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Spring 2011
Apr 23,2014
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PSYC 100 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: PSYCHOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Psychology Department

PSYC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
An introduction to psychology as a field of study and practice. The history, methods, and scope of psychology will be explored. Topics will include learning, perception, cognition, emotion, motivation, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, social behavior, personality, development across the lifespan, and the biological bases of thought, feeling, and action.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 200 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: PSYCHOLOGY
Limited opportunities to enroll for coursework on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Psychology Department

PSYC 202 - PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
A consideration of theory and research on the basic process of learning and memory from simple conditioning in animals to more complex cognitive processes in humans. The course will include laboratory research and demonstrations. Intended for Psychology students. Lab Fee. Fulfills Category 3 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 209 - PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
The study of perception is one of the oldest areas of psychological speculation and research. It raises many interesting questions about mind, reality, truth and aesthetic experience. We will approach the study of perception historically by showing how it developed in parallel within philosophy, science and art, with each approach providing important insights for the other. Our basic question will concern the relations that exist between descriptions of the physical world, our brain, and our experience. We will investigate what modern research has to say about the ways in which we experience color, object, space, motion and event perception. Aspects of the visual arts will be discussed in this context, both as employing perceptual principles and helping to reveal them. Fulfills Category 3 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 211 - THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
Personality Theory is a branch of psychology that attempts to account for personal consistency and stability across situations and over time. This course presents an overview of the major issues, controversies, and theories found in this field. Fulfills Category 2 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYC 212 - PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
A chronological, cross-cultural study of life stages--middle age, old age, and death--as experienced in terms of crises in life patterns and changing social institutions. Fulfills Category 4 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYC 215 - LEARNING, COGNITION, AND TEACHING
A survey of relevant findings in psychology and allied fields that illuminate the mechanisms and strategies by which people learn, or fail to learn, in various contexts and settings. The course reviews the conceptual foundations of the field of learning and illustrates the relevance of various perspectives in gaining a full appreciation of the topics and understanding how they apply to classroom practice. Finally, a unifying theme or issue is selected and studied in terms of the various perspectives. This course is primarily intended for students who are working towards certification in Teacher Education. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYC 218 - FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
This course is designed to introduce students to the many ways in which psychology and the law intersect. Topics to be addressed include research on eyewitness accuracy, research on jury processes, expert witnesses in the field of psychology, evaluations of competence to stand trial, insanity defenses, psychologists as consultants in jury selection, the psychology of hate crimes, false confessions, and criminal profiling. We will also discuss ethical issues that arise at this intersection of psychology and law.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 220 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF YOGA
This course will critically review the philosophical psychology of classical Indian yoga. These theories and practices will be discussed in relation to traditional South Indian cultural context of Hindu and Buddhist thought and various schools of Indian philosophy and traditional medicine. This approach will be integrally applied to contemporary clinical theory and practice in psychology.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

PSYC 226 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Examination of the social aspects of thought, feeling, and actions. Topics will include: the relationship between attitudes and behavior, the formation of social beliefs such as first impressions of others, norms, roles (including sex roles), obedience and conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, aggression, altruism, prejudice, liking, and loving. Fulfills Category 1 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYC 227 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
This course will provide an overview of the theories and methods used in the study of human cognitive processes, as well as give the student an opportunity to experience first-hand some of the phenomena within cognitive psychology. Some of the topics covered will be attention, memory, language, and problem solving.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 231 - MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
This course will provide students with an opportunity to be immersed in an ethnicity-centered psychological perspective with respect to the cultural and racial diversity that exists in the United States. Students will enlarge their perspective to a more global one, learn to appreciate similarities and differences, and engage in a paradigm shift in our method of understanding African-Americans, Latinos/Latinas, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMER STD-Social Science, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

PSYC 235 - DEVELOPMENT OF SEXUAL IDENTITIES: LGBT
In this course, we will explore the diversity and complexity of sexual identities and orientations. Through readings, assignments, and class discussions we will examine the interactions of gender, ethnicity, physical abilities and social status in relation to sexual orientation and experience. You are encouraged to think critically of how we think about, feel, learn, experience, and characterize such an important aspect of the human experience: our sexual selves. Through a variety of theoretical approaches and perspectives, we will examine how our world provides the framework for our personal psychologies as sexual beings, and how our personal psychologies can help shape our world.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 239 - CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
This course is designed to examine the impact of cultural factors on human psychological processes. The thesis that human cognition, behavior, and affect are only meaningful when viewed in the socio-cultural context in which they develop will be examined. Methodological issues associated with the conduct of cross-cultural research, and a review of empirical research will be emphasized. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMER STD-Social Science

PSYC 241 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
The course will attempt to define the nature of change in behavior and apply this definition to various issues such as early experience, sexual differentiation, language, cognition, personality, evolution, comparative and embryological processes, as well as the social implications of "change" as a developmental concept. Within the context of the definition offered, several theories of child development will be subsequently evaluated and compared to theorists: Freud, Watson, Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Malsow, Skinner, Bowlby, etc. Fulfills Category 4 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSYC 242 - STATISTICS
An introduction to statistics with examples from the behavioral sciences, especially psychology. The course will cover techniques for describing observations, including frequency distributions, stem plots, graphs, averages, measures of variability, and co-efficients of correlation; and techniques for drawing inferences from observations, including regression, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. Prerequisite: a college-level mathematics course or permission of instructor. Students matriculated at Ramapo must have satisfied the General Education mathematics requirement. Highly recommended for all psychology majors, especially for students planning to attend graduate programs in psychology. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 245 - BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
An introduction to the biological bases of behavior. Topics will include: evolution and animal behavior; the brain and central nervous system; visual and auditory perception; and brain behavior relationships (neural regulation of hunger, sleep, consciousness, aggression, sex, and drug action). Also discussed will be ethical issues in brain control. Fulfills Category 3 requirement
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 251 - SUBSTANCE ABUSE
This course will present an introduction and overview of the field of substance abuse. This course examines the physiological and psychological effects of substance abuse. Particular attention will be given to the abuse of alcohol, cocaine, the opiate derivatives, and tranquilizers. Treatment modalities available for addiction and dependency will be examined. The course provides credits toward the Certificate of Alcohol and other drugs of abuse counseling. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 263 - CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
A study of the growth, development, and behavior of children with a focus in infancy and early childhood. Relevant theories and research findings will be presented relating to physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development and their interaction. Emphasis will be placed on the prevention of maladjustment and its relation to contemporary practical concerns of parents and educators (i.e. effects of day-care and divorce). How our historical changing conceptions of childhood and children affect research and practice will also be addressed. Fulfills Category 4 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

PSYC 290 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. PSYC 290 AGGRESSION. Aggression is a topic which inspires research, challenges theory, and presents troublesome issues that haunt society. This course will examine various approaches that scholars have employed to understand violence and aggressive behavior. Contributions to be considered will include those from evolutionary theory, animal behavior, and social, cognitive, developmental, and political psychology. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 300 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: PSYCHOLOGY
An opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with one of the psychology faculty. ONLY WHEN this course involves: (1) the design, implementation, analysis, and write-up of a hands-on, experiential research project carried out in collaboration with one of the psychology faculty; (2) a substantive experiential contribution to a faculty member's research project; or (3) the completion of requirements for a fieldwork course; will it fulfill Category 6 requirement for the psychology major or the independent study/fieldwork requirement for the School of Social Science/Human Services.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Psychology Department

PSYC 303 - RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
A consideration of the conduct of research in psychology. Topics will include the philosophy of scientific research, ethical questions in experimentation, an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, use of library resources, use of psychological tests and research apparatus, quantification in psychology, the collection and analysis of data, and reporting of research. There will be a lecture, laboratory exercises, and written reports. Fulfills research methods requirement. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

PSYC 304 - DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY
This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of statistical analysis used in psychological research. It is expected that this course will allow students to critically evaluate published research and to design, collect, and analyze their own empirical data sets. Both quantitative and qualitative forms of analysis will be included. The course will focus on the relationship between research design and data analysis.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 305 - ETHOLOGY: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
The study of animal behavior in psychological research. Topics covered include animal models for understanding general principles of behavior (normal and abnormal); history of comparative psychology; ethology; human ethology; socio-biology; zoomorphism; anthropomorphism; ethics of animal experimentation. Animal behavior will be explored in terms of its evolution, function, development, and physiology. Fulfills Category 3 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 306 - ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
This course will initially introduce students to the philosophy of ethics, applying a range of philosophical positions to various dilemmas in the field of psychology. How these philosophical positions are interpreted with regard to various Codes of Ethics in the helping professions will also be examined. This will be followed by a review of the specific debates that underlie, and/or result from, various schools of thought in the field of psychology. Next, specific controversies within the field of psychology will be examined, with the hope that these will be understood within the context of the larger philosophical positions covered earlier in the semester. Finally, some of the salient legal issues, such as patient confidentiality, research ethics and practitioner malpractice in the field of psychology will be addressed.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society, TS-Sch Core- SCP Category

PSYC 310 - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of clinical neuropsychology. This course will review the anatomy and basic function of the brain, particularly that of the cerebral cortex. Major neuropsychological dysfunctions related to brain damage, as well as what neurological disorders can reveal about normal brain functioning, will be presented. Students will also gain an understanding of the typical assessment tools and procedures used for diagnosing neuropsychological disorders.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

PSYC 311 - PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
A look at the differences between and inter-twinings among sex, gender and sexual orientation. An extensive exploration of what it means to be a person in contemporary, gendered, American society. Areas to be considered include what male is and what female is; what historical, cross-cultural, and psychological research reveals about the nature of masculinity and femininity as well as the nature of sexual orientation; the psychopathology of gender; and a look at the future. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

PSYC 314 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
An examination of various forms of emotional disturbance. Students gain an appreciation of the value judgments involved in defining terms like "abnormal behavior" and "mental illness." We will review the definitions, history, and major models of psychopathology. This overview will be followed by an examination of the major disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, phobias, and so on) with emphasis on symptoms, causes, and treatment. Theoretical perspectives and current research (including genetic and biochemical research) are considered for each of the disorders. Fulfills Category 2 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 315 - INTEGRATIVE CASE MANAGMENT
An examination of substance treatment services and community resources. The course will cover treatment philosophies, treatment and community resources, case management and prevention all within the organizational framework. Screening, intake and assessment procedures will be presented. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 317 - PSYCHOLOGY OF RACISM
An examination of the sources of racism in Western society using a variety of theoretical frameworks with psychology. The consequences of racism for individuals and groups will also be dealt with, along with an investigation into modes of conflict resolution. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMER STD-Social Science

PSYC 319 - ADULT PSYCHOLOGY FIELDWORK
An applied study of adult psychology. Students will spend the equivalent of one-day-per-week working in a practicum assignment--a residence, day program, or hospice for senior citizens. Like all fieldwork courses, this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 320 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY FIELDWORK
An applied study of psychopathology. Students spend the equivalent of one day (6-8 hours) per week over the course of the semester (11 weeks) working in a practicum assignment e.g., outpatient clinic; program for children with learning disability, hyperactivity, or autism; mental hospital or institution for people diagnosed with mental retardation. As most mental health services agencies tend to be open during the hours of 9am to 3:30pm, students should leave one day free in their schedules to accommodate fieldwork placement. Like all fieldwork courses, this requires a substantial term paper based on library research from professional psychology journals integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 322 - THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
A study of the main schools of theory currently practiced: Freudian analysis, neo-Freudian treatment methods, Fritz Perls' Gestalt therapy, behavior modification methods, and radical psychotherapy. Students are required to become knowledgeable about one treatment method. Fulfills requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 326 - LOVE AND SEXUALITY
A study of sexual behavior. Human sexuality will be considered from physiological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and historical perspectives. The characteristics of human sexual response and its many variations will be discussed, as will the nature of sexuality throughout the life span. Fulfills the requirement for a psychology elective. Does NOT count as elective in Biology major.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 328 - FREUD, RACE AND GENDER
At the end of the 19th century, Dr. Sigmund Freud, a Jewish Viennese neurologist, developed a new technique for treating mental illness: Psychoanalysis. This theory challenged the contemporary intellectual environment by suggesting that there are irrational motivations that underlie human behavior. Freud felt that such a revolutionary perspective on human behavior could only have been developed by an "objective" outsider such as a Jew (civilization's historical outsider). This course will explore the relationship between Freud, Psychoanalysis, and Judaism. Readings will come from original source material and recently published contemporary critical analyses. A familiarity with psychoanalytic theory is recommended. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 330 - DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
The main theme for this course centers on exploration of the mechanisms of drug action in the central nervous system, relating drug-induced changes in neuronal function to alterations in behavior. Fulfills Category 3 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 332 - PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALTH
An examination of the psychological aspects of physical health, illness, and medical care. Topics to be covered include: the prevention of illness (focusing on drinking, diet, exercise, driving, breast self-examinations, and smoking); the roles of stress and social support (focusing on heart disease and cancer); behavior as a patient; pain; chronic illness (focusing on heart attack, cancer, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, and geriatric problems); and dying. Of special concern will be childbearing and AIDS.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 334 - PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING
This course covers objective and projective testing for adults and children, presented from theoretical and clinical viewpoints. Fulfills the requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 336 - COUNSELING SUBSTANCE ABUSERS I
The first of two counseling courses for the Substance Abuse minor. The basics of counseling skills applicable to the treatment of SUDs (Substance Use Disorders) will be explored and practiced in class. A group process format will be utilized. The transtheoretical model of behavior change will form the basic approach presented. Special populations and their counseling needs, assessment, sexual abuse, intervention, rehabilitation, and stages of recovery. Fulfills the requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 337 - FIELDWORK IN AIDS & HIV
Students will familiarize themselves with the pattern of symptomology, courses of treatment, personality changes and socio-cultural forces involved in working with patients who have HIV or AIDS. This foundation will form the background for hands-on work with patients in hospices, hospitals, and clinics in the New Jersey/New York area. All student work will be supervised by an on-site professional and a Ramapo professor. ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF FIELD PLACEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE 24/7. THESE WILL BE RESERVED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED IN THE EVENING PROGRAM, have taken all of their college courses at Ramapo in the evenings, and MUST WORK FULLTIME DURING THE HOURS OF 9AM TO 5PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. As most mental health service agencies tend to be open during the hours of 9am to 3:30pm, students should leave one day free in their schedules to accommodate fieldwork placement. Like all fieldwork courses, this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 338 - COUNSELING SUBSTANCE ABUSERS II
The second counseling course for the substance abuse minor. This course will discuss groups, individuals, couples, and families as clients. Course format will involve group process techniques for the development of effective group facilitation skills. Specific techniques involving the following approaches will be explored and practiced; motivational interviewing; solution focused; cognitive behavioral therapy, and 12-step programs. An underlying theme is the integration of psychological concepts with the psychotherapeutic recovery culture. Special attention will be given to the interaction between client and counselor over the course of therapy. Practical approaches to handling resistance, shame and suicidal threats will be discussed. Exploration of transference and countertransference issues will be fully integrated into course material. Fulfills the requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 339 - FIELDWORK WITH ADOLESCENTS
This course will expand your knowledge of adolescent psychology through the unique experience of working in the field, while sharing that experience with your student peers. Through readings for the course, class discussions, classroom presentations and in-class workshops, we will work together to explore the complexities of adolescent experience. Through your own work in the field and the completion of a term paper, you will learn the connections of theory and practice. Together we will explore a variety of issues concerning the adolescent experience in the U.S. today, including, but not limited to: gendered experiences of adolescence, physical changes and society's responses to those changes, the psychological abuse, and sexual questions during adolescence, as well as a variety of approaches toward working with people in the adolescent stage of life. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Administration and Fieldwork Liability Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 342 - GROUP DYNAMICS
An exploration of fundamental concepts of group dynamics. Group norms, participation, boundaries, leader and member roles will be studied, using a laboratory approach that combines experiential activities with input from the class and instructor.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 343 - ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
The design of this class attempts to balance an introduction to the field of Environmental Psychology with opportunities to experience first hand our personal and collective relationship to our environmental surround.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Sustainability

PSYC 345 - INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The course will include, but not be limited to, units on psychological testing, performance appraisal, training and development, work teams, organizational development, and methodology and statistical logic as relevant to industrial/organizational behavior. Special attention will be given to the issues of worker motivation, leadership, and group and organizational dynamics. Affirmative action, sexual harassment, downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, stress in the workplace, union/management relations, and a variety of work-related ethical and mental health concerns will be considered. Fulfills Category 1 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
SB-ORGANIZATIONAL CATEGORY

PSYC 347 - ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
This course will cover psychological development from puberty to young adulthood. The adolescent's adjustment to physiological changes and his/her changing relationships with family, peers, society, and the self will be explored. Fulfills Category 4 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 349 - PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
A cultural, behavioral, developmental, and biosocial examination of women. Topics to be studied include: social and historical myths, achievement and motivation, sexual differentiation, sexual choices, socialization of gender roles, sex differences in mental health, and topics related to violence against women. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

PSYC 357 - CHILDHOOD DISORDERS
A study of the problems of childhood. We will examine the meaning of "abnormal behavior" within the developmental context, the nature of research in child disorders, psychological assessment, the causes and treatment of disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, learning disability, mental retardation, and conduct disorders. It is recommended that students also enroll concurrently in the fieldwork component of the course (PSYC 358) for an additional 3-credits as there is no substitute for actual work experience with disturbed children in order to gain an understanding of the emotional problems of childhood. Students may, however, take the Childhood Disorders course without taking the fieldwork course. Fulfills the requirement for a psychology elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 358 - CHILDHOOD DISORDERS FIELDWORK
An applied study of childhood disorders. This course is to be taken in conjunction with PSYC 357, or after completing PSYC 357. Students will spend the equivalent of one-day-per-week working in a practicum assignment: a school for children with symptoms of learning disorders, or a shelter for children who have been abused. As most mental health services agencies tend to be open during the hours of 9am to 3:30pm, students should leave one day free in their schedules to accommodate fieldwork placement. Like all fieldwork courses, this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 363 - PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY
A practical opportunity for exploring one's own creative problem-solving potential. Emphasis is placed on the generation of new perspectives. Topics to include blocks, reframing, and techniques in their relationship to conceptualizing ideas freely. Fulfills Category 6, but NOT the fieldwork requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 365 - EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
Why does jealousy occur? The evolutionary explanation calls it an adaptation, a heritable mating strategy that arose by accident in our remote ancestors and spread into later generations because it fostered success in reproduction by motivating the guarding of one's mate against rivals. This course will critically examine such evolutionary thinking in contemporary psychology as it is being applied to the whole gamut of human behavior, including child development, perception, cognition, consciousness, emotion, motivation, learning, gender, intelligence, personality, psychopathology, group dynamics, courtship, and parenting. We will devote special attention to the psychological foundations of culture, including religion, and the controversies sparked by evolutionary psychology. Category 5.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 366 - BEHAVIOR THERAPY
A survey of the learning principles and research methodology that form the basis of behavior therapy. The course will examine techniques based on learning principles as they are applied to clinical problems in outpatient therapy, mental hospitals, schools, residences for mentally retarded individuals, and schools for special children. Students will complete a research project on themselves utilizing the principles of behavior change. Ethical problems raised by the practice of behavior therapy will also be considered. Fulfills Category 3 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 367 - FIELDWORK WITH CHILDREN
An applied study of child psychology. This course is best taken in conjunction with or after completing PSYC 263. Students will spend the equivalent of one-day-per-week working in a practicum assignment, e.g. a preschool or school for children, an after-school program for children. As most mental health services agencies tend to be open during the hours of 9am to 3:30pm, students should leave one day free in their schedules to accommodate fieldwork placement. Like all fieldwork courses this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

PSYC 368 - FIELDWORK IN FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Fieldwork

Psychology Department

PSYC 388 - CO-OP/INTERNSHIP PSYCHOLOGY
An opportunity to apply psychology to a job off-campus. The student will be placed in a work assignment related to psychology by a member of the Center for Experiential Learning. The student's work in the agency will be evaluated by a supervisor at the work site. The academic content of the course will be planned with and evaluated by a member of the psychology faculty, and the grade for the course will be submitted by the psychology faculty member. Only when this course includes completion of a substantial term paper based on research from professional journals in the library that is integrated with the student's field experience will it fulfill Category 6 requirement for the psychology major and the fieldwork requirement. Students must register with the Center for Experiential Learning and fill out their contract forms that require the collaboration and signature of the sponsoring psychology faculty member. Students may take up to two Co-ops in their academic career at Ramapo College. Transfer students must have completed at least 16 credits at Ramapo.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Co-Op

Psychology Department

PSYC 390 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: PSYCHOLOGY
An opportunity to work on a one-to-one basis with one of the psychology faculty. ONLY WHEN this course involves: (1) the design, implementation, analysis, and write-up of a hands-on, experiential research project carried out in collaboration with one of the psychology faculty; (2) a substantive experiential contribution to a faculty member's research project; or (3) the completion of requirements for a fieldwork course will it fulfill Category 6 requirement for the psychology major or the independent study/fieldwork requirement for the School of Social Science/Human Services.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Psychology Department

PSYC 403 - INTEGRATIVE FIELDWORK: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Students will work under supervision both on-site and at Ramapo in an appropriate agency dealing with substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Direct application of skills learned in PSYC 336 and PSYC 338 will be implemented in actual settings with clients under supervision. Class processing of clinical experiences will form major focus of the course. Like all fieldwork courses, this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 413 - PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCHOLOGY
A study of the philosophical foundations of psychology from an historical perspective. The course includes an analysis of the development of psychological theory, emphasizing the relationship between current theories and historical solutions to contemporary problems in psychology. The interplay between psychology, philosophy, society and religion during the time period from the ancient Greeks to Wundt and German physiological psychology will be highlighted. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
TS-Sch Core- SCP Category

PSYC 422 - BEHAVIOR THERAPY FIELDWORK
Students spend the equivalent of one-day-per-week over the course of the semester working in a mental health agency or program that employs behavior therapy techniques, e.g, a school, a program for emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, or hyperactive children, an in-home or school program for autistic children, a residence for emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded adults or children. As most mental health services agencies tend to be open during the hours of 9am to 3:30pm, students should leave one day free in their schedules to accommodate fieldwork placement. Like all fieldwork courses, this course requires a substantial term paper based on library research from the professional journals that is integrated with the practicum experience. Due to obligations to community agencies and their clients, admission to fieldwork placements is at the discretion of the psychology faculty. Fulfills Category 6 and fieldwork requirements. Fieldwork Insurance Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 423 - HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
A study of current conflicts in psychological theory stemming from long-standing historical problems. This course will analyze several major 19th and 20th century psychological systems, covering such topics as: structuralism, functionalism, psychoanalysis, William James and pragmatism, Gestalt psychology, dynamic psychology, phenomenology, humanism, and existentialism. Fulfills Category 5 requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:
TS-Sch Core- SCP Category

PSYC 430 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. PSYC 430 NEUROSIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY: Psychology, born from the disciplines of Philosophy and Physiology, has long sought to provide insight into the nature of the mind. Some of the classic questions include: What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Is the mind the same thing as the brain or is it something else? How can mere thoughts cause things to happen in a physical universe? Is it merely a delusion on our part to believe that our thoughts matter in the grand scheme of the universe? Recent progress in Neuroscience is profoundly altering our conception of how we think, feel, decide, love and even reproduce. Therefore, Neurophilosophy is a recent sub-discipline arising from the intersections of neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. PSYC 430 EYEWITNESS MEMORY. Mistaken eyewitness identifications are a leading cause of false imprisonment. In this course we examine the history of research on memory with special reference to eyewitness testimony, acceptance of expert testimony by courts, and contemporary research on identification, child testimony, what jurors believe about memory, and interviewing. PSYC 430 PSYCHOLOGY OF YOGA. Yoga is the most ancient of psychological systems while also growing in its influence on contemporary culture. This course will offer students an academic and applied introduction to the philosophical psychology of Classical Indian Yoga. Based on the primary ancient text of Patanjali and nature, mind-body holism, knowledge, ethics, human development, psychopathology, and of course, the general practice of holistic health workshops on nutrition, breath exercises, classic postures, and meditation. As much as possible, material will be taught in a manner that integrates yoga with contemporary cognitive-behavioral, neuroscience, psychodynamic and existential-phenomenological approaches to psychology. Students will be required to maintain experiential journals, actively participate in workshps, and conduct a rigorous academic research project. PSYC 430 ISSUES IN BLACK PSYCHOLOGY. This course will explore the genesis and philosophy of Afro-centrism, along with discussions on the controversial debate about intelligence testing. We will also explore the social psychology of prejudice, racism, mental health issues in the Black community, and the twin oppression of racism and sexism as they impact Black women's mental health. PSYC 430 PSYCHOLOGY OF MEN. From its inception, psychology basically studied only men. The psychology of women was born out of challenges to this gender-insensitive approach, and ironically created a situation where we know far more about the psychology of women than about the actual psychology of men. A look at men as gendered beings and a focus on trying to understand the psychological reality of men's lives has given birth to a new division of the APA-Div. 51: The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. Some of the perspectives, issues, research and insights of this new sub-field will be intensely explored. PSYC 430 THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. This course will introduce students to the paradigm of Existential-Phenomenological Psychology. The thought of Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty will be applied to the issues of both psychopathological disintegration and wholesome self-actualization or integration. Special emphasis will be placed on the human capacity for moral choice in the face of biological and cultural restraints. Phenomenology's consonance with psychoanalysis, especially Erik Erikson's epigenetic theory of psycho-social development, will be stressed throughout the course. PSYC 430 FEMINIST EPISTIMOLOGY. There is a revolution occurring in psychology. We are all a part of it, both knowingly and unknowingly. The revolution deals with a recognition that we have been thinking monolithically for far too long. Our theoretical orientation has been: "The male is seen as normative, the female as departing from the norm. And it is only a short step--maybe an inevitable one--from "different" to "worse" (Tannen, 1990)." Recent feminist critiques have challenged this traditional world view of psychological theory as being far too narrow and confining for the potential positive growth of the entire human species (all genders--are there only two?). This course will examine, in detail, the nature of these assumptions and how they are changing psychological theory, research and practice.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 431 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY: CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
This seminar is designed to explore the topic of child abuse from a psychological perspective. We will focus on exploring the psychological and social factors that influence the development and experience of various forms of child abuse. We will discuss various risk and protective factors as well as the impact of child abuse on the development and psychological well-being of victims and their families. Lastly, we will evaluate the problem of child abuse from a social/contextual perspective and discuss the various mechanisms for preventing and responding to abuse. The format of this seminar will primarily involve discussion. During the early part of the semester, the instructor will assign readings on a particular topic related to child abuse and we will discuss the readings and their implications in class. Each student will be responsible for a presentation on any topic of interest related to child abuse. In preparation for their presentation, students will choose readings to assign to the class prior to their presentation date. Category 8.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 432 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCHOLOGY OF CULTS
This seminar is designed to explore the social psychological underpinnings of alternative groups (religious, criminal, and political) in various societies. We will explore the mechanisms through which "cults" attract members, keep members, and in some cases lure members into behaviors they might not otherwise engage in. It is not the intention of this seminar to paint all "cults" as bad or dangerous; there have been many cult-like groups that have operated throughout history that were quite beneficial for their members. Further, we will be discussing groups which were once considered cults but would now be considered mainstream religions. This course fulfills the advanced topics requirement in the psychology major.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 433 - ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCHOPATHY
The psychopath has been described as possessing an absence of real emotional experience, an inability to be truthful and sincere, a lack of remorse or shame, and superficial charm. Some of the themes covered in this course will be a greater understanding of the components of the psychopathic personality, the genetic and environmental factors contributing to the disorder, and the assessment of psychopathy. Course requirements will include a research paper(s) and a group presentation. Please note: Both readings and videos include material that is offensive and upsetting (violence, sexual themes, obscenity, etc.). If you feel that such themes will cause you discomfort, please notify me immediately.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 472 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department

PSYC 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Psychology Department


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