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Psychology

PSYC 1108 -- Death and Dying,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as SOC 1108)

(MnTC Goal 5B)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General Psychology and General Sociology

Death is a natural part of the life cycle and a universal event, but it is still a topic that is often not discussed or examined. This course will explore historical and contemporary theories and research about grief and death issues. The course will examine death and grief from psychological, sociological, biological and cultural perspectives. It will include topics such as the understanding of death across the lifespan, legal definitions of death, advance directives, religious and cultural death rituals, and grief trajectory research. It will also include a consideration of controversial issues related to death and dying, such as physician assisted suicide.


PSYC 1110 -- General Psychology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goals 5 and 7)

Psychology is the science concerned with behavior and mental processes. Psychology studies the environmental, biological, social, and individual forces that help to describe, explain, predict, and control behavior. This course is a comprehensive introduction to psychology. It examines the history of psychology, the brain, the senses, hypnosis, drugs, sleep, human development, language, thinking (including critical thinking), learning, motivation, emotion, social psychology, personality, human diversity, and the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems such as anxiety, schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide. This course presents a broad survey of basic concepts, issues, theories, classic experiments and new discoveries in the field of psychology.


PSYC 1115 -- Stress Management,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as HPER 1115)

(Meets MnTC Goal 2)

This course is designed to provide students with pragmatic tools for dealing with real life situations. This course is intended to be an investigation of various theories and techniques used in effective stress management. It is designed to help students develop useful tools for managing the everyday stresses of life. Much of the course will be devoted to the exploration and discussion of the nature of stress. A major focus of the course will be to increase your understanding of how we perceive stress,


PSYC 1130 -- Parenting Psychology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 2)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

Investigation of various parenting styles and techniques. The course is designed to help parents develop an understanding of child development with a focus on effective parenting techniques, including behavior modification, modeling, active listening, problem-solving, and others.


PSYC 1145 -- Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 5B)

What is well-being, who experiences it when, and which practices best foster it? Positive psychology attempts to answer these questions through the scientific investigation of happiness. This course will introduce you to theoretical concepts and scientific research regarding happiness and psychological well-being. You will examine human behaviors that contribute to psychological well-being through topics such as hardiness, hope, flow, meaning, optimism, and resiliency.


PSYC 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
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This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


PSYC 2120 -- Psychology of Women,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as WOST 2120)

(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 7)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1110 or WOST 1100 with a grade of C or better

This course is an introduction to the theories and research concerning the psychology of women. The course will explore the way that biological, cultural and psychosocial issues affect the psychological development of women. It will include topics such as sexism, the construction of gender categories, gender comparisons, and female identity formation. It will also explore contemporary women's issues related to education, work, and family.


PSYC 2215 -- Child and Adolescent Development,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 8)

Prerequisite: 3 credits of psychology

Introduction to the science of child psychology emphasizing physical, psychological, cognitive, and social development from conception through adolescence. The concern is with those aspects of human behaviour that change from childhood to adulthood and with the factors that account for those changes.


PSYC 2225 -- Adult Development,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 8)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

An introduction to the study of adulthood, aging and the process of death and dying. The course emphasizes physical, cognitive, emotional and social development throughout the adult life-span. This course includes an investigation of health and longevity, physical and mental illness, intellectual changes and challenges, social roles and relationships and work and career issues. It also covers death, dying and the grieving process. This course, together with PSYC 2215, provides a comprehensive study of lifespan development.


PSYC 2235 -- Lifespan Development,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 5 and 8)

Prerequisites: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

This course would serve as an introduction to the science of lifespan psychology emphasizing physical, psychological, cognitive, and social development from conception through death. The concern is with those aspects of human behaviour that change from childhood to death and with the factors that account for those changes. Students who take this course are advised not to take PSYC 2215 or PSYC 2225 because of an overlap in content with those courses.


PSYC 2250 -- Abnormal Psychology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(MnTC Goal 5 and 9)

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

Abnormal Psychology is an introduction to the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of psychological disorders. The course will include discussion of historical foundations, theoretical approaches, and research methodology related to psychopathology. The course also focuses on important social and ethical issues such as labeling, confidentiality, civil commitment, and clinical decision making.


PSYC 2257 -- Psychology and the Media,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 9)

Prerequisites: Psychology 1110 with a grade of C or better

This course will explore the depiction of psychological issues in the media and examine the causes and psychological, cultural, and ethical implications of those depictions. The focus will be on critical analysis of the media's portrayal of psychological constructs.


PSYC 2260 -- Social Psychology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Cross-listed as SOC 2260)

(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 5)

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 or SOC 1111 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

Social Psychology concerns itself with the nature of human behavior. It focuses on the point of interaction between the individual and society and groups. The basic questions studied are how the individual shapes societies and groups and how societies and groups affect the individual's behavior. The course will include basic concepts, assumptions, methods, findings and applications.


PSYC 2265 -- Educational Psychology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 2)

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

Educational Psychology focuses on how psychological theory and concepts can be understood and inform effective classroom practices. Topics include cognitive and social development, theories of motivation and learning, classroom management, individual and group differences and student assessment. Attention will be directed toward the nature and conditions of learning, critical aspects of learning and the problems encountered in fostering and directing learning.


PSYC 2270 -- Theories of Personality,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 5)

Prerequisite: PSYC 1110 with a grade of C or better

A survey of the major contemporary theories of personality. Areas covered include psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, psychosocial, humanistic, trait, existential, learning, social learning, and other current theories.


PSYC 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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