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Graduate Courses in Psychology

This page lists courses from both the Psychology Department (PSY) and the Department of Psychological Sciences (PSYS).

PSY 405G Cognitive Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: A research methods course or permission of the instructor. Overview of theory and research in human cognition, with primary emphasis on attention, memory, judgment and decision making, and problem solving. Cognition in special populations (e.g., elderly, brain-injured, mentally disordered) is also covered.

PSY 407G Psychology of Language. 3 hours. Prerequisite: A research methods course or permission of the instructor. Overview of scientific study of human language abilities, with primary emphasis on individual psychological mechanisms.

PSY 410G Psychology of Learning. 3 hours. Prerequisite: A research methods course or permission of the instructor. Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as these have been treated in theories attempting to provide a general framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.

PSY 411G Psychology of Sensation and Perception. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Basic sensory mechanisms involved in taste, smell, hearing, and sight, with primary emphasis on auditory and visual perception. Topics include speech perception; visual illusions; color vision; perception of form, shape, movement, time, and space; perceptual motor coordination; and the development of perception.

PSY 412G Psychology of Motivation and Emotion. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. A study of the principal theories of motivation and emotion. Examination of needs, cognition, and social aspects. Includes a critical review of research and application of these theories to human behavior.

PSY 421G Psychology of Early Adolescence. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Focuses on theory and research related to cognitive, personality, and social development in early adolescence. Theories are applied to important developmental contexts such as peers, families, and learning environments. Designed for students planning to meet middle grades certification requirements. Either PSY 421 or PSY 422, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major or minor. PSY 421 may not be used to satisfy the Developmental Course Category restricted elective requirement for the major.

PSY 422G Adolescent Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Introduction to behavior and development from early adolescence to adulthood, emphasizing a critical review of research and literature.

PSY 423G Psychology of Adult Life and Aging. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. Psychological processes in adulthood and aging. Emphasis on contemporary theories, methodological issues, and interactions of psychological, biological, social, and environmental factors in adulthood and aging.

PSY 424G Topics in Developmental Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 199 or PSY 321 or equivalent and graduate standing. A consideration of special topics to acquaint students with theoretical and research issues of particular interest in developmental psychology. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic differs.

PSY 430G Psychology of Women. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Six hours of psychology, including PSY 100. Scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of girls and women. Topics include gender differences and similarities, inclusion of females in psychological research, psychological development of girls and women, sexuality, and mental health issues.

PSY 432G Psychology of the Gifted and Creative. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100. The course covers identification of gifted children and adults with an emphasis upon the development of educational programs which maximize the development of giftedness. Included will be a critical review of research and literature in the areas of giftedness and creativity.

PSY 435G Moral Development and Education. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or equivalent and graduate standing. An in-depth study of and reflection upon psychological theories of morality, moral development, moral functioning, and current models of moral education and professional identity.

PSY 440G Abnormal Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology, including PSY 100 or equivalent, and graduate standing. Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs.

PSY 441G Psychological Aspects of Alcoholism. 3 hours. Intensive study of theories and research regarding alcoholism; emphasis on application of psychological theories to the treatment of alcoholism.

PSY 442G Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours in PSY including PSY 100 and permission of instructor. Paraprofessional skills for conducting structured and unstructured interviews in non-therapy settings. Emphasizes skills development but also covers some theoretical material.

PSY 443G Behavior Modification. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology including PSY 100, and permission of instructor. Introduction to theory and application of behavior modification techniques. Emphasizes the use of behavior modification in education, child rearing, clinics and self modification. Course activities or assignments may require the individual to disclose personal information.

PSY 450G Psychology of Personality. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Six hours of psychology including PSY 100, and permission of instructor. Overview of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality, including historical as well as contemporary theorists, avenues of analysis, and concepts.

PSY 455G Introduction to Clinical Practice of Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 440 or 450. Survey of theories, models, and techniques in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Includes emphasis on professional ethics for psychologists. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 470G Psychology and Law. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or permission of instructor. Psychological knowledge that is pertinent to the legal system. Emphasis on how human characteristics and psychological factors influence attitudes, decisions, and behavior throughout the legal process. Field trips to off-campus locations will be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

PSY 473G Training in Business and Industry. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 370 or MGT 310 and 311 or permission of instructor. An introduction to theories, research and methods of training needs analysis, program design, implementation, and evaluation.

PSY 480G Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 hours. Prerequisites: A research methods course or permission of the instructor. An examination of the neurological bases of human and animal behavior emphasizing brain processes and structures underlying major psychological constructs such as sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, communication, reproductive behavior, and neurological and psychological disorders.

PSY 483G Evolutionary Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 100 or equivalent and graduate standing. A survey of the research methods and core concepts of evolutionary psychology as they apply to human adaptive problems, including problems of survival, sex and mating, parenting and kinship, and aggression.

PSY 485G Psychology of Religion. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Nine hours of psychology, including PSY 100 or equivalent; PSY 201, 210, and 450 are preferred but not essential. Study Classical theories and current research in the psychology of religion.

PSY 490G Research, Readings or Special Projects in Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 100 and permission of the faculty project supervisor. Advanced students will conduct research and/or readings or projects concerning issues in psychology under the direction of faculty members. The course may be repeated.

PSY 495G History and Systems of Psychology. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Nine hours in psychology, including PSY 100 or equivalent. Overview of the main historical systems of psychology: introspectionist, functionalist, purposive, psychoanalytic, behaviorist, gestalt, existentialistic, and humanistic. Emphasizes the recent history of psychology, and the identification of important systematic trends in contemporary writings in psychology and their underlying assumptions.

PSY 499G Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 hours. Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and/or oral reports by students are utilized.

PSY 500 Trends and Scientific Approaches in Psychological Thinking. 1-3 hours. New developments and special topics in contemporary psychological research. May be repeated with a different topic.

PSY 505 Statistical Software for Behavioral Scientists. 3 hours. Prerequisites: Three hours of undergraduate statistics and graduate standing or permission of instructor. Develops proficiency in use of statistical software for mainframe and personal computers. Emphasis on SPSS. Data base management for the PC also addressed.

PSY 510 Advanced Educational Psychology. 3 hours. Application of psychological and developmental theories to teaching and learning. Examination of cognitive, social, and moral development, learner diversity, learning theories, motivation, effective classroom management, productive instructional practices, and assessment.

PSY 511 Psychology of Learning. 3 hours. Theories of learning including conditioning, social learning, reinforcement, problem solving, motivation, and structure of the learning situation.

PSY 514 Program Evaluation. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Examination of program accountability. Emphasizes all phases of evaluation. Also covers decision making processes.

PSY 519 Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior. 3 hours. Strategies and techniques designed for coping with problem behaviors in the classroom. Covers both preventative and problem encounter measures.

PSY 520 Individual Differences and Human Diversity. 1-3 hours. Research and theory in aspects of human diversity, including intelligence, motivation, personality, achievement, and aptitudes. Both individual and group differences are addressed, and sources of diversity are explored.

PSY 540 Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence. 3 hours. The major forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents, with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems and developmental patterns. Also covers clinical and school treatment of behavior problems encountered in the school setting.

PSY 541 Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology. 3 hours. Roles and responsibilities of professional psychologists emphasizing ethical, legal, and methodological issues for the master's level professional.

PSY 545 Clinical Child Psychology: Theory and Practice. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 540 or PSY 640 or permission of instructor. For psychology or mental health profession students desiring to work with mental health problems in children and adolescents.

PSY 551 Social Psychology of Organizations. 3 hours. The dynamics of groups and organizations. Current theory and research in psychology of organizations.

PSY 560 Assessment of Cognitive and Intellectual Functioning. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Administration of the WISC, WAIS and other individually administered tests used as basic tools in education, occupational guidance, clinical diagnosis.

PSY 561 Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560 and permission of instructor. Interpretation and integration of assessment information for use in educational settings. Includes tests, behavior ratings scales, ecological analysis, systematic observations, and functional behavioral assessment.

PSY 562 Practicum in Psychological Assessment. 1-3 hours. Corequisite: PSY 560 or 561. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised experience in the administration and interpretation of instruments and practices used in the assessment of intellectual abilities and learning problems in educational or clinical settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites. (May be repeated)

PSY 590 Readings/Research Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: Departmental permission only. Individual readings or research. Arrangements must be made before enrollment. Application (pdf)

PSY 591 Internship in College Teaching. 3 hours. Problems and methods of teaching at the college level. Students enrolled in this course will concurrently teach a course in introductory or general psychology.

PSY 592 Psychology Internship. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Field experience for clinical, school, industrial, or other psychologists. Required for Kentucky certification. Typically taken in the student's last semester in residence.

PSY 599 Thesis Research. 1-6 hours (6 total). No course description is available. Pass/Fail grading.

PSY 600 Maintain Matriculation. 1-6 hours. No course description is available.

PSY 637 Theories of Addiction. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 637, SWRK 637. Prerequisites: Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in helping profession, and instructor's permission. This course involves introduction to theoretical, philosophical and historical premises of addictions. Topics include professional ethics, diversity, family roles and relationships, and dual diagnosis.

PSY 640 Psychopathology. 3 hours. Major forms of child and adult psychopathology with emphasis upon recent research, classification systems, the modification of deviant behavior and developmental patterns of learning and motivation variables.

PSY 641 Theories of Psychotherapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Selected theories and techniques of psychotherapy and counseling. Also covers group therapy, clinical topics, and professional and ethical issues.

PSY 642 Clinical Interviewing and Psychotherapy. 3 hours. Prerequisite: PSY 641 and permission of instructor. Continuation of 641 with emphasis on group, family, and marital psychotherapy.

PSY 643 Psychoeducational Assessment. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560, 561 and permission of instructor. Diagnostic instruments and procedures for assessing educationally-related disabilities. Emphasis on current laws and regulations regarding special education, academic interventions, and Individualized Education Programs. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 645 Consultation in Educational and Mental Health Settings: Theory and Practice. 3 hours. Designed to provide theory and practice to mental health professionals. Theories and methods of mental health consultation in depth. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 647 Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 647, SWRK 647. Prerequisites: Admission to or completion of approved graduate program in a helping profession, and instructor permission. This course involves the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment methods and techniques used to diagnose addiction disorders, as well as the development of appropriate treatment plans and issues involved in treatment planning.

PSY 660 Assessment of Personality and Socio-emotional Functioning. 3 hours. Prerequisites: PSY 560 and permission of instructor. Personality diagnosis using objective and projective techniques with emphasis on current research interpretation, and communication of assessment information.

PSY 662 Practicum in Psychology. 1-3 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised practice in schools, clinics, specialized training centers, hospitals, industry, and research settings. Field experiences in appropriate off-campus settings may be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

PSY 667 Counseling Substance Abusers and Their Families. 3 hours. Equivalent: CNS 647, SWRK 647. Counseling issues related to substance abuse diagnosis, treatment and aftercare program.

PSY 699 Specialist Project. 1-6 hours (6 total). Pass/Fail grading.

PSY 700 Maintain Matriculation. 1-6 hours. 

 

Most 400-level psychology courses may be taken for graduate credit. Students receiving graduate credit in 400G courses will be required to do additional research, readings, or other appropriate assignments.

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