Phone: (845) 257-3470
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 314
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/psychology

The Psychology program at New Paltz has been designed to reflect the varying needs and interests of undergraduate psychology majors. The interests of students who major or minor in psychology generally fall into one of three categories:

  1. those who want a general background in psychology but don’t intend to seek employment in the field of psychology,
  2. those who want to apply some principles and techniques of psychology in an employment situation; and
  3. those who want to pursue a career in psychology with a graduate degree.

Since psychology is an empirically based science, it is desirable for psychology majors to have the skills both to interpret and to generate new information. To that end, courses in statistics and research methodology are required of all majors. In addition, all psychology majors take a capstone, writing-intensive seminar in which they demonstrate their mastery of the techniques and the content areas of the discipline. Students majoring in psychology are advised to acquire a broad range of training in Liberal Arts. Elective courses in anthropology, biology, business, communications, computer science, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology are strongly recommended.

To declare a major in Psychology, students must have at least a 2.75 total cumulative grade point average and a Math Placement Level (MPL) of 3 or higher. They must also have completed PSY272 Introductory Psychology.

The Department of Psychology also offers two minors. The Psychology minor provides a representative sampling of psychological research, theory, and practice. This minor would be valuable to anyone whose career would benefit from a deeper understanding of human thought, emotion, or behavior. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology minor provides a background in the application of psychology to business and other organizational settings. This minor is particularly appealing to Business, Communication Studies, and Digital Media & Journalism majors. Both are 18-credit (6-course) minors.

Students also have the opportunity to minor in either or both of the following interdisciplinary programs housed within the Psychology Department:

PSY093. Psychology Research Experience. 0 Credits.

Direct experience in psychology research, including experiences as a research participant and/or attending lectures on psychology reserach, or related activities.

Restrictions:

  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration): Psychology (539)
May not be repeated for credit

PSY101. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Credits.

Survey of topics in psychology such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, personality, lifespan development, brain and behavior, stress and health, social psychology, psychological disorders and their treatment, and research methods.

Attributes:

  • Critical Thinking Introductory
  • Information Mgmt Intro
  • Liberal Arts
  • Systematic Inquiry
  • GE2: SSMS
  • GE2A: SSMS
  • GE4: Social Science
  • GE3: SSCI

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration): Comm Disorders Cert Program (089)
May not be repeated for credit

PSY130. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 Credits.

The adjustment processes across the lifespan. Examines key components of personal and social adjustments as they apply to school, work, relationships, family life, and coping with everyday responsibilities. Does not count toward majors or minors in psychology.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
May not be repeated for credit

PSY193. Psychology Select Topic. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

May be repeated for credit

PSY201. Psychological Statistics. 4 Credits.

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical procedures commonly used in psychological research. Includes correlations, interval estimation, hypothesis testing with z and t tests.

Attributes:

  • Research
  • GE2: ANSK
  • GE2A: ANSK
  • Critical Thinking Introductory
  • Information Mgmt Intro
  • Liberal Arts
  • GE3: MATH
  • GE4: Mathematics
  • Systematic Inquiry

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)

Prerequisites:

  • PSY101 Minimum Grade of C- or PSY272 Minimum Grade of C-
  • Math Placement Level Minimum Score of 3 or MAT 151 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT093 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT121 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT120 Minimum Grade of C-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY221. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Theories and research regarding social behaviors such as conformity, altruism, aggression, attitude-formation, and discrimination.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY231. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Perspectives on mental health and distress are examined. Reviews issues related to defining, diagnosing, and researching mental disorder, while also introducing biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches to treatment and remediation.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY241. Lifespan Development. 3 Credits.

Review of psychological development across the lifespan.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY272. Introductory Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to psychology. Topics include research methods, states of consciousness, cognition, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, brain and behavior, personality, learning, motivation, social psychology, psychological disorders and treatment.

Attributes:

  • Critical Thinking Introductory
  • Information Mgmt Intro
  • Liberal Arts
  • Systematic Inquiry
  • GE2: SSMS
  • GE2A: SSMS
  • GE4: Social Science
  • GE3: SSCI

Restrictions:

  • Must not be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration): Comm Disorders Cert Program (089)
May not be repeated for credit

PSY273. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 Credits.

The adjustment processes through childhood, adolescence, and aging. Topics include: motivation, emotion, learning, marriage, divorce, group behavior, stress, illness, and rehabilitation.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts
  • GE2: SSMS
  • GE2A: SSMS
May not be repeated for credit

PSY275. Psychological Statistics. 4 Credits.

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical procedures commonly used in psychological research. Includes correlations, interval estimation, hypothesis testing with z and t tests.

Attributes:

  • Research
  • GE2: ANSK
  • GE2A: ANSK
  • Critical Thinking Introductory
  • Information Mgmt Intro
  • Liberal Arts
  • GE3: MATH
  • GE4: Mathematics
  • Systematic Inquiry

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:

  • PSY272 Minimum Grade of D-
  • Math Placement Level Minimum Score of 3 or MAT 151 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT093 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT121 Minimum Grade of C- or MAT120 Minimum Grade of C-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY293. Psychology Select Topic. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts
May be repeated for credit

PSY295. Indep Study Psychology. 1-12 Credits.

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:

May be repeated for credit

PSY301. Psychology Research Methods. 4 Credits.

Research methodology in psychology: scientific reasoning and critical thinking, correlational and experimental research approaches, including control, designs, statistical analyses, and hypothesis testing.

Attributes:

  • Research
  • Critical Thinking Intermediate
  • Information Mgmt Intrmd
  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY275 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY201 Minimum Grade of D-) or MAT241 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY302. History and Systems in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Philosophies and approaches that have led to contemporary psychology. Major contributors such as James, Freud, Watson, and Skinner, and their psychological approaches.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY303. Introduction to the Psychology of Learning. 3 Credits.

Experimental findings in and contemporary theories of learning.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)
May not be repeated for credit

PSY304. Industrial Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey of how psychological principles (social perception, learning, cognition, motivation, psychological measurement) are applied to human resources decisions (selection, training, performance appraisal). Fairness and legal implications of such decisions are considered.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY305. Psychology of Perception. 3 Credits.

Perceptual processes of form, color, movement, space, localization, and constancy. The psychology of consciousness.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY306. Social Psychology. 3 Credits.

Theories and research regarding social behaviors such as conformity, altruism, aggression, attitude-formation, and discrimination.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY307. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Credits.

A detailed, critical exploration theory as applied to behavior of humans and other species. Research addressing evolutionary underpinnings of behavior is presented in regard to several classes of behavior (e.g., mating, aggression, cooperation).

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY308. Psychology of Motivation. 3 Credits.

Identification of basic concepts, theories, and experimental findings of the psychology of motivation.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY309. Constructivism. 3 Credits.

Reviews, theories, research, and clinical applications of constructivist approaches to psychology-including, but not limited to, personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May not be repeated for credit

PSY310. Psychology of Memory and Thinking. 3 Credits.

Theories and research regarding the mental processes of acquiring and retaining information for later retrieval, and the manipulation of that information for complex skills such as reasoning, decision-making, and problem solving.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY311. Research Methods in Psychology. 4 Credits.

Research methodology in psychology: scientific reasoning and critical thinking, correlational and experimental research approaches, including control, designs, statistical analyses, and hypothesis testing.

Attributes:

  • Research
  • Critical Thinking Intermediate
  • Information Mgmt Intrmd
  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must be enrolled in one of the following classes: Sophomore, Senior, Junior
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY313. Psychology of Personality. 3 Credits.

This course reviews theoretical and empirical issues regarding personality psychology. Evolutionary, psychoanalytic, physiological, cognitive, social, and life story perspectives are addressed. Empirical issues include the measurement of personality and the person situation debate.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY315. Basics of Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to organizational behavior and management, emphasizing psychological and social-psychological theories and findings. Research methods, learning, motivation, stress,communication, leadership, and other topics are discussed, both in general and in relation to work settings. Students may not take both this course and BUS321 for credit.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY320. Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures. 3 Credits.

The application of operant learning principles to improve behavior in school, home, institution, and work settings, as well as for personal self-improvement. Practical procedures of changing behavior in he natural environment are discussed.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY322. Personality. 3 Credits.

Reviews theoretical and empirical issues regarding personality psychology. Major theories of personality are addressed. Methods of personality research and relevant findings are examined.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY323. Motivation. 3 Credits.

Identification of basic concepts, theories, and experimental findings of the psychology of motivation.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY324. Psychology of Social Problems. 3 Credits.

Application of psychological theory and research to the study of one or more current social problems.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY330. Crisis Intervention. 4 Credits.

Basic counseling and crisis intervention skills using a didactic/experiential approach under professional psychological supervision. Theory of intervention in suicide, substance abuse, and developmental crises. Role play practice.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY332. Mental Health Professions. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the clinical and counseling professions (e.g., clinical psychology, counseling psychology, professional counseling, clinical social work, psychiatric nursing, and couples/family therapy). Reviews theory, practice, research, and professional issues.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Disaster Studies (DIS)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY334. Behavior Modification. 3 Credits.

The application of operant learning principles to improve behavior in school, home, institution, and work settings, as well as for personal self-improvement. Practical procedures of changing behavior in the natural environment are discussed.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY343. Psychology of Infancy and Childhood. 3 Credits.

Theories and research on social, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive development. Implications of this information for child-rearing, education, and society.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY344. Psychology of Adolescence and Adulthood. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on the issues, trends, and information pertinent to development from adolescence through death. Particular attention to problems of the adolescent, the aged, and the family in today's society.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY350. Psychology of Women. 3 Credits.

The psychology of women as conceptualized within traditional psychological as well as feminist theory. A survey of findings on women from various fields: personality, cognition, physiological, social, developmental and abnormal psychology.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY351. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to human cognitive psychology- including attention, memory, problem-solving, and language - at behavioral, physiological, and theoretical levels.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY352. Perception. 3 Credits.

Perceptual processes of form, color, movement, space, localization, and constancy. The psychology of consciousness.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Deaf Studies (DFS)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY353. Psycholinguistics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to how people seamlessly understand language despite its immense inherent complexity and ambiguity, and how language processing intersects with perception, memory, executive function, social awareness, and even music.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Deaf Studies (DFS)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Linguistics (LIN)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • PSY101 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY272 Minimum Grade of D- or LIN201 Minimum Grade of D- or CMD 301 Minimum Grade of D- or CMD302 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY361. History & Systems of Psychology. 3 Credits.

Survey of the history of psychology. Reviews major schools and systems of psychology, their historical and philosophical foundations, and notable contributions to the field.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY362. Learning. 3 Credits.

Experimental findings in and contemporary theories of learning.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Evolutionary Studies (EVO)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY363. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Credits.

A detailed, critical exploration theory as applied to behavior of humans and other species. Research addressing evolutionary underpinnings of behavior is presented in regard to several classes of behavior (e.g., mating, aggression, cooperation).

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Evolutionary Studies (EVO)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY364. Constructivist Psychology. 3 Credits.

Reviews, theories, research, and clinical applications of constructivist approaches to psychology-including, but not limited to, personal construct psychology, radical constructivism, and social constructionism.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY372. Psychology of Women. 3 Credits.

The psychology of women as conceptualized within traditional psychological as well as feminist theory. Biological, psychological and sociocultural factors influencing the lives of women, including how race, class, and sexual orientation intersect with gender.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Evolutionary Studies (EVO)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)
    • Women's
    • Gender & Sexuality St (591)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY383. Organizational Psychology. 3 Credits.

Introduction to organizational behavior and management, emphasizing psychological and social-psychological theories and findings. Discusses research methods, learning, motivation, stress, communication, leadership, and other in general and in relation to work settings. Cannot also take BUS321 for credit.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY384. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

An examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact to influence individual behavior related to promoting health, preventing illness, and coping with illness, pain, and stress.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Deaf Studies (DFS)
    • Disaster Studies (DIS)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY392. Internship. 3 Credits.

Supervised experience working in an applied setting related to psychology. Repeatable up to a maximum of 15 credits in practicum, fieldwork and independent study (consult limits on how many of these credits can apply to a psychology major or minor). Requires permission of instructor.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Disaster Studies (DIS)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May be repeated for credit

PSY393. Psychology Select Topic. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May be repeated for credit

PSY394. Crisis Intervention. 4 Credits.

Basic counseling and crisis intervention skills using a didactic/experiential approach under professional psychological supervision. Theory of intervention in suicide, substance abuse, and developmental crises. Requires permission of instructor.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Disaster Studies (DIS)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY399. Modular Course. 1-12 Credits.

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May not be repeated for credit

PSY402. Psychology of Language. 3 Credits.

Study of language behavior and its relation to learning and thought processes. Attention to language acquisition and psychological phenomena of speech and speech perception. Social aspects of language and non-verbal communication.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

  • PSY272 Minimum Grade of D- or LIN201 Minimum Grade of D- or CMD 301 Minimum Grade of D- or CMD302 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY403. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.

An examination of how biological, psychological, and social factors interact to influence individual behavior related to promoting health, preventing illness, and coping with illness, pain, and stress. Research techniques and ethical dilemmas in health psychology. Students will keep an Intellectual Journal.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Writing Intensive

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

  • PSY272 Minimum Grade of D-
  • (ENG180 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG206 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG170 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG207 Minimum Grade of D-) or ENG 002 Minimum Grade of TD-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY412. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Credits.

Symptoms, causes, and therapies of anxiety disorders, psychoses, and personality disturbances.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY440. Clinical and Counseling Psy. 3 Credits.

Review of clinical and counseling psychology, focusing on theory, practice, research, and professional issues.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY442. Psychological Study of Social Problems. 3 Credits.

Study of one or more current social problems, such as violence, poverty, education, drug use, war, through an examination of psychological and social-psychological data and theory.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY443. Infancy and Childhood. 3 Credits.

Theories and research on social, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive development. Implications of this information for child-rearing, education, and society.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Evolutionary Studies (EVO)
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY444. Adolescence and Adulthood. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on the issues, trends, and information pertinent to development from adolescence through death. Particular attention to problems of the adolescent, the aged, and the family in today's society.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY452. Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the functioning and structure of the nervous system. Explores the neural bases of behaviors involved in perception, movement, sleep, emotion, memory, and learning. Psychopharmacology and neural development are also discussed.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY275 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY201 Minimum Grade of D-) or MAT241 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY453. Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 Credits.

Introduction to topics in cognitive neuroscience, including the neutral basis of complex vision (e.g. faces and objects), attention, memory, language, emotion, and executive functioning.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY351 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY310 Minimum Grade of D-) or (PSY452 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY 436 Minimum Grade of D-)
May not be repeated for credit

PSY454. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 3 Credits.

Introduction to developmental cognitive neuroscience. Reviews brain development from conception into adulthood. Examines current research on the development specific cognitive skills (e.g. language, perception, attention( and different theories of brain development.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY452 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY 436 Minimum Grade of D-) or PSY453 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY456. Disaster Psychology. 3 Credits.

The psychological impact of disaster and trauma including normal and severe reactions such as PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder will be studied. Acute and long-term interventions, vicarious traumatization and self-care will be examined.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY458. Introduction to Psychological Testing. 3 Credits.

Uses and limitations of present psychological techniques for assessing ability, achievement, intelligence, personality, and abnormality. Objective and projective personality tests.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May not be repeated for credit

PSY482. Industrial Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey of how psychological principles (social perception, learning, cognition, motivation, psychological measurement) are applied to human resources decisions (selection, training, performance appraisal). Fairness and legal implications of such decisions are considered.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY201 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY275 Minimum Grade of D-) or MAT241 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY485. Psychological Testing. 3 Credits.

Uses and limitations of present psychological techniques for assessing ability, achievement, intelligence, personality, and abnormality. Objective and projective personality tests.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psy: Industrial/Organizational (PIO)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)
    • Psychology (PSY)

Prerequisites:

  • (PSY201 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY275 Minimum Grade of D-) or MAT241 Minimum Grade of D-
May not be repeated for credit

PSY493. Selected Topic. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May be repeated for credit

PSY494. Fieldwork In Psychology. 1-12 Credits.

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May be repeated for credit

PSY495. Independent Study Psychology. 1-12 Credits.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May be repeated for credit

PSY497. Internship in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Supervised experience working in an applied setting related to psychology. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of 15 credits in practicum, fieldwork and independent study credits.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

Prerequisites:

May be repeated for credit

PSY498. Seminar in Psychology. 3 Credits.

Advanced study in a specific area of research, theory, or practice. Writing intensive.

Attributes:

  • Creative Works
  • Research
  • Critical Thinking Advanced
  • Information Mgmt Advanced
  • Liberal Arts
  • Writing Intensive

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
  • Must be enrolled in the following field(s) of study (major, minor or concentration):
    • Industrial/Organizational (539I)
    • Psychobiology (539P)
    • Psychology (539)

Prerequisites:

  • PSY311 Minimum Grade of D- or PSY301 Minimum Grade of D-
  • ENG180 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG206 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG170 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG207 Minimum Grade of D- or ENG 002 Minimum Grade of TD-
May not be repeated for credit

Bui, Bobby
Lecturer
Office: WH 312
Phone: (845) 257-3421
E-mail: buih@newpaltz.edu

Citera, Maryalice
Associate Professor
Office: WH 353
Phone: (845) 257-3476
E-mail: citeram@newpaltz.edu

Evans, Clifford
Lecturer
Office: WH 355
Phone: (845) 257-3097
E-mail: evansc@newpaltz.edu

Gayle, Michael
Associate Professor
Office: JFT 320
Phone: (845) 257-3473
E-mail: gaylem@newpaltz.edu

Geher, Glenn
Professor
Office: WH 362
Phone: (845) 257-3091
E-mail: geherg@newpaltz.edu

Grossi, Giordana
Professor
Office: WH 302
Phone: (845) 257-2674
E-mail: grossig@newpaltz.edu

Hill, Melanie
Associate Professor
Office: WH 351
Phone: (845) 257-3475
E-mail: hillm@newpaltz.edu

Hirshorn, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor
Office: WH 310
Phone: (845) 257-2372
E-mail: hirshore@newpaltz.edu 

Holmes, Tabitha
Associate Professor
Office: WH 349
Phone: (845) 257-3955
E-mail: holmest@newpaltz.edu

Maynard, Douglas
Professor
Office: WH 341
Phone: (845) 257-3426
E-mail: maynardd@newpaltz.edu

Nitza, Amy
Director, IDMH
Office: JFT 214A
Phone: (845) 257-3479
E-mail: nitzaa@newpaltz.edu

Raskin, Jonathan
Professor
Office: WH 347
Phone: (845) 257-3471
E-mail: raskinj@newpaltz.edu

Rust, Jonathan
Associate Professor
Office: WH 304
Phone: (845) 257-2373
E-mail: rustj@newpaltz.edu

Senko, Corwin
Associate Professor
Office: WH 306
Phone: (845) 257-3602
E-mail: senkoc@newpaltz.edu

Stephens, Adam
Assistant Professor
Office: WH 314
Phone: (845) 257-3177
E-mail: stephena@newpaltz.edu

Vazquez, Carol
Associate Professor
Office: WH 345
Phone: (845) 257-3469
E-mail: vazquezc@newpaltz.edu

Vermeulen, Karla
Associate Professor
Office: WH 316
Phone: (845) 257-2333
E-mail: vermeulk@newpaltz.edu

Wice, Matthew
Assistant Professor
Office: WH 343
Phone: (845) 257-2371
E-mail: wicem@newpaltz.edu 

Winograd, Greta
Associate Professor
Office: WH 308
Phone: (845) 257-2248
E-mail: winograg@newpaltz.edu