The M.A. in Psychology program provides an educational foundation in the science and practice of psychology. Graduates will be equipped with a broad foundation of research skills with the ability to serve in a wide range of professional contexts in a rapidly changing scientific and human services environment. The program allows students to apply their education directly to the workplace—using assessment, projects, and other measures to ensure practical, relevant, and immediately applicable learning. Students must complete an Applied Research Project, which puts psychology in action, integrating program learning and applying this learning to an authentic workplace situation. The program may be completed in less than two years or in an accelerated 11-month format. Graduates are equipped with a broad, foundational knowledge of psychology.
• BCBA Foundation
• Child and Adolescent Psychology
• International Psychology
• Organizational Leadership
• Sport and Exercise
Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
Addresses the major definitions of mental and behavioral disorders, the theories of etiology, treatment, and prevention within the context of recent developments in the categorization, and classification of psychological phenomena (DSM). This course includes models of mental and behavioral assessment and emphasizes cultural factors related to mental illness and behavioral disorders. It surveys the evidenced-based practices and psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of the major disorders. Specific scenarios will be utilized that directly relate to child and adolescent psychology.
Psychology of Life Span
Examines normal development from infancy through advanced age, focusing on the development of perceptual and cognitive processes, psychosocial roles, and familial interpersonal processes. Current clinical approaches are examined from diverse theoretical viewpoints and in view of recent research findings.
Diversity and Psychology
Using a systems approach, this course examines the impact of privilege on students' perception of culture, diversity, and identity. Students will explore their own culture, and their reactions to and perceptions of persons who are different. The course specifically examines class, ableness, gender roles, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for their interaction between the dimensions of diversity and psychology issues.
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