Psychology and Sociology

Course Requirements

PSY 110: Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to the science of behavior. Topics include the biological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, development, personality and adjustment, and social behavior. CC

PSY 115: Understanding Statistics

Introductory statistics course designed for the math-anxious student. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of central tendency, variation, standardized distributions, correlation, regression and prediction, and hypothesis-testing, including one- and two-way analyses of variance. Prerequisite: MAT 096/099 or Mathematics Placement Examination results. NS

PSY 218: Biological Foundations of Behavior

A general survey of the relationship between biological structure/function and behavior. Topics include: behavioral genetics, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, sensory and motor systems, learning and memory, reproduction, social behavior, and higher cognitive functions and dysfunctions. Prerequisite: 110. Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. NSL

PSY 317: Social Psychology

Examination of the ways in which social stimuli affect the thoughts, motivations and behaviors of individuals. Topics include self-perception, impression management, social power and influence, attitude formation and change, and interpersonal relations. Current research, applications and methodologies are stressed. Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: 110, 115. CC, WI

SOC 120: Introduction to Sociology

A general introductory course to the discipline of sociology, intended mainly for students who wish to gain a broad overview of the field, its areas of study, methods of inquiry and conceptions and analysis of society. The central objective of the course is to encourage students to think sociologically. CC, CD

SOC 225: Social Problems and Inequalities

Applies theories of inequality and stratification to the analysis of the structural basis of social problems. Combines macro-level economic and social analysis with practical examples of problems faced by communities locally, nationally and globally. Explores the relationship between social inequalities and problems such as poverty, crime, environmental crises and the impact of the industrial revolution and post-industrial society on work and unemployment. Prerequisite: 120. CC

SOC 235: Race, Class, Gender

Analyzes the ways in which social categories such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class and gender intersect and organize social relations. Using comparative and historical perspectives on group formation, immigration and conflict, social phenomena such as assimilation, ethnocentrism, racism and multiculturalism are examined. The role of power and privilege in protecting inequality and the potential for change are explored. Prerequisite: 120. CD


SOC 499: Senior Thesis

One course from the following:

PHI 121: Ethics

Classical and contemporary theories of ethics and values, with applications to practical problems. Brief introduction to metaethics. ETH

PHI 222: Logic

Introductory course stressing "informal" methods of validating arguments and the formal proof procedures of symbolic logic. FT

PHI 224: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Major philosophical issues that have left a lasting imprint on western cultural heritage. Detailed examination of the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. FWC, WI

PHI 225: Modern Philosophy

Major philosophical issues that have left a lasting impression on the western cultural heritage. Detailed examination of the thought of Descartes, Hume, Kant and Hegel. HWC, WI

PHI 245/345: Existentialism

An advanced exploration of important figures and works in the existentialist tradition, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Camus, Beauvoir and Sartre. HWC, ETH

RLS 205: Bioethics

Ethical issues in the biological sciences and medical technology: human experimentation, euthanasia, abortion, reproductive technology, genetic engineering, cloning and stem-cell research. ETH, WI

RLS 207: Private Values and Public Policy

Interplay between private persons, their beliefs and values, and the larger community with its customs and laws. Individualistic vs. community values; the influences of individuals on public policy. Strategies of resistance, nonviolence, civil disobedience and political activism. Ethical and legal issues in regulating variant behavior, high-risk activities and victimless crimes. Privacy, civil rights, civic responsibilities and related issues. Minority protections, church-state relations. Role of personal beliefs in the public arena and schools. CC, CD, ETH

RLS 209: Ethical Issues Today

Focused study of pressing ethical issues of our day. Topics may include sex, love and friendship, war and peace, computers and technology, affluence, poverty and globalization. CC, ETH, WI

RLS 210/310: Science and Religion

Impact of scientific method on religious thought. Confrontation of ancient themes and scientific world views. Current discussions on newer science and religious beliefs (big-bang cosmology and creation, respectively); religious sources and ecological values; ways of knowing and believing; theories of revelation, encounter, inspiration and symbol. Relationships of beliefs to factual knowledge. HWC, FT

In addition to the required courses listed above, choose either a major in psychology or sociology.

Major in Psychology

PSY 368: History and Systems in Psychology

Psychology in historical perspective. The growth of both theory and science in psychology as exemplified in the works of the great philosopher/ psychologists from Plato to the present. Prerequisites: 110 and permission of instructor.

PSY 431: Experimental Methods in Psychology

Combines theory and practical application of the principles of experimental design, hypothesis-testing and statistical inference, including correlational and quasi-experimental techniques. Course incorporates an introduction to the use of SPSS computer software for statistical analyses. Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: 110, 115, 218 and 317 senior status or permission of instructor.

Four additional courses, at least two at the 300 level, selected in consultation with the adviser.

Major in Sociology

SOC 232: Qualitative Methods and Feminist Research

Introduces student to basic research procedures for collecting qualitative data in the social sciences. Students learn skills for participant observation and ethnography, interviewing, content analysis and procedures for qualitative data analysis. Considers the major theories on qualitative research with special attention to feminist approaches, research ethics and project design. Includes introducing students to computer-based qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: 120 and permission. WS, WI

SOC 315: Sociological Theory

Survey of theoretical perspectives that have guided sociological thought and inquiry. Both classical social theorists (e.g., Marx, Weber, Durkheim) and contemporary theoretical perspectives (e.g., feminist, postmodernist, deconstructionist) are considered. Prerequisite: 120 and at least one 200-level sociology course. HWC

SOC 355: Internship

SOC 414: Research Design

Analyzes and critiques major qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociological research. Reviews basics of qualitative and quantitative research design. Principles of research, including data collection methods, ethics in research, data interpretation and analysis are introduced. Students learn to read research in the field and to design their own research project. Prerequisites: 120, 232, PSY 115, senior status or permission of instructor.

Three additional courses selected in consultation with the adviser, at least one at the 300 level.

Behavioral Sciences

  • Julie Raulli Ph.D.

    Departments and Positions:
    Social Sciences, Assistant Academic Dean, Head of Social Sciences Division
    Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Social Sciences

  • Carl Larson Ph.D.

    Departments and Positions:
    Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Julie Raulli Ph.D.

    Departments and Positions:
    Social Sciences, Assistant Academic Dean, Head of Social Sciences Division
    Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Steven Schmidt Ph.D.

    Departments and Positions:
    Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Psychology