Programs in Psychology
The field of psychology focuses on the examination of mental processes and behavior and basic behavioral functions such as sensation, perception, learning, thinking, language, motivation, personality, and emotion. The program in Psychology provides students with a background of fundamental subject matter that will equip them for subsequent graduate study in psychology and related fields, assist them in careers in medicine, education, law, business, or other professions involving human services, and provide them with an understanding of behavior useful in everyday personal and community life.
Requirements for Psychology Majors
Students must earn an overall 2.5 cumulative grade-point average as well as 2.5 in their Psychology courses. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in PY prefix courses at Husson to be eligible for graduation.
Students receiving a Husson four-year degree in Psychology and meeting State of Maine requirements for the MHRT/C may apply for this certification upon graduation. This certification enables graduates to undertake entry-level case management and educational programs in mental health settings that are supported by the State of Maine.
PY 111. General Psychology. 3 Hours.
This is a scientifically based introduction to the discipline of psychology. It examines the study of basic patterns of behavior including motivation, learning, emotions, the physiological basis of behavior, human growth and development, personality theory and measurement, and abnormal and deviant behavior.
PY 141. Human Growth and Development. 3 Hours.
This course includes physiological processes of development including conception, prenatal growth, birth, maturation, and aging, provide a framework for examining the cognitive, affective and social development of the individual during his/her life-span. Prerequisite(s): PY 111.
PY 231. Social Psychology. 3 Hours.
This course exposes the student to classic research in the field of social influence and perception. Students are introduced to several concepts that provide understanding of the world in new ways. Prerequisite(s): PY 111.
PY 232. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Hours.
This is a comprehensive course focusing on the better understanding of the field as an area of active inquiry both in clinical practice and in research. A complete presentation of the most important theoretical models along with topics that reflect contemporary interests are examined. Developmental perspectives along with current views of abnormality and current treatment approaches are studied. Prerequisite(s): PY 111.
PY 233. Psychology of Human Sexuality. 3 Hours.
This course examines the historical, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of human sexuality. Topics typically include sexual maturation, gender identity, sexual orientation, development and maintenance of healthy sexual relationships, sexual attitudes, normal sexual behavior, abnormal sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, and cross-cultural sexual practices. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 141.
PY 242. Research Methods. 3 Hours.
In this course students will cover basic topics in research methodology in psychology. They will learn how to develop research questions, identify problems inherent in many research designs, and how to present their findings. They will also cover ethical issues related to research with human beings and animals. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and MS 132.
PY 299. Topic/. 1-3 Hour.
This course is intended to provide the opportunity to offer courses in psychology that would not normally be a part of the Husson curriculum. As such the topics will depend upon the interests of students and faculty. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and (PY 141 or PY 241).
PY 322. Diversity & Multiculturalism. 3 Hours.
This course critically explores an array of cultural forces as well as issues entailed by lifestyle diversity that may help play significant roles in shaping students’ understanding of and approaches to assisting individuals with emotional or psychological difficulties or who are experiencing problem in making adaptive adjustments to life's many transitions. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and (PY 141 or PY 241).
PY 325. Field Experience and Career Development. 3 Hours.
This course provides an initial (300 level) opportunity to obtain field experience in Psychology in order to develop and refine career goals, work on professional development skills (e.g., resume building, interviewing, networking), and engage in important self-reflection and peer-discussion of educational and professional pursuits. Field work is designed to provide an initial hands-on experience to explore an area of career interest related to psychology and mental health. This portion of the course is highly individualized to meet the educational and career goals of the student. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 141 and ( Major=Psychology or Major=BS Psychology - MHRT/C Certification or Major=BS Psychology).
PY 333. Psychology of Personality. 3 Hours.
This is a critical review of methods and content in the study of personality. The development of the field, with attention to recent applications of scientific methods to problems of personality, is examined. A survey of major theories of personality is undertaken. Prerequisite(s): PY 111.
PY 335. Intro to Rehabilitation. 3 Hours.
The course will provide a basic foundational study of rehabilitation counseling with a conceptual overview of the professional, historical, theoretical and research foundations, as well as the counseling applications of the rehabilitation profession. Prerequisite(s): PY 241 and (PY 332 or PY 232).
PY 336. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Hours.
Evolutionary psychology will examine the impact evolutionary theory on the field of psychology. This course links psychology, anthropology, and biology and examines why contemporary humans behave and think the way they do. It examines the proximate and ultimate causes of behavior with an emphasis on function. The course begins with an overview of heredity and evolutionary theory and then discusses research on evolutionary factors that influence human learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion. It also covers the evolutionary explanations for social behavior such as cooperation and competition, and mate-selection and parenting. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 141.
PY 338. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Hours.
This course provides students with an overview of the theories and research in cognition. The course covers diverse topics such as memory, attention, judgment, decision making, problem solving, language, intelligence, sensation, perception, and sensory integration. In addition, this course integrates concepts from many diverse areas of psychology including biopsychology, learning, development, educational psychology, and sociocultural psychology, as well as other scientific disciplines. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 141 and PY 242.
PY 340. Physiological Psychology. 3 Hours.
This course examines behavior as viewed by the biological perspective. It is an introduction to and survey of the physiological bases of behavior, including biochemical and neurophysiological determinants of sensation, motor control, sleep, eating and drinking, learning and memory, language and mental disorders. Prerequisite(s): PY 111.
PY 341. Gerontology. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to expose the students to the most relevant and current problems in the field of aging and present a variety of divergent views on the appropriate solutions to these problems. The topics covered include demographic trends, the aging process, longevity, social attitudes toward old age, problems and potentials of aging, retirement, death, living environments in later life and social policies, programs and services for older people. Also, mental and physical health, cognitive and personality development, relationships and sexuality are studied. The key theories on aging and the influence of scientific knowledge, changing world views and historical events on theoretical viewpoints are examined. Prerequisite(s): PY 241 or PY 141.
PY 344. Early Childhood. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to expose students to the interplay among biological, cognitive and social factors in children`s development and examine its multiple determination. Basic research, theoretical models and applications of knowledge in areas such as prenatal environment, heredity and environment, sensation, perception and learning, emotional development, language and communications, intelligence, family, peers, morality, altruism, aggression, gender roles and differences, and technology and television are examined. Prerequisite(s): PY 241 or PY 141.
PY 346. Adolescent Psychology. 3 Hours.
This course examines the contextual development of adolescents as they transition through biological, cognitive, and social changes. These contextual transitions include the family, peer groups, schools, and work and leisure. Also, the developmental issues of identity, autonomy, intimacy, sexuality, achievement and psychosocial problems are explored. Prerequisite(s): PY 241 or PY 141.
PY 410. History and Systems of Psychology. 3 Hours.
This course provides students with an overview of the historical trends, influential people, theoretical developments, and empirical findings that are either foundational for the discipline or have shaped the current directions in psychology. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 141 and PY 333.
PY 411. Psychological Tests and Measurements. 3 Hours.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles of psychological testing. The topics it covers include the definition of psychological testing, the role of testing in evaluation of persons, the types of tests and purposes for which they are applied, principles of test construction including a review of relevant statistical concepts, item selection, standardization, reliability and validity. In addition, this course will consider and examine some major tests used in assessment of personality, intelligence, interests, and neuropsychology and the standards for ethical practice in psychological testing. Prerequisite(s): (MS 111 or MS 141 or MS 180 or MS 181) and MS 132 and (PY 332 or PY 232) and (PY 242 or PY 342).
PY 431. Behavior Modification/Seminar in Learning. 3 Hours.
This is an advanced course examining how learning principles influence human behavior. Students study the extension of principles and concepts emerging from experimental analysis of behavior to problems of behavior modification in academic, social, and industrial settings. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and PY 232.
PY 442. Seminar in Psychology. 3 Hours.
This is a capstone course designed to review the academic work and empirical experiences of psychology majors in the field, but not excluding the incorporation of other academic and collegiate experiences from psychology’s point of view. Additionally, this course provides students the opportunity to explore topics they deem important. The course helps prepare students for program completion and a smooth transition from collegiate to professional life. It also provides a review of the students’ academic experiences and verifies that all of the collegiate co-curricular expectations have been met. Prerequisite(s): College Level=Senior and (Major=BS Psychology - Crim Justice or Major=BS Psychology - General or Major=BS Psychology/Clinical or Major=BS Psychology - MHRT/C Certification or Major=BS Psychology).
PY 447. Trauma and Recovery. 3 Hours.
The theory and methodology of sexual abuse, non-sexual trauma, and the effects of trauma is examined. Awareness of abuse, recognizing the sources of trauma and developing a recovery plan through the use of available resources for prevention and treatment in the State of Maine will also be covered. Prerequisite(s): (PY 141 or PY 241) and (PY 232 or PY 332) and (PY 450).
PY 450. Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy. 3 Hours.
This course covers an introduction to the principles and techniques to counseling and psychotherapy with attention given to professional identity factors, theoretical and research foundations, counseling applications, current issues in therapeutic practice, and the place and obligations of the psychotherapist in the profession. Prerequisite(s): (PY 141 or PY 241) and (PY 232 or PY 332).
PY 491. Field Placement. 3 Hours.
This experience is designed to introduce students to actual fieldwork in mental health that is related to their career goals. This is a highly individualized class that is structured to meet the educational and career related needs of each student. Weekly class meetings focus on issues relevant to providing mental health services to patients, becoming aware of various systems that support provision of mental health services, and increasing one's self-awareness in regards to working in mental health systems and providing mental health services. Students must receive approval from their advisor before they can register. Prerequisite(s): College Level=Senior and ( Major=BS Psychology - MHRT/C Certification or Major=BS Psychology).
PY 499. Topic/. 3-3 Hours.
This course is intended to provide the opportunity to offer advanced courses in psychology that would not normally be a part of the Husson curriculum. As such the topics will depend upon the interests of students and faculty. Prerequisite(s): PY 111 and ( College Level=Junior or College Level=Senior).