PSYC - Psychology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • The major emphasis of this course is on normal human behavior. Both the biological structure of the human organism and the effect of the environment upon behavior are studied. The major areas of psychological study, including research methods, sensation and perception, learning theories, and cognitive processes are surveyed.

  • This introductory course is designed to help students understand the basic concepts and principles of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development at each major stage of life - from conception until old age. Major theories are explained and fully integrated throughout the human life span.

  • This course covers the problems of human adjustment using the psychoanalytic, social-learning, and humanistic perspectives. The course also focuses on stress, its effects and its management. The third area of study concerns interpersonal and social aspects of adjustment.

  • The course is an introduction to social psychology - the scientific discipline which studies the psychology of the individual in society. It focuses on the individual during social interaction, social influence, and interaction processes. Among topics considered are: attitude change, person perception, attrition theory, verbal and nonverbal communication, conformity and nonconformity, aggression and affiliation, power, social justice, and interpersonal attraction.
  • This course is designed to assist the student in developing the helping skills necessary to conduct a productive, helping session. Helping models, ethical considerations, and interview methods will be examined, particularly as they apply to the human services field. Students will video and participate in mock counseling sessions.

  • Adolescent Development is an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and social changes which occur between puberty and young adulthood. Contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, morality, and education are discussed. Psychological theories and developmental stages of life will be explored by the student and applied to adolescent behavior.

  • The major emphasis of this course is the understanding of the symptoms, etiology, diagnostic classification, and theories pertaining to psychopathology. Special attention is paid to the medical model, the psychological model, and the behaviorist model as they apply to the causes and treatment of the behavioral disorders. Newer developments in therapy which treat mental disorders as problems of living rather than specific diseases are analyzed.

  • This course allows students who have successfully completed a previous course in psychology to continue study in that subject. A student may contract for one to four credit hours. However, directed study may be contracted by a student only with the approval of the directing instructor and the department chairperson.

  • This course is intended to provide students with an overview of current psychological approaches to helping. Topics will include theories of counseling, cultural issues, professional concerns and ethical standards of the field. The course will also address issues related to the historical and theoretical bases of crisis intervention.

  • Health Psychology is an inter-disciplinary field concerned with the biological, psychological and sociological factors associated with health and disease. In this course, students will study various health determinants, the impact of socio-economic and cultural influences on health-related behaviors, the physiology of stress and effective ways to manage or reduce its negative consequences and how to evaluate research in health related fields. In addition, students will critically examine global health concerns from a health systems and health policy perspective.

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology is an advanced course which applies the principles of psychology to the workplace. The focus of the course is on such topics as scientific management, human relations, motivation, group dynamics, and personnel selection. Students will learn about performance appraisal, leadership skills, labor-management relations, and organizational communication. Other topics for discussion include employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and the abuse of drugs.