diversity of available career paths. Fieldwork in a site of the student's choice is required.

*PSY 188 Crisis Intervention (3)

Survey of crisis intervention theories, assessment, treatment and research. Includes legal and ethical issues, suicide, degrees of danger, victims of abuse, grief reactions and the family in crisis. Clinical case presentation will be used for illustration.

PSY 191 Child Development Practicum (3)

Applied work enhancing student understanding of the principles of child development in community settings. Field work must involve ongoing interactions with children under age 13 and/or their parents. Options include child care, infant/toddler, preschool, school age, recreational, hospital child life, special education, resource and referral, and child guidance settings. Prerequisite: PSY 113.

PSY 192 Counseling/Clinical Practicum (3)

Applied work enhancing a student's ability to use the principles of psychology in a counseling or clinically-related setting. Course includes weekly seminar oriented towards integrating experiences with theory. Prerequisites: PSY 125, PSY 168.

PSY 193 Research Assistantship (1-3)

Applied work enhancing student understanding of the methodology and tools of psychological research. While receiving training and supervision, the student assists a MSMC psychology faculty member in the development and/or implementation of a psychological research project. Students will participate in two or more activities involved in executing major steps in the research process (e.g., developing the proposal, collecting and analyzing data, presenting and publishing results). Course includes faculty/student meetings oriented toward theoretical reviews and discussions. Concludes with a library research paper which addresses a project related question. Prerequisites PSY 40, PSY 106, PSY 106L and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

PSY 194 Advanced Research (1-3)

Seminar providing direction and supervision for students undertaking original psychological research. Guidance is given in each step of the research process: in developing a question, selecting a research design, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting the results in publishable form. The final product should be suitable for presentation at student sections of professional/regional association meetings. Prerequisites: PSY 40, PSY 106 & 106L and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

PSY 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Advanced study on a special topic chosen by the student. Prerequisites: PSY 40, PSY 106 & 106L, and Honors Student status.

PSY 199 Independent Study (1-3)

Independent exploration of a topic in psychology supervised by department faculty member. Independent study contract required. Prerequisites: PSY 1 and consent of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

Psychology Graduate Course Offerings

PSY 200 Research Methods (3)

Introduction to the scientific method and its use in answering questions about psychological phenomena. Provides instruction in critical reading of research articles. Explores basic issues and techniques in conducting research studies, analyzing data, and interpreting their significance. Class projects culminate in a written thesis proposal.

PSY 202 Psychological Foundations of Growth, Development and Learning (3)

Contemporary psychological theory as applied to the life-long process of learning, behavioral change, education, and counseling. Advanced reading and exploration of life span developmental theories, including those of Freud, Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Kagan, Kubler-Ross, and others.

PSY 203 Multicultural Counseling (2)

A systematic study of the cross-cultural mores, values, and behaviors that are active in the process of counseling. Both theoretical aspects as well as practical considerations of counseling with various cultural groups will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 225.

*PSY 210 Gender Issues in Psychology (3)

Exploration of the psychological theories and research findings related to gender issues. Topics to be covered include gender role development, gender differences in personality, and the analysis of social issues of gender and sexuality in the realms of society, politics, and culture.

*PSY 218 Intervention of Children with Multiple Impairments (3)

This course will survey a variety of physical disabilities, as well as different levels of general cognitive functioning that identify children as qualifying for Special Education programming. The course will go on to investigate the current "best practices" strategies and interventions for the effective development of psycho-social, behavioral, and instructional integration of "exceptional children" into the least restrictive environment offered within the public education system.

*PSY 225 Counseling Theory and Procedures (3)

Detailed exploration into the theory and methodology involved in the process of marriage, family, and child counseling. Includes a survey of the Psychoanalytic, Client-centered, Gestalt, Behavioral, Rational Emotive, Phenomenological, and Humanistic approaches.

*PSY 226 Brief Therapies (2)

Course provides an overview of various methods of brief therapies, including cognitive-behavioral, brief dynamic, and single-session. The special tasks, goals, and clinical guidelines with each phase of treatment will be described. Prerequisite: PSY 225 or consent of instructor.

PSY 227 Basic Counseling and Communication Skills (3)

This course will prepare students for conducting initial interviews and establishing therapeutic relationships. The course will introduce students to the initial phase of the counseling process including practice of listening skills, empathy, and facilitation of client self-expression.

*PSY 228 Adulthood and Aging (3)

Exploration of psychological factors in the process of aging. Focus will be on attitudes, values, motivations and behavior as they are influenced by environmental and biological changes associated with aging. This course is conducted as a seminar and includes a fieldwork component; visiting and evaluating various care facilities for the senior population. Prerequisite: PSY 202.

*PSY 229 Motivation (3)

Comparison of the range, strengths, and limitations of the prominent theories explaining high and low motivation. Explores common motivation problems and their effect on the individual and society. Motivation treatments are applied to a variety of contexts, including education, work, love and others. A critical analysis of the current applied motivation literature is emphasized.

PSY 230 Psychological Testing: Theory and Procedure (2)

Advanced study of the theory, administration, and interpretation of individual and group psychological tests of intelligence, personality, interest, and achievement. Students will administer and interpret selected instruments used in counseling and psychology practice. Prerequisite: PSY 268.

PSY 231 Organizational Dynamics (3)

Examines the inter-relationships between management and communication theories. The systems within an organization are emphasized in terms of intra-personal, interpersonal, small group and organizational communication theories. This course will help students develop an understanding of behavior in organizations. This understanding will enable the student to predict and influence organizational events.

PSY 235 Group Dynamics: Theory and Procedures (3)

Investigation of group processes. Emphasizes the concepts of group facilitation, productivity, evaluation and the application of group methods in teaching, counseling, and administrative work. Prerequisite: PSY 225.

PSY 236 Family Therapy (3)

Systematic study of family therapy and family systems theory. This course will allow students the opportunity to explore both normal and dysfunctional lifestyles in family environments, and will provide a survey of the treatment modes which focus on the entire family system.

PSY 237 Human Sexuality (1)

This course will approach the topic of human sexuality as a comprehensive and integrated topic, by viewing sexual behavior in an evolutionary, historical, and cross-cultural perspective.

PSY 238 Alcohol and Substance Abuse (1)

Exploration of the causes, nature, impact, and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse. Focuses on methods of intervention and remediation used in counseling agencies. Prerequisite: PSY 225 or consent of instructor.

PSY 240 Spousal Abuse (1)

This course will be an overview of the research exploring the fundamental dynamics of spousal abuse/domestic violence. The historical nature and causes of battering relationships, social and cultural variables, and the myths about battering are explored. The physical and psychological impact violence has on victims, children, family and society will be examined. Prerequisite: PSY 225, PSY 268.

PSY 241 Marriage and Relationships (3)

This course provides a systematic examination of the different theoretical approaches to the treatment of couples and a critical analysis of the corresponding empirical data that supports and refutes these theories.

*PSY 248 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)

Introduction to the psychological relationship between individuals and their workplaces, particularly business settings. Focuses on the psychology of work and practical techniques in personnel selection, placement training, job appraisal, enhancing productivity, and assessing consumer behavior.

*PSY 251 Divorce and Remarriage (3)

Examination of the short and long-term consequences of divorce on family members, focusing on exacerbating factors. Emphasis is on the role of psychologists and mediators in minimizing these effects.

PSY 260AB Counseling Practicum/Fieldwork (6)

Practicum relates counseling principles to a variety of settings. For each course 120 hours of fieldwork are required. Fieldwork must take place in a site approved by the instructor and department. Students may initiate the 260 AB series only in the Fall semester. Students must successfully complete coursework for PSY 260A before being admitted to PSY 260B. This requirement may be waived with instructor consent. Prerequisites: PSY 227, 231, 264, 268.

PSY 263 Laws and Ethics in Counseling (2)

Review of the current legal considerations and ethical issues regarding the delivery of counseling services. This course highlights ethical requirements for licensed professionals.

PSY 264 Counseling Ethics (2)

Review of the current legal and ethical issues regarding the delivery of counseling services. This course is designed for students who do not intend to become licensed counselors.

PSY 265 Behavioral Psychopharmacology (2)

The course is designed to introduce students to the psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. The course will emphasize integrating counseling and the use of medications with different populations. Additionally, socio-political issues associated with psychotropic medications will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 268

*PSY 267 Special Topics in Psychology (3)

Seminar on any one of many topics in the field of psychology. Format varies with topic and instructor(s). Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSY 268 Psychopathology (3)

Systematic study of the nature and classification of mental disorders using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM IV).

PSY 269AB Field Experiences in Counseling (3,3)

Practicum relates counseling principles to a variety of clinical settings. For each course 120 hours of fieldwork are required, and 90 of those hours must be face-to-face with clients. Fieldwork must take place in a site approved by the instructor and department. Students may initiate the 269AB series only in the Fall semester. Students must successfully complete coursework for PSY 269A before being admitted to PSY 269B. This requirement may be waived with instructor consent. Prerequisites: PSY 225, PSY 263, PSY 268.

*PSY 272 Developmental Psychopathology (3)

Examination of childhood psychological disorders, including disturbances in sleep, eating, toileting, speech, mood, and cognitive functions, drug use, conduct disorders, autism, and pervasive developmental disorders. Addresses issues in diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 268.

PSY 274 Psychological Treatment of Children (3)

This course will examine the efficacy of therapeutic techniques commonly used in the assessment and treatment of children, including art, play and expressive therapies. The theoretical foundations and practical applications of each technique will be explored. Prerequisites: PSY 202, PSY 225.

PSY 275 Professional Spanish for Counselors (3)

Taught in Spanish. This course covers psychological terminology, concepts, theories, and methodologies from a variety of theoretical perspectives, with an emphasis on the Spanish-language psychological literature.

*PSY 282 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Critical examination of the scientific origins of contemporary psychology. Emphasizes historical/conceptual development of ideas leading to modern schools of psychology.

PSY 284 Object Relations: Theory and Practice (1-3)

An overview of psychological development as seen through the human need for connectedness to others. From an infant's first experiences with others through adulthood, the class will explore the development of the separate and unique individual, with special focus on clinical application of theoretical concepts. Explores the application of object relations theories to marital and family therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 202.

*PSY 288 Crisis Intervention (3)

Survey of crisis intervention theories, assessment, treatment and research. Includes legal and ethical issues, suicide, degrees of danger, victims of abuse, grief reactions and the family in crisis. Clinical case presentation will be used for illustration.

PSY 290 Workshop (1-3)

Experiential class focusing on particular area of interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

PSY 291 Written Examination (0)

Comprehensive written examination based on the student's completed coursework. The Written Examination is completed during the last semester of the student's coursework. Students may take the Written Examination a maximum of two times. The Examination must be successfully completed by the 12th week of the semester the student intends to graduate.

PSY 295 Masters Thesis (3)

Individual work on Masters thesis. Prerequisite: PSY 200 and approval of Graduate Program Director.

PSY 296 Masters Thesis Project (3)

Individual work on Masters project. Prerequisite: PSY 200 and approval of Graduate Program Director.

PSY 297 A, B, C Thesis/Project Continuation (1,1,1)

Students who have not completed the Masters Project or Thesis at the end of the PSY 295 or PSY 296 course must enroll in the Continuation of the Master's Project or Thesis for the subsequent semesters, until the thesis/project is completed. Students must complete the Project or Thesis within three semesters.

PSY 298 Case Presentation (0)

Students will present a case analysis, based on a case provided by the department. The paper and presentation will integrate the content areas of the MFT program. The case presentation is completed during the last semester of the student's coursework. Students may take the case presentation a maximum of two times. The case presentation must be successfully completed by the 12th week of the semester the student intends to graduate.

PSY 299 Special Topics (1-3)

Individual study of a problem of interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Counseling Psychology Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Those applying for the Masters degree in Counseling Psychology should have all of the following:

  • A Bachelors degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.00 for undergraduate work.
  • A recommended minimum of 12 upper division units in the Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology or Education). If the undergraduate degree is not in Psychology, applicants must take an Introductory Psychology course prior to entering the program.
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Successful completion of an Introduction to Psychology course.
  • See other general requirements of the Graduate Division.