Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
- The purpose of this course is to provide a general introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology and examine the biological, social and psychological dimensions of adult development. While the primary focus is on an examination of the theoretical and empirical research on the aging process, students will also have the opportunity to be exposed to aging from an experiential perspective. P: PSYCHLGY 1130 or equivalent.
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
- This course provides students an opportunity to explore the current issues of academic and applied psychology through research and discussion. May be taken more than once if topic is different. P: PSYCHLGY 1130 and other prerequisites as appropriate to the topic.
- Psychology of abnormal behavior; biological and social factors in the genesis of behavioral, emotional, and personality disorders. Brain disorders, psychoses, and substance abuse are also presented and discussed. P: PSYCHLGY 1130 or equivalent.
Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Survey of procedures used by psychologists, including counseling, psychotherapy, and limited psychodiagnostics. Practice procedures and applications are also emphasized. P: Nine credits in the behavioral sciences.
Advanced Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- This course provides students opportunities to expand, implement, and refine counseling skills. It affords opportunities for students to learn more advanced techniques as well as practice basic counseling skills. The course covers processes of counseling, ethical considerations, theoretical applications, and special populations. P: PSYCHLGY 4930/6930 or COUNSLED 7020.
Assessment and Diagnosis of Psychopathology
- This course presents an overview of the scientific understanding of the perspectives, patterns, and characteristics of psychopathology as they relate to assessment and diagnosis. The responsibility of mental health workers to facilitate client growth in a way which conveys respect, preserves dignity, and displays integrity will be discussed.
Graduate Practicum in Psychology
- Enhancement of educational experience through placement with an agency, business, industry, or institution. The nature of the experience, type, requirements, number of credits, and evaluation procedures are agreed upon beforehand between the student, the faculty member, and the site supervisor. Students may be asked to agree to and pay for a background check if the agency requires it. P: Minimum of 12 graduate credits and recommendation of two graduate faculty members.
Seminar Paper Research
- The seminar paper or educational project need not be a report of
original and independent research. It must demonstrate, however,
the student’s ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble,
organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and
intelligent manner. Although the seminar paper or educational
project may originate from work done in connection with one of
the student’s graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or
course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in
coverage and treatment. In consultation with the program advisor,
the student proposes a seminar paper or educational project and a
seminar paper or educational project advisor. An approved seminar
paper or educational project proposal must be submitted and
approved prior to registration. There is a website with useful links
to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating web
resources, and formats. The seminar paper or educational project
advisor will provide guidance regarding the site. The site may be
accessed through the University’s Karrmann Library.
Independent Study in Psychology
- The amount of graduate credit allowed for independent study may not exceed a total of four credits. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students registering for independent study must submit at or before registration a description signed by the instructor conducting the independent study of the subject to be covered. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for the seminar paper.(Contact advisor for prior
approval and registration instructions.)
- The thesis may be an outgrowth of a research course (e.g. TEACHING
7000 Research Procedures) or may be developed independently
within the program area. The thesis will report the results of
original and independent student research on a given problem or
topic, by systematic and impartial methods, and will demonstrate
the student’s ability to use techniques customarily employed in the
particular field of investigation. Although a thesis for the master’s
degree may not always be expected to make a significant contribution
to existing knowledge, it should be a scholarly document that
is accurate, verifiable, objective, and impartial. In consultation
with the program advisor, the student proposes a committee of
three faculty members. The committee normally includes the thesis
advisor, one additional major department member, and one faculty
member from another department. In some instances, a student
may prefer a thesis advisor who is different from the program advisor
assigned at the time of admission. An approved thesis proposal
must be submitted and approved prior to registration. There is a
website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar,
style, evaluating web resources, and formats. (Thesis students
will find the Texas A and M link useful for formatting procedures
and other technical assistance.) The thesis advisor will provide
guidance regarding the site. The site may be accessed through the
University’s Karrmann Library.