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The Psychology interest area at Kirkwood is part of our Liberal Arts program. You will work closely with the Advising and Transfer Center and psychology faculty when deciding on which classes are right for you. Our Psychology faculty are experts with real-world experience who are ready to help you navigate toward a rewarding career.
With many options to choose from, the advising process will also help you choose the courses that prepare you for the career you want.
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology
Introduces the scientific study of mental processes and behavior with emphasis on the nervous system, learning and memory, cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence, stress, psychological disorders and therapy, and social influence. Stresses roles of both theory and empirical evidence in describing, explaining and predicting behavior. Encourages critical thinking about research methods and ethics. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
Introduces physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from a lifespan perspective covering conception until death. Provides an introduction to major theories and classic and contemporary research, and examines normative development as impacted by genes, maturation, experience, cohort, gender, race, social class and culture. Discusses topics including developmental research methods; genetics; prenatal development; infancy; childhood; adolescence; early, middle and late adulthood; and death and bereavement. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: PSY-111; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
Describes emotional, cognitive and behavioral disorders using the current edition of the DSM for classification and diagnosis of disorders. Explores assessment, causes and treatments of disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Reviews historical and current theoretical perspectives of abnormality, research methods, and legal and ethical issues. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: PSY-111; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
PSY-251 Social Psychology
Explores how an individual's thinking, feelings and behavior are affected by others. Covers research methods, ethics, and classic as well as contemporary research on topics including social beliefs and judgments, self and person perception, attitude formation and change, prejudice, aggression and conflict, helping and prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, gender-related behavior, conformity and deviation, persuasion, and group influence. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: PSY-111; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
PSY-261 Human Sexuality
Provides an introduction to psychological, biological, cultural and legal aspects of human sexuality. Examines scientific approaches to the study of sexual anatomy and physiology, conception and contraception, sexual health and illness, sexual development across the lifespan, consensual and nonconsensual behavior, gender, sexual orientation, sexual diversity, intimate relationships, and the sexual marketplace. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A
PSY-924 Honors Project
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contact. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean