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Hope College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The Psychology Department exemplifies Hope College's liberal arts mission by providing opportunities for students to develop knowledge, intellectual skills, and personal character through their study of psychology and through relationships based on an appreciation of the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit.

100. Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to the science of behavior and mental life, ranging from biological foundations to social and cultural influences on behavior (and including most of the subjects suggested by other psychology course titles). Laboratory experiments and exercises provide hands-on experience. Psychology 100 or Psychology 200 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses. Four Credits -- Staff -- Both Semesters

105. Introductory Psychology Projects

This course is designed for students who have already had a three-credit introductory psychology course at a different university, or have received AP or IB psychology credit posted to their Hope transcripts. This course is taught at the 100 level and builds on knowledge of psychology by applying the principles of psychology to a range of topics in everyday life and exploring those topics using various research methodologies. This course, combined with the existing three credits of introductory psychology, satisfies the Social Science 1 portion of the Hope College General Education requirements. This course serves as the laboratory component of the Social Science 1 requirement. Students who have taken PSY 200 should not enroll in this class.

One credit -- Staff -- Offered in May/June online only

110. Race in America

Social understandings of race in the United States have changed dramatically over the last 500 years, but race still determines many of our life experiences and shapes our personal, social, and political views. In this course, students will read psychological research and other literature on the role of race in twenty-first century America and explore how we can work together toward greater justice, respect, and appreciation in an increasingly diverse society. Two Credits -- Green -- Spring Semester

200. Research Methods

A beginning study of experimental and research methodology in contemporary psychology. Specific examples from different areas of psychology are used to teach the student basic concepts and methods of observation, measurement, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and generalization. Laboratory projects provide hands-on experience with an emphasis on experiments. Four Credits -- Hernandez-Jarvis, Shaughnessy -- Both Semesters

courses225. The Exceptional Child

Same as Education 225.

230. Developmental Psychology

An introduction to theories, research methods, and findings related to intellectual, linguistic, emotional, perceptual, social and personality development during the life-span, with emphasis on childhood and adolescence. All students will participate in a field placement or other practical experience. Four Credits -- Ludwig, Bredow, Trent Brown-- Both Semesters

265. Theory and Practice of Helping

Helping skills are essential to conducting an effective interview, whether the interview takes place in counseling, social work, nursing, personnel work, or the ministry. The course presents concepts and methods, and teaches skills that are designed to help the student develop specific competencies in helping relationships. (Students may not take both PSY 265 and 365). For psychology majors only. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Two Credits -- Bade -- Once a Year

280. Social Psychology

The scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include self, conformity, persuasion, prejudice, and interpersonal attraction. Data collection and analysis are part of the laboratory experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and PSY 100. Four Credits -- Green, Inman, Van Tongeren-- Both Semesters

290. Supervised Study in Psychology

Designed to give the psychology student an opportunity for first-hand learning experience in laboratory settings or in a field placement under the supervision of a faculty member. It is the student's responsibility to obtain prior approval of the project from the faculty supervisor. May be repeated for credit but no more than four credits may be applied to the 18-credit psychology minor. Pass/Fail credit only. Prerequisites: PSY 100 and permission of the instructor/supervisor. One or Four Credits -- Staff -- Both Semesters

295. Studies in Psychology

An experimental lecture or seminar course designed as a one-time or trial offering. May be repeated for credit but no more than four credits may be applied to the 20-credit psychology minor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two or Four Credits -- Staff

305. The Psychology of Latino Children

This course is designed to explore the development of self-identity, particularly the ethno-cultural component of Latino children's identity, and its influence on children's cognitive development and their school experiences. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach and includes readings from selected resources in the fields of cross-cultural, social-developmental, educational, and cognitive psychology, as well as sociology, cultural diversity, and fiction and non-fiction literature. Two Credits -- Hernandez-Jarvis -- Once Every Two Years

courses308. Multicultural Psychology

This course will address how culture influences the individual's thinking and behavior. It is designed to address both the universality and cultural specificity of psychological principles and theories. The course will cover general topics such as: What is culture? How does it influence the individual? And what is multiculturalism? The course will address theories of multicultural psychology, research and assessment in biological, social, developmental and personality psychology. The course will also examine multicultural issues by learning about the four major minority groupos in the USA. Four Ccredits -- Hernandez Jarvis -- Spring Semester

310. Practical Aspects of Memory

A study of topics in memory including a selective overview of memory research. Practical aspects of memory covered in the course include educational applications, eyewitness testimony, and recovered memories. The prevailing theme and goal of the course is for students to build a bridge between their knowledge of memory based on their personal experience and the body of knowledge based on psychological research. Four Credits -- Shaughnessy -- Alternate Years

320. Physiological Psychology

An introduction to the physiological bases of behavior. Research findings and methods will be emphasized regarding the neural processes underlying brain function and behavior. Four Credits -- Ludwig, Schmidt-- Spring Semester

335. Adult Development and Aging

A study of research and theory about human development during the post-adolescent years, with emphasis on the issue of continuity versus change in the various stages of life. Special attention is paid to the problems and challenges of late adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 230. Two Credits -- Ludwig -- Alternate Years

340. Cognitive Psychology

An introduction to the major topics in cognitive psychology including perception, attention, memory, imagery, knowledge representation, categorization, problem solving, language, decision making, and reasoning. Theories dealing with these issues will be reviewed with an emphasis on current research findings and applications. Data collection and analysis are part of the laboratory experience. Four Credits -- Hernandez-Jarvis, Hwang -- Fall Semester

350. Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This course applies psychology to the workplace. An introduction to the major topics including personnel selection and evaluation, organizational dynamics (groups, power, teams, cooperation, competition, and communication), and human factors (evaluating the work environment). Course contains psychological theories, research, and practical applications (involving interviews and data analysis). Prerequisites: PSY 100 or permission of instructor. Math 210 recommended. Complements a Management Major. Four Credits -- Inman -- Spring Semester

370. Behavior Disorders

A study of the major psychological/psychiatric disorders. Information regarding the diagnostic criteria, causes and treatment of mental disorders, and societal management and attitudes toward the mentally ill will be explored. Four Credits -- Bade, Roehling, Root Luna, vanOyen Witvliet -- Both Semesters

382. Psychology of Gender

This course examines gender from a psychological perspective and is designed to provide students with a critical analysis of evidence for sex differences and similarities, the development of gender roles and identity, and the effect of gender on traditional issues in psychology. Using gender as a primary lens for inquiry, students examine a variety of topics, including family and close relationships, work and achievement, sexual orientation, personality and emotion, and power. Throughout the course, particular attention will be paid to the personal and societal construction and consequences of gender and its intersections with social class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Four Credits -- Bredow -- Once a Year

390. Advanced Research

A psychology laboratory course designed to provide students with hands-on experience with an actual, ongoing research program. Its main purpose is to prepare students for graduate school. Students will be assisting professors with their research and thus be learning by doing. Students must submit an application (available in the departmental office) no later than noon on the Friday before registration. Pemission slips (required) will be distributed at 3:00 p.m. that same day. Prerequisites: Research Methods (PSY 200) and permission of the instructor. It is strongly recommended that the course be taken no later than during the junior year. This course may be taken only once. Four Credits -- Staff -- Both Semesters

395. Studies in Psychology

An experimental lecture or seminar course designed as a one-time or trial offering. May be repeated for credit but no more than four credits may be applied to the 18-credit psychology minor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two to Four Credits -- Staff

410. Introduction to Clinical Psychology

This course will introduce the student to the major topics in clinical psychology. The most influential psychotherapies will be studied, including their theoretical background and applications. Research regarding therapeutic effectiveness will be discussed. In addition, the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues involving assessment of personality and intelligence will be examined. Prerequisite: PSY 370. Four Credits -- Bade, Roehling, Root Luna, vanOyen Witvliet

courses420. Health Psychology

This course is taught in a seminar format and investigates how psychological factors affect aspects of health and illness. A biopsychosocial model is used to examine issues in: (1) health behaviors and primary intervention, (2) stress, illness, and stress reductions, (3) the management of pain and discomfort, and (4) the management of chronic and terminal illness. Prerequisite: Advanced psychology major, or advanced pre-medical student, or advanced nursing student, or advanced kinesiology major. Two Credits -- Bade -- Fall Semester

490. Special Studies

This program affords an opportunity for the advanced psychology student to pursue supervised projects of his or her own choosing beyond the regular course offerings. The project may take on one of two forms: the scholarly treatment of a particular topic unsing the library or research. Both types can be done in various combinations, on or off campus. To be eligible for the course the student must have a faculty sponsor, a specific topic in mind, a reasonable background in related course work, good independent study habits, initiative and high motivation. If the proposed research involves data collection, prerequisites are Psychology 200 and 390. Special Studies credit requires departmental approval of a formal proposal to be submitted prior to registration. The number of credits and whether the course is taken for a grade or on a pass-fail basis are subject to departmental approval. The course may be repeated but no more than four hours of credit in this course may be applied to the psychology minor requirement of 18 credits. Credits to be Arranged -- Staff -- Both Semesters and Summer

495. Advanced Studies in Psychology

An experimental lecture or seminar course designed for a one-time or trial offering. Intended for students of demonstrated maturity, as usually indicated by upperclass standing. May be repeated for credit, but no more than four credits may be applied to the 18-credit psychology minor requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Two to Four Credits -- Staff -- Both Semester and Summer

courses496. Psychology Internship

A closely supervised practical experience in a professional setting for upperclass psychology majors. The experience can include observing, assisting, assuming regular duties, or pursuing a special project. The general guideline for credit is 3 hours per week (for a semester) for each credit. This course may be repeated for credit but no more than four credits may be applied to the 18-credit psychology minor. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Credits to be Arranged -- Roehling, vanOyen Witvliet -- Both Semesters and July Term
Internship opportunities for psychology students are also available through the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington semester programs.

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