Psychology

PSYC-030: Metamorphosis, Credits = 10
This course prepares the student for the transition into the work and home environment. Topics include thinking healthy, thinking successfully, and thinking free. This class takes students in a highly structured authoritarian community and prepares them for the choices, challenges, and commitments that come with freedom. Formerly PSY 030.

PSYC-084: Breaking Barriers, Credits = 3
Breaking Barriers is a video-supported interactive training series designed for use with the incarcerated. Its goal is to create a realization in all participants that change is possible; it provides tools to facilitate development of cognitive thinking skills supportive of subjective change. Units demonstrate how an individual's long-held habits, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations work to impact the way our future develops, and that controlling how we think and act is a learnable process within every person's capacity. At its end, participants are encouraged to give back (or "pay forward") the benefits they reap from practicing the model and the course philosophy in their own lives. Formerly PSY 084.

PSYC-086: Victim Awareness, Credits = 3
Crime leaves the lives of its victims and co-victims shattered, confused and often threatened. Victimization is costly, not only in terms of the financial losses incurred, but also in terms of psychological and emotional trauma that can endure for generations. Offenders commit crimes for many reasons. More times than not, they fail to consider the impact their behavior has on their victims. The Victim Awareness Education Program is designed to assist offenders in accepting responsibility for the harm caused by their actions. The program is an attempt to close the gap between criminal behavior and victimization. If the cycle of crime is to be broken, offenders must understand the real impact of their crime(s), and the system must work in partnership with the victims. Formerly PSY 086.

PSYC-089: Achieving Your Potential, Credits = 5
During this course students will begin to think of ways that their self-image has influenced their life decisions in the past. Group activities will help students conceptualize personal goals in terms of human dignity, personal integrity, and a holistic life view. This course is designed to recognize, understand, and effectively utilize tools essential for succeeding in job searching, interpersonal relationships and developing self-esteem. Formerly PSY 089.

PSYC-090: Getting It Right, Credits = 3
The Getting it Right course is an Offender Change Program with the goal of assisting students with changing criminal behavior utilizing several researched models of intervention. The underlying principles include the premise that individuals are responsible for their behavior and that they are able to change their behavior. Formerly PSY 090.

PSYC-092: Job Search Skills, Credits = 2
A Department of Corrections Offender Change course focused on re-entry to help prepare offenders for successful integration into communities upon release from prison. Students will focus on the process of finding employment: identifying strengths and skills, career planning, labor market analysis, careers for felons, job searches (traditional and electronic), filling out applications, building resumes, interview skills and skills for keeping a job. Students will focus on making positive connections, learning strategies, goal setting and coping skills for frustrations and stress.

PSYC-099: Anger Stress Management, Credits = 3
Anger Stress Management is a statewide standardized course designed to acquaint students with where stress and anger originate in our lives (modeled behavior); what effects (benefits and hazards) they were originally designed to have on the "human animal"; what effects they can have on us physically, mentally and socially in modern times; where and from whom stress and anger responses are learned by individuals; what options there are for controlling stress and anger. Formerly PSY 099.

PSYC-111: Psychology of Relationships, Credits = 3
Personal discovery of the factors that influence interactions including friendships, romantic relationships, work interactions, and family interactions. Skills in personal communication, active listening, feedback, self-disclosure, empathy, assertiveness, and conflict management are developed. Formerly PSY 111.

PSYC-113: Human Sexuality, Credits = 5
Study of sexual facts, attitudes, morals, and behavior. Includes conception, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, physiological and psychological aspects of sexual response, varieties of sexual behavior, exploration of sexual abuse and victimization, legal issues in sexuality, sexual ethics, and society's influence on sexuality and sex roles. Course for adults--lectures and films may contain explicit language, sciences, nudity, and material. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 097. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Student may not earn credit for both PSYC 113 and WST 113. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Formerly PSY 113.

PSYC-139: Psychology of Women, Credits = 5
Explore the historical, cultural, and biological development of growing up female. Also examined are the social and psychological perspectives of female identity, traditional and non-traditional roles, values, sexuality, dependency, emotions, physical and mental health issues, and the changing perception of femininity and masculinity. Student may not earn credit for both PSYC 139 and WST 139. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 139.

PSYC-140: Career and Life Planning, Credits = 3
A systematic approach to planning students' individual career paths. Students learn to recognize their skills, interests, and values related to work and education. Career fields and occupations are identified that relate appropriately to those personal characteristics and students learn to research the demands, rewards and employment practices unique to each. Resumes and portfolios are produced as part of preparing to conduct an effective job search. Recommended: ENGL 077. Formerly PSY 140.

PSYC-160: Psychology of Criminal Behavior, Credits = 5
Study of maladaptive behavior as formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Special emphasis on psychopathy and related diagnoses most frequently encountered by criminal justice personnel. Also includes an examination of crisis intervention and techniques of brief therapy. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 160.

PSYC-196: Psychology of Human Performance, Credits = 3
In-depth study of the relationship between the mind and body. Course includes application of psychological theories, research, and intervention strategies to performance enhancements in a variety of settings. Topics include stress and emotional control, attention and concentration, mental rehearsal, memory enhancement, the effects of motivation and personality on performance and effective group communications. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 196.

PSYC-205: Social Psychology, Credits = 5
Study of the influence of the behavior of others on individual behavior and attitudes. Topics include conformity, obedience, aggression, prejudice, persuasion, interpersonal attraction, self-justification, and group processes. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Formerly PSY 205. [SS] [^D]

PSYC-205H: Social Psychology-Honors, Credits = 5
Study of the influence of the behavior of others on individual behavior and attitudes. Topics include conformity, obedience, aggression, prejudice, persuasion, interpersonal attraction, self-justification, and group processes. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Formerly PSY 205. [SS] [^D]

PSYC-207: Psychology of Personality, Credits = 5
Introduction to the study of personality, including an overview of the major theories, research strategies for measuring aspects of personality, and practical applications to psychological adjustment in daily life. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100, General Psychology. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

PSYC-219: Health Psychology, Credits = 5
Study of the psychological research and principles in the promotion and maintenance of wellness and health in understanding and preventing disease. Prerequisite: PSYC& 100, General Psychology. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 219.

PSYC-224: Environmental Psychology, Credits = 5
Study of interrelationships between people and the environment. Course will address the theories of environment-behavior relationships and include topics of environmental perception, assessment and cognition; noise, weather, climate, pollution, disasters, personal space and territoriality; planning and design in the work, learning and leisure environments; and changing behavior to save the environment. The course structure will allow the student to apply the theories and concepts of environmental psychology to their particular setting of interest, i.e. work, school, home. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 224.

PSYC-225: Psychology of Environmental Problems, Credits = 2
Provides opportunity to apply psychological theory and research to environmental problems. Course will focus on how psychological principles may contribute to building a sustainable culture with an applied component in which the student will explore interventions to promote an awareness of current environmental difficulties. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly PSY 225.

PSYC-240: Honors Seminar: Explorations in Psychology, Credits = 2
Provide students with a chance to examine a specific area of Psychology in depth. The basic concepts of the particular area of study will be covered, in addition to discussion of related current events and specific issues of local, national or global interest. Includes lecture as well as student interaction, and will require critical thinking and consideration of relevant diversity issues. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in WWCC Honors Program, or instructor permission.

PSYC-297: Special Problems, Credits = 1 - 5
Provides an opportunity to design and implement a research project of interest in psychology under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Formerly PSY 297.