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Courses - Spring 2020
PSYC
Psychology Department Site
The following courses may involve the use of animals. Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to contact the instructor, prior to course enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required and what alternatives, if any, are available.
The Department of Psychology enforces course prerequisites. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course.
PSYC100
Introduction to Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSNS
A basic introductory course, intended to bring the student into contact with the major problems confronting psychology and the more important attempts at their solution.
Discussion sections do not meet until after first lecture. Research requirement: may involve participation in research.
PSYC123
The Psychology of Getting Hired
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must not be in a Robert H. Smith School of Business degree program.
Additional information: Cannot be used in place of BMGT367 toward a degree program in the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Designed to introduce students to the science behind the hiring process and to prepare individuals with the academic and practical training required. Together we will explore psychological principles that influence the selection process and how individuals can apply them for the competitive edge that makes others Fear the Turtle!
PSYC200
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (MATH107, MATH111, MATH120, MATH130, MATH136, MATH140, STAT100); or must have completed MATH220 with a minimum grade of C-.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
A basic introduction to quantitative methods used in psychological research.
Restricted to PSYC, ENSP and BSCI majors.
PSYC221
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
The influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Includes topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior.
PSYC289D
Living the Good Life: The Psychology of Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
What are the secrets to living a happy life? This course will introduce students to contemporary scientific approaches to studying age-old questions about how to get happy.
PSYC300
Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC300 or PSYC309R.
Formerly: PSYC309R.
A general introduction and overview to the fundamental theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues in psychological research in both the laboratory and the field.
PSYC301
Biological Basis of Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Recent advances in neuroscience are radically changing our understanding of how the brain works. The course first introduces the structure of the nervous system and the electrical and chemical signals at the core of brain function. Students then explore how the nervous system gathers and makes sense of information from the world around us. The last portion of the course focuses on plasticity, the concept that our brains are constantly changing, and its implications for nervous system development, memory, sexual behavior, sleep, and other complex behaviors.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC302
Fundamentals of Learning and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Restriction: Restricted to psychology majors during the registration period. All other majors will be placed on a hold file.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309F or PSYC302.
Formerly: PSYC309F.
Overview of the fundamental types of learning that occur without formal instruction. The course covers fundamentals of classical and instrumental conditioning as studied in a variety of species in addition to more modern theories of learning. We will then explore how these principles influence diverse processes such as memory, attention, extinction, categorization, motivation, and in some cases, how they are implemented in the brain and disrupted in disease.
PSYC303
Professional Development for Psychology Majors
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and must have completed 3 additional credits in PSYC courses. Or permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309C or PSYC303.
Formerly: PSYC309C.
An investigation of various career and graduate school opportunities available to psychology majors. Students will learn about a wide range of career fields, will learn how to utilize available resources to pursue career goals, and will take steps to advance their professional identity and development.
PSYC309G
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to students in the PREP: Psychology Research Empowerment Program
PSYC319D
(Perm Req)
Community Interventions: Service Learning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prereqs: PSYC318D and Permission of Instructor.
PSYC330
Child Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309B or PSYC330.
Formerly: PSYC309B.
Etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of emotional disorders of childhood and adolescence.
PSYC334
Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Research, theory and their practical applications pertaining to the development, maintenance and dissolution of human relationships. Processes critical to successful relating (e.g., communication, bargaining, conflict resolution), and issues associated with troubled dyadic relations with equal partners (e.g., jealousy, spouse abuse, divorce).
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC336
Psychology of Women
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Cross-listed with WMST336. Credit only granted for: PSYC336 or WMST336.
A survey of the biology, life span development, socialization, personality, mental health, and special issues of women.
Students will be expected to meet face-to-face during class time to complete small groupwork on 5-6 Fridays during the semester.
PSYC341
Introduction to Memory and Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200 and PSYC300.
An introduction to the basic concepts of cognitive psychology, the scientific study of mental processes. Topics will include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, and language, with an emphasis on how findings from cognitive psychology can inform real-life thinking (e.g., memory strategies for studying, pitfalls of multitasking, and how/why our memories can fail us).
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC353
Adult Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
The nature, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of mental disorders.
Restricted to PSYC majors only.
PSYC354
Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHS
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
What are the psychological implications of racism, sexism, homophobia and other structures of inequality in the United States? How do socio-cultural privilege and oppression influence individual and group thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? This course will take a current events focus to understanding multicultural and social justice issues in psychology with an emphasis on self-reflection, mental health, cross-cultural communication, and strategies for social change.
PSYC355
Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
Survey of research and theory of psychological development from conception through childhood, stressing physiological, conceptual and behavioral changes, and the social and biological context in which individuals develop.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC361
Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100.
A general survey of the field of industrial organizational psychology including such topics as organizational entry (recruitment, selection, training, socialization); organizational psychology (motivation, leadership, job attitudes); and productivity in the work place (performance appraisal, absenteeism, turnover). The role that the larger environment plays in influencing work behaviors and work attitudes.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC362
Introduction to Negotiation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC221 or PSYC361; or permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309F or PSYC362.
Formerly: PSYC309F.
Additional information: Restricted to PSYC majors during preregistration.
Overview of the field of negotiation and the social-psychological and contextual factors that facilitate and inhibit successful negotiation agreements. Students will engage in a variety of negotiation exercises individually and as a team.
PSYC389
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PSYC401
(Perm Req)
Biological Bases of Behavior Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300; and (PSYC301 or BSCI353).
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits.
Students will study some of the key concepts in neuroscience by combining behavioral experiments with electrode recording from neurons controlling the behaviors. We will intensively examine concepts like creation of rhythmic behaviors (walking, flight), neurotransmitters control of aggression, drug affects on synaptic activity, high-speed neural circuits for effective escape from predators, and CNS maps in the visual system for directing prey capture. Students will learn microsurgery and a broad range of neural recording techniques. We work with animals (invertebrates, cold-blooded vertebrates) every week. A strong biology background will be beneficial.
PSYC406
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC301.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
A merger between the disciplines of neuroscience and ethology (animal behavior) studies the behavioral functions of nervous systems using a comparative and evolutionary approach. Students will learn how the nervous system controls behavioral patterns in a variety of different organisms ranging from insects to mammals.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC409
(Perm Req)
PSYC420
Experimental Psychology: Social Psychology Laboratory
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300 and PSYC221.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits.
A laboratory course to provide a basic understanding of experimental method in social psychology and experience in conducting research on social processes.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC424
Communication and Persuasion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PSYC221 and PSYC200.
Effect of social communication upon behavior and attitudes. Theory and research concerning attitude change and social influence.
PSYC425
Psychology and Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, PSYC200, and PSYC300.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309K, PSYC325, or PSYC425.
Formerly: PSYC309K.
An introduction to the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice sytem, known as the field of legal psychology. The material covered will span the course of the criminal justice process and examine each aspect from a psychological perspective beginning with profiling and moving on to eyewitness memory and judgements through perpetrator memories and interrogation techniques. These apsects will be evaluated with a research lens as well as an applied outlook.
PSYC432
Counseling Psychology: Theories, Research, and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC200.
Analysis of research and intervention strategies developed and used by counseling psychologists. Historical and current trends in content and methodology.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010) students only.
PSYC433
Basic Helping Skills: Research and Practice
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: PSYC300.
Restriction: Must be in Psychology program; and must have earned a minimum of 85 credits; and must not have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDCP 310.
Credit only granted for: EDCP210, EDCP310, or PSYC433.
Theories and research regarding effective helping relationships, with a focus on applications to counseling and psychotherapy. Students will practice helping skills with each other and will conduct research projects evaluating their helping skills. Students should be willing to talk about personal issues in class. Attendance in labs is mandatory and contributes to the course grade; thus, students should only enroll in a lab section that they will be able to attend consistently.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC436
Introduction to Clinical Psychology: From Science to Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300.
Critical analysis of clinical psychology, with particular emphasis on current developments and trends.
Restricted to PSYC (major code 20010/2001S) students only.
PSYC437
The Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100; and 9 credits in PSYC courses.
Credit only granted for: PSYC309E (taken in the Winter Term) or PSCY437.
Formerly: PSYC309E.
Explores the current research in assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Topics may include addictions in the areas of alcohol, drugs, nicotine, gambling, and eating.
PSYC468H
(Perm Req)
Field Experience and Special Assignments in Honors
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PSYC469H
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Proposal Preparation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC478
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Information about independent study may be obtained in BPS 1121. Restricted to PSYC majors (20010) only. The student must have completed 9 hours in PSYC with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSYC and a 2.8 overall GPA.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC479
(Perm Req)
Special Research Problems in Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Information about research credit may be obtained in BPS 1121. Restricted to PSYC majors (20010) only. The student must have completed 9 hours in PSYC with at least a 3.0 GPA in PSYC and a 2.8 overall GPA.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC489B
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; The Psychology of Adolescents' Close Relationships: Parents, Peers, and Romantic Partners
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC355 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

This course examines the development of close relationships during adolescence, including those with parents, peers, and romantic partners. We examine core developmental themes including nature and nurture, stability and change, and individual differences, and discuss theory, research, and clinical applications.
PSYC489C
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Early Social Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: PSYC300 and PSYC355; or permission of the instructor.
PSYC489E
(Perm Req)
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Diversity in Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: PSYC100; and PSYC221 or PSYC221H.
PSYC489P
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Scientific Ethics and Integrity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PSYC489R
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Human and Animal Intelligence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: PSYC300 or permission of the instructor.
PSYC489T
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; The Psychology of Terrorism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC300. This seminar will cover classic and contemporary approaches to the psychology of terrorism. We will discuss theories of radicalization and deradicalization, as well as empirical data on the motivational, cultural and social aspects of becoming a violent extremist.
PSYC489U
Advanced Special Topics in Psychology; Health Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of how psychological, biological, and social factors impact physical health and well-being. Topics covered include stress, health disparities, disease states, pain, addiction, and primary prevention.
PSYC499H
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In addition to the department and instructor, the director of the honors program may be contacted to obtain a section number. Prerequisite: permission of the thesis advisor. Permission may be obtained in BPS 1147. Restricted to undergraduate PSYC majors only.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC602
(Perm Req)
Quantitative Methods II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC601.
A continuation of PSYC 601. Topics include experimental design, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, multiple regression, and general linear models.
For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor is required.
PSYC603
Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PSYC603 or PSYC730.
Formerly: PSYC730.
Advanced survey of industrial-organizational psychology, including selection, training, motivation, group processes, leadership, organizational psychology, and organizational theory. Readings stressed and seminar time will be used for lectures, discussion and integration of the reading materials.
PSYC604
Fundamentals of Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PSYC604 or PSYC640.
Formerly: PSYC640.
A survey of classic and contemporary theories, research and methods in social psychology.
PSYC611
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Systematic exploration of contemporary and classic theories of development focusing on the assumptions they make and research they generate.
PSYC622
(Perm Req)
Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PSYC622 or PSYC718.
Formerly: PSYC718.
Examines issues and strategies in conceptual systems, designs and methodologies of current research in clinical and community psychology. Readings include critical analyses of published research. Course requirements include preparation of a research proposal for a thesis level study.
PSYC623
Child Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
Examines the scientific and clinical literature relevant to normal and pathological behavior in children and adolescents. Issues in developmental psychopathology and consideration of processes initiated in childhood which manifest as pathology in adulthood are also considered.
PSYC625
(Perm Req)
Clinical Assessment: Psychometric Principles, Testing and Behavior
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Psychology department.
Credit only granted for: PSYC625 or PSYC721.
Formerly: PSYC721.
An examination of fundamental principles of psychological assessment; application of these principles to the development of evidence-based assessments of clinical conditions and associated behaviors; and application of evidence-based assessments to the evaluation and understanding of clinical conditions evaluated and treated in therapeutic settings.
PSYC629B
Clinical Laboratory; ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC629D
Clinical Laboratory; Child & Adolescent Therapy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC629E
Clinical Laboratory; Diversity Training Therapy Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
PSYC630
Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Adults
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC680.
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PSYC630 or PSYC728.
Formerly: PSYC728.
Introduces students to the process of therapy with particular focus on behavioral focus on behavioral and cognitive behavioral internentions. Syllabus focuses on theory, research, client diversity, ehtics, and practical aspects of conducting therapy.
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PSYC632
(Perm Req)
Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adolescents
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor; and must be in one of the following programs (Psychology (Master's); Psychology (Doctoral)).
Formerly: PSYC789A.
Introduces students to the process of therapy with particular focus on behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions in children and adolescents. Syllabus focuses on theory, research, client diversity, ethics and practical aspects of conducting therapy.
PSYC638
Externship in Professional Psychology; Externship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC639
Internship in Professional Psychology; Internship in Professional Psychology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
For PSYC majors only.
PSYC652
Analytical Thinking: Statistical Methods at Work
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Additional information: Students will be taught how to conduct analyses in R, SPSS, SAS, Stata, and excel; students are encouraged to practice analyses on at least two of these programs.
Personal and organizational growth begins with asking and answering great questions. Correspondingly, this course begins with demonstrations of how to translate business questions into research questions. Statistical methods used to answer business questions are taught first conceptually, then computationally using statistical software. This course emphasizes interpreting results, the regression model, and other issues salient to business research, such as handling large datasets. Students will be provided with a simulated dataset that they will use in learning how to frame and answer business questions using the techniques covered in this course. At the conclusion of this course, students will be required to provide an executive-level presentation on the business question, their findings, and resulting implications.
PSYC654
Advanced Analytical Thinking: Statistical Methods at Work II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC652 and PSYC653.
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program.
Students will delve deeply into issues of interpreting and questioning analytic results. Students will learn how to creatively present empirical results in ways that grab the attention of, and are clear to, a variety of stakeholders. Students will present group projects in two presentations, one to the rest of the class (technical audience) and one to an expert panel of practitioners. Finally, this course will introduce students conceptually to a number of advanced statistical methods, such as meta-analysis and structural equation modeling.
PSYC655
Talent Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Master of Professional Studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program.
In this course, students will learn how to design and implement effective employee training programs as well as how to encourage informal learning in organizations. This course will review current theories in adult learning (e.g., ADDIE model, action learning, peer feedback/coaching), several popular assessment tools (e.g., MBTI), and best practices for evaluating training programs. Issues relevant to leadership identification and development, including succession planning, will also be covered. As part of this course, students will work in teams to design and deliver a brief training module and practice giving and receiving feedback. Additionally, students will complete, and facilitate a debriefing on, a 360-degree feedback assessment.
PSYC691
(Perm Req)
Research in Counseling Psychology II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PSYC691 or PSYC718.
Formerly: PSYC718.
Critical analysis of trends and issues in counseling psychology science.
PSYC737
Research Methods in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC603; or permission of instructor.
Philosophy, theory, and method issues underlying I/O psychology. History and the effectiveness of different methods for answering different questions is explored. Reliability and validity are emphasized.
PSYC789
Special Research Problems; Special Research Problem
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC799
Master's Thesis Research; MASTERS THESIS RSRCH
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
For PSYC majors only. For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor and department is required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC888A
Research Methods in Psychology; Developmental Seminar
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC889
Research Methods in Psychology; Cognitive and Neural Systems Seminar
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PSYC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PSYC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
For PSYC majors only. For all non-psychology graduate students, written permission of the instructor and department is required.
Contact department for information to register for this course.