Courses in Psychology

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PSYC-101 Psychology (formerly SS-510)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


Introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics include research methods, biological bases of brain and mind, sensation-perception, sleep and states of consciousness, learning-memory, development, cognition-intelligence, motivation-emotion, personality, abnormal psychology-therapy, and social psychology. Research findings and principles related to everyday life.

PSYC-215 Child Development (formerly SS-515)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


The goal of this course is to enable students to acquire a knowledge base of child development. Consideration of developmental issues particular to special needs youngsters will also be addressed. Students will examine the central emotional cognitive, and social issues for each develop- mental period during childhood. Cultural, socio-economic, and historical influences on development will be integrated within the course.

PSYC-220 Human Growth and Development (formerly SS-520)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


A study of the changes in behavior and mental processes across the life-span and the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors influencing those changes.

PSYC-225 Psychology of Personal Adjustment (formerly SS-525)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: PSYC-101. Offered in Fall.


Focus is on personal adjustment as an ongoing process of the normal individual. An examination of individual adjustment in terms of the psycho- logical, developmental, and sociocultural dimensions of everyday living. A major concern is the practical application of psychological principles to the enhancement of personal adjustment. Main topics include the origins of adjustment, adjustment and identity, individual growth and change, social adjustment, and problems of adjustment.

PSYC-230 Abnormal Psychology (formerly SS-530)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


Examines abnormal behavior with an emphasis on the classification of, causes of, and treatments for mental disorders. Focuses on major mental disorders including: anxiety, somatoform, and dissociative disorders, mood disorders, schizo- phrenias, personality disorders, substance-related disorders, sexual disorders, and cognitive disorders.

PSYC-240 Social Psychology (formerly SS-540)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


An examination of the behavior of individuals in relation to society. Topics include the self in social context, interpersonal relationships, group behavior attitudes, communication, and attraction.

PSYC-250 Personality (formerly SS-550)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


Explores major theoretical perspectives on personality such as psychodynamic, trait, biological, humanistic, behavioral-social learning, and cognitive approaches. Presents relevant research on personality structure, normal and abnormal development, and assessment, including self-assessment through standardized personality tests.

PSYC-255 The Psychology of Women (formerly SS-555)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


A critical examination of theories of female personality and behavior. Emphasis is placed on the data concerning women’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social characteristics and the biological, developmental, and social forces shaping them. Issues related to health, discrim- nation, and victimization also discussed.

PSYC-260 Psychological Disorders of Childhood (formerly SS-560)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


This course is a survey of the major psychological disorders in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with a focus on diagnosis, assessment, etiology, and treatment. These disorders include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning and communication disorders, eating disorders, habit disorders, attachment disorders, autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, childhood psychoses, and sensory- motor disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the developmental context of the disorders and on the use of multiple theoretical perspectives on the disorders.

PSYC-270 The Psychology of Aging (formerly SS-570)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


A multifaceted approach to the study of the aging process, including the effects of aging on learning, intelligence, personality, and emotional development. The role and status of the elderly person with respect to the family and society. A cross-cultural examination of the situation of the aged person and an evaluation of the utility and limitations of institutional care.

PSYC-290 States of Consciousness (formerly SS-590)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: PSYC-101


Examines theory and research related to altered states of consciousness. Topics include sleep, dreaming, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, and parapsychology in its various manifestations.


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