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Psychology

Dr. Mary Jacobsen
Psychology, as a science that studies behavior and mental processes, addresses itself to a broad range of questions.  For example, why do we do what we do and feel the way we feel?  What is the relationship between  our brain's functioning and our behavior and experience?  How do we learn, remember, perceive, think, or create?  As society becomes more complex, the answers that psychology can provide to these, and many other questions, become increasingly important.
 
As a science, psychology uses research methodologies that are applicable in many research and evaluation settings.  As a scholarly discipline, psychology emphasizes the communication and explanation of principles and theories that are at the heart of many societal events and human encounters.  As a profession. psychology involves the application of its knowledge and techniques in dealing with individual and social problems.

Your Program

Psychology 4-Year Plan
The psychology curriculum has three objectives: to help you develop an understanding of the theories, principles, methodologies, research findings and applications of psychology; to help you develop your critical and analytical thinking and communications skills as they relate to the study of psychology; and to prepare you for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology or related fields.

Your Experience

Salem's psychology students are eager to combine the study of psychological theory with hands-on research and fieldwork. Many of them supplement their work with a minor or second major in a field such as communication, business or education.

Your Faculty

As active practitioners in the field, the faculty members are able to convey to your and your fellow students the latest advancements in psychological scholarship.

  • Dr. Jeffrey A. Ersoff, associate professor of psychology . B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Florida Atlantic University; Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Dr. Linda Motley Dudley, professor of psychology. B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Dr. Mary E. Jacobsen, associate professor of psychology. B.S., University of Minnesota; M.A., Psy.D., University of St. Thomas

Your Results

When you major in psychology, you may continue onto graduate study or to a career in psychology and psychiatry, counseling, social work, communication and other fields. Thanks to the department's liberal-arts underpinning, you will be armed with superior skills in communication, analytical ability and critical thinking.

You will join other successful Salem psychology department graduates like Jessica Atkinson C'99, Orange County Department of Social Services; Kate Pinkerton Long C'04, Learning Consultant, Muskingun College; Alicia Columbo C'03, Lead resident counselor, Eliada Homes, Inc. and Lesley Simmons C'04, master's program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro in pursuing your post-baccalaureate goals.

Psychology Major (B.A.)

A major consists of nine courses in psychology.

Psychology Minor

The minor in psychology requires completion of five courses.

Psychology (PSYC)

010. Introduction to Psychology One course

Psychology as a science and a discipline. Survey of major subject areas such as biological bases of behavior, human growth and development, perception, learning, motivation, emotions, personality theory, social and abnormal psychology. Required for the major. Fall and Spring.

100. Developmental Psychology One course

Psychological development from conception through adulthood, with emphasis on cognitive, social and biological factors. Methodological questions are emphasized as is the nature/nurture issue. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall.

101. Statistics One course

Elementary descriptive statistics and inferential statistics, both parametric and nonparametric. Emphasis on those statistical concepts and techniques useful in analyzing empirical data in both the behavioral and biological sciences. Discussion of these techniques within the context of their application to concrete research situations. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of the instructor. Fall and Spring.

102. Research Methods in Psychology One course

An introduction to methodology in psychology. Design, execution, analysis and critical evaluation of psychological research. Applications include laboratory and descriptive research. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Spring.

110. Psychology of Women One course

Given the different life experiences of men and women, this course considers psychological theory and research from a feministic perspective in such areas as women’s development, achievement, sexuality and work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall, alternate years.

130. Social Psychology One course

An analysis of various current theories, topics and research methodologies in social psychology. Some of the topics covered include social perception, impression formation, attraction, pro-social and anti-social interpersonal behavior, attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, social roles, group influence on behavior, group dynamics, leadership and social ecology. Prerequisite: PSYC 010 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as SOCI 205. Fall.

140. Abnormal Psychology One course

Origins, symptoms and methods of treatment of deviant behaviors with illustrative case material. Social and clinical aspects of psychological disturbances. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Spring.

150. Psychology of Personality One course

A summary of major historical and contemporary theories of personality, including relevant research and evaluation of each theory with concern for current applications. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall.

160. Human Sexuality One course

An analysis of the psychological, physiological and sociocultural aspects of human sexual behavior and attitudes. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall, alternate years.

200. Independent Study in Psychology One-quarter to one course

Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Subject to approval of the chair of the department. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conference, project, and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any term. Prerequisite: Previous study in psychology or permission of the department chair.

220. Tests and Measurement One course

Test theory and construction, including such areas as intelligence, aptitude, interest, personality and achievement testing. Practice in administering, evaluating and constructing tests. Required for the major. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or permission of the instructor. Spring.

225. Experimental Psychology: Physiology One course

An examination of the relationship of the brain and the rest of the body to behavior. Topics covered include physiological mechanisms for visual and auditory perception, arousal and sleep, eating and drinking, emotionality and aggression, learning and reward, memory. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall.

240. Experimental Psychology: Cognition One course

The theoretical and experimental issues in the area of perceptual and cognitive processes. Topics to be covered include problem solving, visual thinking, human information processing and attention. Includes lecture and laboratory periods. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Fall.

262. Experimental Psychology: Applied Human Learning One course

A survey of how one’s experience affects subsequent behavior and thought. The course will address learning from both behavioral (operant conditioning) and cognitive (memory processes) perspectives. Emphasis is on both theory and empiricism. Includes both lecture and laboratory work. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Spring.

270. History and Systems in Psychology One course

An introduction to the systems and schools of psychology with emphasis on their historical antecedents. The contributions of each system to contemporary psychology will be stressed. Required for the major. Generally taken in the senior (graduating) year. Prerequisite: PSYC 010. Spring.

280. Internship in Psychology One course

An opportunity to use the knowledge and skills the student has learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting; the apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 2.0 overall cumulative average and a 3.0 average in psychology courses taken. Prerequisites: PSYC 010 and at least one psychology course related to the area of the internship and permission of the department chair. Maximum credit per term is one course.

282. Special Topics in Psychology One course

An issue or problem in contemporary psychology will be studied intensively. The specific content and methods for study will be announced prior to beginning of the course. Typical of topics addressed in the past few years are “Sleep and Dreams,” “Childhood Psychopathology,” “The Psychology of Art” and “Computers in Psychology.” Prerequisite: PSYC 010.

290. Honors Independent Study in Psychology One course

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with 3.5 average in psychology, subject to approval of the chair of the department. Honors independent study will result in a major paper arising from empirical research and/or from a literature review. Honors work may be taken for a maximum of two courses. Prerequisite: Status as a psychology major.

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