Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Psychology Course Offerings

For more information on psychology courses, consult the Psychology Course Matrix

In spite of some School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Online courses having the same course number (PSYC 101, 275, 279, 304, 306, 338, 353, 356, 362) as our courses they are not the same and thus do not count towards the Psychology major or minor in the College of Arts & Sciences.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Globalization from a psychological perspective. Applying core psychological concepts, research and theory to cross-cultural issues of behavior and development. Topics may include human rights of children, human trafficking, immigration, moral issues of international trade, parenting across cultures.
 
Outcomes: Students will learn basic concepts and theories and apply them to real-world globalization problems.
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Core Tier I; Does NOT count towards the Major or Minor
Offered every semester
Introduction to concepts, theories, and methods in psychology.  Emphasis is given to the scientific study of consciousness and human behavior. Topics include: human development, learning, thinking, perception, personality, testing, mental illness and mental health, biological and social aspects of behavior.
 
Outcomes: Students will master basic concepts and key theories and learn to apply them to real-world situations.
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Core Tier II Societal Knowledge
Required Course for Psychology majors/minors and Neuroscience Majors
Offered every semester
This course will introduce students to basic concepts and the variety of topics in the field of neuroscience, including neuroanatomy (gross and cellular), physiology, neural basis of behavior, malfunctions due to disease and injury, and methods used to study these areas; laying a foundation for advanced coursework in neuroscience.
 
Outcomes: Knowledge of the organization of the nervous system, cellular events that underlie emotions, learning, and behavior, and awareness of classical and modern methods for advancing the field.  
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Biological Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Neuroscience Major: Requirement
Offered every semester
Overview of the psychology major at Loyola and career options in psychology. Introduces students to psychology career development resources. Students will also prepare for opportunities in independent research and internships and plan for a career including creating a resume and CV
 
Outcomes:  Students will learn about career options in psychology and plan their psychology major to support and develop their career interests.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Requirement
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Course DOES NOT count towards the major.
Psychology Minor: Course DOES NOT count towards the minor.
Offered every semester
 
Note: While Psychology Majors graduating under the 2020-2021 catalogue (or before) or Psychology Minors are welcome to take this course for University Credit it will not count as a class towards your Psychology Major or Minor.
Sexuality as an important aspect of human functioning and its integration into the total person will be emphasized.   Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, gender identity and roles, attraction and love, sexual orientation, human reproduction, sexual development, sexual dysfunction.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the biological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality, along with sexual dysfunction, and sex roles.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
offered maybe annually
Students will learn about cultural factors that influence cognition, perception, emotion, behavior, motivation, and mental health.  Similarities and difference in both explicit and implicit cultural factors will be emphasized.  Students will explore their identities, values, and biases.  Students will engage in reflection to increase cultural awareness and sensitivity towards others.
 
Outcomes:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of concepts and research methodologies in cross-cultural psychology.  Students will develop critical thinking skills, as well as increased cultural awareness and sensitivity towards others.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
Offered every year
Overview of psychological research and theory concerning differences and similarities between genders.
 
Outcomes: Students will understand similarities and differences between genders, comprehend the diversity of ideas about gender and how ideas of gender are determined by societies and cultures.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101 for Psychology Majors; ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for non-majors.
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
Core Tier II Societal Knowledge
Offered every semester
Using an intersectional lens, students learn about how privilege, power, and oppression shape ourselves, perceptions of others, and our social world. They consider how ourselves and others are shaped by and operate within the larger social system. Students explore their identities, values, and biases. Students engage in self-reflection to increase self-awareness.
 
Outcomes: Identify feelings about course topics. Demonstrate self-awareness of identities and values, including the value of difference. Engage in intergroup dialogue. Articulate how personal power can be used to create change. 
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2021-2022 Psychology Major: Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
offered every semester, summer
Introduction to the study of sensory systems, especially vision and audition, emphasizing historical development of the field, multi-disciplinary scientific approaches; recent research and theory on the mechanisms of seeing and hearing; and applications of research to real-world problems.
 
Outcomes: Students will understand and be able to explain how knowledge of the functioning of sensory systems is obtained using a variety of experimental methods, how stimulus energy is translated into neural signals, how the brain processes sensory information, and how these processes determine conscious perception.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Cross-Listed Course: BIOL 240
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Biological Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Elective Lecture
Offered every semester
Overview of cognitive psychology. Topics include: human information processing, object recognition, memory, attention, language production and comprehension, reasoning and problem solving. 
 
Outcomes:  Students will understand and be able to explain how knowledge about mental events is obtained using a variety of experimental methods, discuss current empirical research and theories of cognition, understand well established cognitive theories about attention, memory, language processing, reasoning and decision-making.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Cognitive Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Offered every semester, summer
This course surveys the field of learning and memory, including working, episodic, and semantic memory, nonassociative learning, classical and operant conditioning, skill learning, and neuroplasticity.  Behavioral, neuroscientific, and clinical perspectives will be considered.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Cognitive Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Elective Lecture
Offered every semester
Survey of theory and research relevant to human growth and development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, and social development from infancy through adolescence.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of basic theory and research in human development, and will develop skills in critical examination of psychological research as applied to current issues in human development.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Developmental Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Lecture
Offered every semester
This course provides a survey of current theory, research, and applications on development (physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development) that are present at each stage of the lifespan.  Normal development is emphasized; however, special human circumstances are also explored.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an understanding of theory and research in development across the lifespan.  Students will develop critical thinking skills, applying research to contemporary issues in lifespan development.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Recommended for Nursing Majors
offered every semester
Introduction to the field of social psychology; including topics such as social cognition, impression formation, social influence, attitude formation and change, stereotyping and prejudice, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group behavior.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about fundamental theoretical approaches within social psychology, scientific methods of hypothesis testing, and potential applications of social psychology that address real-world problems.
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Core Tier II Societal Knowledge
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Social Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Lecture
Offered every semester, summer
This course is a study of the different philosophical views regarding the nature and the existence of the mind and its relation to material bodies.
 
Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the various philosophical views and problems regarding the mind and its relation to matter.
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Prerequisite: PHIL 130
Course is crosslisted at PHIL 276
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Offered every other year
This course examines the forces that shape decision-making, from the individual and day-to-day to the shaping of public policy. Psychological research on cognitive biases, economic models, and philosophical perspectives on deductive reasoning and what makes a good decision will be discussed.
 
Outcomes: Students will learn fundamental principles and theories - including various biases and decision-making errors, and learn to apply the course to improve thinking, problem-solving, and decisions. 
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Tier II - Philosophical Knowledge
Prerequisites: PHIL 130
Formerly PSYC 279 Judgement and Decision Making
Offered every semester
This course is an introduction to fundamentals of statistical analysis in psychology.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze data, interpret the results of research using basic statistical methods, and understand the conceptual foundation, appropriate use, and limitations of these statistical methods. It is recommended that students complete their Ancillary Quantitative Courses before taking PSYC 304.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Requirement
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Requirement
NRCB Major: Requirement
Offered every semester, summer
Logic and theory of the scientific method. Basic principles of scientific research methodologies employed in approaching major problem areas in psychology. This class is writing intensive.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to formulate research questions and hypotheses, develop research designs, operationalize variables and gather data in an ethical manner, choose appropriate statistical methods for analyzing data, interpret results of statistical analyses, write a scientific paper in APA style, and critically evaluate research.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 304
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Requirement
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Requirement
NRCB Major: Requirement
Offered every semester, summer
Analysis of language as symbol-behavior specific to humans, language structure and competence, language performance, and the neurophysiological basis of language. Methods for investigating language processing, acquisition, bilingualism, and language disorders will be considered.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of major theories, research methodologies, and empirical knowledge in the study of language.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Cognitive Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Offered annually
Introduction to the structures and functions of vertebrate nervous systems, how these systems compute and process information; laboratory experience with concepts and methods in the neurophysiological study of the bases of perception and other behaviors. Hearing is used as an example.
 
Outcomes: Students will learn the concepts of basic neurophysiology and the theory of signal detectability, and have experience applying the logic and formulation of neurophysiological theories of perception. 
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and one of the following: NEUR 101, 240, or 382
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Advancced Lab
Neuroscience Major: Elective Lab
Offered every semester
This course is a laboratory practicum in the techniques of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on electrophysiological and hemodynamic methods of measuring nervous system function during cognitive and behavioral tasks and the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation.
 
Outcomes: Students will develop scientific research skills as they relate to the field of cognitive neuroscience, including experimental design, physiological methods of data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, and reporting findings.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and 382
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Advanced Lab
NRCB Major: Elective Lab
Offered every semester, summer
 
Laboratory demonstrations, experiments, and microcomputer applications in the area of human cognition. Topics vary, but include learning, memory, thinking and language processing.
 
Outcomes: Students gain skills and experience in experimental design, measurement, statistical analyses, and report writing as they relate to research on human cognition.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and either PSYC 250, 251, 307, or 382
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Advanced Lab
NRCB Major: Elective Lab
Offered every semester, summer
Topics include: theory of psychological testing and assessment; historical context and related legal and ethical considerations; basics of test construction and evaluation, including reliability, validity, and standardization; and common measures of personality, attitudes, and ability and their psychometric properties. 
 
Outcomes: Students will learn to demonstrate proficiency with psychological testing terminology and concepts.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306; PSYC 331 or 346 Recommended
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Advanced Lab
Offered every semester
Laboratory demonstrations, experiments, and microcomputer applications to the psychophysical and physiological study of sensory systems. The course stresses the research methods and quantitative measures that are used in characterizing sensory processes, especially visual and auditory systems.
 
Outcomes: Students gain skills and experience in experimental design, measurement, statistical analyses, and report writing as they relate to research in sensory processes.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306 and either NEUR 101 or PSYC 240 
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Advanced Lab
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Elective Lab
Offered once a year
Lecture and laboratory on empirical studies of developmental processes in humans. Focus is on research in particular content areas within developmental stages (e.g., infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood) and research on changes in behavior across time.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate skills and knowledge of developmental methodology, designing, conducting, and analyzing and interpreting the results of a research project, and writing a research paper in APA format.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 273, 306
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Advanced Lab
Offered every semester, summer
Lectures, demonstrations, readings, and individual or group research projects illustrating various methods, such as observation, interviewing, archives, standardized tests, and experimentation, are used to learn about topics such as group influences on the individual, attitudes, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and perception of self and others.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate skills and knowledge of methodology in social psychological research; designing, conducting, and analyzing and interpreting the results of a research project, and writing a research paper in APA format.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 275, 306
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Advamced Lab
Offered every semester, summer
Lab on Body Image focuses on the scholarly study of body image and eating disorders, as well as how research is conducted in the field.  Students will complete smaller labs and a larger research project in the field.
 
Outcomes: Learn about the scholarly study of body image and eating disorders. Learn general research methods in Psychology and specific ones pertaining to the topic. Learn about computer packages, including SPSS to analyze data.
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Prerequisitess: PSYC 306
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Advanced Lab
Offered every semester
Nature and causes of maladjustment and mental disorders. History of mental illness, diagnosis, research, and treatment of mental disorders.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of current approaches to researching maladaptive behavior, current views of maladaptive behavior, major categories of ¿mental disorders¿, factors contributing to development of problems, different types of intervention strategies, and appreciation of social, ethical, and legal issues.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Mental Health Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Lecture
Offered every semester, summer
Affective experiences promote human adaptability and survival, and healthy emotion function is critical to promoting physical and psychological well being. The course will provide an overview of fundamental neurobiological correlates associated with emotion function and processing affective stimuli.
 
Outcomes: Students will understand theories regarding brain mechanisms associated with emotion processing and the techniques used for studying these mechanisms.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and NEUR 101
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Lecture
NRCB Major: Elective Lecture
Offered every other year
Review of psychological aspects of women's experiences. Topics include psychological aspects of biological events such as menarche, pregnancy, menopause; aspects of women¿s work and family roles; and mental health issues relevant to women. 
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of critical contemporary issues impacting women and girls, and critically evaluate/analyze academic theory, social institutions, and media.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered every 2-3 years
Consideration of the nature and causes of maladjustment, emotional disorders, and learning disabilities in children in conjunction with approaches to prevention and remediation.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major categories of childhood psychopathology and methods of diagnosis, theories of causes of maladjustment and mental illness in children and adolescents, and types of intervention strategies.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 273
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Mental Health Pillar
Offered every semester, summer
In-depth study of infancy and childhood using an interdisciplinary approach.  Integration of social, psychological, and biological perspectives.
 
Outcome: Students will demonstrate understanding of basic theory and research in human development, and will develop skills in critical examination of psychological research as applied to current issues in human development.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 273
Seldom Offered
In-depth study of adolescence using an interdisciplinary approach.  Integration of cultural, social, psychological, and biological perspectives.
 
Outcomes: Students will appreciate the various factors leading to similarities and differences in the experience of adolescence in America and in other cultures, and will demonstrate understanding of major theories, research methodologies, and empirical knowledge in the study of adolescence.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 273
Offered every 2-3 years
Overview of theory and research relevant to middle age and aging. Topics include personality, cognitive and social functioning as well as biological functioning. Applications to life situations, such as living arrangements, provision of health services, and retirement, are discussed.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of major theories, research methodologies, and empirical knowledge in the study of maturity and aging, and learn to recognize and reject myths and stereotypes associated with adult development and aging.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 273
Offered every two years
An overview of theory and research relevant to the study of the developing child through the use of neuroscience methods; topics may include: brain plasticity and maturation, sensorimotor systems, attention, memory, executive function, language, social cognition, and typical and atypical development.
 
Outcomes: Students will gain knowledge of basic theory and research in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience and will acquire understanding of brain and behavior relationships in a developmental context.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and NEUR 101
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group B Lecture
NRCB Major: Elective Lecture
Offered annually
Neuropsychology is the interdisciplinary study of the relation between human brain function and behavior. This course is an undergraduate survey of topics related to neuropsychology, including neuroanatomy,psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. A primary goal of the course is to introduce undergraduate students to neuropsychological concepts in research and applied settings.
 
Outcomes: Successful completion of this course leads to mastery of CNS function and structure. The ability to integrate this information will allow students to develop and test hypotheses about brain-behavior relationships.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and NEUR 101
NRCB Major/Minor: Elective Lecture
Offered seldom
This course focuses on ethical considerations emerging from contemporary research in neuroscience, as well as neuroscientific techniques for studying ethical questions.
 
Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the ways in which the study of ethics and neuroscience inform each other.
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Prerequsitite: Two Philosophy Courses
Course is crosslisted as PHIL355
NRCB Major/Neuroscience Minor: Elective Lecture
Offered annually
Prejudice from a psychological perspective. Applying psychological concepts, research, and theory to understand the origins and consequences of prejudice as well as potential remedies.
 
Outcomes: Students will learn the origins of stereotypes and prejudice, the nature of prejudice against different social groups, how people are affected by prejudice and cope with prejudice, and the processes that may change stereotypes, reduce prejudice, and improve intergroup relations.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
Offered every semester, summer
Study of human behavior in work settings. Topics include principles of employee selection, job analysis, motivation and morale, managerial behavior, organization development and socialization, leadership, conflict management, work design and group process.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding and ability to think critically about how the science of behavior is applied to work environments.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered maybe annually
Introduction to the principles, theories, ethics, and techniques of major helping interventions including the clinical interview and use of the case history, individual and group approaches.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different approaches to intervention in terms of their theoretical underpinnings, application to diverse problems, goals and populations, general effectiveness, and overall strengths and limitations.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101; PSYC 331 or 346 encouraged.
Offered every semester, sometimes J-Term or Summer
Directed readings and development of a formal research proposal on a topic of interest to the student and the faculty member with whom he/she has chosen to work. Students are not restricted to working with the faculty member whose name is listed in the schedule of classes.
 
Outcomes: Students will write a literature review and research proposal for the honors thesis.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306, Approval of the department honors advisor see Honors in Psychology
Offered every semester
Students carry out the research proposed in PSYC 369 and prepare a formal report constituting the honors thesis. Approval of the thesis by the honors committee earns the psychology honors award. PSYC 370 is a capstone course. 
 
Outcomes: Students will conduct research, analyze and interpret data, and write a thesis.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 369
Engaged Learning
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Capstone 
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Capstone
NRCB Major: Lab Elective
Offered every semester
 
Examination of the determinants of political judgments and decision; including topics such as voting preference, stereotypes and political thinking, racism and political behavior, ideology and public opinion, the effect of the media on political thought.
 
Outcomes: Understanding of core theoretical and methodological approaches commonly applied to the study of political psychology.
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Prerequisite: PSYC101
Offered every 2-3 years
Introduction to the areas of overlap between psychology and the law.  Topics include roles of psychologists in legal settings, accuracy of eyewitness testimony, jury processes, accuracy of polygraph examinations, and issues surrounding the insanity defense. 
 
Outcomes: Students will learn to analyze biases in the U.S. jury system, elucidate the weaknesses of eyewitness testimony, outline the issues in the insanity defense, understand the issues in Rape Trauma Syndrome and Battered Spouse Syndrome, understand the methods and effects of scientific jury selection, understand the complex issues surrounding confessions, and view the US justice system in a social justice context.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered every semester, sometimes J-Term or summer
Survey of psychological and behavioral influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill, and how they respond when they do become ill. Topics include: health behavior and primary prevention, stress and coping, patient-physician interaction, and management of chronic illness.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the complex interaction of an individual¿s psychology and physical health, as well as understanding of different intervention and prevention programs, the structure of the health care system, and the various roles psychologists play in this system.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered annually
Prevention of mental disorder and promotion of well-being, primarily through creating more mentally healthy environments, but also by enhancing individual resilience.  Recognizing the toxicity of psychosocial stressors such as inequality, poverty, alienation, and discrimination, community psychologists also fight for social justice through empowerment of oppressed groups and policy advocacy.
 
Outcomes: Understanding of the methods of community psychology; effects of societal, cultural, and environmental influences on psychological and community well-being.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
Offered maybe annually
Survey of historical, demographical, and statistical aspects of substance abuse. Abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as eating disorders, may be considered. A variety of theoretical models and interventions are discussed.

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of the psychopharmacological effects of various substances, major research findings in the area of substance abuse, and prevention and intervention techniques.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered maybe annually
Introduction to the areas of overlap between psychology and the law. Topics include roles of psychologists in legal settings, accuracy of eyewitness testimony, jury processes, accuracy of polygraph examinations, and issues surrounding the insanity defense.
 
Outcomes: Understanding of the relationship between religion and psychological variables (e.g., adjustment, prejudice, and prosocial behavior.)
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Offered maybe annually
Engagement in musical activities is common across all human cultures. This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of psychology of music and will focus on how humans perceive and are affected by music, how we create music, and how music is integrated into human life. 
 
Outcomes: Students will understand theories regarding brain mechanisms associated with emotion processing and the techniques used for studying these mechanisms.
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Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Offered every other year
This course will introduce students to neuropsychopharmacology. Acute and long term effects of addictive drugs and drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders on neural function and behavior are discussed by integrating human and preclinical animal studies.  Major types of drugs of abuse, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics will be discussed.
 
Outcomes: Knowledge of the mechanisms of action of drugs, including illicit drugs and drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders.
 
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Prerequisites: NEUR 101
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Lecture Elective
Offered once a year
Overview of topics and methodologies used in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience including: attention, learning and memory, language, reasoning, decision making, intelligence, emotions, social cognition, and consciousness. 
 
Outcomes: Students will understand theories regarding brain mechanisms, underlying mental events and the technologies used for studying these mechanisms.
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Prerequisites: NEUR 101
Cross-listed as BIOL 284
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Cognitive Pillar
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Lecture
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Requirement
Offered every semester
An upper-level, intensive seminar on selected aspects of psychology.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of major theories, research methodologies, and empirical knowledge in the selected topic. 
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Prerequisites: PSYC 101, other prerequisites may be required depending on the specific course being offered
Offered seldom
Lecture/discussions will focus on issues central to behavioral neuroscience, emphasizing human and animal mental processes and neural information processing mechanisms. Students will read primary research papers and practice analytical skills in class discussion and presentations. Presentations and exams will promote critical thinking and a general understanding of current issues in behavioral and cognitive neurosciences.
 
Outcomes: Students will become familiar with principles of cognitive and behavioral approaches to the study of the neural bases of behavior. Students will also learn how to critically read primary research papers and present these papers to the class.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 382
NRCB Major: Requirement
Offered every semester
 
Students will be trained in various anatomical, physiological, behavioral, and neurobiological modeling techniques used to study the nervous system and the brain in the laboratory.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of several research designs and methodologies of use in neuroscience research and will gain experience with basic neuroscience laboratory techniques.
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Prerequisites:  NEUR 101 and BIOL251 and students must be either a Neuroscience Major or Minor.
Cross-Listed as NEUR 301
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Advanced Lab
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Group A Advanced Lab
Neuroscience Major/Minor: Elective Lab\
Offered annually
Capstone service-learning experience for psychology majors, involving application and development of psychological knowledge and skills through an internship (100 hours) in a human service organization or applied research setting, combined with regular class meetings, reading and writing assignments.  Students arrange placements and complete a project on site.
 
Outcomes: Practical, pre-professional job skills, critical analysis and connection between theory and practice, on topics of: human service agency operation; effective working relationships; professional communication; cultural competence; values and ethics.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 304. You must apply for this class the semester before you enroll, typically by the end of the 7th week.  Please see Internship in Psychology
Enaged Learning
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Capstone Course
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Capstone Course
Offered every semester, summer
 
Limited to psychology majors with senior standing. Capstone opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a psychology faculty member. Only one of PSYC 397 and 399 may count toward the psychology major.
 
If you are interested in registering for PSYC 397, please verify that you are not registered for more than 18 credit hours with the addition of these credits.  If you are, you must complete the Appeal to Register for Over the Credit Hour Limit form and submit it to your CAS advisor.  Once your advisor has approved your request your mentor may submit your form to psyc-ugrad@luc.edu.
 
Outcomes: Students will gain experience in all aspects of psychological research, including literature review, formulating hypotheses, designing and conducting research, analyzing data and interpreting results, communicating the results of research in written reports.
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Prerequisites: PSYC 306; department and instructor permission. Please see Independent Research
2021-2022 Psychology Major: Capstone Course
2020-2021 Psychology Major: Capstone Course
NRCB Major: Elective Lab with Permission
Offered every semester, summer
An upper-level, intensive seminar on selected aspects of psychology.
 
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate understanding of major theories, research methodologies, and empirical knowledge in the selected topic.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.  Varies depending on topic.
Offered Seldom
Opportunity for individual reading or research in a specialized area not otherwise covered by the Department's course offerings. Only one of PSYC 397 and 399 may count toward the psychology major. PSYC 399 and PSYC 397 may not both be counted toward the psychology major.
 
If you are interested in registering for PSYC 399, please verify that you are not registered for more than 18 credit hours with the addition of these credits.  If you are, you must complete the Appeal to Register for Over the Credit Hour Limit form and submit it to your CAS advisor.  Once your advisor has approved your request your mentor may submit your form to psyc-ugrad@luc.edu.
 
Outcomes: Students will gain experience (e.g., integrating research results from various sources, conducting research) working directly with a faculty member on a current topic in psychology.
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Prerequisites: Department and instructor permission.  Please see Independent Research
Learn more about what a course might be like by taking a look at an example syllabus: CAS Syllabus Project